Phil Perry’s most recent release, Say Yes, is a soulful and refreshing project that features guests Chante Moore and Najee. Released on March 12, 2013 with Shanachie, this album is forty minutes well-produced and soothing music. Say Yes is Perry’s tenth album as a solo artist.
Perry was born and raised in East St Louis. He earned is start as part of the vocal group The Montclairs and has since gone on to work with George Duke, Peabo Bryson, Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Dave Koz, and Anita Baker. With this latest release, Phil Perry says “We try to keep the classic essence while allowing me to be the artist that I am. What that means is singing the melody without it being sterile, inserting new background ideas and different instrumentation to contemporize the sound without removing the essence of classic R & B.”
The album opens with “You Send Me,” the Sam Cooke classic in a style reflective of the 1957 original. To my pleasant surprise, however, the track transformed into a more modern/soul influenced arrangement, setting the tone for the rest of the album.
Say Yes features a collection of five originals (by Chris “Big Dog” Davis) and five covers – Sam Cooke’s aforementioned “You Send Me,” Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “Where is the Love?”, the Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and the Doobie Brothers’ “You Belong to Me.”
It’s difficult to pick any track or two from the album that stand out as the best because each song on the recording is well-done and the album is a refreshing and well thought out collection of covers and originals. If you enjoy listening to soul, rnb or smooth jazz, then I definitely recommend checking out Phil Perry’s Say Yes.
Title: Say Yes
Artist: Phil Perry
Date: March 12, 2013
Genre: Soul, Jazz
01 You Send Me
02 Where Is The Love? (Featuring Chante Moore)
03 Tonight Just Me And You (Featuring Najee)
04 You Belong To Me
05 Say Yes
06 Just A Little Bit
07 The Long And Winding Road
08 Peel The Veil
09 Can’t Hide Love (Featuring Najee)
10 Bridge Over Troubled Water