(October 22, 2020) First Lady of Def Jam Alyson Williams was featured prominently on a handful of rap and dance records throughout the ‘80s before striking gold on her own with unforgettable numbers such as “Just Call My Name,” “I Need Your Lovin’,” and “Sleep Talk.” The New York native has reignited her jazz roots in live performance recently, and is now bringing that flavor to record with several new tunes composed by Maurice Lynch.
Written by Maurice Lynch, “Summer Nights in Harlem,” featuring pianist Christian Sands, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Solomon Hicks, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., is a top-notch affair swaying with classy nostalgia and warm romance. The lush phrasing and stylish scatting which Williams hinted at on her R&B albums is on glowing display here, making the familiar melody and comforting lyrics all the more cozy and affecting.
Take a First Listen to “Summer Nights in Harlem” below and extend a warm welcome back to Alyson Williams!
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