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Friday, October 09, 2020

Album Review: San Gabriel 7 Featuring Femi Knight – Red Dress

I remarked in a previous review that the album in question lacked 'bite': the songs on this download have 'bite' in spades and more so. Seven original songs and two live performances of songs by other writers, spirited lyrics about the lives of 21st century women, written with wit, intelligence, humanity, and also memorable 'hook' lines for good measure. The musical style is towards the funky, R&B end of jazz, but the horns supply a goodly measure of jazz influence in their solos. 

The San Gabriel 7 formed in 2006 and have been gigging around southern California, but they now wish to take their music further afield. This is their 10th album, on which they have teamed up with singer, songwriter and keyboardist Femi Knight (aka Dawn Bishop). The band have played with some of the biggest names in the music business and Ms Knight has a long association with Sergio Mendes.

A songwriter who can find a rhyme for Chicago ('Zhivago') wins every time in my book! This is from the song The Next Best Thing, about a woman who is trying to sort out her ideas, 'grabbing on to anything', which she does to a Latin beat. West Indian Brown (Red Dress) is a sort of celebration of the dress, with a funky, gospel feel and a skilled interlude from the horns;  New Tomorrow, about starting again, is Brazilian tinged, with a lively trumpet solo.

The two live performances, recorded at the Cal Tech Jazz Festival, When A Woman's Has Enough and Never Make Your Move Too Soon are blues style, and Ms Knight invites the audience to dance on the latter track, which I would have done if it had been earlier in the evening! 

I could write more about the fun I had listening to this album, but I'll leave readers to listen for themselves, at www.sgsjazz.com. Click on to the YouTube link, then the link for this album.

Ann Alex

I'm Going Home Tonight;
Give A Little; West Indian Brown; When A Woman's Had Enough; New Tomorrow; The Next Big Thing; Stranger; Never make Your Move Too Soon; The Next Big Thing (radio edit)
 

Knight (vocals, songwriter); Chad Edwards (keys, Hammond B3 most tracks); Matt Weisberg (Keys 4,8); Chris Gordon (piano 6, background vocals 2); Steve Gregory (guitar); Jonathan Pintoff (bass); Randy Drake (drums); Scott Breadman (perc); Mike McGuffey (trumpet 2,3,6,7); Jeff Jarvis (trumpet, flugel (1,3,5); Kye Palmer (trumpet (4,5,8); Glen Berger (tenor, alto sax); Jim Lewis (trombone).

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