Cafe Soul All-Stars
Café Soul All-Stars are comprised of a stellar cast of renowned session musicians; Duke Jones - trumpet, Chris Albert - trumpet, Bobby Lyles - keyboards, Kaspar Galli - guitar, Steve Williams - drums, Rene McLean - sax and Alex Blake - bass. Featuring such notable guest artist as George Benson, Peabo Bryson, Boney James, Roy Ayers, Kenny Garrett, Bobby Lyle, Vesta, Maysa, Christopher Williams, Glenn Jones and Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers.
The goal is to bring back music that engages people emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, says Clarence Smith, co-founder of Essence Magazine and now CEO of YOU Entertainment, who along with producers Duke Jones and the legendary Norman Connors, is the guiding force behind one of this years most refreshingly musical, star studded collections in Love Pages. A conceptual album by a collective aptly named The Cafe Soul All-Stars, Clarence feels it fills a definite void in the musical marketplace.
"Like many others, I love and appreciate two seminal eras in American music: Jazz and R&B. Both have had a profound impact on my musical tastes and they've also greatly influenced my sense of what constitutes great songwriting and musicianship. For me, the idea behind the Love Pages project was simple, create an environment that allows great players and singers who share a similar reverence for the musical traditions I've always held dear to showcase their talents on one fantastic CD."