CARLTON JUMEL SMITH – 1634 Lexington Ave LP

CARLTON JUMEL SMITH – 1634 Lexington Ave LP



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After hitting hard in the soul circles with his deep Timmion debut single “I Can’t Love You No More” and following it with “This Is What Love Looks Like”, Carlton Jumel Smith is back at it with an album full of contemporary soul gold. The material mined here is none other than the vintage groove troves of classic 1970’s r&b, something the Cold Diamond & Mink crew brews up effortlessly. The songwriting and expression by Carlton carry strong echoes of Curtom productions, Memphis soul and naturally Motown. We’re talking about musical traditions he’s incorporated into his expression since witnessing James Brown at the Apollo as an 8-year old.

Vocals – C.J. Smith
Baritone Saxophone – Pope Puolitaival
Tenor Saxophone – Jimi Tenor
Trumpet – Jukka Eskola
Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals – Tuomo Prättälä
Guitar, Organ, Tambourine – Seppo Salmi
Bass – Sami Kantelinen
Congas – Janne Auvinen
Drums – Jukka Sarapää

Producer – Cold Diamond & Mink