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Patrick Lamb - Soul Ties

Posted by Riley Welch on 2019/02/25

One of the highlights of my 2018 smooth groove life was meeting Patrick Lamb at Flato Markham Theatre, where he positively lit up the stage (and backstage too!) with Gino Vannelli!  Just an absolute ball of energy and charm, Patrick now brings his boundless talent to a brand new solo release - Soul Ties.

Kicking off with the soulful, funk-inspired "Homebrew", this hot collection showcases Patrick's unbridled passion for his instrument. "Tailgate" (also featuring Jeff Lorber, with whom he often plays and who is a regular on this record) grooves with intricacy and catchy hooks all combined into a tasty confection. And the kicky "Moonchild" proves yet again that two smooth stars are better than one and more fun to boot!

Patrick's captivating presence has earned him tour spots with not only Gino but Bobby Caldwell, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and  - believe it or not - Alice Cooper!  Plus he is one of the youngest musicians to ever be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame (Patrick makes his home in Portland). Listen to Soul Ties and you'll understand why. Tracks like "Street Cred", "Fearsome" and "Light It Up" exhibit sass, spunk, spirit, sparkle and yes ... soul. My favourite track is the last one. "Whatever Happens" showcases Patrick's steamy and sensual sax, complimented by sizzling vocals from Frank McComb.

This is true soul at its finest. Maybe Oregon soul is the next big thing?

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