YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE….
- FEBRUARY 22, 2023
- BY BILL BUCKLEY
Prolific, French-born, Los Angeles-based soul and jazz guitar man U-NAM (Emmanuel Abiteboul) is lining up a new album for release in early March. It’s called ‘Sunshine Of Mine’ and after the winter we’ve all just endured, we could do with plenty of that good ‘ole sunshine!
The long player is a ten tracker, though the title track is offered across two mixes. Eight of the tunes are originals with the covers being versions of Jon Lucien’s 1983 hit ‘Come With Me To Rio’ and Barry White’s ‘It’s Only Love’ which features Kim Chandler on sweet backing vocals. Both covers sit perfectly amongst the originals of which ‘Make A Wish’ has been chosen as the album’s lead single. This is smooth jazz guitar as it’s meant to sound – sweet and lovely, a proper 90s throwback! Mind you, you could say that about almost anything here. Try the tight and funky ‘First Class’, the high octane ‘Hang On To A Star’ or the obvious Latin groove of ‘Baile Do Brasil’.
The album’s focus cut, of course, is the title tune. It’s a melodic, easy going piece that was inspired by the love the guitar man has for his six year old son Myles who, U-Nam says is “quite literally, is the sunshine of his life.” The mellower ‘Little Dreamer’ is also inspired by Myles as is the cover art work, above.
U-NAM’S Sunshine Of Mine’ I released early March via Skytown Records.