First Listen: Bryan Carter shines on Roberta Flack classic

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    (May 11, 2022) Jazz singer and drummer Bryan Carter is on the rise with an authentic musical approach that incorporates soulful progressions and R&B-tinged vocals. Following the ever-groovy “Not Yet,” the latest preview from his I Believe album is a surprising and tasteful take on Roberta Flack’s 1982 ballad, “Making Love.” The Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager composition served as the theme to a groundbreaking dramatic film of the same name which explored same-sex relationships at a time when few major studios dared to broach the subject.

    (May 11, 2022) Jazz singer and drummer Bryan Carter is on the rise with an authentic musical approach that incorporates soulful progressions and R&B-tinged vocals. Following the ever-groovy “Not Yet,” the latest preview from his I Believe album is a surprising and tasteful take on Roberta Flack’s 1982 ballad, “Making Love.” The Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager composition served as the theme to a groundbreaking dramatic film of the same name which explored same-sex relationships at a time when few major studios dared to broach the subject.

    Flack’s timeless original take remains notable for its moving, somewhat melancholy, rendering. Carter embellishes the tune with a new groove and bright shades of orchestration while delivering a still pensive, yet hopeful, vocal performance. Although shorter in length, he conveys a dynamic range that is both calming and hopeful, with his personal connection to the lyrics resonating clearly. He has described his upcoming album as semi-autobiographical, with his own struggles of coming out addressed in “Making Love.” “Yes, I have feelings for you, but there’s all this baggage that I still carry, because it’s so new to me that this feels wrong,” he explains of relating to the storyline. “It’s more than just the hookup. How do I have a normal socialized relationship with this person?”

    Take a First Listen to Bryan Carter’s cover of “Making Love” below!

    by Justin Kantor

    Bryan Carter - "Making Love"

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