Saturday, July 09, 2016

Day 252 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Jackie Mittoo - Summer Breeze

The inevitable sadness that accompanies the end of summer vacation is completely understandable but the one thing that keeps it from being downright depressing is the fact that there's still a whole lotta summer left.  And while I dread the prospect of packing up today and hitting the road for the long trek home, I can rest easy knowing that tomorrow will be warm and in all honesty that's good enough for me.  With that in mind, I'm going to keep up the sweet summer vibes for one more day with the 250th track in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge... this one by the great Jackie Mittoo is called "Summer Breeze" and it comes the 2000 Soul Jazz release The Keyboard King At Studio One.  Yes, it's a cover of the Seals & Crofts "harmony-rock" hit from 1972 but Mittoo's version has all the "easy-listening" charm as the original with just the perfect amount of Jamaican flavor that in my honest, yet completely biased opinion makes his version far superior.  And yes, it's also a rare opportunity to hear Jackie Mittoo's singing voice!

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