SOUL MEN…The Temprees: From The Heart, “The Doctor” Curtis Robinson: Dancing In the Street

Two ways to approach and embrace pop R&B; embrace the past with your own material or interpret it with a new attitude. Here we go!

The Temprees consist of Deljuan Calvin, Harold Scott and Walter Washington, and they make you feel like Little Anthony and the Imperials never left the room. With production by Angelo Earl, old school keyboards and horn mix with rich vocal harmonies on “From the Heart” and “Love Again.” A dash of Sister Sledge gets funky on the upbeat “We Do Music” and some slick synth grooves are prevalent with the luscious voices on ”Half Empty, Half Full” and “Baby Da Da.” The upbeat attitude and optimistic delivery is an added bonus to this toe tapping charmer that will out last Afro Sheen.

Curtis Robinson writes the perfect prescription with his warm Benson-toned guitar as he revisits the Motown song book. He teams together with Leon Joyce/dr, Michael Logan/p and Chuck Webb-Larry Grey/b for an album that is deliciously hip.

The team shuffles to the title track, and gets funky on “ Don’t You Worry About A Thing,” having fun with another Wonder piece “Sir Duke/I Wish” which has the doctor doing some nice surgery with his strings. The drums are soft and understated for Robinson and Logan to do some delicate bedside manner on “What’s Goin’ On” while delivering a bluesy shuffle on a guaranteed to cure your ills read of “Billie Jean.” He ventures on his own material which keeps to the theme with a “Wes & Pat” that is so hip he may need a chiropractor for referral. This one is a concierge practice builder!

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