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Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - I'm Thankful

Spanky Wilson Quantic Soul Orchestra Im Thankful
best of 2006Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - I'm Thankful
(CD/LP) Tru Thoughts (UK) TRU109 / Ubiquity (US) UR204, 2006-10-02

Review (french) :
Depuis son arrivée sur la scène à la fin des années 60, Spanky Wilson a collaboré et enregistré avec un certain nombre de pointures du mouvement soulbluesjazz: j'ai nommé, entre autres, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Smith, Willie Bobo ou encore Lalo Schifrin, la liste étant très longue. Le surnom 'Spanky', qu'elle préfère à son vrai nom, lui a été attribué par son papa, qui lui donnait la fessée chaque fois qu'elle montait sur scène pour chanter. Effectivement, on la corrigerait volontiers la Wilson. Pour n'être que si peu connue, pour n'être que si peu visible, ce qui changera avec ce disque.
A présent associée à Will Holland et son Quantic Soul Orchestra, la légende Wilson livre ici son 8eme album à ce jour. Leur collaboration a débuté en 2004 sur l'album 'Mishaps Happening', chroniqué ici à l'époque. 2 futurs classiques ( 'Don't Joke With A Hungry Man ' et 'When You're Through' ) et 2 artistes satisfaits de leur travail. Satisfaction qui donne naissance à cet album dont l'ambiance et la couleur sont résolument 60s. Façon Motown ou Stax. Façon Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings aussi. Excellents arrangements et splendide voix débordante d'âme. Elle rit, sourit, grogne ou pleure avec la même élégance. Très expressive, Mme Wilson donne à (re)découvrir l'étendue de sa palette vocale. Cuivres, breaks et violons au menu. 8 créations et une reprise de Willie Dixon ('You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover') plus tard, c'est le soleil californien dans votre salon, le plaisir d'avoir écouté cette artiste sincère.
Soulful to the bones.
review by Dj Kwak

Tracklisting :
01. I'm Thankful
02. A Woman Like Me
03. Blood From A Stone
04. Don't Joke With A Hungry Man pt. 2
05. Don't Joke With A Hungry Man pt. 3
06. That's How It Is
07. I Don't Need This Trouble
08. Waiting For Your Touch
09. You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
10. I'm Thankful

Note : audio samples are available on

Press Release :
Since she burst onto the scene in the late 1960s, Spanky Wilson has performed and recorded with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr., Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Smith, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Pretty Purdie and Willie Bobo. Renowned as a soul, blues and jazz singer on both sides of the Atlantic, she has consistently released quality music for the past four decades, collaborating with some of the most talented and respected producers of the day. She has released seven albums under her own name, and tracks like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "You" have become DJ and collector favorites worldwide.

I'm Thankful sees her team up with Will Holland of The Quantic Soul Orchestra to produce a stunning collection of 21st Century jazz, funk, big band and soul music. Will "Quantic" Holland and Wilson first collaborated in 2004 on two tracks for the third Quantic album, Mishaps Happening. Inspired by this positive experience, they decided to write an album together. Months of work culminated in a week-long recording session in Los Angeles and Holland recruited some of the funk-soul scene's finest players to help him realize his vision, including Todd Simon on trumpet and Phil Ranelin on trombone.

Wilson was born, raised and living in Philadelphia until 1967, when she moved to Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s she moved to France spending the next 15 years singing jazz in Paris before returning to Los Angeles, CA in 2000. The name Spanky Wilson, is the one she has used since being a young kid. For acting up she would receive a spanking (possibly on a daily basis!) and her father gave her the mischievous name which stuck, in fact she apparently prefers it over her real name.

Quantic's latest solo album, "An Announcement To Answer" has been hailed across the board as his best and most accomplished. With this in mind, the prospect of a new Quantic Soul Orchestra album is an exciting one for fans of raw, impassioned funk music - more so when you consider that, this time, the star of the show will be Spanky Wilson. With combined sales of 50,000 and counting, the first two QSO albums were a revelation for the UK funk music scene. Their popularity both in the UK and in America helped launch the solo career of Alice Russell and cemented the reputation of Will Holland as a talented composer and arranger as well as one of today's most prolific producers. An extended period of touring culminated in a triumphant set at Glastonbury 2005, when the QSO filled an empty tent with a crowd of around 8000 awestruck festival-goers.


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