Hear this: Souvenirs of Love
I met Meeco, a Franco-German pianist and composer, in a now defunct live music venue in Berlin called Jagger in January of this year. When he found out I came from Washington, DC, he mentioned that he just finished recording an album featuring rock-soul star YahZarah and many legendary jazz musicians. I was really intrigued and couldn't wait to hear it. After many months of patiently waiting, I finally got my hands on it. The night I received my copy, I went out with friends and returned home really late, but I was so curious to hear the record I immediately ripped it into iTunes. As it was ripping, I skimmed through the beautifully designed liner notes and read through the all-star line-up: John Scofield, Richard Bona, Marcus Baylor and Jean Baylor of The Baylor Project, Aaron Marcellus (of NBC's The Voice), Mary Stallings (legendary jazz vocalist and mother of neo-soul pioneer, Adriana Evans -- where is she these days?), Talib Kweli, Shedrick Mitchell, Casey Benjamin, Lionel Loueke, Kirk Whalum, Hubert Laws and the list goes on, and on, and on. I was like a kid in a candy store. I can't remember being this excited about opening and listening to an album in a long time. Well, it definitely was everything I expected times 10.
The first tune that caught my attention while reading the liner notes was "Words of Love," written by Jean Baylor, Meeco and Loomis Green (a phenomenal guitarist based in Berlin) and featuring Scofield on electric guitar and YahZarah on lead vocals. What a combo! I had to skip to that one first and OMG! It was honey-dipped, heaven-kissed magic. That set the tone wonderfully for the remaining hour and change I sat listening to this entire album speechless. Meeco pulled together such a large group of top-flight musicians who managed to craft each song into a masterpiece blending soul, hip hop, jazz and R&B. An astonishing feat and an amazing album. Pick up this soon-to-be classic album now on Amazon or iTunes and stay up to date with Meeco on Facebook.