McComb - The Truth Volume One
to Frank McComb's album "The Truth Vol. One" artists like
Steve Wonder, Donny Hathaway or Curtis Mayfield come into mind. Frank
McComb is an excellent pianist and a charismatic singer. His first noticeable
appearance was as a musical director for the R&B group Rude
Boys, subsequently backing DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
(better known as Will Smith) in the studio. In 1994 he played with
Branford Marsalis on his jazz-rap fusion project Buckshot LeFonque.
His first solo album "Love Stories" was released in
early 2000. Although that was not the first stuff he recorded. He was
signed to Mojazz Records but the album he recorded there was shelved.
"You Don't Know What Love Is" was a song he recorded with Marilyn
Scott for her album "Iím In Love Once Again"
(Release May 2003).
Now he is back with his new album, which will be released July 7th
in the U.K (Expansion
Records). The album starts with the love song Shine.
A tasteful attempt of approach to a young beautiful lady with a shy
attitude. Frank McComb smoky vocals have a high worth of recognition.
The funky song is perfectly tailored to this singer and immediately
ignites a flammable interest. The tune has a length of more than 7
minutes, enough time to let the feelin' grow.
Gonna Do revives the flashback mood to good old Stevie Wonder.
If you don't know Frank's music, it's really easy to think it's he,
Stevie. Not only the similiarity of Frank's voice is phenomenal but
also arrangement and instrumentation.
The love is standing in
the center of Frank's interest as proved on Never
Letting Go. Remarkable Luis Van Taylor on flute with reverb and
echoes building a waving soundscape.
Do You Remember Love Frank plays intensively Wurlitzer Piano
and Moog creating the dense atmosphere of Steve Wonder's music.
relationship is also the theme of Fools.
"Some are wise, then there are fools. Life has a way of changing
things and the wise will learn while fools think it's oh so
funny." This worldly wisdom is presented in a funky way. This
time with the support of a Fender Rhodes piano combined with wah-wah
A classical interpretation with Grand Piano (Wayne Linsey),
Harp (Lori Andrews), Cellos, Violas and Violins (Mark Cargil)
intensified the impression of When You Call My
Name and Frank's incredible voice.
of Hammond B3 will like Action Speak Louder Than
Words. The Hammond player is no other than Billy Preston. Frank
plays the Wurlitzer piano. Frank's vocal variety is phenomenal. Only a
live version of this song could overtrump it.
Arrow is pointed straight to our hearts. As all other songs
Frank has affecionately made an arrangement with many details and
On Better Off Without You
Frank's natural timbre stands anew in the limelight. Frank knows to
sing and the love song stands in the centre.
A vocal treasure
is also the slow Intimate Time. Paulhino
Da Costa shows some nice percussion effects of exotic nature straight
ahead from the jungle.
added as a bonus mix. This song has a high potential for the first
The interest for Frank's new album "The Truth
Vol. I" is great. Many listeners are asking for information about
this album. Now the waiting has an end and I can promise you it was
worth to wait.