Corinne Bailey Rae's new release "The Heart Speaks In Whispers" is released, after much anticipation, on Virgin EMI and Capitol Records tomorrow May 13th 2016...
Way back in November of 2011 I got a call from my old friend and producer Steve Brown asking if I'd be up for coming up to Leeds to play live drums on a couple of early song ideas Corinne and he had been working on. I was more than happy to do this although, because of various things, it meant jumping in my car at 22.30 hours after a long Jerry Dammers rehearsal and arriving in Leeds at 02.00 ready to record the next day!
We worked on a couple of ideas that day in Corinne & Steve's wonderful home studio. I'm happy to say one of these tracks made the cut and is called "Walk On" (Track 11 on the album) I heard this track for the first time the other day. It's a lovely cosmic track that puts me in the mind of Marvin's 'Inner City Blues" or classic Bill Withers but also has some lush orchestration and beautiful vocals over a hypnotic piano hook. Turn it up, it gets pretty epic!
I'm also very proud to be on an album that also features such stella musicians as legendary drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers/Marvin Gaye), Pino Palladino, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Paul Jackson Jr, Isaiah Sharkey and King. The album also includes many of my favourite and brilliant musicians from the Leeds and Manchester scenes that I'm proud to have been a part of and continue to stay in touch with.
Please check it out - I know Corinne & Steve have put their hearts and souls into this record and wish them the very best on it's release and reception out there tomorrow... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Speaks-Whispers-Corinne-Bailey/dp/B01C7PNOYE
Here's an excellent review of the album: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-3588073/Corinne-Bailey-Rae-s-Heart-Speaks-Whispers-funky-finger-clicking-delight.html