Wednesday, June 15, 2016

COLOUR CLUB-Sexuality (1997)


Your membership with the COLOUR CLUB jazz ensemble also includes a private night of music with solo vocalist Lisa Taylor. Whereas the sound in the beginnings of their career was marked by an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul, they were going for a predominantly soulful approach with the exotic voice of Ms. Taylor leading the way on the club's third album, "Sexuality". As the title implies, the theme here in their final collection of songs is all about sex, love romance and all of the pleasures and emotions associated with them. They waste no time in getting you into the sexual mood with the opening title cut, where Ms. Taylor offers up that there's no limit to the passion between her and her man, among other delicious things. I love the sultry way in which the word 'sexuality' is delivered in the chorus while the sexy accompaniment of the saxophone instrumentals sex up the music oh no nicely. "Sensitivity" is what she wants on the follow-up cut, one whose rhythm and dreamy ambiance bring to mind the MARY JANE GIRLS hit from the 80's called "All Night Long". Only a brief jazz indulgence on this one: the trumpet riffs that add a momentary zing at the end of every pass of the main chorus. "Tenderness": what starts off as such a touchingly tender slow piece emerges into such a mighty powerful performance with the backing vocals and Lisa's own soaring vocals as she proclaiming that she needs that special tenderness in order to be complete. "Ménage À Trois": I've always liked that French expression, which coincidentally also shares its name with both the title to a hit by the Swedish dance group ALCAZAR as well as the official title of a favorite episode of mine from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation"—which I had been watching a lot of recently in general—as it involved a love triangle of sorts. As such, love triangles—and the consequences of them—is the theme on this COLOUR CLUB version, where there's a whole lot more going on than just a simple French kiss. There's something in the way Lisa's voice pours over the words of "Caress" that allures me while her seductive, whispery words spoken on "Ecstasy" above the smooth groove and the sharp piano accompaniment make the album's eighth track an instant appeal. Besides her needing sensitivity on Track #2, plus the bit of playing around she does within the love triangle on "Ménage À Trois", the only other bit of negativity in this sexual music paradise is contained on Track #9's "Infidelity". I like the funky skip to the rhythm here, a ore harder sound than featured on the previous cuts but an arrangement that suits the burning frustration she feels for the mistrust in the sexual relations with her man. A perfect way to top everything off: the acapella goodness of "Goodnight". Keep listening beyond the four-and-a-half minute mark, because following the three-minute period of silence, a hidden reprise of snippets of all of the previous tracks closes down this COLOUR CLUB for good:

1. Sexuality
2. Sensitivity
3. Tenderness
4. Ménage À Trois
5. Caress
6. Infatuation
7. Lust
8. Ecstasy
9. Infidelity
10. Goodnight

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