Patrick Lamb is the saxophonist of the stars. He performs with
Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Lorber
Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper,
and Smokey Robinson. However, his limited time still allows him to
successfully pursue his solo career.
This we tie to his albums, as there are The Closer I Get
(2000), Sunshine Alley (2002), With A Christmas Heart
(2003), Soul Of A Free Man (2007), Don't Get No
Better (2007) as duo with Patsy Meyer, It's All Right Now
(2011), Pick Up The Pieces (2013), and this year
Patrick plays sax on all tracks and is supported by Alex Al
(bass), Tony Maiden (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Lil John
Roberts (drums). Cameron Morgan plays the second guitar on
Liner Cross. Patrick has written all tracks with the
exception of two covers. Listening to the introducing track
Tailgate, makes it immediately audible that Patrick
approaches his themes with raw energy and an irrepressible
Beauty and the Beast is from Wayne Shorter's album
Native Dancer (1974), a collaboration with Milton Nascimento.
Shorter's original is slightly softer than Lamb's cover, which is
probably due to the temporal development. The song Street Cred
clearly shows the handwriting of Jeff Lorber, who sets
rhythmically apparent accents.
Skypager is a cutting edge contemporary jazz piece with
plenty of muscle. Moonchild is a typical Jeff Lorber
groove with a no notes wasted collective of top musicians, in
front of course Patrick Lamb shining on sax. On Darkroom
a fast bass drives the musicians involved to peak performance.
Lines Cross is another mesmerizing product from the
workshop of Jeff Lorber. Rhythm oriented, precise and energetic.
Fearsome is a title that somehow doesn't fit the kind of
melody that comes along sonically, but never denies its Jazz
Fusion core. Homebrew is music that goes back to its
origins. The fun of jamming together. Operator works with
a long lasting sax improvisation in contrast to sparky patterns of
drums, bass and guitar.
Brilliance is a subjective word, but Light It Up is
nothing short of it. The ballade Whatever Happens was
originally released by Bill Withers on his album Watching You
Watching Me (1985), his last album of his rousing career.
Patrick Lamb finds for his cover the more than suitable
replacement by the vocalist Frank McComb. His slightly smoky voice
provides a fantastic timbre to bring the content of the song
closer to the listener. With such an ace up his sleeve it is easy
for Patrick to complete his successful saxophone part.
If you get involved with Jeff Lorber, you get a Jeff Lorber
album. Patrick Lambs' new album Soul Ties is jazz fusion
at it's best and Patrick is very comfortable with this style.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Soul Ties
Artist: Patrick Lamb
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Patrick Lamb Productions
1 Tailgate (feat. Jeff Lorber) 4:27
2 Beauty and the Beast
3 Street Cred 4:46
4 Skypager 4:29
(feat. Jeff Lorber) 4:15
6 Darkroom 3:50
7 Lines Cross
8 Fearsome 4:56
9 Homebrew 4:48
10 Operator 5:24
11 Light It Up 4:35
12 Whatever Happens 3:30
Itís All Right Now