FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 64th GRAMMY AWARDS
ALLAN HARRIS - KATE'S SOULFOOD (LOVE PRODUCTIONS RECORDS)
ALLAN HARRIS - KATE'S SOULFOOD
Best Traditional Blues Album
Kate’s Soulfood is a tour-de-force for Allan Harris, who has been called the “Jazz Vocal King of New York”. Described by the Miami Herald as possessing a voice with “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole,” Harris has garnered wide acclaim from critics and legions of fans from all over the world.
Kates Soulfood is a spirited, soul-drenched ten track recording that pays homage to Allan Harris’ home of Harlem, NYC as only he can. Showcasing his brisk baritone and deft songwriting ability, Harris’ fourteenth release as a leader paints a vivid portrait of his vibrant neighborhood that draws heavily from a deep well of childhood memories.
Among those that had an impact on the young Harris was his Aunt Kate, and her popular luncheonette Kate’s Home Cooking. Harris would spend his Sunday afternoons at his aunt’s restaurant, soaking in the sounds and sights, before catching a show at the Apollo. “I experienced many pivotal moments at my aunts’ restaurant. I witnessed parts of the civil rights movement, rubbed shoulders with exceptional people, and it was there that I really found my voice.” In composing the music featured on Kate’s Soulfood, Harris drew from these impactful experiences, and in doing so, has produced a wide-ranging sonic tapestry of his beloved neighborhood.
To bring his vision to life, Harris enlisted GRAMMY winning producer Kamau Kenyatta. Harris’ A-list backing band includes his working rhythm section made up of Arcoiris Sandoval on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums. Also featured is Grégoire Maret on harmonica, David Castañeda on percussion, Curtis Taylor on trumpet, Alex Budman on alto saxophone, Keith Fiddmont on tenor saxophone and Ondre J Pivec on organ. Harris plays guitar throughout the album, with the exception of on “Color Of A Woman is Blu”, which features Tonga Ross-M’au in his place.
By revering their forebears on record, Bruce Harris, James Brandon Lewis, Dara Tucker, The Baylor Project, Allan Harris, Samara Joy, Charnett Moffett and the late Ralph Peterson, Jr. show that Black music is a self-sustaining universe. Read this article here.
DEE DEE MCNEIL
"His beautiful, baritone vocals are as smooth as melted brown butter. His poignant memories pour from my CD player and tell me stories of his life. This is ‘soul jazz’ at its best." Read this review here.
"Kate’s Soulfood is a delicious taste of Harlem revisited, spiked soul sprinkled with a message to the people, Harris’ ballads dipped in his original smoky honey croon sauce and a searing anthem to keep the truth in sight." Read the full article here.
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"Begun before and completed during the coronavirus crisis, Allan Harris’ Kate’s Soulfood (Love Productions) celebrates the post-Renaissance Harlem of the guitarist/singer’s youth. These 10 tracks reverberate with gospel-infused inspiration." Review here.
"Produced by Kamau Kenyatta, and with each song imbued with personal meaning, the world-class credentials of Harris' band are evident from the get-go, with every horn flourish, drum fill and solo serving the song in the most empathetic way possible." Review here.
"... the music has been met with great enthusiasm as it will likely be for all who hear it in its entirety." Read this review here.
D. OSCAR GROOMES
"Kate's Soulfood is a winning, reflective, and mobilizing set."
SOUL & JAZZ & FUNK
"Kate’s Soulfood’ is a collection of beautiful songs beautifully presented; each song has been crafted with love and a depth of life experience, and each one offers food for thought – some more provocative than others but, consistently, here, there are messages-a-plenty!" Read this review here.