The band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly hasn’t put out a new album since 1993’s “Back to Basics.” Yet the silky soul group tours year after year with fans flocking to sold-out shows (including annual visits to Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater) to hear decades-old hit songs.
Those same classics will draw Maze fans to this new tribute album, “Silky Soul.. A Tribute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly,” which features major artists such as Mary J. Blige, Ledisi and Kem. While the digital version of the CD was released last month, the physical album finally hits stores today.
Musiq Soulchild kicks things off with a smooth as silk version of a song that it is actually a tribute Maze did in honor of the late Marvin Gaye, who was instrumental in the band’s success. Like many of the other tunes on this album, “Silky Soul” stays true to the Maze sound, but with an updated tempo.
In addition, Maze fans will enjoy Blige’s “Before I let Go, Ledisi’s “Happy Feeling,” Kem’s “Golden Time of Day,” Keveon Edmond’s “Never Let You Down,” Mint Condition’s “Back in Stride” and Joe’s “Can’t Get Over You.”
My personal favorites: Raheem Devaughn’s “We Are One,” and Avant’s “Joy & Pain.” Coincidentally, those are my favorite Maze tunes as well.