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  Jesse Morgan
A Taste of R&B Rock - CD

The CD itself is a mass produced commercial CD with silk-screened label.  It lists an ASCAP publisher (required to get publishing money from any radio airplay) and the song writers (Jesse Morgan), the title and even has a contact e-mail address printed near the bottom of the CD.

Musically the production and arrangements are very professional in the “classic” style of R & B that is typified by the sounds of Shaft with even a touch of Steely Dan that includes background singers, string synthesizer, wah-wah funk guitar, Denny Dias style rhythm, Skunk Baxter style lead riffs, congas and a horn session on Mr. Jive, which was a very delightful tune.

Track 2 had a hotter bass line than track 1 and featured a hot Soprano Sax solo. "You and Me Baby We Belong Together."

Track 3 didn’t have the strong Steely Dan flavor of the first two, sounding closer to David Bowie or many black R & B artists from the 70’s and 80’s.

Track 4 is a guitar driven R & B rocker with hammered on 8th note bass line that eventually segues into a free form bridge, which totally reminded me of the Who’s “Mobile”.

Track 5 starts with a strong, blues like sax line over a slow 4 R & B that adds some Hammond B-3 Leslie sounds and live piano to tracks.
Track 6 sounds a little more like Joe Cocker with classic disco bass line that has an R & B feel to it, but you can hear those octaves and that walk up the neck bass lines like it came off a Donna Summer album! A pretty nice sax solo ends the song.

Track 7 Living In the City. I’ve heard this phased-fuzz guitar line before but I can’t place it. I keep wanting to say Seals and Crofts, but it’s not them.

Track 8 influences I can’t quite place, but it’s very funky with that Rhodes piano sound, chink-a-chink-a scratch guitar, the high background vocals. This was the most original sounding song I heard, probably because I don’t know where he got the inspiration from!

Track 9 is like track 7. I know the song he’s borrowing from but I can’t remember the artist or title. Again it has the R & B feel to it with a solid 80’s disco bass line. The bass playing is real hot, multi-finger playing, but without that percussive pluck sound.

With every track off this album I try and figure out if I can remember “who” Jesse Morgan is emulating and I can’t always remember the songs or the artists that served as an underlying influence. Sorry Jesse, but I grew up with all those songs and I can hear what you’re listening to as you write and perform these tunes! I’m not talking stealing, I’m talking heavily influenced and even derivative.

Not one song stood out as a winner which is why he’s not getting played on radio and that is his only shortcoming! Derivative writing and performing aside (it’s flattery, plain and simple) his workmanship and voice are first rate. If he had a song, radio would play it, even without backing, promotion money or a record label. This artist and his production are that good. His CD is easily worth $15 at any store – I mean seriously how many CDs do you people buy that you can listen to start to finish? There are few in my collection and this one counts as one of them.

If Jesse Morgan stuck his tongue through his cheek he’d be the Weird Al Yankovic of R & B, but his style and performances are dead serious so he’s not having fun with nor poking fun at these songs.

What Jesse desperately needs to find is his own “Lido” or “All Right” or “Take A Walk On The Wild Side” or “Here Comes The Sun” or “James Dean (Jimmy Dean)” and he would be propelled into mainstream. He needs to take a few lessons from David Bowie or his more modern counterpart, Beck (who can be derivative without overtly sounding like it), in learning how to go out on a limb, stand outside your own heroes and trying something really weird, really different and really good as a finished idea. It either needs to be a hot song like “Young Americans” or it needs to be left wing radical (“and the colored girls go: “du-du-du... do-do-do du-du-du” -- now that’s not very PC, but it worked).

Jesse Morgan is a consummate performer, song writer and producer. While no song shined through or said “I’m A Mega Hit” that whole album was pleasant to listen to, expertly produced, meticulously performed. The singing and songwriting is first rate and as a whole this CD is, for me, better than the average one for Cheryl Crow who often produces some cuts I completely want to bypass. I could play this Jesse Morgan album from start to finish in the background with no problem. On the downside some of his influences such as Steely Dan, the Who and some of lesser black R & B artists of the 70’s and 80’s are a little too obvious and the original artists often produce a better sound.

His album sounds every bit as good as a compilation of Steely Dan “B” sides, which is pretty good from a home-grown production by anyone’s standards!

Overall quality of the package is very good. Presentation is good. Workmanship is excellent. Creativity is good. Listenability is very good. Originality not really present.

Do I like this album? Yes! I’d like it much better if he had a hit song sporting a unique flavor and style.

You can purchase this CD at: http://www.cdbaby.com/JESSEM
For more information Email: jesmor47@hotmail.com 

ISSUES - Magazine Music Review

Dainty Crew Music Reviews, UK London

CD Title:    A Taste Of R&B Rock

Artist:        Jesse Morgan

Label:        Co Co Head Music

Genre:       Soulful R&B/Rock

 

A Taste Of R&B Rock' kicked off whith a funky number and I had visions of the Starsky & Hutch Characters, Huggy Bear in full on pimp style outfit strutting his stuff.  Blaxploitation fans eat your heart out.

The CD continued on quite an up-tempo style and had me bopping around the stereo.  I can imagine the dramatic style of the CD working well as movie soundtrack.

The Rock influance was strong on 'You For Me And Me For You' and I was beginning to realize from this CD anything musical that Jesse Morgan had an hand in worked well.

Track 6 and 9 sounded like tracks that you would hear coming out of the Motown camp in years gone by and like those tracks this CD is classic.

I usually give an indication of my favourite tracks but there are too many to mention so I suggest if you want 'A Taste Of R&B Rock' you log onto CD Baby and get your copy and I can assure you, you won't be disappointed.

The Dainty Crew, UK London

The Dainty Crew Music Review Magazine

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RECORD REVIEWS

Funky. This is some righteous soul, hearkening back to the late '60s and '70s, when melody counted more than beat, before disco corrupted the concept of cuddin' up to your main squeez on the dance floor. If this can't make you move, Jack, you dead. Morgan produced as well as performed and wrote all the songs, published by Co Co Head Music.

One may eamil Jesse Morgan at: jesmor47@hotmail.com.

Un disco de soul en Iron Skies? Pues si, por que no. Sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta que ultimamente he estado escuchando bastante a Marvin Gaye y poco despues llega a mis manos este disco. No es que quiera comparar a Jesse Morgan con un monstruo como Marvin Gaye, Pero si que tiene puntos en comun, y este disco no esta, nada nial. Parece que Jesse Morgan tiene cierta fama, yo la verdad es que no lo conocia de nada y un cd sin portada y sin referencia alguna a discografica no tiene buena pinta, por eso cuando empieza a sonar el disco te llevas una agradable sorpresa. El sonido es genial, buenas composiciones y una produccion que se adivina casera pero parece de gran nivel para revestir canciones ricas en arreglos.
Este disco no deberia faltar en tu discoteca para tus fiestas..y post fiestas. Let's Get It On!

What a smokin cd.....By June Caldwell

 "A Taste of R&B Rock"!

Some first impressions: R&B, Funk, Rock..this album has it all. This album is pure hooks and catchy melodies, glittering horns, great songwriting! It sounds like classic r&b with a contemporary feel. Great rhythm and horn sections. Almost every song could be a single. Highlights: Track 1 "Mr Jive" starts the album off with a catchy beat and great vocals, sounds like something off of Parliment's "Mothership Connection". Track 5 "What Changed Your Mind" is a great r&b ballad with strong vocals. Track 8 "Ain't No Price (Quite as Nice as Being Loved)" is another catchy composition with great guitar, horns, and vocals. Great album!

June Caldwell june@radio-media.com Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion 1828 Broadway, 2nd floor Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-998-8305 x19

March 25, 2012

JESSE MORGAn Plugged-In LIVE

Sensational vocal artist Jesse Morgan will captivate you with his fabulous R&B CD, "Plugged-In LIVE." Morgan demonstrates his vocal prowess on this album and does a fantastic job as his voice has a charismatic style and grace. This CD features the wonderful song "She's Winning My Heart," and it is overflowing with passion and soul. One can feel the emotive vibes Morgan projects as he sings with an enchanting vitality. The dynamic instrumentation flows with a smooth groove as this melodic melody with seep subtly into your heart and soul. Listen as the velvety bass, crisp piano, guitar, and solid drums complements the vocals with a mesmerizing magnetism. Fans of easy listening R&B music will really appreciate the talents of Jesse Morgan and his band on the album, "Plugged-In LIVE."

Press Release 

By The Indie Ezine


The CD titled "JESSE MORGAN Plugged-In L I V E".  The Singer songwriter/performer featuring the single on cd "She's Winning My Heart", is based out of Los Angeles, Jesse once more demonstrates another avenue of his music roots as a Rocker from the early years playing with a four piece Rock Band. The arrangements are tight and intricately scored for a dynamic sonic rock sound for the sophisticated listener. An experienced performer, who has opened and performed along with such major recording acts as The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many others....to name a few is..............

The Real Deal!

- The Indie Ezine (Jul 31, 2010)

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She’s Winning My Heart

The CD "Plugged-LIVE" 

Oct-2012

I enjoyed the intro very much, and the upbeat sound of the song was very enjoyable, when the vocals come in it all fits rather well.  Personally I think the song has been made to a very high standard and I'll go as far as to say it deserves a good amount of public attention.

Nov-2012

The drums are light and funky in a really cool way and with some nice variations and fills to it.  The keyboards are setting up a nice large feeling and lifts up the track with a nice classic twist.  The guitar is nicely balanced and doesn’t fill up to much space in the mix and the bassline is nice smooth and grooved.The vocalist is skilled and knows what he is doing and where he is going - could defiantly have been a radio-hit.

Nov-2012

Great beginning to the song. The tempo is extremely on point.The bass is really deep like you're in a club at the moment you're listening to it.This takes me back to the days of warehouse races on Saturdays.

Nov-2012

An intro that hooked me straight away sounds a little like GOTTA HAVE FAITH, and a vocal that kicked in also not disappointing. Love the wail of the male voice used, and the calm drumming, coupled with all the other instruments and well constructed piano work. Beautiful track that is not really my style but I appreciate it a lot none the less. Well done guys!

Nov-2012

This guy can sing. He hits all the high notes with no problem, and this song has a good beat in it. I see this guy going far with his singing. This is just an awesome song.

 Nov-2012

This song has a great country western feel and the song is powerful. I think the song is soulful and the best part is when the song started its tune and the singer came in with his vocals. I think the song is great and the beat is sounds fantastic. I love the energy and the range on the singer’s voice.

Nov-2012

The quality from the beginning was amazing. I felt the artist has a great tone and a distinctive tone. The pitch and the energy in this song flowed very good with the rhythm in the background.

Oct-2012

When this opened the track really burst in to life with some excellent sound quality in this track, there was really overloaded feel in the keyboard to begin this track too, the guitars sounded really sharp with good distorted sound, the track wasn't too heavy the track had some good vocals and easy middle of the road feel in the whole, production as well, the chorus was catchy and safe feel in the music overall. I liked the bass line that stood out in the end phase of this track with gave it a nice change.

Oct-2012

Oh yeah, lovely intro! It got my toes tapping to the beat and my head shaking up and down. The vocals were nice but I simply did not hear what he was trying to sing. It has a very 80's feel to it and I love that. It is not a typical song that would play today, that is why I felt that this was truly unique. The lyrics I did hear were uplifting and flowed.

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