Work to Do
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Carl Allen (d) & Rodney Whitaker (b), featuring a stellar cast of musicians:
Vincent Chandler (tb), George Colligan (p) Vincent Herring (ss, as), Rodney Jones (g), plus guest:
Brandon Lee (tp)
Dorsey “Rob” Robinson (org, p)
Kirk Whalum (ts,ss).
1. Work To Do, 2. Speak To My Heart, 3. For Garrison (Both), 4. Giving Thanks, 5. What’s Going On, 6. Eleanor Rigby, 7. With You I’m Born Again, 8. Grahamstown, 9. A Time For Love, 10. Relativity
With its combination of classic R&B, soul jazz, pop, gospel and straight ahead styles, drummer Carl Allen and bassist Rodney Whitaker’s new CD, Work To Do, can be considered a rallying cry of sorts. This comes to life as we all enter a new era filled with hope, pride and ambition. Certainly the universal appeal of the material and music on Work To Do reflects all of these qualities. From the bustling, industrious title track, to the contemplative melancholy of “Speak to my Heart,” to the optimistic groove of the classic “What’s Going On,” this dynamic duo takes heart, soul and tempo to another joyful level.
“... a truly dynamic modern jazz duo ... ideal partners in a quest to move jazz in new directions while maintaining integral links to the past. - All About Jazz
“They’ve created a 21st-Century version of soul-jazz. - Detroit Free Press