If you’re already a fan of Boston-based chanteuse Cassandre McKinley, much of this rich, sensual salute to the music of Marvin Gaye might ignite a feeling of déjà vu. Three years ago, the resourceful McKinley set about to self-release a Gaye tribute, picking from the cream of Massachusetts players to assemble a sextet and laying down 10 tracks either written by the Motown legend or strongly associated with him. It was entitled Baring the Soul and, like most self-managed releases, failed to generate anywhere near the attention it deserved. Now, MAXJAZZ has taken those 10 tracks, re-recorded one (a gently sizzling “Your Precious Love,” crafted in homage to Gaye and his frequent mid-’60s partner Tammi Terrell, with Michael Payette replacing McKinley’s original vocal helpmate, John Pagano) and added four (including a soulful cover of Lennon and McCartney’s “Yesterday,” which, despite the significantly greater popularity of the title tune, was the true centerpiece of Gaye’s often-overlooked That’s the Way Love Is from 1970).
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