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Just Curious by Lance Ellis

As one of the tracks suggests, this is "Lance’s Groove." The new album by Lance Ellis incorporates grooves along with subtle touches of soul by vocalists Yadonna and Dorene Wise with the help of Timothy Williams. Just right for waiting at the "Millennium Bus Stop."

Ellis incorporates the flute on the track "I Mean It" and it is almost as if there was someone singing what he was playing. The album leads us more into a light funky groove without getting too funky. Ellis lists Grover Washington Jr. and Ronnie Laws as his mentors and this album is straight away from one of theirs but with Ellis’ own touches. Johnny Metoyer on bass on the track "Why Keep Hanging On" along with vocals by Timothy Williams brings this album open and mainstream affordable. Lance Ellis has worked with the likes of War, The Emotions, Sunpie, Irma Thomas, Mem Shannon, Cubby Carrier and George Porter Jr. taking from each experience to make his own album with the help of a great supporting cast. He sounds so much like Washington in some spots that it is almost as if this is a Washington album.

There is a lot to offer here. Lance Ellis and the mates have put together a solid album throughout. From the slick guitar of Anthony Brown to the keyboards of Lloyd Daly to the vocals of Yadonna and Dorene Wise along with Williams, the album works. Lance Ellis was once a postal worker. He knows something about delivering and with Just Curious he does.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lance Ellis
  • CD Title: Just Curious
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Landlord Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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