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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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
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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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Track Name: Still Swingin'
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’
Track Name: How They Do That
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) !!!
Track Name: Sister Sadie's Blues (Intimacy of the Blues)
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?
Track Name: Skin Game (Granny Said it)
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
Track Name: Dancea Swing Anova (Swing A Nova)
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
Track Name: Tunji Baby
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
Track Name: Don't Forget To Remember (Recorda Me)
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