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Prince Sampson: Living In The Moment

Prince Sampson: Living In The Moment

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UK release date 15.03.2010

Jazz FM Records have now released 'Living In The Moment', the debut album from the Ivor Novello-nominated guitarist Prince Sampson, on CD. Sampson has been an integral part of the international music scene for over 25 years, playing with The Pasadenas for six years before working with artists including Alexander O'Neal, Eternal, Joss Stone and Des'ree.

So what's his debut platter like? Well, the opening track 'Let The Sunshine Through' will put you in an upbeat mood with it's melodic vocals, smooth guitar and propulsive beat, driving proceedings along, a nice start.

Title track 'Living In The Moment' carries on the positive vibe, tightly honed ,close harmonies and evocative alto sax sprinkle sweetly over this reggaefied skank and Prince's guitar hits the pocket deep, thoughtful, musical and totally expressive. 'The Corner Turns In To An Edge' goes into poetry mode, self talk to overcome adversity and promote self-improvement, a nice sentiment with a jazzy soundscape I could imagine Serena Williams listening to this before a match, right up her street!!

'Be Will Be', features Joe Cang a London born singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist and boy he sounds sweet on this slice of exquisite soul pop, (a natural single to me) and the bluesy harmonic gives it some juice! 'Part Finder' a cheery potboiler if ever there was one let's Prince do his thing on both electric and acoustic a breezy, reggae jam, perfect for this supposed BBQ weather we've been promised! The revitalised Noel McCoy (flush with excellent feedback on his recent album) adds his golden soulful tones to this sweet rhythmic 12/8 ditty and a peach of a tune it is!

Prince Sampson for so long has been happy to be in the background for so many stars but now his is about to shine. This will warm the cockles of anybody's heart. Cheery and bright with a galaxy of top notch musicians to boot, this debut album crackles with positivity, passion and above all enthusiasm. A beautiful symphony of life!
Words Emrys Baird

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