The 11-track Mindi Abair - Wild
Heart release on the Heads Up, a division of Concord Music
Group label is
the perfect blend of Jazz, Pop, and Funk and features an
all-star guest list with contributions from friends, Trombone Shorty, Keb'
Mo', Max Weinberg, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Perry, Booker
T. Jones, and Gregg Allman. Definitely worth a
listen, or two, or three ...
Mindi Abair - Wild
Heart: Amazing Game, I Can't Lose,
Wild Heart, Haute Sauce, Train, Kick Ass, I'll Be Your Home, The Shakedown,
Kiddo's Revenge, Addicted To You; Just So When
Mindi Abair - Wild
Heart Personnel: Mindi Abair:
vocals, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, handclaps; Adam Berg: piano, handclaps, organ, tambourine, synthesizers, Itai Shapira: guitar, bass, tambourine,
handclaps, guitar solo and additional rhythm guitar (on track 11), Jake Najor: drums, Jim Peterik: percussion, Todd
Simon - trumpet, flugelhorn, Elizabeth
Lea: trombone, Bud Harner: crash
cymbal; Trombone Shorty: trombone (featured
on track 1), Dave Yaden: piano
(track 4), Blake Colie: drums (tracks
4 and 11), Joe Perry: guitar
(featured on track 6), Keb' Mo:
vocals, guitar, guitar solo, tambourine (featured on track 7), Booker T. Jones: Hammond B3 (track 7,
and featured on track 10), James Gadson:
drums (track 7), Waddy Wachtel:
guitar (featured on track 8), Lance
Abair: organ (track 8), Max Weinberg:
drums (featured on track 8), Gregg
Allman: vocals, guitar, Hammond B3 (featured on track 11), Dave Burris: electric guitar (track
11), Kevin Scott: bass (track 11)
Mindi Abair - Wild
Heart was produced by Adam Berg, Itai Shapira, Todd Simon, and Mindi Abair
on the Heads Up, a division of Concord Music
The release opens with the funky instrumental horns up front
piece, Amazing Game written by Mindi
and Jim Peterik featuring Trombone Shorty on trombone, with Elizabeth Lea
(trombone section), Todd Simon on trumpet, Mindi on alto, tenor and baritone
saxophones, and Adam Berg laying down some fine piano, then segues into the
Mindi and Tyrone Stevens song, I Can't Lose with its kicking pop feel
and lyrics, "money comes and money goes, doesn't really matter to me..."
Next in the line-up is the title track, Wild Heart, a hauntingly lovely instrumental piece with wailing horns,
followed by the fast paced Haute Sauce
written by Mindi and Dave Yaden with Adam Berg adding synthesizers to give it
some kick, and the high octane Train
written by Mindi and Jim Peterik, one of the many highlights of the release
that delivers a punch with its opening drum work and vivid vocals, "train ...
coming for to take me away..."
Kick Ass written
by Mindi and Matthew Hagen features Joe Perry on guitar and is an upfront funky
instrumental piece, the ballad, I'll Be
Your Home written by Mindi, Dave Yaden, and Candace Devine is another
highlight of the release and features Keb' Mo' playing guitar, tambourine and
contributing a nice guitar solo and a duet with Mindi singing the lyrics,
"...I'll always be by your side...", followed by The Shakedown written by Mindi and Waddy Wachtel featuring Max
Weinberg on drums and Waddy on guitar.
written by Mindi and Dave Yaden has Mindi showing her prowess on alto, tenor
and baritone saxophones, and the instrumental piece, Addicted To You written by Mindi and Booker T. Jones opens with
Booker T. Jones on a Hammond B3 that segues into Mindi playing alto sax with
James Gadson on drums and Itai Shapira on bass.
The last track Just
Say When written by Mindi Abair and Gregg Allman, is one of my favorite
songs on the release. A nice guitar intro segues into the lyrics, "So many
miles I've traveled down the dusty road, lines across my face starting to show.
Always another town and another show, many more places left that I must go ... we
can sail away tomorrow, and never look back, go where the four winds blow and
fall in love again ...just say when..." I loved the Gregg and Mindi duet with their
husky vocals melding together, which is the perfect romantic close to Mindi Abair's
lastest release, Wild Heart.
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