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Take 6 — Believe

Apr. 1, 2016

Veteran songmasters and multi-Grammy award winners Take 6 have so very much for which to be joyful and grateful….and they are, as is evident on their latest release Believe, a sterling 14-track offering of jazz, hip hop, R&B, gospel, a cappella voTake 6cals and vocals incorporating instruments. As diverse as the world itself, this project simply eases into your space and, I predict, will potentially see the top of the music charts.

Over the span of almost 3 decades and 11 albums, this supergroup has entertained four sitting United States presidents, graced the stage with countless luminaries, received numerous awards for everything from Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album to Best Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group to Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group. They’ve recorded dazzling soundtracks and even appeared on Saturday Night Live, all the while keeping their very same energy alive and spirited since their early days at Huntsville, AL’s Oakwood College. Their path has been forward- looking ever since.

As mentioned, this project has everything but the kitchen sink (and maybe, if you listen carefully, maybe some form of that is here, as well) and, for those who know the group well, no disappointments exist here.

Always inspirational with quality, intricate, and clear vocals, they do it all so well with majesty.

Cutting loose with foot-stompin’ grooves like the lead track “Beautiful Day,” “You Make Me Happy,” and the hip hop-inspired “Keep the Faith,” the group tosses in solid mid-tempo jams like “Reset,” “You’re in Love” and “Walk Away” while caressing the soul with such heavenly beauties as  “When Angels Cry,” “On Your Side,” “You’re All I Need,” (the latter being lyrically reminiscent of the late Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father”) and the stirring “5 Minutes With God.”

It’s all here and all packed with class, quality, and presence. You couldn’t ask for a more eclectic album in this vein, and you’ll surely miss out by not giving this one your undivided attention. – Ronald Jackson