Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris

Mavis

by Steve Horowitz

20 April 2010

 

In tribute to Mavis Staples

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Ashley Needle and Darren Morris

Mavis

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US: 23 Feb 2010
UK: 15 Feb 2010

Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris heard a version of soul great Mavis Staples covering Burt Bacharach’s “A House Is Not a Home” and were blown away by the enormity of her talent. The two were aware of Mavis and the Staples Singers’ involvement in the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s, as well as their musical talent, but hearing Mavis again re-motivated the duo. They produced an instrumental inspired by Staples’ rendition of the Bacharach song and sent the track to a dozen of their friends and favorite musicians to add their own stamp on the music. The results of the collaborations include a wonderful mix of styles by international artists as diverse and talented as alternative provocateur Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, gospel crooner Candi Staton, Scottish rocker Edwyn Collins, South African singer Cherilyn MacNeil, Reykjavik’s pop diva Disa, and more. While the tracks all share the same chord structure, they have little else in common outside of their excellence. Of particular merit are Ed Harcourt’s tender “Puzzles & Riddles” and Cerys Matthews’ seductive “Nemesis Required”, but all of the cuts are exceptional and inspirational in their own way, just like Mavis Staples herself.

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