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Phil Perry - A Better Man (2015) [HDTracks]

26-04-2016, 16:06
Smooth Jazz | Soul | R&B | HD & Vinyl

Title: A Better Man
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
Genre: Smooth Jazz, R&B, Soul
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/44,1kHz]
Total Time: 42:37
Total Size: 520 MB (d.booklet)

Recorded: CDS Studios, Wallingford CT, Trod Nossel Studios, Wallingford CT, Telefunkin Studios, South Windsor CT.

Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit “Call Me,” his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil’s legendary group The Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal. A Better Man is loaded with highlights: “Stand Up,” an inspiring duet featuring the great Howard Hewett. This topical, meaningful song sends a strong message about becoming “A Better Man.” “I’m So Proud,” featuring Kim Waters. This inspiring version of the Curtis Mayfield classic is one for the ages! “Dreaming’s Out Of Season” – Phil’s reimagining of his signature hit with The Montclairs. “Feelin’ You” featuring Smooth Jazz trumpet star Rick Braun. Co-produced by Phil Perry and long time collaborator Chris Davis (Will Downing, Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Gerald Albright), A Better Man is guaranteed to please Phil Perry’s devoted fans.


01. A Better Man 04:47
02. You're The Only One 04:06
03. Feelin' You 03:52
04. Sorry I Let You Go 04:05
05. Let It Rain 04:31
06. Gypsy Woman 04:44
07. Beautiful Girls 04:46
08. I'm So Proud 03:50
09. Dreaming's Out Of Season 04:10
10. Stand Up 03:46

Phil Perry - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
BJ - Guitar
Rick Braun - Featured Artist
Wayne Bruce - Guitar
Isaac Clemon - Vocals (Background)
Chris "Big Dog" Davis - Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming
Howard Hewett - Featured Artist
Rashaan Langley - Vocals (Background)
Rhon Lawrence - Guitar
Ace Livingston - Bass
Timmy Maia - Vocals (Background)
James "Bro" Minnis - Vocals (Background)
Dawn Tallman - Vocals (Background)

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek:
On his seventh album for Shanachie, singer and songwriter Phil Perry and longtime producer Chip Davis lay out a set of excellent covers, originals, and a throwback surprise. Highlights include the glistening groove in the opening title track, wherein Perry offers the set's statement of purpose -- in some way, virtually each of these ten tracks zones in on what it takes to become a better man -- in spirit, in thought, in relationships, etc. The Curtis Mayfield nugget "I'm So Proud" features the lyrical saxophone of Kim Waters, and is one of numerous tracks on which guitarist Rohn Lawrence shines: he adds elegant fills, colorful chord voicings, and his signature rhythmic approach -- check the way he plays under Waters' solo. As has been Perry's wont on earlier recordings, he takes on a true soul classic in Mayfield's Impressions hit "Gypsy Woman." Despite the iconic weight the tune is imbued with, Perry's read -- with wonderful help from Lawrence -- adds rather than detracts. Perry's vocal here is silky but finds its way right into the seam of the lyric and exposes the finer points in the songwriter's poetic use of metaphor. Slightly funkier and ripe for sophisticated clubbers is "Feelin' You," with lithe trumpet lines by Rick Braun. Just before the close, Perry delivers a stellar -- and thoroughly revisioned -- take on "Dreaming's Out of Season," which he first recorded with the Montclairs. The innovative vocal chart reveals why some songs are eternal. Reinforcing the album's theme is the closer "Stand Up," a killer duet with Howard Hewett that nods back at classic, '70s-era Marvin Gaye. Perry ups his game on A Better Man, choosing to rely on real lyric substance as well as an abundant vocal style. He hasn't left the loverman behind, he's just added more dimension and character to his profile.

Phil Perry - A Better Man (2015) [HDTracks]

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