Buffalo, New York based jazz band “E-Life 7” has recently sprung from years of collaboration between guitarist Ron Walker and bassist Mike “Michael” Pennick, both of which were part of the R & B band, The Exoutics. The recording of the debut album “Miked Up” features keyboard players Rodney Spears and Charlie Crymes Jr., and drummer-percussionist Tim Webb added to the duo.
Guest-starring are Ken Whitman on tenor saxophone in the song “Smooth Ride” and the groovy track “Sunrise”, Walter Kemp III on piano in the song “Inner Beauty”, Van Taylor on keyboards-bass in “That Girl” and Joey Diggs and Dee Osbourne as vocalists sang only two songs “Miked Up” and “Feelin ‘You”.
Rhythmic jazz and R & B songs smoothly alternate on this fourteen-track album with all but one original compositions. The only cover on “Miked Up” is the soulful R & B song “That Girl,” which was a big hit for Stevie Wonder in 1981.
It is smoothly opened dancing on the plate with the swinging instrumental “Sunday Night”, and the slaps on the strings of a bass guitar form a dynamic intro with even the instrumental track “Chaos” and also wordless enduring “Second Level”. Bassist Mike Pennick is in these numbers are central to determining rhythm instrument.
That is also the case in the two tracks that appear twice on this album: “Tony Rome” and “Feelin ‘You” because we get an album version and an’ offered radio edit. Just one interesting “did-you-know” to close out this review: ‘EL-7 “stands for” Enjoy Life 7 days a week “and that’s a nice tip for anyone who is born in the heart of music (… and actually for all others).
Miked Up was released on March 24, 2017 through Three 2 Go Music.
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