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Oliver Sain - Soul SerenadeOliver Sain - Soul Serenade
{2001 | Vanessa Records}

This jazzy CD was Oliver's last prior to his death October 28, 2003. Besides being a staple in the St. Louis Music community and a major influence on many careers, Sain left us with 14 tracks full of feeling (including seven originals,) his saxophone is full and rich, the ivories are singing. Johnnie Johnson sits in on songs 2 and 5. Marsha Evans takes on the vocals on songs 8 and 13, while Kim Massie adds her talents on song 10. It's no wonder why Oliver Sain was known as the 'The Man with the Golden Horn'. On this recording Sain did vocals, sax, keyboards, organ, vibes, alto sax, tenor sax, keyboard bass and programmed drum machine.


1. Feel Like Dancing - is an R&B remix of the classic song with some electric blues guitar.
2. Jookin'- is a swingin instrumental starting out with keyboards and half way through we get some blues guitar and piano shuffle.
3. Nite Dancer - instrumental jazz tune highlighting the saxophone
4. On the Hill - is another instrumental jazz tune.
5. Stop Breaking Down - is a new rendition of the Robert Johnson song. Sains vocals are excellent, I love the piano blues.
6. Soul Serenade - this is Oliver Sains signature tune; take in every morsel during the 7 minutes of the sax and organ - thanks Oliver!
7. P.J.'s Groove - is a mellow tune, put this on, light the candles, poor the wine and sit with your gal or guy on the couch and enjoy.
8. Let's Stay Together - very minimal vocals add that perfect combination to the sax and organ throughout the song.
9. Where I'm Bound - is a little too mellow for my liking.
10. High Heel Sneakers/Slip In Mules - this and #5 are my two favorites tunes on this disc. This song has song has attitude.
11. Saving All My Love for You, and Ruby Red (12) - are nice easy on the ears jazz tunes

13. You Make Me Fell Brand New - is primarily instrumental with minimal vocals like number 8.
14. Ca Purange - has some traces of electric blues guitar, I guess I'd say this is my third favorite song.

Note this is not a blues CD but an outstanding jazz CD, not one I would recommend listening to real loud from your car, but rather listen at home with that significant person.

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Ciao' for now

Editors note - under the guidance of Ruby Sain, OliverSain.com will be getting a complete update & redesign. Stay tuned to STLBlues for a launch announcement.

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