MEET ME AT THE CROSSROADS

by Sweet Lu Olutosin

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richrob52 Sublime singing, beautiful arrangements, thought provoking words...what more do you want from music,,,Oh yes a brilliant set of musicians This album has it all a modern day classic. Favorite track: Skin Game (Granny Said it).
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    Meet Me At The Crossroads, Sweet Lu Olutosin’s third CD as a leader, features him in prime form mostly singing his own originals. He is joined on the diverse set by pianist Tyrone Jackson, bassist Kevin Smith, and drummer Henry Connerway with occasional contributions by tenor-saxophonist Mace Hibbard, trumpeter Lester Walker and background singer Crystal Monet. The great Donald Brown (an alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers) is the producer and also guests on piano on some selections.

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    Meet Me At The Crossroads, Sweet Lu Olutosin’s third CD as a leader, features him in prime form mostly singing his own originals. He is joined on the diverse set by pianist Tyrone Jackson, bassist Kevin Smith, and drummer Henry Connerway with occasional contributions by tenor-saxophonist Mace Hibbard, trumpeter Lester Walker and background singer Crystal Monet. The great Donald Brown (an alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers) is the producer and also guests on piano on some selections.

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STILL SWINGIN’ (Kevin Mahogany, arranged by Tyrone Jackson & Lu Olutosin) Some folks work from 9 to 5 Trade their life for a line of jive Never had foresight to see Where the changes had to be Thought that they had got the word Thought it all died after Bird But we’re still swingin’ There are those who stayed around Came up with a brand new sound Miles would get the band to groove Play that music, make the people move Not everybody got the word Thought it all died after Bird But we’re still swingin’ Jazz has been around awhile Been kicked around but kept it’s style Picked up everything you hear To put some fresh sounds in your ear Not everybody got the word Thought it all died after Bird But we’re still swingin’ Now we’ve laid it out for you So what are YOU prepared to do Keep Jazz alive, Yes we can Break new ground, that’s our plan Not everybody got the word Thought it all died after Bird But we’re still swingin’
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How They Do That ( Lu Olutosin, arr. Tyrone Jackson) I GOT A LITTLE STORY ABOUT A FINE YOUNG GENTLEMAN HE HAD A BIG VISION, ALWAYS SOMEWHERE TALKIN’ ‘BOUT EQUALITY NO MATTER WHAT ALL THE HATER’S SAID (THE HATERS WOULDN’T QUIT IT) THEY SAID YOU’RE BOUND TO END UP DEAD (IF YOU DON’T QUIT IT) THEN HE WON THAT NO-BEL-PRIZE FOR PEACE & EQUALITY THE HATER’S DIDN’T DIG IT THEY STILL WANTED HIM TO QUIT IT ( as he walked away they said) HOW YOU DO THAT MAN - HOW YOU DO THAT MAN - HOW YOU DO THAT MAN -HOW YOU DO THAT MAN LET ME TELL YOU ‘BOUT A SISTER SHE HAD A VISION OF EXCELLENCE NEVER ACCEPTED SECOND BEST,-, SHE KNEW THAT SHE COULD STAND THE TEST SHE WAS GOING TO BE AN ASTRONAUT YOU KNOW THE HATERS DIDN’T DIG IT, THEY TRIED TO MAKE HER QUIT IT SHE SAID NO-NO NOT TODAY MY VISION’S NOT FOR YOU TO TAKE I GOT WORK TO DO (And the Haters Scratched their head and said) HOW’D SHE DO THAT MAN HOW’S SHE DO THAT MAN HOW’D SHE DO THAT MAN HOW’D SHE DO THAT MAN DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BROTHER HE WORKED HARD ALL HIS STRUGGLING STRAINING AND STRIFE FOR 8 KIDS AND A WIFE NEVER HAD MUCH SCHOOLIN’ BUT THE HATERS DIDN’T DIG IT, AND THEY TRIED TO MAKE HIM QUIT IT……. HE SAID NO- NO-NO WAY, NOT TOMORROW OR ANY DAY NOW GO SOMEWHERE AND PLAY (And the Haters Scratched Their Head and said) HOW’D YOU DO THAT MAN HOW’S YOU DO THAT MAN HOW’D YOU DO THAT MAN HOW’D YOU DO THAT MAN SO LET THEM -- HATE ON -- WHILE YOU JUST -- KEEP ON DOIN’ WHAT --YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO DO CRE-A-TOR MADE YOU - SO YOU JUST BE YOU AND HATE CAN’T KEEP YOU FROM DOING YOUR DO (X 2) HOW’D THEY DO THAT MAN (X 4) !!!
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SISTER SADIE’S BLUES (INTIMACY OF THE BLUES) ( Billy Strayhorn, Lyrics by Lu Olutosin) IT STARTED IN BACK OF THE CHURCH HOUSE DEACONS WERE TALKING 'BOUT STUFF THAT THEY GOT INTO LAST-NIGHT WHEN SISTER SADIE SHE PASSED BY, WEARING THAT CUTE DRESS THAT HAD HER LOOKING SO REAL FINE THEY LET OUT A SCREAM (Good Laud) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN TOOK IT ON DOWN TO THE JUKE-JOINT WHERE THEY WAS SWINGING DOING THE THINGS THAT GROWN FOLKS CAN SAW SISTER SADIE START DANCING THAT’S WHEN I KNEW WHY THE GOOD LORDY MADE ME A REAL MAN I LET OUT A SCREAM (Oooo Wee!) HAVE MERCY ON ME Vocalese solo- BLUES SO FINE, LIVING IN THE RECESS OF YOUR MIND COME JOURNEY WITH ME, THERE’S NO TURNING BACK LET YOUR CONSCIOUS BE YOUR GUIDE SHE’S GOT ATTITUDE, FOR EVERYONE, BLUES FOR EVERY MOOD REALLY, SHE’S TRAVELED ALL OVER, SINCE THE FIRST SHIP CAME TO DOCK IN THE BAY, BLUES SO COMFORTING, SO SOOTHING THAT EVEN THE J-U-D-G-E OBEYS DON’T YOU FRET CAUSE THE BLUES HAS GOT YOUR NUMBER AND ITS CALLING ON YOU, ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER?
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SKIN GAME (Granny Said it) ( Lu Olutosin, arranged by Tyrone Jackson) Hey there fellow, you just out for a spin? What’s that you’re covered in, Oh is that your skin? Well where I’m from is so hip, we just stopped using skin See, it kept getting in the way of all the people being friends Then a Strong wind came and blew away everybody’s skin And now, no matter who you are we can all be friends Strange storm, left no death and no destruction Just a Mountain of Skin and a new world for reconstructin’ MY Granny said everything changed that day Said she’d never go back to livin’ that ‘old-time’ way My Granny said it, I believe it, and that settles it. Don’t you try playing that Skin Game Who are you tryin’ to trick Well my Granny said, that game is dead And You’re just trying to be slick See Back in the day she was colored, her and all her kin That’s before the Storm hit, and when people still had Skin No one saw it coming back in 2025, my Granny was just a little girl But she would never tell me a lie Must have been the Storm of the century, Took off Everybody’s skin White and Red and Yellow and Black and Brown and - ALL the colors Now that they’re gone we get along with one another…... Male, Female, and the Other, Everybody with the SAME Rights If you try to play it backwards Buddy, you’re in for a fight My Granny said it, I believe it, and that settles it. Don’t you go playing that Skin Game Who are you tryin’ to trick Too late Granny said, that game is dead And You’re just trying to be slick ~ interlude~ That’s why I’m so puzzled when I look at you You come here wearing skin man, are you some kind of fool My Granny said it’s a Sin and a Shame For anyone to ever go around playing that old Skin Game Just get yourself together man, don’t wait another year What color am I you ask? Fool I’m CLEAR My Granny said it, I believe it, and No Matter what you say, that settles it. My Granny said it, I believe it, and believe you me , that settles it. Don’t you try playing that Skin Game Who are you tryin’ to trick Well my Granny said, that game is dead And You’re just trying to be slick
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DANCA SWINGA NOVA (Swing A Nova) (Antonio Ciacca, Lyrics by Lu Olutosin) IN MY DREAMS MY LONELY DREAMS THE MAIDEN COMES TO ME, WITH OFFERINGS......... OF ECSTASY HOW COULD IT BE, HOW DID SHE KNOW THAT THE ANSWER FOR ME WAS SIMPLY DANCE THE S-W-I-N-G....A-NOVA SHE TOOK ME BY THE HAND, AND TAUGHT ME LOVINGLY I PULLED ME CLOSE TO ME...... SHE HELD ME TENDERLY.... FOR DAYS AND NIGHTS....... I AND SHE WERE INTERTWINED LOVINGLY SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO S-W-I-N-G....ANOVA CARES AND WOES. JUST. DISAPPEARED THE MOMENT SHE WALKED IN. (I KNEW IT RIGHT AWAY) HER BOSA SWING BROUGHT FRESH NEW SWAY NOW I DANCE AND SING, SWINGING EVERYDAY I PRAY SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND YOUR MAIDEN JUST LIKE ME I KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE...... MUCH BETTER THEN YOU SEE FOR LIFE IS SHORT ........ GONE TOO SOON DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE.....CATCH THE GROOVE TAKE TIME TO DANCE-A- SWING ANOVA OUTRO- BETTER CATCH THE GROOVE (X 3) LIFE IS GONE TOO SOON
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TUNJI BABY (Lu Olutosin, arranged by T. Jackson) I WANT YOU I NEED YOU BUT YOUR KEEP TEARING MY HEART APART YOU’VE DONE IT FROM THE START BUT TUNJU BABY I GOT TO HAVE YOU THE WAY YOU WALK, WALK THAT WALK AND I CAN’T STAND IT THE WAY YOU TALK TALK, THAT TALK AND I CAN’T STAND IT OOH! ‘CAUSE YOU KEEP TEASING ME WITH YOUR SMILE SHAKE AND SHIVERING ALL THE WHILE THERE’S THIS TENDERNESS IN YOUR TOUCH THAT MAKES ME CRAVE YOU SO MUCH PLEASE TEASE ME WITH YOUR SMILE MAKE ME TINGLE INSIDE AND HOW SEXY MAMA MAKE ME WANNA SING, OOH! I WANT YOU OR IS IT THAT I NEED YOU WHY YOU KEEP TEARING MY HEART APART YOU’VE TURNED IT TO AN ART BUT EVEN STILL I GOTTA HAVE YOU
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DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER (RECORDA ME) (Joe Henderson, Lyrics by Lu Olutosin) REMEMBER HOW YOU SMILED REMEMBER EVERY MOMENT THAT WE SHARED I WAS YOUR LOVE AND JUST REMEMBER HOW WE TOUCHED, I WHISPERED I’D PROTECT YOU DON’T BE SCARED I’LL BE RIGHT THERE FOREVER I’M WITH YOU NO YOU’RE NOT ALONE THROUGH I’VE BEEN CALLED HOME DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME NO NEED TO FEEL DESPAIR NO NEED TO WORRY FOR ME ‘CAUSE I’M IN A BETTER PLACE YOU ALWAYS SHOWED ME THAT YOU CARED I WISH THAT I COULD TOUCH YOU, BUT I’LL SEE YOU IN YOUR PRAYERS FOREVER I’M WITH YOU LISTEN FOR MY CALL CATCH YOU WHEN YOU FALL DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME WE’LL BE TOGETHER SOON BUT UNTIL THEN YOU’LL SEE ME EVERY TIME YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES I’M ALWAYS WATCHING OVER YOU AT TIMES YOU’LL FEEL ME NEAR YOU IN THE CORNER OF YOUR ROOM FOREVER I’M WITH YOU NO YOU’RE NOT ALONE THROUGH I’VE BEEN CALLED HOME, DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME
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Lutalo “Sweet Lu” Olutosin is one of the most promising male jazz singers around town. He is far from a newcomer, having spent a long period in the military, but he displays a youthful enthusiasm in his vocals along with a mature and individual style. Based in Atlanta, he has a background in gospel music and early on was inspired by hearing Al Jarreau to pursue a career singing secular music. He has since mixed together aspects of jazz, r&b and such musical role models as Oscar Brown Jr. and Eddie Jefferson to form his own style.
Meet Me At The Crossroads, Sweet Lu Olutosin’s third CD as a leader, features him in prime form mostly singing his own originals. He is joined on the diverse set by pianist Tyrone Jackson, bassist Kevin Smith, and drummer Henry Conerway III with occasional contributions by tenor-saxophonist Mace Hibbard, trumpeter Lester Walker and background singer Crystal Monet. The great Donald Brown (an alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers) is the producer and also guests on piano on some selections.
Meet Me At The Crossroads begins with Kevin Mahogany’s “Still Swingin’” which pays tribute to swinging jazz both in the lyrics and in Sweet Lu’s colorful scat-singing. “Love You More Than You Ever Know” puts the focus on Olutosin’s powerful voice and ability to caress a soulful piece. His “How They Do That,” is about finding one’s purpose in life and staying focused on it despite the obstacles, is catchy and funky. “Sister Sadie’s Blues,” featuring Sweet Lu’s lyrics to Billy Strayhorn’s “Intimacy Of The Blues,” is boppish and bluesy with fine solos from Hibbard and bassist Smith.
“Skin Game (Granny Said It),” is a call for racial understanding based on the advice given to the singer by his grandmother years ago. “Dancea Swing A Nova” has the feel of a classic bossa nova and even a sly hint of “The Girl From Ipanema” during the keyboard solo. The assertive love song “You’ll Never Find” and the singer’s modern jazz original “Tunji Baby” (which discusses the dilemma of how to approach a woman who is above one’s class) precede the closer, “Don’t Forget To Remember,” which features his inventive lyrics to Joe Henderson’s “Recorda Me.”
Throughout Meet Me At The Crossroads, Sweet Lu Olutosin provides warm vocals, versatility and subtle creativity. His latest release is well worth exploring and savoring.

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers

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released April 21, 2017

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Sweet Lu Olutosin Atlanta, Georgia

Jazz vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sweet Lu Olutosin is a top 20 international Jazz recording artist. Whether headlining at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C or, playing the Teatro Rendano in Consenza, Italy , Lu’s performances
are life changing.
He uses the idioms of vocal jazz, blues, and gospel to share the spiritual healing and love this music, his music, imbues. Stay Tuned!
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