Carmen Lundy Soul To Soul on 180g Import 2LP from Pure Pleasure
Soul To Soul, Carmen Lundy’s fourteenth album, is the next chapter in her critically-acclaimed career as both a musical artist and a visual artist; a return to her roots but also an exploration of these roots - and the journey that those roots can take you on. Lundy began working on Soul To Soul in a very hands-on manner – literally composing, co-composing and arranging eleven of the thirteen tracks and then playing and recording all the instruments - including bass, drums, piano, guitar and percussion - in her home studio to get a working “feel” for how the music might sound.
She then “sweetened” the songs by adding string sounds and other software instruments to elaborate and experiment with the aural mood of each track, interpreting and identifying with each track’s sound individually as well as part of the overall song sequence. On the final album, Lundy plays guitar on all tracks, piano and Rhodes on many tracks, and drums on two.
“I wrote the music with specific players in mind for each respective instrument,” says Lundy. “My producer and label co-owner Elisabeth Oei encouraged me to reach out to those musicians whose music I have loved and have been inspired by; some of whom I had worked with but never recorded with. I consider these artists specialists on their instruments. These are players who bring a distinctive sound to everything they play andadd another layer of individuality to my original music.”
Patrice Rushen, for example, is featured on nearly every track on Soul To Soul because of the deep musical connection Carmen felt with her. “I could hear her sound in my music,” says Lundy. “Patrice creates these beautiful sonic palettes from which I could soar freely through the music. This project would not be as special to me if it were not for her incredible contribution.”
Featuring the stellar talents of guest artists Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Ada Rovatti, and Warren Wolf along with Carmen’s core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross, Soul To Soul invites the listener on an intriguing journey.
Whether the source of inspiration comes from time spent in Sardinia, Italy (“Soul To Soul” and “Sardegna”), her hometown of Miami (“Kindred Spirits” and “Grateful”), the beauty of Mary Lou Williams’ “What’s Your Story, Morning Glory,” or the sexy bossa nova beat of “Everything I Need,” the moods and moments of Soul To Soul are genre-bending and traverse many borders, both literally and figuratively.
Carmen Lundy (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums, percussion)
Bennie Maupin (tenor & soprano saxophone)
Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugel horn)
Patrice Rushen (keyboards)
Carol Robbins (harp)
Simphiwe Dana (vocals)
Darryl Hall (bass)
Mayra Casales (percussion)
Jamison Ross (drums, percussion)
Carmen Lundy Soul To Soul Track Listing:
1. Kindred Spirits
2. Life Is A Song In Me
3. Soul To Soul
4. When Will They Learn
6. Between Darkness and Dawn
8. Grateful Pt. 1
9. Grateful Pt. 2
10. Everything I Need
11. Don’t You Know How I Feel
13. What’s Your Story, Morning Glory.