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Sweet Lou Olutosin – Meet Me At the Crossroads

June 9, 2017

When I write about musical diversity, eclecticism, and the manner in which artists cleverly merge genres and subgenres, especially in jazz, I am talking about artists exactly like jazz vocalist “Sweet” Lu Olutosin. Olutosin’s latest release, the aptly titled Meet Me At the Crossroads, explores that merger in such a refreshing, cool, and cushiony fashion that one must simply nod, smile, and tap to the groove.

With a smooth vocal style that reminds one of the late great Lou Rawls, Kevin Whalum, and the late iconic crooner Al Jarreau and that captures the poetic flow often heard in vocalist Raul Midon’s music, Olutosin works his magic on each and every track with personality, giving one the strong sense that, yes, he really enjoyed making this recording. This is not just music for profit’s sake; it’s music for soul rejuvenation.

It’s all here in a sweet, soulful, jazzy package: Swing, smooth jazz, cool R&B touches, a touch of Rio, and great blues.

Introducing his distinctive and smartly interpretative covers of tunes like the Blood, Sweat, & Tears classic “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (also later recorded by the late Donny Hathaway) and Lou Rawls’ “You’ll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)” and folding in some truly catchy originals like “Skin Game” and “How They Do That,” Olutosin shapes and molds this project into one soothing and pleasant aural experience in cool.

Jazz is always made brighter, bolder, and more vibrant when it opens its doors to all of the various stylings, phrasings, compositions, and grooves that artists present via their creative expressions. Olutosin sets his own place at that large table of creativity. Meet Me At the Crossroads truly does bring you to the crossroads where all of jazz’s romanticism, alluring class, and endearing diversity meet. Enjoy the charms of this one – Ronald Jackson