Black Ivory

Continuum

> > Nov 09 2011

Black Ivory - Continuum
By Matt BauerIt's been over three decades since Black Ivory released their last album and in the interim, cult adoration and the collectable value of the NYC-based trio's classic '70s sweet soul sounds have soared, not to mention the elevation of member Leroy Burgess as the patron saint of the disco sub-genre known as boogie. With such an esteemed reputation, this long-awaited reunion album, which openly embraces updated and current sounds, is a risk yet, on the whole, Continuum succeeds admirably. It's apparent that time hasn't aged the pristine harmonies of Burgess, Russell Patterson and Stuart Bascombe on refined and oh-so-silky slow number "Like Fallin'." The mellow atmosphere progresses with sensual down-tempo confection "The Move," a showcase for Bascombe's lush falsetto, and even a misfire like the hip-hop-inflected, yet contagious, club bounce of "Lucky Tonight" glides effortlessly. Continuum lives up to its title and should leave long-time fans satisfied and new converts wanting more.
(SRL)
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