Call My Name is his first album in 20 years and it swings man. He signed with the ESL record label, which I think is a testament to how much he is still with the times, even though he is a “Godfather” and now more like a “Grandfather”. ESL primarily has D.C. underground elcontrica artists such as the Thievery Corporation, Ursula 1000, and French sensation Chris Joss; some of whom make appearances remixing tracks on this album, which is kinda like having today’s hottest DJs go back in time, and work with a legendary pioneer of Soul. The results are some pretty off the wall dance mixes.
It’s amazing to me that with all the changes in music over the past 30 years, Joe can make the same type of songs and still have them totally rock. My favorite track “Chick-A-Boom” could be played at any nightclub and everyone on the dance floor would be burning major calories, thinking it’s off of Beck’s new album. “Ernestine” and “I’m a Fool” are slow paced, with lyrics about love lost, but still are sexual charged love jams, full of rhythm and soul. Joe’s voice is throaty, but he hits the high notes like a champ, which makes for definite ostentatious baby makin music. Still, he doesn’t stray far from his funky Latin roots, i.e. major percussion, organ piano, and bongo drums. Songs like “Call My Name” and “Keep the Change” make me feel like I’m clubbing in Spanish Harlem with Carlito Brigante, only I’m having a good time, not trying to avoid getting shot by John Leguizamo or the Mob. Anyway, if you like Soul and R&B, check out Call My Name you will not be disappointed.