Vancouver native Adam Robert Thomas released his self-titled debut on his own Pumpkinpie Music label this month. The Juno-nominated artist first came to recognition as the vocalist and bassist in the Dan Brubek Quartet.
His own material is profoundly different.
Working with some of the best local musicians, the album is ten soulful upbeat tunes that hearken back to classic seventies Southern California R&B/soul tinges.
Here are five things to know about Adam Robert Thomas:
1: Smooth grooves. Right from the opener Feel Alright, you will recognize that this is a singer/writer who knows his way around the work of artists ranging from Atlantic soul to classic rockers like Three Dog Night and Boz Scaggs. There are a lot of very funky shuffles on this recording, many based around vintage hits. Feel Alright works off the chord structure of I Got Rhythm.
2: Killer keyboards. The Ray Charles-ish organ vamp in Freight Train is absolutely in the pocket. Who is the person killing it on the keys? That would be multiple Juno Award-winner Brad Turner. Thomas keeps good company.
3: Sweet singer. While a majority of the songs showcase Thomas’ ability to deliver a chugging blues shuffle with a bit of soul tinges, on Love’s Fool he proves he can get into the deep balladeering too. Then he lets his inner Ohio Players burn on the super-funky Hey Sugar. This is all so dead on.
4: Letting Go. Much like Turner’s keyboards on the whole album, the song Letting Go features a big, fat saxophone riff that is courtesy of celebrated N.Y. saxophonist Seamus Blake (John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez, Mingus Big Band and on). Again, tasty playing from top-tier company.
5: Charts. The album is Top 50 on the Roots Music Report “soul” charts and available on most major music sites. But it’s clear that …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment