Review – “Rain The Experience” by Frank Sutton Experience

Frank Sutton is a talented multi instrumentalist that hails from Dallas, TX. He and his band The Frank Sutton Experience has released an album, called Rain The Experience. The title is apt, as rain is the album’s theme.

There are eleven total tracks in the set, with nine originals and two remakes.

If you like a tight jazz band that can play just about anything, then you will want to take a listen to this album. This is R&B/Jazz fusion for 2019.

Review – “Rain The Experience” by Frank Sutton Experience

The set kicks off with Rain Man. When I first heard this, I pictured myself walking down the street with this track as my theme music. I mean, a band does not get any tighter than this! Everything is on point here, the bass is kicking as it rides the beat, the keyboard hits are in your face, and the sax…that sax brings it all together. There’s also a nice breakdown with a piano solo near the end.

Come Rain or Shine is up next. I have to say that the keys and the horns are my two favorite instruments, and they both take center stage here. The two instruments play together as the track starts out, but they both get equal time to shine on their own. “Groovy” is the term I would use to describe this track.

Are you ready for a remake? Higher Ground is next. This is definitely updated for 2019. This is a total jam session where you can really feel the pick of that bass. I especially enjoy the hook, as the band gets down and dirty with it. There is a lot to like with this track.

It is time to break it down, and they go “under the covers” once again with their version of the Bill Wither’s classic, It’s Gonna be a Lovely Day. This one is definitely for the Steppers. I see some irony here, as the feel of the song is one that would be on a “rainy day” playlist.

Travel Forecast is up next. I know we have a “rain” theme here, but this track has a forecast of sunny with a high of 75 degrees!

If you are in the mood for a slow jam, then check out Rain Serenade. Once again the keyboard parts are played beautifully and a slow jam would not be complete without that sensual sax to bring it to another level.

In After the Storm, the band gives you one of those slow funky jams. If you listen close enough, you will hear a slight Latin influence. I will take what I can get, as this track will fit quite nicely in your dinner party playlist.

Stormy Night Pillow Talk is a straight up R&B groove. You can correct me if I am wrong, but I half expected Musiq Soulchild to sing a verse or two here.

Umbrella for Two is up next. There’s only one thing I need to say about the track.  Sometimes simple is better.

In There’s Brighter Days Ahead, this is an instance where the song title really fits the tune. It is truly a feel-good song, and I love the strings in the background. You also get a heavy dose of the sax, but I really feel like the piano is talking directly to me.

The set wraps up with The Refreshing. The band brings it home with a mid-tempo groove. Normally I find that an album’s best track is usually positioned near the top. In my opinion, this album’s best track is at the end. The piano has a nice tempo, as it is almost an ad lib throughout. Frank Sutton leaves it all out there, as if he wanted to leave you with something to remember. This is the perfect way to end the album.

The Frank Sutton Experience is just that: An experience. I think you will have to listen to this album from start to finish to really get a feel of what a tight band sounds like. If you do not know about The Experience, now is a good time to check it out. I assure you that you will want to add a few of these tracks to your favorite playlist.

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