• nick holmes Soulful Crooner (CD, £7.95)

    label: Bella Terra

    Nick Holmes first played with the musicians on Soulful Crooner while singing with White Elephant, the 70s jazz rock big band. This record was the solo album for Nick that followed that White Elephant double LP collaboration, and still sounds good today. Mike Mainieri's production and arrangements are full for that period. It's a jazz record in many ways. Many of the songs have more key changes in the intros of the songs than Nick used on entire albums in the 80s and 90s. Nick learned his harmonic sense from these years with the jazzers, and his voice is in fine shape. Originally released on the legendary Just Sunshine label.

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