Picks and Pans Review: Love Games
In those dark ages B.E. (Before Elvis), Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records in Memphis, was known to remark that if he could find a white man who could sing like a black man, the fortune of his record company would be made. Well, Phillips would have traded all his rockabilly cats for a crack at Evan Rogers, a New York session singer with a supremely soulful set of pipes. There are some hot tickets here, such as the funk jam Sweet 16 and Don't Jump to Conclusions, on which Paul Pesco reads the riot act on his guitar. But the more salient tunes are the soul ballads. On Full Time Lover. a duet with Evelyn "Champagne" King, and Hold On, Rogers displays a mature natural feel for phrasing and melodic shading. His funk pedigree is dubious (he spent his teenage years in a WASPy enclave of Connecticut), but Love Games is convincing proof that Evan Rogers is a bona fide soul man. (RCA)
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