Former backing vocalist to the late James Brown
& considered to be “Soul sister No.1” Marva Whitney
releases her first studio album since 1969 (yes, 1969) titled “I Am What I Am”.
On this CD Marva is joined the excellent band from Japan, Osaka Monaurail
who provide Marva with the platform her funky & soulful voice demands. Osaka’s sound makes you feel your watching James Brown live towards the end of the 60s with tracks “I Am What I Am (Parts 1&2)”, “Soulsisters (Of The World Unite)”, “Saving My Love For My Baby”, “(Let A Sister Come In And) Wrapp Things Up” and “Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Parts 1&2)”. “It’s Her Thing” & “We Sing Soul” are instrumentals that highlight the excellent musicianship of Osaka Monaurail.
Completing the CD are the slow-tempo tracks, “Every Little Bit Hurts” and the raw gospel sound of “Peace In The Valley”.
If James Brown is looking down from that big place in the sky and hears the sound of Marva and Osaka Monaurail no doubt he’s got a big smile on his face. Excellent stuff.