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NEW MUSIC: Maysa Leak – ‘Back 2 Love’

NEW MUSIC: Maysa Leak – ‘Back 2 Love’

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Maysa Leak is one of those rare vocalists that can seamlessly flip from jazz to soul and back again in a way that is both beguiling and career defining.  2015 finds her celebrating twenty years as a recording artist and to mark the achievement her new CD ‘Back 2 Love’ will be released May 26 on the Shanachie label.

It opens with the title cut, which is built around a classic dance groove and proves (if indeed proof was needed) that she has everything it takes to be a dance diva and then some.  Elsewhere ‘Heavenly Voices’ is a masterpiece of jazz infused soul that sits in the delightful company of ‘Go Away Little Boy’, a song inspired by Marlena Shaw’s classic hit of the same name and produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

Later, the seventies style R & B ballad ‘Last Chance For Love’ finds Maysa partnering with Phil Perry while ‘Smilin’ provides the platform for her to showcase that classic, rich, vocal style for which she has become famous and what has caused luminaries such as Stevie Wonder to describe her as “simply wonderful”.

Wonderful is also a word that comes readily to mind when considering what is arguably the album’s best song, ‘Keep It Movin’, that was produced by Mint Condition’s lead vocalist –producer – songwriter Stokley who also contributes guest vocals.  This urban gem is one seriously good number and an obvious contender for my top twenty tracks of the year.

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June 2nd, 2015

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