Title - 'Love Is' (10th & Clay Records)
Artist - D. Edward
Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, D. Edward has played with numerous groups over his long and storied career, but now he gets to release his very own new solo project, entitled Love Is.
Releasing on October 21st, 2014 via 10th & Clay Records, Love Is is just one of the new albums you need to listen to today - it's just that good!
To give you a little background on D. Edward, being the highly accomplished percussionist he most certainly is, he actually currently still tours with the legendary R&B/Funk group, Con Funk Shun.
And aside from the 11 tracks contained on this delicious, truly outstanding unique blend of pop and retro soul sounds, the front cover art is just, well, priceless! So many interpretations, so many ways to "view it," that's just how this album rolls.
We begin with the slow-to-mid tempo 'Waiting,' a track that showcases D. Edward's impeccable percussion work right from the off. Next we get 'Show Me,' a track featuring Singer/Songwriter Jenna Lavoie, who plays the Ukulele. A song enhanced by her unique blend of moving and uplifting melodies, it bleeds beautifully into a quick thirty second 'Hold On (Intro)' before the real near four minute version is brought forth.
That's followed by 'One for The Money,' which in turn is backed by both the stunning 'Mezmerized' and then the more relaxed 'Don't Say.' On an album that also features Grammy Award Winners Pianist Laura Sullivan, Trumpet player Steffen Kuehn and Saxophonist Tony Peebles from 2013 Grammy winning band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and Billboard Music Award Winner Leah Tysse, it's no wonder that Love Is was two years in the making!
The tender storytelling of 'I Love The Way' is next, 'Pretty Eyes' backing it, and then the whole album is brought to a close with the high and mighty percussion and vocals on 'Mighty Love,' and then the final track; indeed the actual title track, the easy breezy infectious sway of 'Love Is.'