Corte’ review…August 16, 2015…

CORTE’

SEASONED SOUL

SELF-RELEASED

THAT’S WHAT LOVE WILL MAKE YOU DO–I’M TORE DOWN–OH PRETTY WOMAN–ALL YOUR LOVE (I MISS LOVING)–UNCHAIN MY HEART–ANY OLE WAY–THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS–I WANT TO LOVE YOU–LEAP OF FAITH–COLD SWEAT

For those of us who’ve always wanted to sing but fall in the Hopelessly Tone-Deaf category, it’s refreshing to hear from someone whose voice is his only instrument.  Such is the case with (Al) Corte’, who grew up singing in the church until his family realized he had a huge talent for R & B and blues.  He not only has vocal chops of the highest order, he goes a step further with the ten cuts that comprise “Seasoned Soul,” bringing us some of the most revered songs of our lifetime, drawing from Stax, Motown, and classic blues.

Corte’ starts the party with the strut of Little Milton’s, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” over Jerry Bone’s organ fills.  “Oh Pretty Woman” has a touch of ole Bobby Rush in Corte’s vocal, while “That’s The Way Love Is” has Jerry playing some sweet Allman-esque slide.

Corte’ works out on some fine material associated with Delbert, too.  “Leap Of Faith” has a gospel feel, augmented by backing vocals from Sarah Jo Roark.  And, “I Just Want To Love You” is one of Corte’s most vibrant vocals on the set, with the bittersweet subject matter of “how frail a man can be,” punctuated by Charlie Chalmers’ sax solo.  He closes on a 100,000-watt note, with a blistering read of the Godfather’s “Cold Sweat.”

We had three favorites, too.  Corte’s read of “Unchain My Heart” is another one with a great, “testifyin” feel, while Otis Redding’s chestnut, “Any Ole Way,” is presented in a light-hearted, playful tone.  And, the minor-key blues of Magic Sam Maghett’s “All Your Love (I Miss Loving), features another strong vocal performance and a fittingly-mournful harp from Jerry Bone.

Corte’s “Seasoned Soul”  was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs and no techno-gizmo enhancement–what you hear is what you get, and it sho’ nuff sounds good to us!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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