CAMERA SOUL – NOT FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE (2013)
WINNER – AUGUST 2013 AKADEMIA AWARD -- Best Funk/Fusion/Jam Song -- “My Heart”
'Serena's sultry vocals backed by exceptionally talented musicians create a winning sound that would rock any party.'
(Track and Award: http://www.theakademia.com/funk_fusion_jam_best_song_august_2013_awards)
“Such a good album! This is literally flying up the soul charts. As soon as I heard this album, I knew it was going to be a knockout. “Not For Ordinary People” isn’t for ordinary people. It is for purveyors of quality music. At long last, the album is getting the recognition it deserves.”
- Paul Miller, The Paul Miller Soul Show, BBC Radio (5 features weekly from Aug – Oct 2013)
“Very popular on the UK soul scene, that one [Not For Ordinary People, played August 2013]!”
- Paul Sams, Modern Soul Sessions Radio Show, RedzFM (August 2013)
“’Not For Ordinary People’ really is as it says on the the label – for people who want to hear something more than the stuff we are subjected to on a daily basis. I take my hat off to the Lombardo Brothers – just how they manage to keep their music fresh after a decade in the business, I have no idea … an album to suit all moods, will have you singing your heart out, or quietly contemplating the lyrics; either way, you can’t go wrong with yet another blessing from Camera Soul. I can’t wait to see them live.”
- Jess Biggs - MusicVein &amp;amp;amp; Jazz and Blues TV – Brill, UK - (July 31, 2013)
“Camera Soul is perhaps one of only three European acts with the talent to crash the American market for contemporary jazz in a meaningful way. Not For Ordinary People is fresh but with a decidedly retro groove of Tower of Power in their prime. If the Big Apple had a sonic pulse, this may well be it. Camera Soul and Not For Ordinary People welcome you to the land of rhythm and groove.”
- Brent Black - @CriticalJazz – CriticalJazz.com (July 25, 2013)
Two years following the debut album, "Words Don’t Speak", Camera Soul presents a new album, entitled "Not For Ordinary People", again released by Azzurra Music [TIMKAT Entertainment, Americas]. It is a wonderful and joyful dip into the unforgettable past, brimming with rhythms and harmonies that take us back to the late 70's Soul Funk, where electronics counted for little, robust bass lines dominated, horn lines enveloped melodies, and listeners found peace in a blissful rhythm guitar. In other words, songwriting, arranging, and musicianship ruled. In this recording project, the artistic quality is very high.
- Edigio “Gigi” Franco – Puglia [Italy] Journal, (Translated from Italian) (Jul 25, 2013)
"The Camera Soul effort heralds a significant musical stylistic departure from what the [Brothers Lombardo] have delivered up until now. There are a few songs that showcase the brothers’ Bossa sound, but the new sound structure largely recalls Soul and Funk from the ‘80s. Camera Soul is a band that not only delivers this sound, but does so from a Mediterranean point of view, similar to releases in Spain from the Tony Manero Foundation. The horn arrangements remind us heavily of Tower of Power and each of the tracks is led by the distinctively sensual voice of Serena Brancale, also of Italy. "
- Cloud Jazz Review Staff (Translated from Spanish), Cloud Jazz (Jul 23, 2013)
“More quality soul for 2013 – my favorite track is called “Locked Inside.” [Played Camera Soul tracks for 3 weeks in a row on his show.]
- Geoff Allman – Soul Kandi Radio Show – Soulpower Radio (July 31, 2013)
"Congrats on some really incredible work with Camera Soul - that is my vibe alllll day!!!"
Andrea Love, Songwriter/Vocalist, Chicago, IL, USA via Facebook Message (Jul 23, 2013)
"[Spoken On Air, on HOT FM Smooth Grooves] This is a band that has taken up all my listening time [and Not For Ordinary People is] my favorite album right now! I have been playing it constantly in my car over the past few days... I tell you, what a piece of work! So reminiscent of the classic Funky Company album of 1996. Not one single weak track on it; really, seriously as good as it gets for me right now ... It would be rather rude of me NOT to feature more from this fantastic album in Hour 2 of the show today." [Played “Locked Inside”, “Full of Me”, and “I Don’t Like Flowers”, then “Not For Ordinary People” and “Mama”, followed by two more tracks from the 2011 debut.]
- Roger Williams, Soul Sorts Radio Show, HOT FM Smooth Grooves, London, UK (Jul 21 and 29, 2013)
“Here’s something that touched my soul – Camera Soul!”
- The Jazz Man – Jazzy100.com (August 26, 2013)
"[Re: Not For Ordinary People] Lovin' It! Got everything a Soul Funkster needs from start to finish - "Mama", "I Don't Like Flowers", "My Heart""
- Dennis McCalmont, Songwriter/Artist, Mayo, Ireland via Twitter (Jul 18, 2013)
"From southern Italy, Camera Soul’s second set, 'Not For Ordinary People' comes with more R&amp;amp;amp;B/Funk intention than the group’s first release, 'Words Don’t Speak.' While the sound still recalls 70′s/80′s R&B primarily (especially the related productions of Maurice White (Earth, Wind, & Fire / The Emotions), it isn’t any more of a “retro” sound than work written by Brand New Heavies, Incognito, or Jamiroquai who also have visited the Pop/R&B song stylings of that time period. At the heart of Camera Soul are the veteran composers and brothers of Piero and Pippo [Lombardo]. Musical direction from Lombardo Brothers, together with the sultry vocals and songwriting of Serena Brancale, songwriting from Kathryn Ballard Shut (daughter of late composer and vocalist, Tim Ballard), expect some great R&B/Jazz moments on the disc. If you’re a 70′s/80′s R&B/jazz fan, here’s a new add for your collection."
- JW Richard, Groove Loves Melody (Jul 13, 2013)
"We love Camera Soul at http://www.radiowey.co.uk. Just the sort of funky Soul that we are known for!"
- Mandy Morrow, On-Air Host, RadioWey, London, UK, via Twitter (Jul 11, 2013)
"Great production! [Not For Ordinary People] has something of a live gig feeling. I love that, it really rocks and I had a lot of fun listening to the tracks. The sound of Camera Soul is crisp and fresh!"
- Tom Kolbe, KingFM Premium Music Radio, Berlin, Germany, via email (Jul 8, 2013) and via KING FM Berlin Blog (Jul 9, 2013)
Kathryn Ballard Shut
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