The Knickerbocker All-Stars review…November 26, 2018….

THE KNICKERBOCKER ALL-STARS

LOVE MAKES A WOMAN

JP CADILLAC RECORDS  JPS 1004

SO SOON–HIGHER AND HIGHER–GOOD ROCKIN DADDY–TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME–LOVE MAKES A WOMAN–GO GIRL!–DON’T CRY BABY–WILD WILD YOUNG MEN–NICK OF TIME–SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE

Pair up the immense instrumental artistry of the Knickerbocker All-Stars with two powerhouse female R & B shouters, and you KNOW you’re in for one helluva good rockin’ time!  That is exactly the case with the latest set from the Knicks, “Love Makes A Woman,” featuring New England’s Darcel Wilson and Motown’s Thornetta Davis.  This album was inspired by the great female soul and R & B singers from the Fifties and Sixties, and these two powerful contemporary women of the blues fit the bill perfectly.  The All-Stars are some of New England’s finest, as practically all of them have spent some time with Roomful Of Blues.

Both singers bring an authentic perspective to these ten R & B chestnuts.  Check out Darcel’s take on Jackie Wilson’s “Higher And Higher,” as she reaches the upper-register notes with ease.  She hits a grand slam with the title cut, too, Barbara Acklin’s story of passing up diamonds and pearls for, “It’s Love that Makes A Woman.”  She closes the set with a tribute to Aretha (hey–the whole set is dedicated to the memory of the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin), the gospel-fired “Since You’ve Been Gone.”

Thornetta shows off her vocal versatility thru a cut associated with Bonnie Raitt, as our heroine finds love “just in the Nick Of Time.”  Then, she drops one of our favorites, a swingin’ romp thru Etta James’ “Good Rockin’ Daddy,” with a cool piano break from Dave Limina.  Our other favorite was a sexy, sultry read of Little Willie John’s iconic “Talk To Me, Talk To Me, in your own, sweet, gentle way,” from Darcel.  Lovers throughout the world, enjoy!

The Knickerbocker All-Stars put their immense talents behind two of the most classic, classiest female R & B singers on the scene today, Darcel Wilson and Thornetta Davis.  “Love Makes A Woman” is a soul-blues blockbuster!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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