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Oh!

by Tony O'Malley

Very soulful, heartfelt, funky rhythm & blues with hints of Steely Dan and Van Morrison.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Your Smile
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2. Heaven Only Knows
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3. Voodoo Dance
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4. Nathalie
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5. Just Because
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6. It's Easy If You Try
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7. Flying High
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8. Oh!
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9. The Beauty
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10. A New Kind Of Blue
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11. When Your Love Has Gone
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12. Never Give Up (On Your Dreams)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The current album....

Tony O'Malley - Lead vocals, keyboards & background vocals
Marty Townsend - Guitars & background vocals
Thierry Fanfant - Bass
Frederic Jacquemin - Drums (except 10)
Nico Schepers - Trumpet (8 & 10)
Frank Deruytter - Sax (8 & 10)
Jan De Backer - Trombone (8 & 10)
Femke Waardenburg - Background vocals (1 & 9)
Mel Collins - Sax solo (5)
Yves Baibay - Drums (10)


Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Tony O'Malley and Marty Townsend.
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Tony has been a member of several bands, including Arrival, Kokomo & 10CC.
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Review from the LA Daily News:-
Tony O'Malley: "Oh!"
This is the sort of adult pop that could make smooth-jazz radio palatable. Brit keyboardist-singer O'Malley's stylish new effort sums up all that's appealing about this distinctive blue-eyed soul man. The punchy title track, which brings to mind O'Malley's years with the '70s funk-soul revue Kokomo, is an instant standout, while a sophisticated "Nathalie" recalls Steely Dan. The pretty ballad "Just Because" is lifted by a starry solo from saxist and Kokomo alum Mel Collins, and the syncopated "Your Smile" is a fine R&B number. O'Malley has long deserved attention on this side of the atlantic and with the import-only "Oh!", or perhaps the standards set to follow, programmers would be wise to take notice. (Now available in the US from www.cdbaby.com).
Fred Shuster

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Review from Jazzwise, UK's leading jazz monthly.
Perennial favourite at London's 606 Jazz Club, where his band often features some of the UK's most promising jazz and funk musicians, the velvet gravel throated O'Malley is one of the UK's most under-sung vocal performers. He's perhaps best known as the founder vocalist and keyboard player of the mid-1970s Brit-funk giants Kokomo, that also featured Jim Mullen, who cut three critically acclaimed but criminally ignored albums for CBS. More recently he's pursued a solo career, mixing strong soul-funk originals with jazz standards, and cut a fine live album at Ronnie Scott's in 1994 followed by a cracking 1997 studio date, "Sunshine Everyday".
recorded in Belgium, where he now lives, and featuring mostly local musicians, "Oh!" is the long awaited follow up to "Sunshine Everyday" and slips effortlessly into that disc's timeless flow. If anything the grooves are phatter, the songs more personal and the arrangements more sophisticated, though still drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches. If justice prevailed O'Malley would occupy a similar pedestal to Boz Scaggs, though his rich Ray Charles meets Bobby Bland-influenced vocals, uplifting arrangements and ability to pull so much heartfelt soul from a song gets to places Scaggs rarely visits. Highlights include the joyous "Your Smile", the Kokomo-esque old school funk rompers, "Voodoo Dance" and "Never Give Up", the Donald Fagen-like twist to "Nathalie" and the Miles Davis-inspired "A New Kind of Blue", with cool muted trumpet solo from Nico Schepers. With so much emphasis currently placed on discovering new UK jazz vocal talent one of the hottest properties is standing directly in the line of sight. If this album doesn't open more eyes then next year's jazz standards set definitely will.
John Newey
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A fifth album, "My Foolish Heart", a selection of great standards, will be available soon....


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mike henderson

just buy this album !!
If you do nothing else in 2005 , just buy this album !. A beautifully crafted and written piece . If you love adult Jazz , with a smooth touch , this is for you .

TOM LAGAN

excellent modern soul/jazz

HarryM

I have to buy a drool bucket
I have to buy a drool bucket..Large brass one..so stunned at this perfect storm of a CD..When your love has gone..my favorite song of the decade..after listening..you too will stare into space..drooling for more.

Lee Moreland

Tony O'Malley at his best again....
As ever Tony has produced with the help of some very talented musicians, another great album. Lyrically this album is probably the best I think Tony has done. Some of the lyrics are so powerful with Tony's voice soulfully rising above the other musicians as they perform.
The track - 'When Your Love Has Gone' has Marty Townsend and Tony working magically together, sending shivers up your spine. As for the upbeat numbers, they would get wallflowers knodding their heads in time with the music and moving lips with the lyrics.

Dougie Damone

Great Album!
I was at the Jazz Cafe, Reading, on Saturday 17th April and bought the new album on the strength of the show - and what a show!! Incredible musicians! My favourite song is Nathalie, which sounded just like the record! Magic, Tony! Heaven Only Knows how you do it - I'm still Flying High with the Beauty of it all - Never Give Up on Your Dreams!
All the best,
Dougie

Luis

this album is a true gift to all music lovers

mareta

great album, fresh, funky/jazzy and inviting
My first acquaintance with Tony O'Malley is this beautiful and positive album Oh!. What a good start it appeared to be! The tracks are funky, sometimes laid back, smooth, jazzy-like mix of styles and the warm and hoarse voice of Tony fits perfectly. The album starts with Your Smile, a jazzy grooving track with a nice piano solo in it. Track #3 is a stunning translation of the original Gordon Haskell song Voodoo Dance. Very nice and with guts. Other tracks I like: It's Easy If You Try (#6), The Beauty (#9) which refers to an impressive story, A New Kind Of Blue (#10) a jazzy song and the beautiful When Your Love Has Gone (#11) which is an outstanding song with a very nice guitar play by Marty Townsend. I can recommend this cd (and don't miss the booklet!) it will give you a good deal of music made by folks with positive minds. Mareta (Netherlands)

Dominic Finley

The songs on "Oh" are brilliant, heartfelt melodys, fantastic Grooves with amaz
Tony O'Malley is the most under-rated Jazz/R&B Artiste in Europe,his soulful husky voice and taisteful piano playing blends perfectly with his classic songwriting. Oh is a truly fantastic album, A combination of Heartfelt ballads with meaningful lyrics and groovy upbeat soul tunes. A must for any lovers of Steely Dan, George Benson or Ray Charles style material.