Sunday, May 16, 2021

“Soul Love” by Jeff Parker and The New Breed (feat. Ruby Parker) + “Modern Love” by Jonah Mutono (Bowie tribute out 5/28)

We have two more tracks from the upcoming David Bowie tribute album, Modern Love, due out May 28 on BBE Music. First up is a new take on "Soul Love", from the Ziggy Stardust album. It's a joint effort between Ruby Parker on vocals and Jeff Parker, part of Tortoise and well-represented jazz guitarist on guitar. I really like the way Ruby interprets Bowie's lyrics, and the way Jeff sort of plucks the guitar line between verses, and then plays a jazz solo over about the last minute or so. There's also an instrumental version and it works, but Ruby Parker's wonderful singing makes this the definitive version, to me:

Next is a new version of "Modern Love". This one is by vocalist Jonah Mutono, and his singing is terrific, over a sort of ethereal repeated chorus and some muted instrumentals that seem designed to showcase his vocals. There is a nice guitar solo in the outro. Here is the video for "Modern Love":

What I love about both of these tracks, as well as the ones we shared recently, is that you can tell what an inspiration Bowie's music is to these artists. There's a joy that comes through on every track. This is a well-conceived and well-executed project.

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