"Mike Di Lorenzo has dropped a modern-day classic with “What We Need”. Adult Contemporary R&B albums, this vibrant and organic, are already hard to come by, in a somewhat sterile musical environment. To create, record and produce an album that contains such a high level of all-round artistry goes way beyond any expectations."
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What We Need - Mike Di Lorenzo
New Adult Contemporary R&B
A 12 Song Vocal Playlist featuring:
Anna Moore - Sonna Rele - Caino
Joel Kibble (Take 6) - Denise Stewart
On the dazzling 12-track album, “What We Need”, Mike Di Lorenzo takes his musical virtuosity, and his ear for luscious productions and melts them into an album that’s more soulful than the 60s, groovier than the 70s, and smoother than the 80’s. Di Lorenzo brings the best of those elements into this 2022 Adult Contemporary R&B recording, which is lavishly littered with eloquent Jazz and Soul flavors. Throughout the album, Di Lorenzo stuns with his dynamic arrangements, where the elegant but intense interplay between the rhythm section, the horns, the strings, and his characteristically creamy keys which subtly rise to the top of the arrangements with its magical harmonic voicings.
Somehow, as if the utterly delectable aforementioned sonic formula was already not enough to absolutely wow audiences, Mike Di Lorenzo then decided to surround himself with a choice selection of supremely superb singers. Among them, R&B singer-songwriter Anna Moore, who also collaborated in the songwriting of 4 songs, coming up with melodies and lyrics on the spot. Also onboard is Pop singer, model and social media sensation, Sonna Rele, with currently over 2.2 million followers on TikTok alone. Her credits include singing the soundtrack theme song for the Disney Movie Cinderella to recording with Ne-Yo.
Jazz and Soul recording veteran Denise Steward, features on the Nancy Wilson classic “Guess Who I Saw Today”, while Joel Kibble of the 10-time Grammy award-winning vocal group Take 6 offers his immense vocal talent on “Time After Time”. Finally, the album also features the contemporary skills of CiaNo, whose voice and productions can be heard throughout network television. All of these artists present a formidable vocal line-up, for what was initially intended to be an instrumental album.
real, unmistakable talent and real, timeless good music
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If you want to appreciate the wind in your sails, we recommend the famous version of MIKE DI LORENZO, who, together with DENISE STEWART (who has stayed in our memories most pleasantly, at least because of her "Quality Time" with Craig T. Cooper), shows how a classic of jazz history can still sound relevant today, while at the same time honoring tradition." Joerg Schmitt
Just What We Need
JUNE 29, 2022
BY BILL BUCKLEY
Mike records sporadically but has just released a new LP – ‘What We Need’. It’s the follow-up to his 2011 record ‘Bring it Back’ and the new 12 tracker is something of a departure for him: you see every track is a vocal. Here, helping Mike deliver are some big name from the contemporary worlds of smooth jazz and soul; people like R&B singer/songwriter Anna Moore, the UK’s Sonna Rele, jazz/soul singer Denise Stewart and Joel Kibble of the acapella group Take 6. Mike even finds space for rapper CaiNo.
The album’s title track is a warm, soulful ballad featuring the svelte tones of Anna Moore. Ms Moore fronts five other cuts including a cool but still soulful cover of Loleatta Holloway’s ‘Runaway’. Other album highlights include smooth versions of the always tear-jerking ‘Guess Who I Saw Today’ (Denise Stewart at the mic and a scintillating Di Lorenzo piano solo) and that MOR mainstay ‘Girl Talk’ fronted by Sonna Rele. Joe Kibble leads on another standard, a lush version of ‘Time After Time’ while maybe the LP’s biggest surprises are covers of Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ and DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s ‘Let Me Love You’.
So, yes, a varied repertoire but given a unity by the smooth jazz and/or lush settings and Di Lorenzo’s keyboard mastery. Again, another album sourced for us by “Soul Strutter”, Mark Turner @ https://soulstrutter.blogspot.com/
"Even on the producer's chair, keyboardist Mike Di Lorenzo shines as both a craftsman of sonically irresistible smooth jazz music and a curator of some of the genre's brightest stars on his latest album "What We Need"."
Matthew Bailey - BBB Radio