Allan Harris - Open Up Your Mind (2011) MP3/Flac

Allan Harris - Open Up Your Mind (2011)
Artist: Allan Harris
Title Of Album: Open Up Your Mind
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Love Productions Records, LLC
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 50:12 min
Total Size: 113 MB

01. Can't Live My Life Without You
02. I Do Believe
03. Hold You
04. Fly Me To The Moon
05. Color Of A Woman
06. There She Goes
07. Autumn
08. Shores Of Istanbul
09. Inner Fear
10. Open Up Your Mind

There is Allan Harris the romantic troubadour, serving up platters of Billy Strayhorn, Ellington and Nat King Cole tunes with his distinctly Cole-esque baritone. There is also Harris the singer-storyteller, two volumes 2006's Cross That River and its 2009 companion Cry of the Thunderbird into his vibrant saga of unsung black cowboys, their trials and triumphs. Not until now, however, as his recording career enters its third decade, has an entire album been devoted to a meeting of Harris the romantic and Harris the songwriter.

The inescapable Cole-ness that defined so much of his earlier work has all but disappeared. (Intriguingly, it only surfaces on the album's sole cover, a gently funkified "Fly Me to the Moon," suggesting that original material unleashes a more original Harris.) Instead, he eases into a smooth R&B groove more evocative of Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. The material, though consistently charming, is occasionally derivative. "Color of a Woman" suggests a mellower take on Sinatra's mid-'60s quasi-hit "Tell Her (You Love Her Each Day)," the sparkling "Hold Me" sounds as if it was plucked from the Stylistics' '70s songbook, and "There She Goes" echoes countless other if-only-she'd-notice-me laments. But when Harris examines more distinctive sentiments, such as the swirling, mysteriously exotic "Shores of Istanbul" or the sinister, duplicitous "Inner Fear," the results are impressively fresh and invigorating. ~ Christopher Loudon

Allan Harris - Open Up Your Mind (2011)
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