First Listen: Carmen Lundy Brings 80s Vibe to Cool New Song

(November 11, 2019) There are few artists whose name garners respect from fans, critics and fellow artists like Carmen Lundy. Her thoughtful, often breathtaking ability to cross genres with her music is the stuff of legend, and she displays that gift again on her newest album, Modern Ancestors, a collection of tunes that honor the jazz greats of the past.

The album,featuring 10 self-penned and arranged tracks and a stellar band consisting of Julius Rodriguez on piano, brother Curtis Lundy on acoustic upright bass, Kenny Davis on electric and acoustic bass,  Mayra Casales on percussion, Terreon Gully and Kassa Overall on drums, and Andrew Renfroe on guitar, is a personal statement of both reverence for the past and application to the present.

(November 11, 2019) There are few artists whose name garners respect from fans, critics and fellow artists like Carmen Lundy. Her thoughtful, often breathtaking ability to cross genres with her music is the stuff of legend, and she displays that gift again on her newest album, Modern Ancestors, a collection of tunes that honor the jazz greats of the past.

The album,featuring 10 self-penned and arranged tracks and a stellar band consisting of Julius Rodriguez on piano, brother Curtis Lundy on acoustic upright bass, Kenny Davis on electric and acoustic bass,  Mayra Casales on percussion, Terreon Gully and Kassa Overall on drums, and Andrew Renfroe on guitar, is a personal statement of both reverence for the past and application to the present.

One of the songs from Modern Ancestors that grabbed us is “Meant for Each Other,” a beautiful, gentle nighttime cut that reminds us of the Nuevo Soul period of three decades ago. Carmen tells us the song “harkens back to the mid eighties when I was just beginning to seriously consider singing original songs only. I, along with many other vocalists, songwriters and composers, was busy making gigs in and around New York City and performing our own tunes. I arranged this song based on changing harmony and chord progressions in the intro, while staying true to the original melody and lyric written by Julie Raynor and Marilyn Redfield Castilaw. Laid down with a soulful, timeless groove.”

Timeless is definitely the right word. Check out “Meant For Each Other” below, and welcome back Carmen Lundy to SoulTracks.

Carmen Lundy – “Meant For Each Other”

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