Lee Fields & the Expressions, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, DJ Misa | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.

Lee Fields & the Expressions, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, DJ Misa Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 17, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $15; 18+
Since the mid-90s veteran soul singer Lee Fields has orbited the periphery of the New York-based hard-funk revival anchored by Daptone Records, the label that made Sharon Jones a star—in fact, label cofounder Gabriel Roth met Jones at a Fields session for Daptone predecessor Desco in 1996, where she sang backing vocals and he worked as an engineer. It wasn't till last year's My World (Truth & Soul), though, that Fields finally displayed his full range. His command of James Brown-style shout-singing comes through loud and clear on "Money Is King," but there's much more to him than gritty exhortations and drum-tight rhythms—when he switches to straight-up soul singing, particularly on ballads, it's downright beautiful. Truth & Soul label owners Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, who produced the album, go for a full-blown retro-soul approach, with strings and horns gilding lean, crisp grooves, and Fields has the presence and gravitas of an artist for whom this music isn't retro at all. He's not the most original stylist—you can hear traces of Otis Redding in the elegant "Honey Dove" and some Bobby Womack in the title track—but his graceful, inventive phrasing and casual authority can put a pretender like Mayer Hawthorne in his place. My World is hands-down the best soul record I heard in 2009. Part of Tomorrow Never Knows. —Peter Margasak

Map

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review


Roll over stars and click to rate.

Search Events…

Nearby

History