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Cassandre McKinley: Baring The Soul The Music of Marvin Gaye

Read "Baring The Soul  The Music of Marvin Gaye" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

I rather like this jazz-inspired tribute to the music of the legendary Motown singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye. I can't think of anyone who has prepared an entire album to celebrate his work in this genre. Even Kevin Mahogony's Pride and Joy (2003) was a Motown album with only the title tune reflecting Gaye's songbook. McKinley's voice features an odd mixture of jazz phrasing on the ballads and a more urgent R&B tinge on the more up-tempo numbers, leaving me ...

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Cassandre McKinley: Baring the Soul: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Read "Baring the Soul: The Music of Marvin Gaye" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

On Baring the Soul: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Cassandre McKinley sings some of the late soul legend's greatest and most celebrated songs. Performing such classics as “Let's Get It On, “Your Precious Love, (which features a duet with vocalist John Pagano), “Trouble Man, “Pride and Joy, and “I Want You, Cassandre McKinley takes on the task of reinventing the music that helped propel Marvin Gaye to greatness. The songs selected for this recording are about hardship, pain, lust, and ...

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Cassandre McKinley: Stay the Night

Read "Stay the Night" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Stay the Night is the young, Boston-based vocalist Cassandre McKinley’s second CD. Although far from perfect, there is enough talent and solid judgment on display to suggest that it will not be her last. Ms. McKinley’s chief asset is a gorgeous voice that immediately grabs the listener’s attention. Hers is a bright, nicely textured, well pitched instrument not unlike the young Kay Starr’s voice but with less vibrato and no country music influences. Ms. McKinely also has crystal clear diction, ...