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Soul singer Jesse Dee at the Hygienic

Published June 13. 2013 4:00AM

Thank you, Lord, for the sonic time machine called Jesse Dee.

Yes, for those enamored of the classic soul represented by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding et al, the recent years have not been kind.

But this Dee fellow - scarcely 32 years old and a white dude from Boston, to boot - writes and sings amazing material that resonates with the sort of sound and quality you'd associate with Stax/Volt and Motown in the golden days.

Whether on his debut album, "Bittersweet Batch," or "On My Mind/In My Heart," just out from the prestigious Alligator Records, Dee is an astonishing talent bringing a treasured genre into a new era.

See him Saturday in New London's Hygienic Art Park at the debut performance of the Summer Nights in the District concert series.

- RICK KOSTER

Jesse Dee, 7 p.m. Saturday, Hygienic Art Park, 79-83 Bank St., New London; $10; (860) 443-8001, hygienic.org.

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