March 5, 2012

V4YS Album Review - The Soul Session - One (Agogo Records)

Released rather quietly late January on Agogo Records, One, the first LP of The Soul Session deserves all your attention.

If this neo-soul record features many guests singers, it is first and foremost the work of one man, german multi-instrumentist and producer Ralph Kiefer.
A veteran of  Germany's jazz/fusion scene, Ralph has been collaborating with many underground bands these last 20 years, notably the excellent funk combo Poets Of Rhythm.
With this new project he lets his inspiration run free to present his own vision of Soul Music, lying somewhere between the 90's acid-jazz sound and the 70's golden era of fusion between "Black" music and folk/rock worlds.

Piano being his main instrument, he leaves centerstage to warm keyboards elegantly dressing up a rythmic frame carried by classy basslines. Alternating groovy moments with smooth & mellow cuts, the album also brillantly revisits some 70's folk/rock classics. Highlight of the disc, the Horse With No Name Suite covering in three parts America's timeless post hippie-years anthem (a track that definitely seems to be a choice material for soulful covers if you also add the great 2007 nudisco version from producer Todd Terje).

Below one of the Horse With No Name version and an album sampler :






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