Benny Powell: The Gift of Love
2003 Faith Records
(See Tribute to Count Basie Review)
TK Blue (Talib Kibwe) on Alto Sax and Flute
Benny Powell on Trombone
Ronnie Mathews on Piano
Earl May on Bass
Alvin Queen and Newman Taylor Baker on Drums
Neil Clarke on Percussion
Dr. Roberta Zlokower
March 19, 2004
This is a CD with a fusion of jazz, swing, and samba, very melodic and replete with lovely solo trombone passages. It's a six-piece band with a Big Band sound. Benny Powell has composed much of the music as a tribute to his granddaughter, Faith.
#2 –You and Me – Composed by Benny Powell. This is a sweet, soft, and particularly percussive piece. The creative rhythm would allow a sexy samba to be danced.
#5 – The Gift of Love – Composed by Benny Powell. This title piece, with a piano lead, presents a strong bass and Benny on vocals. With its rhumba rhythm, the lyrics evoke a tribute to a child.
#7 – Portrait of Vivian -- Composed by Randy Weston. With a long, languorous trombone lead, a mellow mood is developed. TK Blue, on flute, adds additional romance to the already romantic piano and soft, drum brushes.
#10 – Lifelong Dream – Composed by Benny Powell. This is a very Brazilian samba, danceable and percussive. Benny Powell can be heard on vocals, along with added whistles, percussion, and a richly sounding band, all enhanced by TK Blue's saxophone.