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Dance With the Sun

by Alicia Saldenha

Alicia Saldenha's unique sound can be described as funky soul with a twist of island sugar cane.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Gonna Be the Same
4:07 $1.50
2. Love Cast a Spell On Me
4:17 $1.50
3. Ooh Boy
5:42 $1.50
4. Doctor
4:19 $1.50
5. Close to You
4:47 $1.50
6. Jammin' All Night
3:41 $1.50
7. I Want to Be With You
3:18 $1.50
8. Without Reason
4:19 $1.50
9. Ne Complique Pas Les Choses
4:27 $1.50
10. Cause You're Not Here
3:36 $1.50
11. Don't You Wish I Was Your Woman
3:48 $1.50
12. Ooh Boy (Radio Edit)
4:02 $1.50
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Album Notes
"Dance with the Sun" is Alicia Saldenha's debut solo album and showcases her talent as a singer-songwriter as well as co-producer. The album is an independent self-release under her own label, Jem Adar Music. Recorded live in the studio in New York City, it features the organic sound of her original funky soul and funky reggae tunes.

Track List

01. Never Gonna Be The Same
02. Love Cast A Spell On Me
03. Ooh Boy
04. Doctor
05. Close To You
06. Jammin' All Night
07. I Want To Be With You
08. Without Reason
09. Ne Complique Pas Les Choses
10. 'Cause You're Not Here
11. Don't You Wish I Was Your Woman
12. Ooh Boy (Radio Edit)

Artist: Alicia Saldenha
Album Name: Dance with the Sun

All songs written by Alicia Saldenha (except “Close to You” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

Produced by Andrew Felluss at Radian Records
Co-Produced by Alicia Saldenha
© Alicia Saldenha, 2012

The Band: Barney McAll (Keyboards),  Gabe Cummins (Guitars), Mark Kelley (Bass), Chris Eddleton (Drums)

Lead Vocals all songs: Alicia Saldenha

Recorded in New York City at Pyramid Recording and RedBird Studio
Recording Engineers: Andrew Felluss, Todd Hemleb
Mixed by Andrew Felluss at RedBird Studio
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Masterdisk NYC (except track 12)
Promotion by Brush Music
Distribution by Daiki Sound
Photography by Zak Baney
Art Direction by Bernhard Rothbucher

Titles and additional credits:

1. Never Gonna Be The Same
Trumpet: Peck Almond
Percussion: Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek)
Vocals: Alicia Saldenha

2. Love Cast A Spell On Me
Horn Arrangement: Gabe Cummins
Trumpet and Saxes: Peck Almond
Backing Vocals: Lola Johnson

3. Ooh Boy
Backing Vocals: Sonia Montez & Alicia Saldenha

4. Doctor
Horn Arrangement: Barney McAll
Trumpets and Saxes: Peck Almond
Percussion: Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek)
Backing Vocals: Lola Johnson & Alicia Saldenha

5. Close to You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Additional arrangement: Michael Miguelli Sgueglia, Barney McAll
Violin arrangement and performances: Josh Henderson
Percussion: Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek)

6. Jammin' All Night
Horn Arrangement & Trumpet: Takuya Kuroda
Trombone: Corey King

Tenor Sax: Mike Buckley

7. I Want To Be With You
Arranged by Alicia Saldenha, Michael Miguelli Sgueglia and Barney McAll

8. Without Reason

Percussion: Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek)

Backing Vocals: Alicia Saldenha and Sonia Montez

9. Ne Complique Pas Les Choses
Backing Vocals: FL Jones

10. 'Cause You're Not Here

Additional Arrangement: Gabe Cummins

11. Don't You Wish I Was Your Woman
Percussion: Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek)

12. Ooh Boy (Radio Edit)
Mastered by Andrew Felluss at RedBird Studio
Background Vocals: Sonia Montez & Alicia Saldenha

Review - Tokyo Jazz Notes

Alicia Saldenha attracted a lot of attention last year with her vocal performances on the indigo jam unit covers project Rose. Featuring half a dozen covers of classic jazz, soul and funk tunes, the album was very well-received and went on to win the Tokyo Jazz Notes Readers' Poll as the best Japanese release of 2011.

Having shown the world how well she can carry a song, the Osaka-based Trinidadian vocalist now returns with her debut solo album featuring mostly original material giving an insight into Alicia Saldenha the songwriter in addition to her performance skills. Recorded in New York, Dance With The Sun features an impressive backing band with Barney McAll on keyboards, Gabe Cummins on guitars, Mark Kelley on bass and Chris Eddleton on drums in addition to appearances from Peck Allmond and Takuya Kuroda adding horns on a few tracks.

Dance With The Sun is an appropriate title for an album that mixes soul, jazz, funk and reggae influences, and with the band captured live in the studio, it all has a very fresh sound. If this is to be compared with anything, I'd say that the album is close to the kind of crossover sound that Julie Dexter is known for, effortlessly merging genres to create an original sound.

The album opens strongly with four tracks that represent distinctly different styles. Never Gonna Be The Same is a jazz-reggae fusion number that hits just the right balance with McAll's organ playing the perfect backdrop for the vocal line. Love Cast A Spell On Me is a modern soul number while Ooh Boy, the first single sung half in English and half in Japanese, is a sunny slice of radio-friendly lovers rock ideal for the summer months. Doctor, meanwhile, is a warm piece of retro-styled soul that is a fun listen.

The cover of the Bacharach standard Close To You and the ballad I Wanna Be With You are perhaps not essential, but this is more than compensated by the other tracks on offer. Without Reason starts out as a ballad but develops into a delicious reggae-tinged number. It's subtle and understated, but is nevertheless one of the stronger tracks on the set and is followed by the wonderfully funky neo-soul of Ne Complique Pas Les Choses.

Dance With The Sun is an impressive debut that offers a crossover of musical styles as well as an effortless merging of Caribbean, Japanese and new York influences and marks Alicia Saldenha as a name to watch. It's also available worldwide on iTunes
iTunes Japan



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