Rick McLemore - Just Let
the time I listened to George Benson's music, I love the warm sound of
Gibson guitars. I am always pleased to discover a guitarist sharing my
preferences. Rick McLemore is one of them. Rick performed alongside
noted artists such as The Drifters, Phyliss Hyman, Ken Navarro, Miles
Jay, Bebe and Cece Winans, Troublefunk, Chuck Brown and the Soul
Searchers, Pieces of a Dream and gospel artists Helen Baylor and Candi
Staton. Rick plays an engaging style. His similarity to George
Benson's music is observed by many listeners as one can read on
Amazon's website. Fresh and smooth are the most cited attributes.
is a self-made man. He is an arranger, composer and producer. Foremost
he is an excellent guitarist. Do You Feel Like I
Do showcases his skills as a bass, rhythm and guitar player.
While bass and rhythm guitar stay in the background his solo guitar
shines brightly. Adrianne McLemore whispers the headline with her
The title song Just let Me Play
is another beautiful gem. Dr. Weldon Hill plays nice accords on
keyboards while Rick is soloing, but Weldon has also his solo-time on
piano. I love these combinations.
Nothing Get Me Down is a song which awakes memories of good old
Philly music. Rick has written all songs of his album, but this song
has such a strong likeness to this music, I just feel at home.
For The Love is another example for his fresh and funky sound.
Rick has the right scent for hooking stuff. I would like to just sit
down and listening his performance.
Rick also manages fainting
romantic tones. Never Too Late is such a
sweet bonbon one should suck slowly.
is pure funk. This time we can hear more from the bass player Rick
McLemore. The bass hooks are inspired by Cedric Hughes.
And One Day is more of this music I cannot get enough. Music of
a dreamy summer day driving along the beach. I know this platitude is
often used but it hits the point. Rick McLemore's music is comparable
to Craig T. Cooper.
Forever Free and Don't
Change are melodies increasing my obsession for guitar music.
Rick likes to frequently change between chords and single tones.
Your Time is a more challenging tune with its quick passages.
Rick has no problem to succeed these parts. Dr. Weldon Hill shows his
wizardry on keyboards again.
Forever Free Vox Guitar is the short
This album is highly recommendable to friends of good guitar music
with an affinity to smooth jazz.