Willie Hill

Some Love and Peace

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The fourth self-released record from Durham, NC, native Willie Hill is definitely his most polished effort to date. Hill is a one-man army, having produced, engineered, and arranged the 11 tracks on the CD. In addition, he penned ten of the 11 tracks and performed the bulk of the instrumental work. Hill's sound is a smooth fusion of urban soul and an understated jazz sensibility. He works a animated jazz-funk groove on "I Wonder," a tune that also benefits from some fine alto sax work from James Brown. The title track is a bluesy, laid-back, jazz instrumental that affords tenor sax man Ira Wiggins an opportunity to unwind a gentle, articulate solo. In addition to his considerable chops as an arranger, Hill brings a nice emotional depth to his vocals, as we hear on the socially relevant "Stand Up" and "If I Had." The only track on the album not written by Hill, "Miracle," is given a moving interpretation by Tony Springs, who wrote the tune. Some Love and Peace is a solid indie soul album, highlighted by an impressive group of original songs.

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