In what is already shaping up to be a great year for the resurgence of Philadelphia soul, another project can be added to the ranks in Jeff Bradshaw's "Home: One Special Night at the Kimmel Center". Bradshaw who has played trombone for seemingly everyone from Philly (and beyond) in the past fifteen years has finally released the follow-up to his 'Bone Appetit' project. 'Home' is a live recording that features a list of his counterparts including Eric Roberson, Tweet, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius and The Roots' frontman Black Thought (among others).
Interesting enough, Bradshaw decided to release his album as a live recording considering the potential for studio-based success, but the feel of 'Home' is certainly better suited to a live audience, but that feeling is still easily conveyed through listens in headphones or home speakers. For those of us that have celebrated and participated in the Philadelphia soul period of the early 2000s, 'Home' is certainly a great return to that emotion and experience.
Highlights include Bradshaw's version of 'Break You Off' (this song and I have a very long and storied history), and Kim Burrell's version of Musiq's hit 'Love'. Grab your copy at iTunes.