LASPERANZA is the brainchild of UK producer/musician Rico Garofalo. Since beginning his career as a sax player he has always dreamed of creating an album on which he would reimagine and reconfigure some of his favourite soul/jazz songs from the Seventies and Eighties. SEEDS is the result.
“I wanted to change the arrangements, either from a rhythmic or harmonic aspect, while always keeping a soul/jazz flavour. Give the songs a new lease of life rather than just a fresh lick of paint.”
Lead single “It Should Have Been You”, featuring vocalist Izzy Chase, is a sultry mid-tempo reinvention of a Gwen Guthrie disco era tune. Influential US website soultracks.com enthuses: “Gwen Guthrie fans will likely appreciate such a refreshing and unexpected cover that is steeped in quality instrumentation, tasteful vocals, and overall musicality”
Other songs newly reimagined for 2019 include “Early Morning Love” (Lou Rawls), “Under The Moon And Over The Sky” (Angela Bofill), “Working Day and Night” (Michael Jackson), “Give Me The Night” (George Benson), “Kilimanjaro” (Letta Mbulu) and “In The Mood” (Tyrone Davis).
Eight UK vocalists – and one American – are featured on the album, which is receiving strong advance airplay and very favourable critical reaction from Jazz FM, BBC RadioLondon, Mi-Soul, Solar Radio, Echoes magazine, Holland’s Sublime FM and Italy’s Radio Milano International.
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|01.||Working Day And Night feat. Kayleigh O'Neill||Listen|
|02.||In The Mood feat. Decosta Boyce||Listen|
|03.||It Should Have Been You feat. Izzy Chase||Listen|
|04.||Cannot Live Without Your Love feat. Rhiannon Penney||Listen|
|05.||Give Me The Night feat. Colette Connor||Listen|
|06.||Let's Stay Together feat. Decosta Boyce||Listen|
|07.||One MAinute From Love feat. Kayleigh O'Neill||Listen|
|08.||Early Morning Love feat. LaAerial||Listen|
|09.||Kilimanjaro feat. Hannah White|
|10.||Under The Moon And Over The Sky feat. Keni Stevens and Heidi Vogel||Listen|