Indiana native Lutalo Sweet Lu Olutosin debut album Tribute to Greatness is a nice collection of songs that reflects and pay homage to his influences that includes gospel, soul and jazz music. Lutalo song selection is interesting with some music not often recorded like "Four", "On the red clay" and "All Blues".
Lutalo has a deep, soulful voice with a recognizable influence of singer Al Jarreau. You may hear Jarreau influence in the first song, "I bet you thought I'd never find you", even the way Lutalo scats sounds very similar to Al Jarreau. On his original songs "My Sunshine" and "Your touch" there is also influences of soul singers and little bit of funk.
Other songs like "Parker's Mood", the blues "Kansas City", "Baseball" and Miles Davis "Four" sound more like traditional jazz. Also include in the album are Freddie Hubbard "On the red clay", Mile Davis "All Blues" and Mongo Santamaria "Afro Blue" most people recognize th Coltrane version of this classic.
I bet you thought I'd never find you, Parker's Mood, Kansas City, My Sunshine, Four, On the red clay, Baseball, Your touch, Afro Blue, All Blues
Lutalo Olutosin (vocals), Louis Heriveaux (piano), Henry Connerway III (drums, percussion), Winfield Gaylor (sax), Kevin Smith (bass)