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Brenda Russell: Between the Sun and the Moon

It’s sad that the dynamic American original Brenda Russell, one of the finest soul-jazz pioneers of her generation (who recently completed the songs for a musical adaptation of The Color Purple that’s expected to be Broadway-bound next year, and is currently touring with Dave Koz), has to venture to the U.K. to get a record deal. And how clever of London-based Dome to provide Russell top-drawer support (Incognito’s Bluey, Lee Ritenour, the Yellowjackets’ Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip, Tower of Power’s Scott Mayo, Average White Band alum Hamish Stuart, Patti Austin and Fourplay’s Nathan East) and all the elbow room she needs to move in about a dozen musical directions throughout the magnificent Between the Sun and the Moon (licensed in the U.S. by Narada).

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