Title - Just The Two Of Us [CD Single]
Artist - Rebecca Angel
For those unaware, Love. Life. Choices is the debut full-length album from New York City-based vocalist Rebecca Angel, following her widely acclaimed 2018 EP What We Had and a handful of well-received singles and other interim releases.
In Love. Life. Choices, on both her original compositions and interpretations, Rebecca displays maturity and poise, well-honed craftsmanship, a steely confidence, smart musical choices and an innate sense of self.
Furthermore, Rebeccas individuality shines through on each diverse track.
On these 10 stellar tunes, Rebecca threads together elements of several musical genres, including jazz, soul, pop and Brazilian music, fashioning an instantly embraceable hybrid sound.
For the sessions, veteran jazz/R&B producer/arranger Jason Miles (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr.) who also provides keyboards, assembled a world-class team of collaborators, and an impressive cast of virtuosic top-shelf musicians, among them guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reggie Washington, drummer Gene Lake, and trumpeter/flugelhornist Dennis Angel, who also happens to be Rebeccas father.
Love. Life. Choices boasts an eclectic track list that finds Rebecca drawing material from several disparate sources, with the albums covers running the gamut, and inclusive of Bill Withers Just the Two of Us (which has already topped several prominent radio charts as a single).
Rebeccas rendition of Just The Two Of Us here, and which also features Maya Azucena, Reggie Washington, Gene Lake, Ira Siegel and Ada Rovatti), is simply captivating from start to finish, and is just the most perfect of summer songs to listen to whilst driving, top off, windows down, Detroit leaning (as the Pretenders would have you do).
Love. Life. Choices:
1. For What Its Worth (4:15)
2. Till Now (Gymnopedie No. 1) (3:35)
3. Side by Side (4:22)
4. Just the Two of Us (4:23)
5. Waiting in Vain (4:21)
6. Corcovado (4:50)
7. Waters of March (4:34)
8. Maureen (4:19)
9. Thoughts and Prayers (3:35)
10. Summer Song (Electro Remix) (4:06)
The variety of song topics addressed within Love. Life. Choices is as wide-ranging as the music itself, with some tracks directly speaking to vital issues facing contemporary society and others inspired by Rebeccas recent marriage to her steadfast partner, Jonah.
In addition to her interpretations of classics, the singer contributes three impactful tunes that she composed: Side By Side (co-written with Miles and beatboxer Butterscotch), Summer Song (Electro Remix) and the incendiary Thoughts and Prayers, with lyrics that could have been ripped from todays headlines.
Each of Rebeccas performances is richly textured, finely nuanced and sophisticated, reminiscent of artists who have been at it much longer than she has.
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