• 1. Talk to My Lady
  • 2. Get Down
  • 3. Me and Mrs. Jones
  • 4. For Heaven's Sake
  • 5. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  • 6. Blues Suite
  • 7. My Favorite Things
  • 8. If You Could See Me Now

Gene Russell should be a name familiar to committed and more casual fans of jazz and R&B made in the 1970s.  Talk to My Lady has its transcendent moments. There's Russell's bold transformation of the John Coltrane-identified "My Favorite Thing," where his Fender Rhodes gets matched in breakneck intensity by Franklin's standup bass and 20-year-old Leon "Ndugu" Chancler's drums. Playing acoustic piano, Russell sounds at ease with the funk of "Get Down" and, now plugged-in, he personalizes Gamble and Huff's "Me And Mrs. Jones" and Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" with soulful feeling.

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