Sly & Robbie with Amp Fiddler - Inspiration Information 1 (3 stars)

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Sly & Robbie with Amp Fiddler - Inspiration Information 1

(Strut)

SOUL

Purveyors of fine music compilations, Strut have branched out into fresh studio recordings by pairing up acclaimed artists for exclusive five-day sessions. In this first instalment former Funkadelician and contemporary smooth soul rambler Amp Fiddler meets esteemed 80s soul and reggae producers and rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. There are some interesting touches from the renowned Jamaican duo but the Fiddler comes out on top and this thoughtfully presented release appears more an extension of his solo oeuvre than anything especially new or uncharted. It’s a shame as his longing, smoky vocals fit delightfully glove-like on the rare, genuinely reggae-inflected tracks.

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