Brand New Heavies

Performers The Brand New Heavies

Delicious Vinyl | April 26, 2007 | Compact Disc

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The Brand New Heavies: N'Dea Davenport (vocals); Simon Bartholomew (guitar); Jim Wellman (soprano & tenor saxophones, keyboards); Andrew Levy (keyboards, bass); Jan Kincaid (keyboards, drums, percussion); Lascelles Gordon (percussion, guitar).
Additional personnel: Ikebod Smoinei (Bavarian berry pipe); Mike Smith (alto & tenor saxophones); Tim Garland (tenor & baritone saxophones); John Wilmot (tenor saxophone); Joan Walker (baritone saxophone); Paul Dias, Andy Bush, Lawrence Perry (trumpet); Brian Archer (trombone); Ceri Evans, Robert Carter (keyboards).
Many of the artists who were part of Britain's soul scene of the late '80s/early '90s, including Soul II Soul, Lisa Stansfield, and Caron Wheeler, took a high-tech, neo-soul approach, combining '70s-influenced R&B and disco with elements of hip-hop. The equally impressive Brand New Heavies, however, used technology sparingly, stressed the use of real instruments, and were unapologetically retro and '70s-sounding through and through. Drawing on such influences as the Average White Band and Tower of Power, the Heavies triumph by sticking with the classic R&B approach they clearly love the most. The band has a jewel of a singer in N'Dea Davenport, who is characteristically expressive on "Dream Come True" and "Stay This Way." Real horns -- not synthesizers made to sound like horns -- enrich those gems as well as the sweaty vocal funk of "People Get Ready" and "Put the Funk Back in It" and the jazz-influenced instrumental "BNH." While this fine album enjoyed cult hit status, it was sadly ignored by American urban contemporary radio. ~ Alex Henderson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 26, 2007

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Delicious Vinyl

UPC: 081227678227

Found in: Acid Jazz, Acid Jazz

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Brand New Heavies

Brand New Heavies

Performers The Brand New Heavies

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 26, 2007

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Delicious Vinyl

UPC: 081227678227


Title Track Time
1.BNH --
2.Dream Come True --
3.People Get Ready --
4.Never Stop --
5.Put the Funk Back in It --
6.Gimme One of Those --
7.Ride in the Sky --
8.Sphynx --
9.Stay This Way --
10.Shakedown --

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The Brand New Heavies: N'Dea Davenport (vocals); Simon Bartholomew (guitar); Jim Wellman (soprano & tenor saxophones, keyboards); Andrew Levy (keyboards, bass); Jan Kincaid (keyboards, drums, percussion); Lascelles Gordon (percussion, guitar).
Additional personnel: Ikebod Smoinei (Bavarian berry pipe); Mike Smith (alto & tenor saxophones); Tim Garland (tenor & baritone saxophones); John Wilmot (tenor saxophone); Joan Walker (baritone saxophone); Paul Dias, Andy Bush, Lawrence Perry (trumpet); Brian Archer (trombone); Ceri Evans, Robert Carter (keyboards).
Many of the artists who were part of Britain's soul scene of the late '80s/early '90s, including Soul II Soul, Lisa Stansfield, and Caron Wheeler, took a high-tech, neo-soul approach, combining '70s-influenced R&B and disco with elements of hip-hop. The equally impressive Brand New Heavies, however, used technology sparingly, stressed the use of real instruments, and were unapologetically retro and '70s-sounding through and through. Drawing on such influences as the Average White Band and Tower of Power, the Heavies triumph by sticking with the classic R&B approach they clearly love the most. The band has a jewel of a singer in N'Dea Davenport, who is characteristically expressive on "Dream Come True" and "Stay This Way." Real horns -- not synthesizers made to sound like horns -- enrich those gems as well as the sweaty vocal funk of "People Get Ready" and "Put the Funk Back in It" and the jazz-influenced instrumental "BNH." While this fine album enjoyed cult hit status, it was sadly ignored by American urban contemporary radio. ~ Alex Henderson
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