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Vernon Neilly and Friends a “Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

Vernon Neilly and Friends a “Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

 

ROCK AND CONTEMPORARY Reviewed 08-05-09
Vernon Neilly & Friends
Vernon Neilly and Friends a “Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

Vernon Neilly and Friends a “Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

Vernon Neilly and Friends a “Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

Smoothie Award winning jazz guitarist Vernon Neilly’s new CD – featuring the Legendary Hit Maker Stevie Wonder’s music – is chocked full of Wonder’s hit songs. The album reeks of Pure Class. Vernon has out done himself with the arrangements, recording, and engineering of this sweet music. The record label owner and producer has taken those celebrated hits and has made them flawlessly and collectively all his own.

The CD is Vernon ’s fourth on his Boosweet Records. The diversity the album gives ranges from Jazz, Fusion, Pop to Rock. Having Greg Howe and Kiko Loureiro (progressive guitarists) on board has definitely set the bar for the other musicians involved. Other instrumentalists featured on the album with Neilly include U-Nam, Juan Nelson, Michael Paulo and Miguel Mega (Brazilian guitarist) and they also don’t hesitate to also step out into the lime light to bring us some serious tunes.

From this new breed of illustrious artist you will hear a lot of Stevie’s favorite hits: Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman” recorded twice as Rock and Urban/Pop; “I Wish,” which has a Jazz-Fusion sound. What you don’t hear in these songs is musicians stepping all over themselves trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole. The song “Superstition” has a Heavy Rock sound and vocals; “Sir Duke” has a Pop sound; “Isn’t She Lovely” has two versions – Urban/Pop and Smooth Jazz; “I Was Made To Love You,” the first single off the album has a smooth Jazz feel as well; “Don’t You Worry about a Thing,” and “For Once in My Life” which has a Pop vibe and vocals. The singers did a wonderful job nailing Stevie Wonder’s vocal vibe.

I give this wonderfully arranged and played cd a perfect 10 for a being a tribute album… I think this CD will be up for some sort of award in the near future… I bank my money on it!

Scott Thomas

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