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Phil Perry – Say Yes

Mar. 10, 2013

Here with his silk-laden pipes and a new CD, Say Yes, which is filled with magnificent interpretations of cleverly selected covers and smooth as satin originals, crooner extraordinaire Phil Perry turns on the charm as only he can. Phil Perry

With Chris “Big Dog” Davis by his side as producer, Perry starts off on third base immediately. Adding saxman/flutist, vocalist Chante Moore, Dawn Tallman and Donnell Smallwood on backing vocals, scintillating covers of “You Send Me,” “Where Is The Love,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Long and Winding Road,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” – along with some sharp originals like the sexy “Tonight Just Me and You,” the title track, and the Latin-tinged “Can’t Hide Love,” among others, just brings him walking to home plate (no sliding necessary because this is no “close call” at all).

Perry’s vocals have always had a heartbeat and deep-reaching personality all their own. Say Yes is yet another successful notch in the vocalist’s belt.  If this doesn’t ride high on all of contemporary jazz/R&B charts, I’d be totally shocked. I am one who’d like to think that I know a little something about vocals, having at one time logged quite a few years in the capacity, and I can easily and honestly say that there is absolutely nothing even remotely mediocre about Perry’s skills which truly rank as superior.

The ease with which he can travel the vocal range is and has always been remarkable. This wonderful album puts all of his charming abilities on display, from phrasing, improvisation, to writing. Of course, followers of this most entertaining artist know this to be true of any tune he tackles.

Perry says, “When I make a record, my goal is always to make something I can be proud of. As I travel across the country, I can definitely say there’s a market out there for traditional R&B. I think this album is a good representation of what classic soul music is in the digital age.”

In a nutshell, prepare yourselves for yet another dazzling project of seduction and charisma. Stand ready to marvel at the tenacity and the continuing record of delivering top-shelf quality vocals and material. One listen, and you too will say, resoundingly, yes. – Ronald Jackson