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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B00BZW5W3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maysa holds unique status in the world of R&B/Jazz. Her incomparably lush, sensuous vocals have garnered her legions of loyal, loving fans. As featured vocalist of the UK super group Incognito, core member of Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove and, of course, through her own albums and concerts, Maysa has been thrilling R&B and Jazz audiences for decades.

Blue Velvet Soul is far and away the most sensuous and heartfelt recording of her brilliant career. Maysa thrills us with a stirring rendition of Quiet Fire a loving tribute to her mentor and role model Nancy Wilson that will leave you breathless.

A special highlight is the guest vocal appearance and soulful production by Jean Paul Bluey Bluey Maunick , the creator of Incognito, who contribute 3
originals to this. R&B super producer Mike City (Rihanna, Jamie Foxx, Ledisi) contributes several brilliant originals to the mix, and Chris Big Dog Davis (Kim Burrell, Will Downing, George Clinton), Maysa's longtime collaborator and inspiration, round out the inspired supporting cast!

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Electrifying...peerless --The Washington Post

Smooth as satin and as rich as chocolate, it's pure, perfect...unique --Blues & Soul

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This is one of the best albums to date.
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I love Maysa's music, will look for her again and again.
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Maysa has a very sultry and powerful voice.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Barnett on June 18, 2013
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Blue Velvet Soul
This is some of Maysa's best work yet. I have loved Maysa since she released her debut album in 1995 that I had discovered a few years ago. I am glad that real R&B music is making a return to us instead of some of the garbage that we are stuck with listening to on the radio. If only there were more radio stations that would play music like this. I would highly recommend this album to add to your Maysa collection or to start your Maysa collection!
Favorite Tracks:
Good Morning Sunrise
When You Touch Me
Sophisticated Lover
Inside My Dream
Quiet Fire
I liked all the tracks on here, but these were the ones that stood out to me the most.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2013
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Maysa is one of those singers who has such a rich musical pedigree that its even more ashamed that her own work, as many solo albums as she has, have been somewhat ignored outside the musicians community. This is someone who was a prominent member of Wonderlove,Stevie Wonder's backing band, before also becoming a featured member of the UK jazz/funk outfit Incognito-returning to that bands ever changing line up over and over because her vocal style was so well suited to their instrumental flavors. She has recorded a steady stream of solo albums since the mid 90s. Yet why is this the first one I've listened to and take the time to review here? Its yet another case of an artist with a catalog so vast and revered its difficult to know just where to start in. So in this case I thought what about the newest offering from her? Needless to say the results are anything but disappointing

"Beautiful Dreamer" begins the album on an expansive cinematic soul/funk ballad. "Sophisticated Lover" finds Maysa half talking the lyrics in a jazzy rap type style on a wonderful chill groove reminiscent of Paul Hardcastle's latest work. "Be There" and "What Can I Do" are heavy break and wah wah powered jazz funk that Maysa works from her soaring high range to her whispery,raspy growl-my favorite aspect of her vocals. "Good Morning Sunrise" and "Pouring Rain",both heavy on the electric piano based sunshine funk/soul groove are two of my favorites here-both on the opposite poles of emotional reflection on romance and self image. All the songs from "Inside My Dream" through "Quiet Fire" express her quieter side-full of pulsing electric pianos and plenty of instrumental adventure for slower songs of this kind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Author Onyx Linthicum on June 22, 2013
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Fire!!, Fire!!, Fire!! and.....did I say Fire? Her greatest work to date. Ten hot previous albums and those were just to warm up. Now this girl is on fire. Certainly an award worthy work to even the most discriminate music enthusiasts. Maysa, you've outdone yourself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TP on June 25, 2013
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I'm not sure who it is who says MAYSA is boring and one key but you are dead wrong! MAYSA is the BEST...I repeat...BEST singer of this time (and definitely NOT a "less mushed mouth anita baker"). Her voice was described by jill scott as "velvet on a plate." Her vocal abilities and EVER KEY CHANGING songs are SPECTACULAR! I first heard her with INCOGNITO and had no idea who she was, so I called the radio stations non-stop until I found out. I have EVERY SINGLE SONG with her voice on it...even songs not released in the USA. She NEVER EVER NEVER EVER disappoints. Take an honest listen to her body of work. Each cd gets more and more amazing! Each cd is DIFFERENT and her body of work is BREATH TAKING. BLUE VELVET SOUL and ALL of her work is ESSENTIAL to a REAL music lover's collection! Period. End of story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Milton Turnerhill on July 1, 2013
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I've heard most of Maysa releases and this one it good, but not as great as some of the earlier CD's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Johnson on July 8, 2013
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The former lead singer of "Incognito" Maysa Leak simply known as "Maysa" has released her 10th studio project "Blue Velvet Soul" this Baltimore, Md native is often compared vocally to the likes of Anita Baker, Sade & Lalah Hathaway.

"Blue Velvet Soul" is a 15 song project that combines a smooth blend of R&B, Soul. Disco & Smooth Jazz or what I call "REAL" grown folk music.

My personal favorites are "Be There", "Pouring Rain", "When You Touch Me" & "Quiet Fire" other notable mentions are "Beautiful Dreamer", "Sophisticated Lover", "What Can I Do", "Inside My Dream" & "This Much"

"Blue Velvet Soul" is indeed one of Maysa's best projects to date but in my opinion it's still lacks that "UMPH" from making this a masterpiece project. I hear the potentials but I don't hear any BIG money making tracks that could REALLY put this project over the top even though this is a great listening project with some really nice songs.

I still love and respect Maysa for staying true to her smooth melodic R&B/smooth jazz style since her debut release in 1995. A sensational singer that packs out clubs and theaters all around the world on the R&B and jazz scene and with the release of "Blue Velvet Soul " will be no exception..

Definitely a must buy for any Maysa fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralf Urban on June 21, 2013
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This is an oustanding CD from an outstanding artist. Maysa Leaks' best album. Her voice is better than ever. I love it. Too bad she doesn't get mainstream radio play!
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