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Funkee Boy – Soul Purpose

Jan. 25, 2014

Anyone familiar with the music of keyboardist/composer Funkee Boy certainly should know that he lives up to his name and wears it well. With music almost always melodic and fFunkee Boyull of soul and depth, you come to expect more of the same or better with each release. Well, here he is again with Soul Purpose, a well-polished collection of soulful originals and covers that he handles with the touch of one who knows.

Bringing with him some bright sunshine in the form of guitarist Nick Colionne, saxman Warren Hill, vocalist Leila, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, saxman Najee, and keys wiz Bob Baldwin, Funkee Boy dances through this set of gems almost effortlessly.

Some songs of note here are the opening track “Bonafide,” “Let It Flow” with Warren Hill, “Déjà vu” with its catchy melody and guitar work by Nick Colionne, the smoky and sexy vocals of the lovely Leila on an Eagles classic “I Can’t Tell You Why,” Bruno Mars’ jammin’ and funky “Treasure (great keys work here),” R. Kelly’s groove “Step In the Name of Love,” the saucy and sweet “Karma” with Cindy Bradley. “Bring Back the Days” with Tevin Michael on vocals, “Keystroke” with Bob Baldwin, “New Day” with Najee, and several other tracks. The bottom line is that Funkee Boy knows this genre and knows how to stay relevant within it.

Never short on the smooth or smokin’ vibe, it comes as no surprise to me that Funkee Boy would again rise to the occasion and crank out another powerful project such as this. If the groove lives within you, you need only bring it the surface at will, which Funkee Boy has done time and again. There is a groove (actually, several) just for you on this album. No track is a toss-off.  Catch this vibe and go with it. – Ronald Jackson