Sisters and Brothers is the newest album by Irv Lyons Jr. and the title is apparently heartfelt and accurate after listening. The number of local performers featured is astounding and a true reflection of the collaboration and love in this music community. In it’s entirety it proved to be an uplifting listening adventure all the way through the 12 tracks. The intro got me right away and leads into a high energy, grooving “Looking for the Light.”
The different voices of the women, the sisters, adds interest and a depth to each song. Melissa Gardiner brings her sultry unique voice, along with trombone, to “I Love the Night” coming in as one of my immediate favorites. Kimberly Rossi shows off her great tone on “Love Me or Leave Me” accompanied by a distinct latin beat. Brownskin Band’s Danielle Mitchell has a genuine voice making you feel like you’re hearing the song performed live. Melanie Krahmer, SIRSY, joins the album on track 8 rounding out all the women.
The band, the brothers, consists of Richie Melito on lead guitar, Dan Pugh and Bill DiCosimo on keys, Dave Chitambar, Teddy Boileau and Jeff Moleski on drums, Billy Harrison on bass, Jeff Stockham with his fluglehorn, Ron Keck and Emedin Rivera with added percussion and Paulie Cerra on sax. Irv Lyons Jr.’s guitar style shines through on each track and his duets feel meaningful. Lyons wrote all songs but “Mojo.” Joe Driscoll adds rap on “Wonderland” and “Save the Planet.”
“Save the Planet” shares an urgent message and should be a number 1 hit with it’s timeliness.
The album was recorded at SubCat Studios in Syracuse on their label and is available locally at The Sound Garden in Armory Square.
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