by Lakecia Benjamin



Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin recorded Retox to honor her inspirations, a veritable roll call of soul and R&B greats. It has all the ingredients: plenty of funk, a powerful horn section, and some guest singers and rappers. Some of the material by Benjamin is excellent, ranging from floor-shaking power pop to old-school slow jams ("My Love"). But ultimately, there seems to be a lack of passion on the disc. The playing is all there, but there's not a great deal of Benjamin's playing, and where she does come to the fore it sounds too controlled and contained. She doesn't help make her case for passion by including a sugary, easy listening version of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." Musically, it's one of Wonder's breeziest songs, but in Benjamin's cover, it's so lightweight it could fly away. There's talent here, and some very capable writing, so perhaps the next release will convince.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2012
Label: Motema Music
UPC: 0181212000900
catalogNumber: 90

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lakecia Benjamin   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jonathan Powell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chris Rob   Organ,Keyboards,keyboard bass
Louis Cato   Guitar
Brandee Younger   Harp
Whosane   Rap
Mark Williams   Trombone
Jesse Fischer   Organ,Keyboards
Solomon Dorsey   Bass
Nick Roseboro   Trumpet
Andrae Murchison   Trombone
Shelton Gardner   Guitar

Technical Credits

Stevie Wonder   Composer
Rebecca Meek   Graphic Design
Jana Herzen   Executive Producer
Ben Kane   Producer,Engineer
Lakecia Benjamin   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Chris Soper   Engineer

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