2018 – IHEART CECE
Release Date: June 22, 2018
By Phillip Smith; Dec. 1, 2018
I love the fabulous, soulful energy that flows from #5OR500, the new live album from Florida-based band CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion. The title is reflective of the band’s mission to give one hundred percent on every performance, no matter if the audience size is five, or five thousand. With CeCe Teneal front and center on vocals, the rest of Soul Kamotion is comprised of guitarist Lavon Rushing, bassist Terrell Kimble, keyboardist Christopher Baptiste, and drummer James Adkins.
“90 MPH” is a sonic blast of fearless funk as it lifts this twelve-track album off the launching pad. With Teneal holding nothing back on vocals, Rushing loads the song with monster riffs, Kimble thumps a groovy bassline, and Adkins is a beast behind the drums. “Danger” puts a big smile on my face as well. It keeps the funk flowing with a call-back to the great R&B songs of the Eighties with a touch of brass.
There’s no shortage of blues as Teneal sings about paybacks on “Common Ordinary Housewife”. Rushing plays this with finesse, and Teneal’s voice, full of power and range, delivers an outstanding performance. “Lonely (Even When You’re Here)” is beautifully melancholy. Baptiste sets the atmosphere for this amazing listen.
The band is solid and tight from beginning to end, and Teneal definitely delivers her one hundred percent. #5OR5000 is one of the best live albums of this nature I’ve heard. I highly recommend it.
For more information about CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion, visit their website: https://soulkamotion.com
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