Friday, May 16, 2008

Gene Dunlap - It's Just the Way I Feel

There's no denying drummer Gene Dunlap's résumé -- stints in support of Grant Green and Roy Ayers are the funk equivalent of earning Ph.D.s from Harvard and Yale -- so it's little surprise that his debut LP, It's Just the Way I Feel, is such an effective and engaging listen. Dunlap's operating well outside the jazz sphere, however, and despite some obvious fusion-inspired moments, this is first and foremost a straight-up soul album, with a strong balance between slick, dancefloor-ready groovers and heartfelt ballads. Most impressive is the handful of tracks featuring the Ridgeways, an all-girl vocal trio whose sexy harmonies mesh perfectly with Dunlap's crisp, supple rhythms. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

A review from Dusty Groove
An excellent fusiony soul album on Capitol, recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart -- but he's got a flair for the modern soul song, and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics -- "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" -- plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change".

1. Intro
2. Rock Radio
3. Before You Break My Heart
4. I Got You
5. Love Dancin'
6. It's Just the Way I Feel
7. Should I Take Her Back, Should I Let Her Go
8. Surest Things Can Change


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bowlisha1 said...

This is one of my all time favorite albums. Tks for posting it.

Andy said...

Thanks so much,this album brings back fond memories.My vinyl is stuffed and I have been searching for this for years,cool.

jaguar said...

Many Thanks for this.

I got the 7 inch singles when they came out but never the LP.

djandpete said...

great album thanks

aquaade said...

Thanks for putting this one up. Great album!

Zac said...

amazing post ty so much

jazzobsessive said...

Nice to hear again after so many years!