Russell Thompson

Hold on to Your Dreams

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With the assistance of Gerald Levert's input on vocals and vocal arrangements, producer Jim Buchanan orchestrates these shimmering urban jazz joints for sax player Russell Thompson -- a fixture in Gerald's recording projects -- to the hilt. Other Levert cronies include Sherena Wynn, Dennis Williams, and ex-Rude Boy Melvin Sephus. The swami saxist glosses and roasts on "Bingo's Revenge," "Over and Over" (featuring Gerald Levert), "Wildflower," and "Attitude." A regular and remixed rendition of "Hold on to Your Dream" fills two of the lucky 13 slots; the late William "Wee Gee" Howard (ex-Dramatics) originally recorded the uplifting title track on Cotillion Records. A butter-smooth set with enough vinegar to keep it kicking.

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