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Bettye LaVette's 'Backbird' is a spine-tingling, soul-drenching event / the SOUL BASEMENT

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‘Things Have Changed', the magnificent Bettye LaVette's album of interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, marked her debut for Verve Records in 2018 and now, for her label follow-up, we find her inimitable style turning to material mainly associated with great women for whom she holds admiration.  For Bettye, this set is a principally low-key event, her former occasional firey rock style being ditched for the spine-tingling, soul-drenching and soul-draining more downtempo material for which yours truly can never get enough from the lady.  Supported throughout by a quartet of producer, Steve Jordan on drums, Smokey Hormel on guitar, the keyboards of Leon Pendarvis and Tom Barney's bass - augmented by vibraphone and a string section, where appropriate - the proceedings begin with ‘I Hold No Grudge', originally cut by Nina Simone and now chosen by Verve as the first single from the set. 

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