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Patrick Lamb – It’s Alright Now

Feb. 3, 2012

Revisiting his southern roots and the Maceo Parker/James Brown funk themes, saxophonist Patrick Lamb is back with It’s Alright Now, a kickin’, poppin’ jamfest from beginning to end.

Lamb is one artist who’s known and respected by so many in the industry, including the amazing Diane Schuur who says, “He’s sensitive when appropriate, and also very strong at the same time. I love his musicality!”

At the urging of keys wiz/producer Jeff Lorber who once told him, “You know, Patrick, I have played with a lot of people, and you are a world class musician, but you need a world class record,” Lamb teamed up with the keys/fusion giant, and It’s Alright Now was born. Lorber’s funky style can be felt the moment you pop in this CD.  The tracks on the release should definitely take you on a journey to N’Orleans, Mississippi, Atlanta, or wherever you want to go to experience that crazy jazz/soul/funk from the era of J.B. and others.

From the opening, funk-nasty track “Walk Away,” written by Lorber and Alex Al to Lorber’s high-flying “Fuse,” Lamb serenades and gyrates with his hot sax work and revved-up support group (check out the nitty gritty chatter in the title track and tell me this isn’t an all-out bare-bones funkfest designed to move you in every direction at once).

A CD that sounds like it was simply tons of fun to make yet quite serious in its approach and instrumentation, It’s Alright Now makes that title an absolutely true statement – regardless of what else may be going on in your life — once you pop it in and settle back to listen. – Ronald Jackson