Odessa Harris

The Easy Life

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On her first recording in more than 30 years, vocalist Odessa Harris showcases her elegant and burnished Southern chops deliciously textured with a slight scratch that only life and performance can give. Featuring stellar backing from musical director and Hammond B-3 organist Duncan McMillan, the album flows nicely between mid-tempo swingers such as "As if You Didn't Know," which features Detroit trumpet icon Marcus Belgrave, the slow funk of "Pick up the Pieces," and the Latin-infused "Road Warrior." Along with Belgrave, the group includes longtime Detroit bluesman drummer R.J. Spangler, guitarist John Barron, and stellar guest spots from tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna, who takes a tasty post-bop turn on the McMillan original "Hard Workin' Man." The album may have been 30 years in the making, but it was well worth the wait.

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