Album Review: The Fantasy Vocal Sessions Vol. 2, Soul, Pop, R&B by David K. Mathews (8/10)

Etta James once said of keyboardist Mathews, “he can play anything”––a compliment borne out by his work with Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Sheila E., Boz Scaggs and Santana. After launching his The Fantasy Vocal Session series with the jazz-leaning Vol. 1, Standards, Mathews shows his pop/R&B groove on with Vol. 2. While he shimmers and simmers on a stunning array of vintage keys, his Quincy Jones-esque mission is helming supercharged sessions covering a wide range of classic material and showcasing some of the Bay Area’s most worthy musical and vocal talents.

Distributed by: Effendi Records

Produced by:  David K. Mathews