Powell is a guarantee for musical quality. He started his career as
the musical director of Wilson Pickett. He gained his first
international exposure with R&B superstar Luther Vandross. he also
performed with Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, Jeffrey Osborne,
Ashford & Simpson and Dionne Warwick, as well as contemporary jazz
giants Grover Washington, Jr., Bob James and McCoy Tyner. Further
highlights of his career was his performance on Stevie Wonder's most
recent album "A Time 2 Love" and at the 2006 BET Awards
featuring performances by superstars Prince, Stevie Wonder and Chaka
can look back at a long road of solo albums: Starting with his solo
debut, "Love Is Where Itís At" (1987), followed by
"The Doctor" (1992), "Inner City Blues" (1994), "Laid Back" (1996),
"Don't Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya" (1997), "I
Claim the Victory" (1999), "Life Changes" (2001), "97th & Columbus (2003)"
and "Cool Like That" (2004).
"Even after 20 years and
ten albums, I'm still exited by the creative process, and the
evolution of taking something very rough and turning into a great
song. There is a special joy in making your own record. I do the best
I can, and when I hear someone tell me that he or she felt something
or connected to what I was feeling at a specific moment, it's a very
exciting sensation, and that's when I know that I've been successful," comments
Powell his tenth solo record
Doc Powell launches
a swinging start with
Humming and scatting he accompanies his birdlike jubilating guitar.
"I think what makes this record special is that it reveals two
sides of myself as a guitarist," attests Powell. "I've been
playing the Martin guitar for the past five years, and it's got a
voice and tone that is more true to a classical guitar sound, and I
really wanted to capture that quality on the record." This
special guitar sound is well-rounded by Lloyd Barry's perfect
wrote It's Too
her album "Tapestry" in 1971. Two instrumental masters are
gilding this classic hit in their own personal way: Kirk Whalum (sax)
and Doc Powell (guitar). The nucleus of his new release was created
during long bus rides, backstage and in hotel rooms, while touring on
Kirk Franklin's "Hero" tour from November 2005 till early
is was produced, arranged and recorded by Barry J. Eastmond. This
creative keyboardist already played with illuminates like Phil Perry,
Kenny Lattimore, Jonathan Butler, Billy Ocean, Maysa and more. He
mainly works as a very successful producer. Powell describes him as a
treasured friend and a musical weapon.
along with a heavy rhythm reminding me at the drum-programming of
early eighties. Powell also plays keyboards and synth bass on this
tune. He uses the slow rhythm as a sub-structure for his excellent
breathtaking guitar solo.
Myron McKinley is the arranger and writer of Cab
He performed with Earth, Wind and Fire, Stanley Clarke, Silk and more.
This song is featuring Matt Cappy on muted trumpet who contributes a
lot to the atmosphere of this tune. Matt has played with hundreds
known artists from Michael Jackson, Gerald Veasley to EWF.
showcases more of his prowess in arranging, composing and performing
as a multi-instrumentalist. The tune is flowing like a river.
Together We Can
is a special duet. "I'm playing octaves on the electric guitar in
a Wes Montgomery style, and the acoustic guitar is playing the same
thing but with a different tone," stated Doc Powell. "I
always wanted to call the album "Duets", because I'm playing
two distinct styles, and I really like the way the two instruments
Terry Baker and Ernie Green are shouting: "Hey"!
From this returning breakpoint Powell develops the melody of the tune.
The short keyboard background motif reminds me at Flying Like An
& Time is
the following tune. I would add "Another Style" to this
title. The Bossa impression is supported by Pablo Batista on
percussion. Doc Powell's guitar style is brilliant and masterly.
on this album is an unplugged version of It's
Doc Powell performs this time the theme on a classic guitar. "I
wanted a song that was universal and that music fans from my
generation could identify with," says Powell, " and I feel
each version is unique and special in its' own way."
great effort to love this album. After some notes one definetely knows
here is a master at work.