Fort Wayne native Ty Causey has been causing a bit of a stir in certain R&B circles, receiving very favorable reviews for his vocals and co-writing on 1998s Morning Tenderness by jazz-pop soprano saxophonist Najee. LoopHoles, an overdue followup to his debut album, Ty, is comprised of nine original sax-laden R&B songs. Causeys rich, buttery voice has been compared to that of the legendary Donny Hathaway and his skills as a keyboardist are formidable. Soulful saxophone is present on nearly every track, compliments of Zedric Z Teague, providing a nice acoustic contrast to the otherwise synthesized arrangements.
The album kicks off with Your Luv, instantly introducing the listener to the main elements of each song: Causeys smooth voice and understated keyboard playing and Teagues soaring saxophone, all set against a slow R&B drum beat. No More continues with the standard 1975-era R&B love song lyrics with lines such as No more lonely nights cause I am here / No more empty heart to fill. A nice combination of vibes and electric piano round of The Love Of My Life, and the upbeat Its Crazy throws a bit of funk into the mix. Tys Cloud is a sweet, yet short, instrumental showcasing Causeys skills as a keyboardist. The final track is another version of Your Luv but this time marked as A Capella, yet in a creative twist, an a capella with instruments.
All in all, LoopHoles is a fine collection of original R&B love songs. One irk, however: for all the effort Causey put into writing and arranging these songs, surely he had more than one drum kit on his drum machine. On the third track I noticed a bell-like sound, possibly a synthetic ride symbol that is featured on every track. Once noticed, my compulsive nature refused to let this go, and near the end of the album it was all I could hear,
distracting my attention woefully from the melodies and musicianship. Still, true R&B fans should not let my strange, obsessive hang ups deter them from going to their neighborhood Wooden Nickel and treating themselves to a truly fine R&B disc.
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41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
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Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709