Give me an album and tell me it’s a jazz band covering Memphis Soul, and I’m giving it a listen 100 out of 100 times. As foolproof as the idea sounds, there are a couple of pitfalls that needed to be avoided.
1. Can’t goo to heavily jazz. Moving too far away from the original structures, which a jazz musician would naturally experiment by doing, could kill the soul of the song.
2. Staying too faithful to the original. A strict bar for bar cover of these songs would rob us of the talent of the band by not allowing them to add their own flavor.
Luckily, Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band stayed in the middle of these two extremes and gave us a great blend of classic soul and jazzy improvisation.
Standout tracks include, “Giving Up”, “Thrill Is Gone,” “B.A.B.Y.” And “I Can’t Get Next To You.”