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From The Soul by Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne has been a contemporary musical icon for more than 30 years, first as a member of the R&B group L.T.D. and then as a solo vocalist. In that amount of time, Jeffrey’s enduring talent has successfully criss-crossed the lines of R&B, jazz and popular music in a very distinctive manner. His rich baritone voice has been seen and heard in any number of settings with artists in various genres that includes Kirk Whalum, The Rippingtons and Dionne Warwick to name a few. Known primarily as a R&B crooner of love ballads, Jeffrey has mesmerized fans old and new with a golden voice that has captivated mostly female audiences from every corner of the globe. Although he has not recorded an album since 2003, his popularity remains high on the concert circuit and as a background vocalist for many artists and musicians. Jeffrey’s high-profile status as an enduring musical master continues to evolve with the release of a new CD entitled From The Soul. Released on the KOCH Record Label, this long-awaited recording reaffirms Osborne’s status as one of the principle architects of titillating ballads and love songs.

From The Soul is a tantalizing display of cover songs from such renowned artists as Carol King, Teddy Pendergrass, Roberta Flack, The Impressions and a host of other vocal legends. With considerable sensitivity, Jeffrey Osborne takes a trip down memory lane with such classic songs such as Pendergrass’ "Close The Door," Barbara Mason’s "Yes I’m Ready," Stevie Wonder’s "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and tunes that reminds us all of yesterday once more. For many R&B connoisseurs, these were songs filled with memories of our youth. With the release of this latest effort, Osborne also includes soulful remakes of some popular as well as rock-oriented lyrics from the 60s, 70s and 80s. With a strong sense of purpose, Jeffrey’s latest offering is filled with ten dynamite tracks, which are designed to push the envelope of romantic interpretation. Other aspects of From The Soul provides yet another perspective, which can also be considered a radical departure from the album’s overall theme. One track in particular entitled "For What Its Worth" was originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield as a commentary on social unrest during the 60s. Here Jeffrey is pushed in a different direction, yet he pulls it off with considerable ease. He turns the original rock-oriented lyrics and melody into a rich R&B tapestry of sound. In fact, the song is just as significant today as when first heard in 1967. Overall, Osborne has proven himself as a musical genius when it comes to being an interpreter of song.

Although Jeffrey Osborne has not been actively recording albums in recent years, he continues to be full of surprises. From The Soul is a classic display of groove-oriented vocals, all filled with a strong sense of sound activated sensual energy. In retrospect, nothing appears to have been lost during Jeffrey’s radical departure from recording as a solo vocalist. The release of this latest and most revealing CD to date is not only a testament to his enduring spirit as an artist, but also stands as one of music’s best vocal standards to date.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jeffrey Osborne
  • CD Title: From The Soul
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: KOCH Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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