Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Stevie Wonder's influence is especially obvious in the music of 23-year-old Rahsaan Patterson, who not only imitates the syncopated keyboard phrasing of his hero's records but also impersonates Wonder's vocal tone as wel... more »
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Stevie Wonder's influence is especially obvious in the music of 23-year-old Rahsaan Patterson, who not only imitates the syncopated keyboard phrasing of his hero's records but also impersonates Wonder's vocal tone as well. Sometimes the similarities are too close for comfort. Fortunately, Patterson comes up with chorus melodies that sound as catchy as his model's without sounding like any Wonder song in particular. "Stop By" uses old-fashioned wah-wah guitar and slap-funk bass to create a compelling push-and- pull rhythm that the singer elaborates into a giddy chorus of infatuation. "Joy," Patterson's a cappella tribute to his New York church roots, finds the young vocalist holding his own with the singers of Take 6. Even the three numbers that Patterson didn't cowrite boast strong, Wonder-ful hooks, but the best are found in the seven songs cowritten by Patterson and his keyboardist Jamey Jaz. --Geoffrey Himes
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Devi P. from COLUMBIA, MD
Reviewed on 7/23/2011...
I fell in love with Rahsaan Patterson's music when I heard him perform at the Capital Jazz Fest. He has been one of the best kept secrets in Jazz/R&B music. His lyrics are meaningful and his voice has such a wonderful range. I will be collecting more of his cds.
The Test Of A Great CD...
Honey | Heaven | 03/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Comes over a period of time; usually after years have passed. When in the midst of it happening, you're just grooving and relishing in it, but you truly, truly don't appreciate its greatness until you've grown and time has elapsed. Then it dawns on you that you own one of the most perfect and pleasing cds; from the harmonies to the hooks to the melodies to the lyrical content. It all just flows like the ocean and the heavy current just pulls you under; even more so now than it did back then.
Though years have passed since I purchased this cd, this little jewel (as does his cd Love in Stereo), still gets mad play and immediate props from me. It is as close to perfection, as a musician can get without driving himself and his listener musically insane! Each and every track has top notch production, unbelievable hooks and delicious lyrics...and that's not to mention the harmony between Mr. Patterson and his background singers!
I wrote this review for Mr. Patterson, he really does deserve to be recognized for his inspiring and pleasing projects, and that beautiful elastic voice he possesses. Though not recognized as he should be, he is always on point and has a strong core following! This CD should have sold mad copies back in the day, as many and as much as some of his contemporaries back then, i.e, Lauren Hill, Maxwell, D'Angelo, etc.
But it's never too late, if you don't own this cd...get it now and start rockin' and groovin'!!!!!"
The Best Unheard Album in R&B History
Chazz Eyam | Los Angeles, Ca, United States | 08/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cat is what we call "The Truth." His cd dropped in 97 but if it were released today it would go to #1. Trust me. Someone asked me to name the top 5 R&B cds within the last 5 years: Maxwell's "Urban Hang Suite," Erykah Badu's "Baduism," D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar," Musiq Soulchild's "AYEJUSWANASEING," ...and this one right here...Rahsaan Patterson! It's pure, raw, unadulterated Rhythm and Blues the way it used to be. R&B purist will worship this cd. People overuse the term "Instant Classic"...not here. This is a classic. 14 tracks, maybe 2 filler songs! MCA didn't do enough to push this cat and that's a shame and a slap in this artist's face. Unbelievable melodies, strong and brilliant vocal arrangements, and tight lyrics. TEARS AGO is my fave and COME OVER is the quintessential Cha-Cha song. The kid has talent -- point blank! I told friends about him and said "If you didn't like the cd, I would buy it back from you." So far 37 bought it: 0 buybacks...and counting..."