Robin McKelle & The Flytones – Soul Flower

Upon hearing Robin McKelle and The Flytones giving Lady Day’s “I’m A Fool To Want You” a soul-stirring rendition (love the ostinato keyboard comping behind Ms. McKelle’s fervent contralto), I have to cop Soul Flower. Another soulified classic is the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” in which Ms. McKelle sings duet with Lee Fields (a soul man). Most of the tracks on the album, however, are Ms. McKelle’s original compositions including standout “Change” and “Nothing’s Gonna Change.”