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CD Review – Dee Dee Lavell – November 2014

Dee Dee Lavell - Sounds Of LoveTitle:       Sounds Of Love
Label:     Gam Girl Records
Year:       2014

Tracks:   11

Web:   http://www.deedeelavell.com
Location: 
Los Angeles USA

Australian born singer, DeeDee Lavell is currently based in Long Beach California.  Following  her 2012 blues infused album Mama Told Me, this new release has taken a whole new direction.

The opening ballad You’re Everywhere written by Australian Liza Ohlback, includes sweet harmonies and gorgeous piano-work by Adam Faulk.

Sounds Of Love features a number of jazz and pop standards plus four self-penned songs. On the track-list are songs by notable artist’s Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Antonio Carlos Jobim (affectionately known as Tom) and a very cool cover of Prince’s Diamonds & Pearls.

In the company of those stellar songwriters, Lavell holds her own with her mostly Latin flavoured compositions Celebrate, Supernatural (Song for Maliq), Sounds Of Love and Why We Are Here.

Of her self-penned songs, Supernatural (inspired by her son Maliq), is my personal favourite, and of the standards… Stevie Wonder’s Bird of Beauty, showcasing DeeDee’s beautiful contralto vocals to full effect, is the most outstanding.

On first listen I found this album a bit disconcerting as I loved her earlier Mama Told Me CD and felt Lavell had found her niche in the blues, but having re-listened to Sounds Of Love a number of times, it became apparent that this album has all the required elements to stand on its own merit.

The ‘sleeper’ of the album – Why We Are Here – with its syncopated African-influenced rhythms and featuring beautiful instrumentation and vocals, creeps up on you when you least expect it.

All songs were expertly produced by Leonard ‘Doc’ Gibbs and recorded/mixed by Craig White in Philadelphia.

Singer/songwriter DeeDee Lavell can be proud of this “collective of love” which deftly demonstrates her passion, dedication and versatility.

Dee Dee LavellAlbum Personnell:
Piano
Adam Faulk, Aaron Graves
Bass – Nimrod Speaks, Lee Smith
Guitar – Wendell Pops Sewell,
Miguelli (co-writer on Celebrate, Supernatural, Sounds of Love)
Drums – Anwar Marshall, Rocky Bryant
Percussion – Doc Gibbs (co-writer on Why We Are Here),  Trombone – Steve Tirpak
Cello – Ginger Murphy, Violin – Julie Wong, String Bass – Antoine Lopez
BVs & arrangements – DeeDee Lavell, Liza Ohlback, Helen Bruner, Terry Jones

Produced byLeonard “Doc” Gibbs
Recorded & Mixed by:  Craig White – The Lab Philadelphia PA.

CD Review – Liza Ohlback – June 2012

CD-Cover-Trouble2010Title:        Trouble Going Down
Label:       Independent
Year:         2009
Tracks:     10

Website:   http://www.lizaohlback.com

Location:
Sydney, Australia

OK, so I’m a bit late reviewing this CD, but having reviewed Liza’s unforgettable   live performance at Lizottes in November 2011, I promptly forgot to review the album!

I must say that of all the soulful blues singers I’ve come across, Liza has to be up there in the top ten, and I don’t mean just in Australia… I mean in the world!

Not only can she sing rings around most others, but she writes great songs.  Along with co-writer (bassist & guitarist) Zoltan Budai, they make for a formidable team having penned seven of the ten tracks which range from slow blues burners to mid-tempo movers and uptempo grooves.

Liza covers Things I’ve Been Through written by George Kerr & Gerald Harris (which was also done by Al Green’s backing singer the late Linda Jones), and she includes three fine compositions of her own  Heading For Home, Best You Move On and the final track Leave Before the Dam Breaks, completing the album.

My favourite tracks are:  Didn’t See It Coming featuring Eric Rasmussen on guitar; Somethings Gonna Give featuring Jack Evans on guitar; and Things I’ve Been Through featuring fabulous BV’s by Dee Lavell, Dan Markovina & Evelyn Duprai.

Although Liza is not hugely well-known on the Sydney blues circuit, don’t let that stop you from immersing yourself in this well-crafted, well-presented album.  She covers all types of blues including jazz, gospel, soul and swamp.
Gifted with a voice that can growl, howl or sooth your furrowed brow, Liza is one hell of a singer.
Oh, and the rest of the band aren’t too shabby either!!

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Liza Ohlback @ Lizottes Dee Why

Album Personnell:
Guitars – Eric Rasmussen,
Zoltan Budai, Jack Evans;
Drums/percussion – Greg Ohlback,
Bass – Zoltan Budai;
Double Bass – Peter Maloney;
Sax – David Weir;
Piano/Organ – Peter Rundle,
Mike Fronzek, Rick Mellick;
BVs :  Dan Markovina, Dee Lavell, Evelyn Duprai, Chiara Brown,
Lee Noonan.
Produced By:  Greg & Liza Ohlback

CD Review – Dee Lavell – June 2012

DeeLavell-CD coverTitle:        Mama Told Me
Label:       Independent
Year:         2012
Tracks:     11
Website:
http://www.deelavell.com
Location:  Brunswick Heads NSW

Having known Dee for many years, when her CD arrived I put it aside to listen later so I could give it my full attention rather than a cursory listen.
I’m so glad I did because I could not STOP listening!

The soulful opening track oozed out of the speakers with Dee’s captivating rich contralto voice seeping into my soul where it stayed put!  Supported by some fine backing vocals and superlative musicianship, this album is one for blues and soul lovers, alike.

But make no mistake, this is not an album full of sad blues.  It also boasts some big bad blues belters like “Do Your Thang”  and “Friday Night” into which Dee pours her considerable experience with gusto!
Along with guitarist and writing partner, Geoff Wright, I’d say Dee Lavell has definitely listened to what “Mama Told Me”!

Album Personnell:
Guitars – Geoff Wright,
Drums – Grant Gerathy & Greg Ohlback,DeeLavell-whitebodice
Bass – Thierry Fossemalle, Saxes – Martha Baartz, Dave Sanford, David Ades & Don Raffaele, Percussion – James Patugalan, Flute – Martha Baartz,
Piano, Keys & Hammond – Alan Park, Harmonica – Guy Kachel,
BVs – Belle Hendrik, Lydia Storey, Mohini Cox, Liza Ohlback & Greg Ohlback.
Produced by:  Geoff Wright & Dee Lavell