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Flav Martin & Jerry Marotta

Soul Redemption

Review by Gary Hill

With Jerry Marotta as part of this (and Tony Levin as a guest) I had been expecting something along the prog or fusion lines of sound. While there are some hints of both of those things here, this is more in keeping with an adult contemporary and world music sound. It's melodic and quite pleasant. While it's not prog, it's an entertaining journey. This is the kind of thing that should appeal to a wide range of people.

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Track by Track Review
Soul Redemption

Rising up gradually, this has some cool melodic elements at play. The percussion textures are pronounced. I dig the bits of musical fills. The vocal delivery is fun stuff. There is some jazz and world music amidst a bouncing kind of mellow pop rock sound.

Please
I love the intricate guitar work as this opens. While the first tune wasn't all that proggy, there is plenty of progressive rock built into this. Still, it's in the mainstream, mellow melodic rock vein. There is a building kind of vibe to the piece, and it has a real dreamy feeling to it.
Drinking You
With a real jazzy texture, this is another pleasant piece. It's melodic and has a cool groove to it.
I Knew It Was You
While on the pop side of the equation, this is built on a lot of fusion. There is some world music here, too. This is mellow and quite pretty.
Tell Me to My Face

This is very Latin in style and concept. It's more world music than it is anything else. This is energetic, entertaining and fun.

Rio De Janeiro

A mellow, vacation kind of groove is the musical concept here. That fits well with the lyrical content of the cut. This is another pleasant piece in the soft rock kind of vein. I dig the guitar work later on the number.

Wild Moon
Fusion and mellow pop rock merge on this pleasant tune. It's a lot of fun.
Coffee Song (Cosa Hai Messo Nel Caffè)
The lyrics to this cut are in Italian. This is a traditional tune. They do a cool mildly jazzy groove take on the piece. It's another classy soft rock styled number.
How Can You Leave Me Now

I love the percussion on this cut. The bass work is so cool, too. This is a great mid-tempo melodic piece. The vocal arrangement is among the best here. In fact, this might be my favorite tune on the disc. It's a great to end things in style.

 
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