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PATTI AUSTIN: END OF A RAINBOW-THE CTI MASTERS (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
With Dinah Washington, her godmother, and Quincy Jones, her godfather, this lady had a lot to live up to – and she’s let nobody down. Cutting her debut recording at the tender age of five, she was touring Europe with Quincy six years later. At 15 years old she joined Coral Records to issue ten singles before a short stay at ABC where she recorded “Music Of My Heart”, a Northern Soul slanted release. Then in 1969, thanks to “The Family Tree” via United Artists, Patti’s music was grabbed by UK soul fans. First released during 1976, and supported by heavyweight musicians, this is her debut CTI album, where she not only sings but largely composed. The overall feel is relaxed, mostly mellow, and totally engaging as it spans jazz, tinges of R&B and high-end ballads. For one so young, this is a remarkably mature release; so polished, sophisticated and often melancholy. Listening then to “You Don’t Have To Say You’re Sorry”, languorously delicious, her vocal styling would delight angels. The more beaty “More Today Than Yesterday” follows, and its this mix of music genres that works splendidly throughout the CD. “Say You Love Me” tickled the R&B listing, but it’s tracks like “That’s Enough For Me” and “Lost In The Stars” that show the true measure of the artist. Also included here are a half dozen tracks from her 1978 “Havana Candy” release and three from “Body Language” issued two years later. Highly recommended naturally, so don’t miss out.

Rating: 9

About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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