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michael franks re-defines one- of- a- kind jazz roots
on July 26, 1999
for michael franks fans the newest release "Barefoot on the Beach" is like another wonderful visit from a family member with whom you'd like to spend more time.his lyrics consistently weave in out of a mucial web which continues to be spun by a who's who of contemporary jazz musicians.a case in point is the title track.after a short intro...the first few words...instantly its a franks connection.the long time franks listeners already feel familiar with the pilot and the vehicle..wanting to ride wherever the smooth ride is going. track three includes a beautiful duet with valerie simpson (of ashford and simpson).once again franks goes with an interseting choice of voice and the outcome is soothing...two voices distinctive yet in the chorus blend as one.(you may know that franks has also recorded duets with brenda russell, and peggy lee! long time franks fans (i'm one)will hear hints of musical references to some of his past work. but there is a freshness of application in each case.he continues to seduce his listeners to take journeys with him...regardless of how intimate or sarcastically light-hearted.and, with the end of each selection the traveler wants to be taken on the next excursion. with his new (and highly respected) label, franks would be well served to add a few more dates to his existing tour schedule.that will serve a two fold purpose. first,show the new label the continuous and incredible base of fan support.and secondly,reunite fans with a musical icon with whom we've grown over the years.