copied from: Keys and Chords, Belgium
Sam Rucker — Redemption
July 30, 2018
Four years ago I discussed the CD 'Tell You Something' by the American urban jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker, who was a hip-hop producer in a previous life. Now the third album of this artist from Williamsburg, Virginia has arrived here. It is interspersed with a deep spiritual vision of the survival of the soul. Sam already played with Peter White, Euge Groove, Norman Connors, Cindy Bradley, Tom Browne, Ronnie Laws, Gerald Veasley, Phil Perry, Alyson Williams, and Ivan Neville, and was already a support act for Will Downing, Norman Brown, Eric Benet, Ben Tankard, Black Sheep, Candi Staton, Ron Kenoly. Sam, however, is not limited to sax, but has already written CDs for gospel rapper Israel the Warrior, singer Tonya Smith-Williams and artists Slim & Blizz. One of the first songs he wrote for this new album was the relaxed 'Overcomer', in which he went into duet with guitar duo Justin Taylor and John Calisto. Sadly enough, both guitarists have passed away three days after each other. Yet this gospel inspired album (which only comes out on August 24) is all about the overcoming of setbacks in life, and sticking to faith. The first single is the mid-tempo track 'True Love' and Sam wants to convey that message of faith. The other tracks sound rather calm and some are sung by singers like Wanda Jay, Sheila J. Madanat, Joselyn Best, and J. Regina Blackwell. So listen to this album and experience your salvation!
Patrick Van de Wiele