Sherry Winston – Life is Love and Love is You
Life is Love & Love is You
(Flying Flute – 2000)
by S. H. Watkins, Sr.
Very much like Bobbie Humphries, Sherry has taken a mix of the current ‘street beat’ and combined it with originality in composition and her soulful performance style, and added a group of all-star heavyweight musicians to come up with a collection of pieces that will stand on their own, much as “Harlem River Drive” does.
The cover tunes, mostly Stevie Wonder compositions, are handled with care, and are all beautiful. Norman Brown’s guitar licks set a great canvas for Sherry to paint her upbeat version of the classic Wonder tune ‘Pastime Paradise’.
But it’s the original compositions that are the strongest part of this CD. I particularly liked the powerful title tune, an original, up-tempo caribbean flavored song beautifully augmented by the strong vocal presence of Jon Lucien singing lead. Teaming up with Najee on ‘Guatemala Connection’ you get a strong rhythmic flavor, overlain with a string of fine melody performances, one performer then the other, that ends too soon.
This is also one of the last recording sessions that the late Grover Washington participated in before his untimely passing. This GREAT release should surely be included in your personal playlist.
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