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Oli Silk — All We Need

Oct. 2, 2010

Keyboardist Oli Silk does some nifty and appealing things with his new slick jazzy offering, All We Need,  which shows off an A effort on some great new tracks.   Very pronounced and talkative bass lines, smooth and gliding keys work, and crisp vocals all grab a piece of the action here and deserve a huge chunk of the credit for the life of this album.

The opening and title track does a wonderful job of setting the album’s tone and mood, with its light, airy, and rhythmic flair. It’s followed by a bass & trumpet -heavy cover of The Brothers Johnson’s catchy “Tokyo.”  The trumpet lines are tight, and why not? They’re offered by the rising trumpeter Cindy Bradley who does a marvelous job of placing this track in the standout category.  Bassist Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, not to be outdone, does his own thick, low-register thing which just adds sparkle to the whole piece.  That’s followed by the lilting and teasing vocals of Shannon “Sangin’ Diva” Pearson (gotta love these nicknames!) on “Didn’t Know About Love.” Lots of that smooth Oli funk.

Frenchman Marc Antoine brings his Latin guitar flair to bear on “Latin Haze,” a mid-tempo charmer which again features that funky Smitty Smith bass along with the sultry vocals of Rebeca Vega Felipe to accentuate those dancing Oli Silk ivories.
 
The cleverly titled “Get Out Claws” is a syrupy, soulful track that begs one to simply chill and get to know that special someone just a little bit better.  Already know him or her well enough? Then, perhaps you just want to get up and boogie down to the dance-it-up track that follows, “Bring Back Those Days.”
  
It’s all good here with All We Need, and Oli Silk knows exactly what’s needed to keep the party going. No disappointment here.  – Ronald Jackson