by Cold Blood



Lydia Pense and Cold Blood work in close coordination on Transfusion, bringing forth a big, soulful sound. Pense, who handles most of the lead vocals, is a powerful, full-throated singer, reminding one of Bonnie Raitt and Toni Price. It makes sense, then, to put a fairly large group like Cold Blood behind her. The trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, bass, electric guitar, percussion, and background vocals work well with Pense's extroverted style, providing her ample cushioning for emotive flights of fancy. Transfusion gets a funky start with "Face the Music," the first of two pieces written by Steve Dunne. Interestingly, "Face the Music" runs over five minutes, but -- thanks to the perfect blending of vocals, instrumental work, and performance -- the song never feels long. With songs like "It Could Be Me It Must Be You," featuring guest vocalists Lenny Williams, Pense and Cold Blood glance back toward the '70s, capturing a groove somewhere between soul and pop. There's also an interesting guest vocal by Michelle Shocked on the last track, "Down to the Bone." Shocked and Pense concoct a fun, freewheeling duet here that's kicked into overdrive by Steve Dunne's guitar work. Filled with lots of funky instrumental work, lively vocals, and good material, Transfusion's soulful groove is easy to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Dig Music
UPC: 0766057026829
catalogNumber: 116

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cold Blood   Primary Artist
Mike Morgan   Percussion
Michelle Shocked   Vocals
David Garibaldi   Drums
Mic Gillette   Trumpet
Raul Matute   Piano,Hammond Organ
Skip Mesquite   Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Lydia Pense   Vocals
Bobby Vega   Bass
Mike Rose   Trumpet
Donny Baldwin   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Lisa Battle   Background Vocals
Jeff Tamelier   Rhythm Guitar
Richard Armstrong   Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Leah Tysse   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Garth Webber   Composer
Skip Mesquite   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Lydia Pense   Composer
Robert Zuckerman   Horn Arrangements
Randy Emata   Engineer
Richard Armstrong   Horn Arrangements
Gordon Brislawn   Engineer
Douglas Deibel   Artwork,Graphic Design

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