Melba Moore & Phil Perry – The Gift Of Love (2009)

Melba Moore & Phil Perry - The Gift Of Love (2009)
Artist: Melba Moore & Phil Perry
Album: The Gift Of Love
Genre: Soul-Jazz / Smooth Jazz
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3, VBR 128-320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Optimistic 04:46
02. You’re All I Need To Get By 04:05
03. It Will Be Alright 04:14
04. I Believe 03:47
05. Sadie 04:00
06. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing 03:46
07. Weakness 04:48
08. Survival Kit 04:10
09. We’ll Be Together, Then 04:56
10. U Never Know 01:58
11. Give (The Gift Of Love) 04:49

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The Gift of Love pairs R&B legend and Tony Award-winning actress Melba Moore with veteran R&B star Phil Perry. Co-produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Preston Glass, David Nathan, and Dwayne Palmer and released on Shanachie, the set contains 11 upbeat, uplifting, and inspirational songs that run the gamut from contemporary gospel to adult contemporary. These duets are structured in an old-school soul style, but the sonic presentation is up to the minute for radio. There are some solid moments on this set, including the opening cut, “Optimistic,” a kind of anthem for entire album; the classic Broadway ballad “I Believe,” which is a solo for Moore; the shimmering “Sadie,” with saxophone work from Kim Waters; and the title track that closes the album. This is message music that engages the listener musically as much as it does inspirationally.
Review by Thom Jurek

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