Kelly Z and "the Lot"

Rescue CD

'Rescue' is on the 1st Round Ballot for the Grammys

Best Americana Album

Best Producer - Chuck Kavooras

Best Engineered Album - Chuck Kavooras and Erick Labson

Best Americana Roots Performance  - 'What Do I have To Do' 

Best Americana Roots Performance  - 'It's Gonna Work Out Fine' 

 

Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Chuck Kavooras at SlideAway Studios  

Mastered by Erick Labson 

Packaging Design by Evie Cook

MUSICIANS ON RESCUE

Kelly Z - Lead Vocals

Bryan Head - Drums and Percussion

Rick Reed - Bass

John Marx - Guitar

Mo Beeks - Keyboards

Andy Najera - Sax

Stan Martin - Trumpet

Roy Wiegand - Trumpet on #3

Barry Goldberg - B3 on #3

Chuck Kavooras - Slide Guitar on #5

Perry Robertson - Solo Guitar on #2  Vocal on #4

Jack Wargo - Guitar #8

Background Vocals - Teresa James, Shari Puorto, Lisa Orloff Staley

 

REVIEW 

Kelly Z At SlideAway Studio

Rescue

KellysLot.com

Singer song writer Kelly Z and her band have been an L.A. mainstay for more then twenty years, she was looking for a new project when her producer Chuck Kavooras rediscovered these tracks that he’d recorded in 2011 but never finished. He brought them to Kelly and they realized the songs were too good to sit in a box and decided to “Rescue” them. These are all cover tunes so were they rescuing the songs themselves from the abyss of forgotten tunes, or rescuing the performances from that bin. This killer band is Kelly “Z” Zirbes vocals, John Marx guitar, Mo Beeks keyboards, Rick Reed bass, Bryan Head drums, Andy Najera sax, Stan Martin trumpet, a trio of her L.A. soul sisters on backing vocals Teresa James, Shari Puorto and Lisa Orloff Staley, with a few other guest players. Each song is it’s own surprise as you realize you know that song and wonder who did it first.

Ripping in with a roar of funk on James Brown & Marva Whitney’s “What Do I Have To Do” Miss Z just has to do the do and stay on the good foot too as the horns and organ wail behind the girls. Mellowing with the Bacharach / David “Baby It’s You” a hit for the Shirelles but covered by the Beatles, the hesitant rhythm and the quiver in Kelly’s voice adds to the anticipation till she breaks through in full voice. “You Don’t Realize,” a Mike Bloomfield tune from the Electric Flag, which carried the note “Dedicated with great respect to Steve Cropper and Otis Redding” on the original was sung by Buddy Miles and Kelly try’s a little tenderness and has Barry Goldberg from the Flag playing B3 organ. Two Ike & Tina Turner tunes “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” featuring male vocals by her song writing partner Perry Robertson and “Trying To Find My Mind” with Chuck Kavooras adding a killer slide guitar. “He Called Me Baby” was originally sung by Patsy Cline in 1963 but here Kelly’s strong soulful take is closer to the cover by Candi Staton done in 1971.  “Do Your Thing” written and performed by Isaac Hayes before he hit his Hot Buttered Soul era, has been shortened from it’s original nineteen minute length has a restrained tension giving it an extra edge. The biggest surprise is a classic country tune “You Are My Sunshine” first released by the Pine Ridge Boys in 1939 reinvented as a soul ballad with hard rocking horns as Kelly’s vocal soars through like a breaking dawn.

Kelly Z is calling her new disc a “Rescue” but it sounds as fresh as anything out today which may be it’s real redemption.—Roger and Margaret White

 

SONG CREDITS   

 

1)WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO PROVE MY LOVE TO YOU 

James Brown  Marva Whitney  

Unichappel Music Inc. OBO Dynatone Pubishing Co.  BMI

 

2) BABY IT’S YOU 

Burt Bacharach, Mack David, Barney Williams 

Universal - Polygram, International Pub Inc., EMI U Catalog Inc, 

BMG Gold Songs OBO New Hidden Valley Music Company  ASCAP

 

3) YOU DON’T REALIZE

Michael Bloomfield  

King David Music, WB Music Group  BMI/ASCAP

 

4) IT’S GONNA WORK OUT FINE

Seneca, Lee McKinney, Sylvia Robinson, Rose Marie McCoy 

Songs of Universal Inc. OBO Ben-Ghazi Enterprises, Inc  BMI

 

5) TRYING TO FIND MY MIND  

Tina Turner  EMI UNART Catalog Inc.  BMI

 

6) HE CALLED ME BABY  

Harlan Howard  Central Songs ADO Beechwood Music Corporation  BMI

 

7) DO YOUR THING  

Isaac Hayes  Irving Music Inc. BMI

 

8) YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE  

Jimmie Davis Peer International Corp  BMI