|July 25, 2011|
Photo By: Mark Mahoney
Review By: Andrew Reeves
Patrick Cooper's new CD - The Way It Use To Be
Patrick Cooper continues to revolutionize jazz music with his latest album “The Way it Used To Be”. Released July 12 on the artist’s own Depth In Sound label, the record pays homage to an era of jazz musicians whose work have inspired generations. This offering marries traditional jazz instrumentals with a contemporary R&B flavor that appeals to the 21st century enthusiast. Yet, it remains true to the rich musical heritage of performers such as George Duke and The Crusaders.
With a mix of sultry ballads and exciting, upbeat tunes, The Way It Used To Be showcases Cooper’s ability to produce music that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners. The sensual I’m That Man and whimsically playful Come Sunday conjure memories of sun drenched road trips and the innocence of a first kiss. The gospel infused title track inspires an appreciation for the inimitable, universal legacy that formed the foundation of today’s musical expression.
This record is not merely a collection inspired by the forefathers of modern jazz. Nor is it simply the demonstration of an artist’s uncanny penchant for interpreting the style and sound of a remarkable period in the history of American culture. The Way It Used To Be is an exquisite fine wine for the musical palate, a rare treat, and an unforgettable experience.
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