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Kem and Jill Scott @ The Mann In West Philadelphia Sat. June 23, 2012

Kem and Jill Scott @ The Mann In West Philadelphia Sat. June 23, 2012 This is an interesting juxtaposition of concepts, ideas and musical styles mashed together to give us that part of hip-hop called Nouveaux Soul or Neo Soul. Remember, Hip-Hop arguably covers a whole lot under it's umbrella. There's Hip-Hop Soul (Mary J, Kelly Price etc.), Go-Go, New Jack Swing, all of the various 'rap' sub genres, Neo Soul, Trip-hop, Acid, Bass and Drum and maybe House as well.

Only the Blues can rival Hip-Hop in its overreaching tentacles of the culture of Black Classical Music (BAM). While Kem exists here he really has worked very hard to forge his own sound. He has honored his ancestors by acclimating himself confidently in the genres of most Classic Black American Music. He's familiarized himself and internalized the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Jon Lucien, Billy Ocean, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Angela Bofill and Phyllis Hyman. By the way they all outsing him as he's not without some of the flaws that many of these younguns have vocally. His flawas are not that detectable and he's not that young.

Along with the lyrical dexterity of Jill Scott this was probably where Neo Soul was supposed to go. Had it done so it may have had a larger more noteworthy impact on the annals of Classic Black Music Culture.

Unfortunately so much style over substance which is prevalent in today's music has held sway causing confusion and disorientation (see the Essence Top 50 Most Powerful R&B Artists results). Neo Soul's influence waning as it is will eventually have us remember this man rather as another in the long line of successive black journeymen like Peabo, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson and Frankie Beverly. That's a shame because this man is a true artist dedicated to bringing us all the finest in Soul and Rhythm and Blues with that twist of innovation so coveted by the artists I've mentioned earlier.

Kem's hits are few but his audience adores him and he more than compensates for whatever he lacks with a shrewd sense of pacing, musicianship and overall personality. He dressed the entire band as well as himself in white. The band gave us a most excellent if not tasty performance. While unnecessarily loud they exhibited a keen awareness of when to let it rip and when to restrain themselves. The oldheads call that 'dynamics' and these cats had boat loads full.

What You Want
On My Mind

The band now breaks into a cute little funk vamp in African 6/8 but keeps it steady and funky all the way. They are very, very tight. Less African and more funk. They're playing this rat-piss-on-cotton-soft while Sly horns (Tenor sax and trumpet) are punctuating this with delightful fairy-tale flutter and syncopation. This turns out to be an intro of sorts to a tune called Golden Days.

Why Wont You Stay?- for Kem this is a power ballad akin to some Journey kinda light-up-your-Bic-or-cell-phone and sway with your eyes closed meditatively hoping for a better tomorrow. Except this is about love lost. Say what you want but Kem makes the best of what he has and that's a string of slow to mid-tempo burners designed to woo the swooning ladies.

Share My Life- anotha one like the otha one. The sound man has 'em cranked unnecessarily but there's a symbiosis between band, background singers, Kem and the audience that suggests near perfection.

Background Vocal Show

Best Of My Love
Can't Hide Love
Sweet Thing

The highlight here is Kem's sister El Renee. She out sings the pants off him but that's all right. He's an ENTERTAINER whom smoothly puts it all together and ultimately makes it happen. When any of these guys take a pause for the cause to cover and in so doing honor their ancestors their stock goes way, way up in my book.

Find Your Way Back In My Life- as I write this I'm recalling this tune and I'm telling you I still feel the goosebumps. This is a cooker and a percolator. The band has now moved into a zone of inexplicable tightness. The tune has its own bounce that would be difficult to screw up. With each increasing measure the horns are getting more and more lubricated with fatback King Curtis like grease. The tenor man takes one of them roadhouse Houston Person solos and I'm personally in heaven.

I Think About Us- overwhelming crowd favorite. The 90% female house are swaying, exhaling and with eyes closed are singing along word for word. Kem doesn't give in to this and KEEPS the mic singing his song. Most of the time we get this sickening artist cop-out where the artist jams the mic in some overzealous fool's face and asks for them to sing. Thankfully NOT tonight.

Love Calls- show closer

This event by the way was billed as Jilly from Philly's Block Party. As many of you may already know when you attend a Hip-Hop event of any kind whether a Rap show, Go-Go dance, Neo Soul Concert-WHATEVA- there'll be a DJ in attendance spinning between sets. I don't mean a simple playing of records I mean a full on sho-nuff DJ. We had one of the best in DJ Jazzy Jeff Townes. Known as the musical genius that produced much of Will 'Fresh Prince' Smith's best work Jazzy Jeff has established himself as one of the premier DJ/producers in Hip-Hop. Unlike Funk or R&B or even Pop or Rock where the act is both the attraction as well as the impetus for party, the DJ here is the reason for all of this even happening in the first place. He IS the party! DJ's like Spinderella, DJ TouchTone (world's first and arguably only blind DJ), Kid Capri, DJ Mike Hall, Larry Lavon, Terminator X, Cut Master Butta and sooo many more all have the same pedigree in evoking a much coveted rump-bumpin, booty shakin influence over their audiences. Jeff had us on our feet, jamming and high-fiving. You see Mr. DJ whomever he may be is charged with the task of having everyone REMEMBER everyand anything notable about dance music in Black Classical American Music. They're also to arrange this music in a way that is both seamless AND fluid. Nothing should make you stop doing anything. In fact the fervor of boogie fever should ratchet up considerably with each new spin of a new tune. There is no be all and end all. Each tune evokes some memory of not a good time but a GREAT one. Crowd reaction informs that the last particular jam reminded them of last summer's block party where Mookie did the Wobble better than everybody else. But that is quickly replaced by something like some Go-Go OTHER than Bustin Loose. The crowd's whhooooaaas or ooooohhhhs tell one that not only is the record of particular significance but the WAY it was dropped into the mix was exceedingly tight and well-done. Tunes like Rockit, Buju Banton's For Real, Fight The Power, Jam On It, Apache and Planet Rock no matter where inserted almost always get the desired response. That response is a dance of wild abandon. Recreating moves of 10 or 20 years ago that today's body finds difficult to reconcile, it's as if people are in the throes of some inspired insanity. DJ Jazzy Jeff's performance between the lines? The above times infinity! Yeah it was that good. He didn't mean to but when bringing in a DJ at these things he probably should make you forget everything else. INCLUDING the headliners. That's what DJ'ing has evolved to.

Jill Scott
Jilly from Philly as she's so affectionately known around these parts is not one to hit the stage with any particular flourish. By her own admission there will be no wardrobe changes because you paid yo money for her to be onstage for the entire performance.

:: crickets::

There was a smattering of applause upon learning of this revelation which tells me that while this IS an R&B/Neo Soul crowd who's not supposed to care about such, far too many of these folk have learned that the old fashioned multi-costume change act works damned well for them, thank you! Beyonce be damned! All the bombast in the world is neither excuse nor replacement for dynamics. This is excessively loud. Deafening even but as loud as it is strangely if you really want to hear what's being played you need to plug up your ears. This loudness is so excessive that in the studio they add 'noise' to kinda fill in the dead spots. They brought that noise with em. Everything and I do mean everything was sequenced to death. The bass sounds exactly like that rumble that comes when a youngun's car rolls up the block in which you're doing whatever and you feel your teeth chattering to the processed/canned bass sound being emitted. This music though is being played deftly by virtual prodigy level musicians. There's also a tendency here to over arrange EVERYTHING. Hooks, rhythm and melodic chord changes abound. Not to be mistaken for Tina Turner's we play everything rough' because in THAT part of the song they're NOT playing rough at all. Everything here is hectic and so hook-laden that you almost forget the tune being performed.

I won't ask anyone why it's so loud in a venue that, next to the Kimmel Center is supposed to be one of the most acoustically perfect around. I realize orchestral music and this are worlds apart but damn, if a 30-40 piece Philharmonic Orchestra can handle this building with a minimum of concern a vocalist ANY vocalist should have no problem doing the same. That's your backdrop for this evening's proceedings with Miss Scott.

It's Love
Give Me- scrate funk Maxayn level workout...a poem of no title of which Miss Scott is well known for and a moment of silence for the hearing impaired. By now that's me.

Is This The Way- band cleverly segues into this right off of her last spoken word in the poem. Jill possesses the same time-worn cliche of the blues woman of old. Broken hearted but resilient like Billie Holiday, Aretha and all the rest.

So In Love- this is the duet she does with Anthony Hamilton. It's another in the new line of 'stepper's' songs like Step In The Name Of Love here she's accompanied by one her background singers

So This Is Makin Love
I Can Make You Low
Watching Me
Let's Take A Walk
Getting In The Way

A handful of tunes later and I'm noticing that the crowd is beginning to make haste their exit. Here, I'm the old head. Nobody's much older than 60 but most are about 45, black and female. I guess the thing with Jilly is she feels she's attractive enough and blessed with voice enough that that outta BE enough. Unfortunately for her, a little more work and planning past the musical stage and into the arena of performance art might go a long way towards uplifting her status amongst the divas of years gone by. A decent actor of late she certainly possesses personality sufficient to carry this out. Her stage patter with the audience and in little skits bears me out.

But whatever suggestions by the vets (I'm speculating here) that she most certainly has received has gone by the wayside. After Whitney all eyes if for only a moment were on Jill Scott to do something. The ball was in her court and everyone waited so anxiously anticipating her arrival to grab the torch from the slowly sinking hand of Ms. Houston. It never happened. Unlike Kem Ms. Scott did no covers. She never does. EVERYBODY does covers! That's the bridge from the past to the present and forward into the future.

It says that not only do I belong but I'm establishing my place amongst the ancestors. If you want to call it initiation than so be it. But if you do covers, change clothes, dance and sing you're Diana Ross or you're Beyonce. Gladys and Aretha at least do covers to let ya'll know WHY they're revered as they are as they reinvent a tune that you knew one way into some thing done THEIR way. Chaka Khan does covers even after all of this time. This is why we'll remember Kem and his show far and away more than we will the headliner. Arrogance and impertinence added to a dash of ignorance seems to be the stew that informs so much of Neo Soul. That's why we don't really care (as much as we try) about India Irie, Erykah Badu or even Lauryn Hill. The REAL deal can be found in the prodigious piano-playing hands of Alicia Keys. She has seized the blueprint of Soul Diva hood and erected a monument to her culture. Jill Scott is still young enough to take and receive some good orderly direction. Her's hoping she does just that

Hire A Band
Peace
LP

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com



Rant (FREEDOM AINT FREE) + NEW BLACK MUSIC RECCOMENDATIONS for Black History Month (pt 1)

A Rant, along with some NEW BLACK MUSIC RECCOMENDATIONS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH (pt 1) Over the past few weeks, in the wake of the large number of iconic artists who have passed away, I have gotten a whole bunch of email regarding the Black music of the past vs. the Black music of the present.

Many folks have written in and suggested to me that there isn't any "great music" being made anymore and that they wish that things could be "the way they used to be."

I completely disagree with that line of thinking. Time does move forward. And we have to move forward with it, else we can cease to exist.

Right now there is probably more great music available, than at any point in my lifetime. And for that I am happy.

Is that music more difficult to find, because it is no longer "filtered" by the great Black radio stations of 30 years ago and by TV shows like Soul Train? (yup)

But that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist or that we shouldn't support the great artists who are creating it.

It's a funny thing about "nostalgia." People always get "nostalgic" about the past. However, few of us would actually want the world we are living in today to return to the world we grew up in. To do so would mean giving up all of the progress we have made not only as a society and as individuals.

The real challenge for all of us isn't to go backwards. The real challenge is to take what we have and mold it in a manner so that the future is better than the past. I like to think that I am up to that challenge...

I listen to anywhere between 200 - 300 new songs every week. Of that number I hear 20-30 great records. Bout 10 percent. Do the math, that's 1520 great songs that I personally listen to every year.

But let's say I am wrong. Lets say that I am too easy (which I am not.) Lets say that instead of the number being 10%.....that it's really 1%. That would mean that the number of great songs each year would be 152 instead of 1520. Could you handle 152 BRAND NEW and COMPELLING songs in your life each year?

I "discover" 100% of this music via the internet. It is all right here at your fingertips.

Some people don't want to hear this, however that is the reality.

God didn't stop handing out talent in 1979.

The problem is that many people are stuck on their "comfort food,"{and for some reason can't get out of that bag when it comes to music. IMHO that is a sad commentary on a generation of people who when they were younger quite literally were willing to "experiment" with everything under the sun.

They are even in fact willing to give up the "freedom" available today to discover new music in exchange for the "slavery" of having the music discovery process dictated to them by powerful/corrupt media interests who do not have their best interests in mind.

Hell in today's world, not only do you have the freedom to listen to all of this music for free, but you also have the ability to provide DIRECT FEEDBACK to the artist (good or bad) at the click of a button, and thereby as a fan become a part of the creative process in a manner that was totally impossible back in the "slave" days. Who here wouldn't have liked to have been able to tell an artist like Kool & the Gang, that they "were losing their way," back in 1979? (I would)

Or to be able to listen to the Commodores "Machine Gun" album back in 1974 and then decide to ONLY purchase "I Feel Sanctified" and "Machine Gun," without having to also purchase the other crappy songs on that album? (I would)

See some people don't really like "freedom." That's cuz...

FREEDOM AIN'T FREE

They don't want to accept the responsibility that comes along with freedom!

As a music fan, I love being able to discover vast quantities of outstanding music, without being dictated to by radio, tv, magazines or any other media, that I want to listen to over and over again. As a music fan I love being able to discover artists I have never heard of before, doing live performances that make me want to see them perform live again.

In fact, I think that having the ability to do all of the above, is the very definition of what a "music fan," is supposed to be...

1. Here are 6 BRAND NEW albums that I recently reviewed that I would recommend, if you are a fan of Black Music:
(The actual reviews to come soon)

Najee - The Smooth Side of Soul
http://www.najeeonline.com
(R&B/Jazz)

Ginetta's Vendetta - Land on My Feet
http://ginettasvendetta.com
(Jazz/Funk/Blues/Pop)

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - The Real Deal
http://www.reverbnation.com/sharonlewistexasfire
(Blues)

Gregory Porter - Be Good
http://www.gregoryporter.com
(Black Music El Supremo)

Kenny Vance and The Planotones - Soundtrack To the Doo Wop Era: A Kenny Vance Collection
http://www.planotones.com
(R&B/Rock n Roll)

Jay Stewart - Enjoy The Ride
http://www.jaystewartguitar.com
(Jazz/Funk)

2. Here is what just played in the past hour or soon the RadioIO.com Nu Soul channel:

Interestingly 7 of these artists were at the 2011 Soul-Patrol Convention (Morris Mills, Melanie Charles, Susaye Greene, Angel Risoff, Chantels, Lee Fields, Jason Miles (Soul Summit), Stephanie McKay). Elizabeth Withers was supposed to be there, but was a no show. And of course Mighty Sam & Martha Redbone, have attended in the past. Other artists on this list also have a connection to Soul-Patrol (Tre Williams, Bootsy Collins, Michael Cooper, Ledisi, Seven Eleven, Kenny Lattimore, Leela James, Rahsaan Patterson, Kyle Jason, Persuaders, Victor Wooten, Cynthia Jones, Marshall Thompson, Maty Soul, Ray Parker Jr & Mo Pleasure). All of these songs I find to be compelling. That's why I have included them on the playlist of the station.

All released in the past 5 years...
http://www.radioio.com/channels/nu-soul/?rp=genre/hip-hop-soul

Morris Mills - Beautified
Donnie - Mason Dixon Line
Mirenda Rosenberg - Death
Bootsy Collins/Michael Cooper/Valerie Watson - The Real (Do-Do)
Melanie Charles - Melanie Charles - Need You (Feat. Ras Sherman)
Anthony Hamilton - Cant Let Go
The Revelations featuring Tre Williams - How Could You Walk Away
Martha Redbone - Hard Livin
Chantels - Beseme Mucho
Kyle Jason - Hot Sauce
Tasha Taylor - Who's Making Love
Victor Wooten - Are you Ready, Baby?
Marshall Thompson - Hold On To Your Dreams
Angie Stone - Why Is It
Mirenda Rosenberg - Death
Bobby Taylor - Love Train
Ledisi - Pieces Of Me
John Legend - P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)
Cynthia Jones - Unconditional
Persuaders - Never Stop Loving you
Allyson Williams - Soft & Warm
Albright - Heroin
Lee Ritenour - Forget Me Nots
Julie Dexter - Who I Am
Amy Winehouse - Love is a Losing Game (Truth & Soul Mix)
James Wall - Morning Sunrise
Macy Gray - That Man
Seven Eleven - Hot 'n' Funky
Elisabeth Withers - Why
Kenny Lattimore - It Ain't No Use
Leela James - Tell Me You Love Me
Mighty Sam McClain - Don't Leave Me Behind
Rahsaan Patterson - Dream Flight
Chrisette Michele - Let's Rock
Susaye Green - Love controls you
Angel Rissoff - Snows of July
Maty Soul - Love Jones
Ray Parker Jr - Middle Age Crisis
Lee Fields - Here To Turn It Out
Soul Folk - Love Affair
Angie Stone - I Don't Care
Soul Summit - What a Man
Silk - There'll Never Be
Stephanie McKay - Rainbow
Mia Miata - Soul Mates
Mo Pleasue feat Ali Woodson - R U Down

http://www.radioio.com/channels/nu-soul/?rp=genre/hip-hop-soul

Check these songs/artists out and let me know what cha think? Stay tuned for more new music that you will find to be compelling, during Black History Month 2012!!!

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com




WHERE DOES GREAT BLACK MUSIC COME FROM IN 2010?



Bob Davis (Soul-Patrol.com/RadioIO.com), Dave Marsh (XM/Sirus/Rolling Stone/ect), Judy Tint (R&B Foundation), Claudette Robinson (Miracles/R&B Foundation), and Rhymefest (Rapper/Activist)


The picture above is of the panel "Meet the New Soul - Same as the Old Soul?" that I participated in @ SXSW/2010 this on March 20th 2010. Pictured from left to right; Bob Davis (Soul-Patrol.com/RadioIO.com), Dave Marsh (XM/Sirus/Rolling Stone/etc), Judy Tint (R&B Foundation), Claudette Robinson (Miracles/R&B Foundation), and Rhymefest (Rapper/Activist). My thanks to Judy Tint (our moderator) for inviting me to participate.

I thought that SXSW was pretty interesting. I'm not sure if I would go back again or not because things are so disorganized it's difficult to figure out how best to spend your time there.

Here is a link to an article from the Austin Chronicle that was writen about the "Meet the New Soul - Same as the Old Soul?" panel: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:983193

Obviously the author of the article didn't quite understand the panel. His big gripe was that none of the panelists used the term "retro soul." What the panelists did instead was to connect the historical legacy of Soul music to some of the current day music. This was done in order to illustrate the point, that there really isn't anything new. But the issue instead is one of lack of mainstream exposure for much of the great soul music being produced in today's environment and that issue may well be an opportunity (ie; not to be tied into the network of established record labels and corrupt knee-gro radio stations)

My reply is kinda chopped up into different sections because the Austin Chronicle system wouldn't allow me to post the entire thing as a single comment..

Quite a few Soul-Patrol.com readers & RadioIO.com listeners from around the country showed up to see/hear the panel so it was nice to meet those folks in person for the first time. In addition to those folks I got to meet a whole bunch of indie blues, jazz, & soul artists/journalists/label managers, etc. The pictures below (taken by Soul-Patroller Chip Barnett) are from a concert I attended featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Black Joe Louis, Raphael Saadiq, Smokey Robinson and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (not pictured). The concert was fantastic, not only was it like seeing the NUSOUL @ RADIOIO station come to life right before my eyes, it was also kinda like seeing a modern day version of the TAMI Show, right before my eyes. In short it was a show that contained many of the elements that a Soul music fan would drool over; Mayer Hawthorne (Philly Soul), Black Joe Louis (James Brown/Ike Turner/Jimi Hendrix), Raphael Saadiq (60's Motown), Smokey Robinson and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (Funk/Chicago Soul). But with a slammin 2010 presentation!!!

Mayer Hawthorne (Philly Soul), Black Joe Louis (James Brown/Ike Turner/Jimi Hendrix), Raphael Saadiq (60's Motown), Smokey Robinson and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (Funk/Chicago Soul)


I also saw a whole lotta really awful rock & hip hop performances...

One thing for sure, SXSW has shown to be an excellent source for new music for me to present both here on Soul-Patrol.com and on RadioIO.com. I came away with lots of excellent music, some of which you will see represented in the updates below for NU SOUL @ RADIOIO and BLUES @ RADIOIO. For example, I was walking down 6th Street in Austin and the manager of UK Blues artist Marcus Bonfanti, literally chasing me down the street and begging me to come & see his artist perform. I took the bait, loved his show and now his music is in the BLUES @ RADIOIO playlist. Mayer Hawthorne & Black Joe Louis got on my RadioIO.com playlist as a result of me seeing them perform live in Austin as well.

However there are many sources for some of the great Soul Music being produced today. A week after I got back from SXSW I was asked to do a presentation for an event in NYC called the Indie Soul Mixer. This was a yearly gathering of the local NYC "neo soul artists." I did a presentation wi8th covered the topic of "economic survival of independent artists. Unfortunately I had to leave as soon as I finished delivering the presentation in order to attend the Christian Scott concert that I reviewed here on Soul-Patrol a week ago. As I was about to leave an absolutely gourgous young woman ran up to me and said; "I enjoyed your presentation very much Mr. Davis. Please take a copy of my CD and if you like it, let me know." I said; "I'll do even better than that. If I don't like it, I'll let you know that as well." Needless to say, as soon as I listened to the first song, I was hooked. Her voice reminds me of Valerie Simpson and she's got an entire album of "compelling music." Her name is Chidi and as you will see there are two of her songs now in the playlist for NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.

Sometimes it comes from the recommendation of friends; Myron Ruffin (Leela James), Rickey Vincent (Steve Arrington), Rio Vergini (Jaye Q), Iris Smith (Dramatics), Jason Miles (Grover Washington Jr. Live), etc. Sometimes it comes from the artists themselves, (ex; Archie Bell, Billy Jones, Sugar Stick, Patafunk, DigiDonz, etc)And yes, sometimes it comes from record labels, who give me GREAT BLACK MUSIC MUSIC THAT WOULD NEVER GET PLAYED ON KNEE-GRO RADIO STATIONS (ex; James Hunter, Macy Grey, Global Noize, Karl Denson, Swing Out Sister, Calvin Richardson, Maysa, Lee Shot Williams, N'Dambi, etc)

Anyhow, scroll down to see the recent add's for NUSOUL @ RADIOIO and BLUES @ RADIOIO. But don't just stop at reading the lists, take a moment to actually tune in and listen, even if you don't recognize some of the artist/song names. If you have read this far, it's because you are a fan of GREAT BLACK MUSIC.

Rest assured that if you thought that the days of GREAT BLACK MUSSIC are over & done with, you are sadly mistaken.

The whole point of this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter is to show you the lengths that we go to to make GREAT BLACK MUSIC in 2010 easily available to you in a radio format that is easy for you to digest, right here online.

::::GO AHEAD & BE BOLD::::
::::IGNORE KNEE-GRO RADIO:::
::::GET OFF THEIR PLANTATION::::
:::::SUPPORT GREAT BLACK MUSIC::::

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS IF YOU DARE)

NUSOUL @ RADIOIO and BLUES @ RADIOIO


--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


NEW ADD'S - Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com (**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers)

NEW ADD'S - Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com (**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers)CHECK IT OUT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT CHA THINK????

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NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM: http://www.radioio.com/channels/nusoul

**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers

|| NO OLDIES, NONE WHATSOEVER ||
|| GREAT BLACK MUSIC ||
|| JAZZ, NEO SOUL, CLASSIC SOUL, FUNK ||
|| SOUTHERN SOUL, RAP, BLACK ROCK ||
|| ALL NEW MUSIC, ALL THE TIME ||

NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM: http://www.radioio.com/channels/nusoul

**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers
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I realize that a few of you may think that I have been asleep at the wheel and not been paying attention to any new music recently. However the big secret is that I have indeed been checking out quite a bit of excellent new music and I decided to add some of it to the library/rotation on:
NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM: http://www.radioio.com/channels/nusoul

Some of these songs will also be added to RnB Mix @ RadioIO.com channel as well. http://www.radioio.com/channels/rnb-mix

To find out which ones, stay tuned....

Alicia Keys - Superwoman
Alicia Keys - Teenage Love Affair
Dwele - I'm Cheatin'
George Duke - Creepin'
George Duke - Dukey Treats
George Duke - Everyday Hero
George Duke - Sudan
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
Kenny Lattimore - And I Love Her
Kenny Lattimore - It Ain't No Use
Kenny Lattimore - That's the Way Love Is
Kenny Lattimore - You Are My Starship
Kindred The Family Soul - House of Love
Leon Ware - Smoovin'
Marc Broussard - Another Night Alone
Marc Broussard - Hard Knocks
Marc Broussard - Keep Coming Back
Marc Broussard - Man for Life
Marc Broussard - Saying I Love You
Marlon Saunders & Gemma Genazzano - Show Me Who You Are
Maysa - I Need A Man (the Obama mix)
Mem Shannon - Good-Bye Mr. President
Mo Pleasure feat Ali Woodson - R U Down
Nadir - Life In The Fast Lane
Nadir - The Low Road (Live at the Buzz)
Nikka Costa - Crybaby
Nikka Costa - Pebble To A Pearl
Nikka Costa - Stuck To You
PlunkyB - Drop
PlunkyB - Synchrofunkinicity
PlunkyB - Toy Box
Public Enemy - (I) Woke Up In A Place I Forgot
Raphael Saadiq - Love That Girl
Robin Thicke - Magic
The Revalations (Featuring Tre Williams) - Everybody Knows
The Revalations (Featuring Tre Williams) - I Don't Want To Know
Tony Rich - Part The Waves
Wayne Brady - A Change Is Gonna Come
Wayne Brady - Back in the Day
Wayne Brady - Can't Buy Me Love
Wayne Brady - Ordinary

CHECK IT OUT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT CHA THINK????

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NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM: http://www.radioio.com/channels/nusoul

**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers

|| NO OLDIES, NONE WHATSOEVER ||
|| GREAT BLACK MUSIC ||
|| JAZZ, NEO SOUL, CLASSIC SOUL, FUNK ||
|| SOUTHERN SOUL, RAP, BLACK ROCK ||
|| ALL NEW MUSIC, ALL THE TIME ||

NU SOUL @ RADIOIO.COM: http://www.radioio.com/channels/nusoul

**NOW AVAILABLE @ iTunes, Windows Media Player, Flycast & other online/mobile carriers
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--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net


Album Review: Conya Doss - Still
(Nu Soul/Pop)


Album Review: Conya Doss - StillAs you might well imagine, I get a whole lot of new music submitted to me every year, from many different sources (major labels, indy labels, indy artists). Some of that music is awful and some of that music is outstanding. However the vast majority of the music submitted is "average." If I were to plot a graph the overall "quality distribution" of the music that is submitted to Soul-Patrol.com would look exactly like the old "bell curve." We all remember the "bell curve" from high school. The far extremities of the curve are close to the "x-axis", and in the middle is a great big hump that makes the curve look like a "bell." In Soul-Patrol's "musical quality distribution bell curve", the left extremity represents the music submitted that is pure crap and basically un-listenable. The right extremity represents music submitted that is outstanding. The big hump in the middle represents the vast majority, which is "average in quality."

The only music I ever write a review of, is music that falls into the far right hand side of the "bell curve." That's because I don't believe that any of you out there are interested in me telling you about music that is "average." My belief is that you only want me to bother telling you about music that is outstanding. You can find out about "average music" someplace else.

This brings me to Conya Doss and her new album entitled "STILL." In my opinion you don't have to think twice about it. This album should be on your "short list" of albums to buy in 2008, since I know yall are more into obtaining your music without paying for it these days. This album is really good. It "flows & glows" in a way that makes you smile and you don't quite know why. In my opinion there are no specific cuts on "STILL" that just jump right out at you. It seems to be designed for the listener to consume it whole. As a person who really loves the album format, this makes me smile. For those of you who need a reference point, for me listening to "STILL" reminds me of listening to one of Angela Bofil's albums from the early 80's. It's a complete and well produced piece of art that is a perfect "activity album." By that I mean any activity you might be engaged in for which you may want to have music playing in the background. Doesn't mater if that activity is routine or intense, doesn't mater if you are alone or surrounded by a room full of other people. This means that if you buy this album today, 10 years from now, it will likely be an album that you will still pull out and play, end to end, much like I still do today with the early 80's albums of Angela Bofil. It will end up on your list of "all time favorite albums" and represent a sound financial investment.

Conya Doss is someone who is a good friend of Soul-Patrol.com and she has created a compelling album of music in "STILL." However this is not her first album and in my opinion, none of her previous albums have been compelling. They have been "average" and fall into that big hump, on the "bell curve." If I were a conventional album reviewer I might use a term like "artistic growth", in describing the album "STILL."

However since I am not a conventional album reviewer I will say that the mere existence of this album is a miracle and should be viewed as evidence that intestinal fortitude and personal conviction are among the most important qualities that a person needs to have if they want to be successful in life. Furthermore, being successful in life has little to do with fame or fortune. Conya Doss is a successful person, she is a teacher in the Cleveland school system who teaches young Black people to "reach beyond their grasp", in an environment where "average is good enough." Each day when those children are told either directly or indirectly that "average is good enough", their future is being compromised in a way that ultimately has a negative impact on all of the rest of us. Conya Doss is a "foot soldier" in a war for our very survival as a society.

In today's music world where "average is good enough", we need to support Conya Doss and her great album "STILL", because for my dollar and yours "average isn't good enough." I want to support someone who not only preaches and understands that concept, but also lives it as well. And most of all I want to support Conya Doss and encourage you to do so as well. Black music not only needs this album, and it needs the next Conya Doss album as well. But it needs the next album from all of those artists who submitted "average albums" in the past. Those artists can take inspiration from the existance of this album. If they are talented and if they belive in themselves, by trying again, they might just make it over to the right hand extermity of the "bell curve."

http://www.conyadoss.com

You can listen to the music of Conya Doss here on Radioio.com on both the Nu Soul @ RadioIO and RnB Mix Channels.

--Bob Davis

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Album Review: A Talent For Lovers
(Funk/Rock/Soul)

Click Here to get more info about Bob Baldwin - NewUrbanJazz.com Norman Kelsey's album is what I would expect the "first Lenny Kravitz album" (see below) to sound like. It's full of better than average rock, soul, funk, pop songs. Simple 3 minute songs with hooks, that you can bop down the boardwalk to while you snap your finger. It's also got a few GREAT songs, that would be automatic hit records if they could be heard by the masses. And it shows a hell of a lot of potential for the artist himself to become a "universal fusion artist." It's the kind of an album that you can put on, leave on and think that you are listening to a Top 40 radio station from back in the day, playing a diverse set of music that somehow all "works together." The album as a whole reminds me of hanging out at the beach all summer and hearing great summer songs coming out of tiny transistor radios, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, that get played on BOTH the Black stations and the white stations. Buy this album now, it gets better and better with each listen, but wait till the summertime to play it for your friends, so that they can become hooked on this album, and not even realize why.



Look for these songs playing as as "buzz cuts" on Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com

--Bob Davis



Album Review: Lee - "Meet Lee"
(Funk/Jazz/Soul/Rap)

Click Here to get more info about Lee - Meet Lee One of the things that I have known for quite some time is that commercial Rap music has "devolved" to the point where it's truly become an insult to it's own past. In fact it's so disconnected that it's easy to forget that there was once a time when rap music once represented a pinnacle of sorts that demonstrated our ability as a people to truly "make something from nothing." Lee is the lead rapper from one of my favorite "rap groups", The Square Egg who is taking some time out from the group to make a solo album. A few of you here may remember the brilliant social commentary by the Square Egg from a few years ago in a song called "Whatever Happened to Crack?", that was named one of Soul-Patrol's top songs of 2005. On "Meet Lee", he's still doing social commentary, however most of that commentary seems to be directed at today's Rap music scene, using rap music to do so. Lee's "flow" reminds me of "old school rap" (ex: De La Soul), however the music itself is truly diverse. Some of it sounds enough like "neo soul" to suck those people in. Some of it is "straight no chaser jazz." Some of it has Stax/EWF/TOP style horns that sound like the Uptown/Regal/Apollo circa 1968. Some of it sounds like some kind of industrial/punk. Some of it even sounds like Robin Williams. However some of it sounds like a simple telephone answering machine, truly a great example of "making something out of nothing." The lyrics are simple, funny, serious and most of all on point. Lee seems to be asking the question: How can there still be a hip hop, when it looks like hip hop has committed suicide?" I like this album and I guess if I had to describe it in a nutshell, I would say that it's rap music for grown folkz. (and that would mean me)

Look for these songs playing as as "buzz cuts" on Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com

--Bob Davis



Album Review: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits
(kozmic funk)


NEW RELEASE: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits I don't know Rahsaan Patterson. I have never met Rahsaan Patterson. And it's probably best if I never do. I'm sure that he's probably a nice enough fellow and that we would get along just fine. However I don't want any of my current illusions to be destroyed. If you were like me than you might have considered to be just another one of the dozens of soundalike/stale neo soul stevie/marvin/donnie imitators (why do they always chose to imitate the most boring aspects of these artists?).

But I want to let you all in on a big secret (he's beyond all of that now). Take a listen to this album and you will know why, but whatever you do, please don't tell all of his neo soul fans because they won't understand why he is a better artist this way. After listening to this album my guess is that Rahsaan Patterson has been doing his homework and after doing so, he has decided that he wants to achive greatness instead of being locked into the box where he previously was. It's obvious to me that he's been listening to some deep music in the course of doing his homework. This album shows me that he's been listening to Shuggie Otis or Miles Davis or Frank Zappa or Sun Ra or some other higher level of artistic purity, because this album is a mind blower. You should check out this album, listen to it and absorb the fact that Rahsaan Patterson is now at a different level. He wants to achive greatness, it's obvious to me after listening.

Of course he may not get there in a commercial sense, current day market conditions may not allow for that. I'm just glad that he did this album, and I am glad that I have the chance to document my opinions on it. Ten years from now white kids in Iowa are going to discover this album and they will anoint Rahsaan Patterson as an unheralded genius. And once that happens one of them is going to come upon this review. They will print it out and show it to their friends and say "I told you so."

In fact, I don't even want you to buy the album (not just yet). I want you to find someplace on the internet where you can listen to it for free, hell I may even put it up myself just so that you can do that. I do not want economics to interfere with your descion making process. I want you to experience the whole thing at least one time.

You need to do that and you need to do it now, because I want to conduct a test. I want to see how many people can still recognize that critical point in time in the career of an artist when they decide to leave their personal comfort zone of predictability and attempt to be the "baddest MF on the planet." They do this with the full knowledge that they may fail to convince anyone else of this besides themselves. They don't do it in order to become a star. They do it because they know that if they don't commit themselves to try, they can never have a restful sleep again in their lives. How can I possibly say something like this with such certainty about a person that I have never met and probably never will meet? I dunno how to answer that question except to say that on the album "Wines & Spirits", Rahsaan Patterson allowed me to take a glimpse into his soul and I appriciate what I was allowed to see.

Rahsaan Patterson may not convince anyone else, but he has convinced me of just what he is trying to do. And I can respect that, just as I can respect anyone else, regardless of their chosen field who choses to try to be the best. Most of the time when people try to do this, they fail. However in giving the effort they make the world a better place, because they inspire others to try and become the best that they can be. If when you listen to "Wine & Spirits", you don't "get it", don't worry about it. Most people won't, so that will put you in good stead with the majority. But if you are the type of person who does indeed "get it", please contact me because I want to shake your hand. Rahsaan Patterson has clearly separated himself from the rest of the pack and this is something that not only can I clearly see, but I am genuinly excited for him. He has placed himself in a position to potentially inspire others. He may or may not inspire you, how you seek out your own personal inspiration is totally a matter of individual choice and what you permit yourself to be open to. He has inspired me with his musical vision on the album "Wine & Spirits", and right now that is all I care about...


LISTEN TO - 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention Black Music Town Hall Independent Artists Panel:
Moderator: Kevin Harewood - Author/Consultant, Darrell King - Sound of Market Records/Music Retailer, Randall Grass - Shanachie Records/Indy Record Label, Warren Haskins - DEMBI/Dell East, Venue Operator/Music Business Educator (from 5/27/2007)


2007 Soul-Patrol Convention  Black Music Town Hall Independent Artists Panel: Moderator: Kevin Harewood - Author/Consultant, Darrell King - Sound of Market Records/Music Retailer, Randall Grass - Shanachie Records/Indy Record Label, Warren Haskins - DEMBI/Dell East, Venue Operator/Music Business Educator (from 5/27/2007)

A spirited discussion led by Moderator: Kevin Harewood - Author/Consultant, Darrell King - Sound of Market Records/Music Retailer, Randall Grass - Shanachie Records/Indy Record Label, Warren Haskins - DEMBI/Dell East, Venue Operator/Music Business Educator (from 5/27/2007). Covering topics such as: Why are there so many independent artists these days?, How can we find their music? How do they find an audience? What's Underground Soul"?, How are Independent artists promoted?, How does an independent artist sustain a music career? etc........(Click here or on the picture above to listen)

Concert Review: Angela Johnson @ Blue Note NYC (w/Marlon Saunders & Gordon Chambers) (11/2006)

Angela Johnson New York City is a tough place. The Blue Note, located in the heart of Greenwich Village in the shadows of the not so long gone twin towers, is one of the most famous nightclubs in the world. It's a place that I used to stand outside of when I was a teenager, unable to afford the cover charge, simply to catch a few seconds of Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstein, Carmen McCrae and others performing when the bouncer would open the door for people who actually had enough money to go inside.

Watching Angela Johnson last night, in complete command of her artistry, her audience and her self made me think about all of the legendary artists who had performed on that very same stage. Angela played the keyboard, sang and interacted with the audience effortlessly. The crowd composed mostly of Blue Note regulars was clearly entertained and to me that is the ultimate compliment from a tough NYC crowd to Angela Johnson.

Click here to continue....

--Bob Davis


Introducing: Traciana Graves - "Songs of a Prodical Daughter"

Traciana Graves The album "Prodigal Daughter" from Traciana Graves is a good modern day example of the inter relationship between oul music and the music of Africa/Caribbean (sometimes referred to"world music").. Traciana Graves was born in Harlem, U.S. A. and was largely raised in France. I'm guessing that such an upbringing must have provided her with the international perspective that runs like a thread thru ought this album.....(continued)...

Bob Davis:
earthjuice@prodigy.net



7/29 Soul-Patrol.com Weekend in Cleveland - Family Unity Festival/Ghost Bar (7/28-7/29) - w/THE OHIO PLAYERS, Conya Doss, Fertile Ground, ALGEBRA, GOVERNOR, Paul Samuels, Soundoctrine, The AfiNur Project (Classic Soul /Jazz/ Neo Soul)


7/29 CLEVELAND: FAMILY UNITY IN THE PARK CONCERT AND FIREWORKS (FREE) - w/THE OHIO PLAYERS, Conya Doss, Fertile Ground, ALGEBRA, GOVERNOR, Paul Samuels, Soundoctrine, The AfiNur ProjectD



Neo Soul Meets Classic Soul: Indy Soul Star Coynya Doss and Classic Soul Star Terry Stubbs of Sly Slick and Wicked

I went to Cleveland for several reasons:


--- Myron Ruffin, one of the key organizers of the Family Unity Festival, invited me to come. Myron is a brotha that I have worked with on several different projects over the years. He has put some serious "skin in the game" in supporting Soul-Patrol over the past few years and we have developed a close working relationship. Like many people who contribute to what we do here, I have never met him in person and I wanted to do that as well as SHOW UP and support his event.

--- Our friends SounDoctrine was on the bill, and I wanted to SHOW UP and support them and their new CD ENDURANCE

--- This gave us the opportunity to have a Soul-Patrol "Meet and Greet" in Cleveland the night before the Family Unity Festival and turn it into a "weekend" for those who wanted to participate and hang out with each other.

--- The nature of the festival itself was very appealing to me. To have a big music/cultural festival featuring both Classic Soul, Neo Soul and Jazz artists right in the middle of the ghetto called "Family Unity" is a throwback to the types of community based events I had grown up with in NYC when I was a teenager and I wanted to expose my (suburban) daughter to that type of an event.

--- It gave me a chance to take a 3 day "road trip" with my family. There's nothing like being trapped inside of an automobile for eight hours at a time to foster "family closeness". We also made a little side trip along the way to Pittsburgh so my 13 year old daughter the campus of the University of Pittsburgh (yes I am trying to influence her college decision...lol).....CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE



CONCERT REVIEW: Concert Review: Ledisi at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA


Concert Review: Ledisi at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA A question that inevitably comes up in this day and age where electronically pitch corrected vocals seems to be a pre-requisite for any "hit" Pop or R&B song, is "what happened to all the REAL singers?" Yes, we still have Aretha, Chaka, Gladys, Patti and Mavis with us among other great singers from back in the day. But who will carry the torch when they're gone?

If you've taken time to dig below the surface, you probably know about Lalah Hathaway and Rachelle Ferrell, you're probably checking artists like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as well. Sadly, the art of great singing (or playing instruments for that matter) has fell by
the wayside to some degree. But even so, there are still a few shining stars out there and one of them is LEDISI.

Ledisi and her band performed at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley here in Seattle this past Tuesday and Wednesday. I've been a fan for several years and I've seen her live a few times before, so I knew what to expect and because of that I wasn't going to miss either of the two nights!

On each night Ledisi and her band kicked off the set with her own interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon." One of the things I love about Ledisi, is that she does a great job of making other people's songs her own. When performing Chameleon, her band laid down a funky groove reminiscent of the original, but it had a little more of a swing to it. Ledisi than scatted the original melody and launched into a verse of her own: "If we all had no eyes / We could not see / Then color wouldn't matter to you or me / All we could do is feel our way. / Times are changing every day, so those that are left in the past / close your eyes and just feel." From just reading the lyrics, it might be difficult to imagine how they would sound, but they were delivered with soul and conviction.

....(click here to continue)






SOME NEW MUSIC THAT WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY LISTENING TO...


LISTEN TO Hil St Soul - SOULidified: Hey Boy, Sweet On You, Itís Ok, Goodbye, Better Days, Can We Spend Some Time Together?, We Donít Talk, Too Good To Be True, Smoky Joint, Baby Come Over, One Of A Kind, Time For Love (Hosted by the Funkoverlord)



LISTEN TO Chip Shelton's New Jazz/Funk/Soul Album - "Peacetime" - Nukes May They Rust In Peace, Peace, Man in the Green Shirt, I've Known Rivers, Cobi's Place, Quiet Storm, Woodine, Down Home NY, Peace Reprise (Hosted by the Funkoverlord)



Click here to listen to - SOUL-PATROL RADIO'S UNIFIED TRIBE BLOCKBUSTER featuring FUNKtional Family & Mixed Messages: Back In Love, If We Were Invaded, Lets Kick Some Ass, Keep on Keepin On, Look of Love, New Groove, I Need, Happy Go Lucky, Fight , Bounce, That Beat, Make The Funk



INTRODUCING TRACIANA GRAVES - SONGS OF A PRODIGAL DAUGHTER: 1.Si Bon, 2. Comme Ca, 3. Nenda Kilele Leo, 4. Blowing Kisses the Wind, 5. My Revolution, 6. There, 7. When I'm With You, 8. On Dit Quoi, 9. The Way That You Love Me, 10. Everybody, 11. Rythhm and Rain, 12. Canto, 13. Dance With Me, 14. Deeper Than Joy, 15. When I'm With You-- Dj Spinna Re-mix


SOUL-PATROL.NET RADIO 2 HOUR BROADCAST: NEW RELEASES, COVER VERSIONS OF GREAT SONGS: Melisa Morgan/Freddie Jackson - Back Together Again, Allison Williams - Holding Back the Years, Kim Waters (feat Maysa) - Daydreaming, Mellisa Forbes - Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, Matte' - Hypnotized, Children on the Corner - Black Satin, Mos Def - Caldonia, Showvinistics - Ms Grace, Carla Thomas - Little Red Rooster, Pure Gold - Just Because, Susaye Greene - The Ocean, Orioles - Ooh Baby Baby, Tears on My Pillow, Spinning, Since I Fell for You, Oh What a Night, Children on the Corner - NY Girl, Eban Brown - Lucky Me, Jeffrey Osborne - Yes I'm Ready, Nadir & Distorted Soul - Love TKO, Angel - I Want A Love I Can See, Queen Latifah - Hello Stranger, George Clinton and P-Funk All-stars - Look at this View (Nappy Duggot), Nicole Wright - Do It (Do It fluid & Do It Anyway You Wanna), Devoted Spirits - Fantasy, Desi - Who's That Lady, Don Byron - Mango Meat, Waldo Weathers - Give It Up Turn It Loose, Chip Shelton - Is That Jazz


SOUL-PATROL.NET RADIO PRESENTS Nadir - Distorted Soul 2.0 It's STONE COLD FUNK, it makes you DANCE, it ROCKS your world, it's got GREAT LYRICS, it's got POWERHOUSE SOUL SINGING, it's got GREAT MUSCIANSHIP, it makes you THINK about the world and it makes you SMILE


Rev Boogaloo (POP EB) interviews AfroBeat/Funk/Jazz/Blues Artists MFA Kera & Mike Russell plus the following songs from their Soul-Patrol award winning album called BLACK HERITAGE: Donít Touch My Friend, Black Heritage Theme, Hello Fellas, I Wanna go back to Hollywood, Front Line Pts. 1 & 2, Donít Touch My Friend (Reprise)


Maysa - Sweet Classic Soul: Wishing on a Star, Don't Say Goodnight, All I Do, Love Won't Let Me Wait, Come Go With Me, Betcha By Golly Wow, Playing Your Game, Baby, Love Comes Easy, Any Love, The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)


Angel: Where Have you Been - I Want a Love I Can See, Where Have You Been?, Why Me?, It's Better to Have and Don't Need, Jitterbop, Break Out the Tears, I Wanna Be (Your Everything), I Want a Love I Can See

CONCERT REVIEW: SONNY BOY @ Franks Lounge in Brooklyn (w/special guest LEON WARE)

SonnyBoy
This show actually represented something of a historic event and it took place at NOUVEAU SOUNDZ monthly Soul Music event at Franks Lounge! This was one of those once in a lifetime musical events that entities like Rolling Stone magazine are always talking about.
Soul-Patrol is supposed to be all about something we like to refer to asÖ

GREAT BLACK MUSIC FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE FUTURE.....Click Here for the rest of the story....

CONCERT REVIEW: DONNIE @ the NeoSoul Explosion in Chicago DonnieFor Soul-Patrol.com

I am truly thankful for the passes that were given to Kael and myself to go to the NeoSoul Explosion on Friday August 19th! I checked out DONNIE in concert at the NeoSoul Explosion in Chicago; backed up by band Zzaje. I had heard a couple of his songs before, 'Cloud 9' and 'People Person'. I enjoyed those songs so very much and come to think, of it every song I heard!

The energy coming from Donnie and his two very on point vocalists had me about to pop out of my seat. I had no idea that his songs taught on so many issues like loving our blackness, to not judging each other...and so on. Great!! Inspiring! He ended the show and walked off to the side of the stage, my guess is that he was asking if he could do one more number because he was pressed for time in the first place. He came back out and he and the two dynamic vocalists did an acapella song called China Doll; a song about how adults molest children because they were treated the same way when they were kids. My goodness...it brought tears to my eyes.

Did I mention the three of their vocals together sounded like a small choir. These guys were on serious point, expressive, animated and energetic. One of the guys had a range
out of this world and so angelic; I cannot even describe. Donnie is very comfortable with and engages the audience (I took some notes :0)...just a matter of applying it now). One of the best concerts I've been to in awhile because it grabbed more than my ear! The only complaint I had was that the show was way too short. I believe there was a late start. Otherwise, I am looking forward to seeing him again.

----Aleata www.ascendantmusic.com


SOUL-PATROL DOUBLE PLAY: WILL WHEATON - OLD SCHOOL SOUL and CONSENTING ADULTZ


WILL WHEATON - OLD SCHOOL SOUL and CONSENTING ADULTZ: Check out Soul-Patrol's 90 min.CYBER AUDIO NASTY NAP, featuring Our Resident Love Man WILL WHEATON. Some SERIOUS '3am FUNK' in the tradition of Isaac Hayes, Teddy P, Chuck Jackson, Barry White


D-ERANIA - OFFERINGS OF LOVE COMES TO SOUL-PATROL!!!


D-ERANIA - OFFERINGS OF LOVE: Check out this new CD of Conscious Soulful Jazz from Chicago's DIVA OF THE SAX. Offerings Of Love: YJT, Jahari's Home, Let's Groove, Song For Ari, Brazilian Dance, Knuj

Brand New Slow Jams From: Alison Crocket, Unified Tribe, Barbara Mason, Martha Redbone, Byron Woods, Chi-Lites, RioSoul, Etta James

Click on the image above to listen


JULIE DEXTER COMES TO SOUL-PATROL!!!



Click here to listen to Julie Dexter's NEW JAZZ/FUNK/SOUL CD called "Conscious" & Light the candles and incense for this one folks...


COOLY's HOT BOX COMES TO SOUL-PATROL!!!


  • WORLD PREMIRE OF COOLY'S HOT BOX: DON'T BE AFRAID- GET ON
    1. Don't Be Afraid, 2. Motions, 3. Get On, 4. Touch My Body, 5. Are We Lovers, 6. Maybe I, 7. Time 2 Be in Love, 8. After Life, 9. Give Me Your Money, 10. Wait 4 U, 11. Lose Your Friends


  • PLANTATION RADIO STATONS SEMINAR (from the 2004 Soul-Patrol East Coast Convention)
    Click on the image above to listen to this seminar, as Kevin Amos, Ric Wilson (Mandrill), Mighty Sam McClain, Darrell McNeil (BRC) take us to school on just why Black Radio stations WON'T play the music we love and what WE can do to change that...



  • ASCENDING INTO THE FUTURE...(WHAT IS FUNK #344?)

    Here is what I wrote about Ascendant's new CD: Where Are You Now - Ascendant (Nu Soul/Real Soul) a few months ago, right here on the Soul-Patrol Newsletter...

  • SOUL-PATROL'S BEST NU SOUL CD OF 2003 - MARLON SAUNDERS: ENTER MY MIND
    This solo effort from
    Marlon Saunders, entitled 'Enter My Mind' is something that I am certain that most Soul-Patrollers will like. It's a cool and crisp Jazz-Funk CD, with some STRONG vocals that will remind folks here of Donny Hathaway or perhaps Jon Lucien. (Although I am certain that the "mainstream" will refer to it as "neo soul").

    There are several SLAMMIN songs on here, with a MEAN Jazz-Funk groove.

    A great example of this is the song'AFRO BLEW MY MIND' (click and listen), this is one of the best songs I heard in 2003. It's an ode to the 70's that gives props not only to Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington, Psychedelic Shack, Curtis Mayfield and more.

    Click here and be taken to Marlon's website where you can sample even more of his music and also see him and his SLAMMIN band performing live on video!

    You won't be sorryÖ

    --Bob Davis

    Drop me a quick email and let me know what cha think?
    earthjuice@prodigy.net




  • INTRODUCING: LOUISE PERRYMAN
    Dubbed "the white woman with the black voice", she is impossible to truly categorize. Some will classify her as "Jazz", some "R&B", some "Neo Soul", some "Pop".
    However my feeling is that most of you won't care about the category and just dig on the music...This charismatic singer/songwriter with echoes of Laura Nyro, Minnie Riperton and Anita Baker, explodes the stereotype of conventional R&B with her vibrant stage presence and richly textured voice. Louise is of that rare breed of singer/songwriter who actually embraces her audience, inviting them to join her on a journey of the soul.

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! Drop me a quick email and let me know what cha think?
    earthjuice@prodigy.net



    --Bob Davis


  • 2003 RELEASES (MESSAGE SONGS): Today's Messages (New Releases): Jimi Hendrix, Marlon Saunders, King Britt/Sylk 130, Digable Planets, Shelley Nichole's blakBushe', Robert Baldwin, Dells, Miracles, Persuaders, Unified Tribe, Soundoctrine

    I'd like to turn you on to some new releases from some older and younger artists that have a serious message component to their songs...A new Soul-Patrol.Net Radio show that revolves around a central theme of "messages" found in some new releases against a backdrop of the message of the Jimi Hendrix classic: 'POWER OF SOUL'

    Most of the artists are Soul-Patrol members Please support em...At least take a listen and let us know what cha think? All of it NEW RELEASES, most of it is available online from the artists websites. Go there and make the purchase DIRECTLY from them if you like what you hear. In fact, why not make a...COMMITMENT TO BUY AT LEAST ONE OF THE CD'S FEATURED ON THE BROADCAST DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST WEBSITE?

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


  • Click Here and Listen To An Example......
    Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, Rhythm Republik, and Shelley Nicole's BlakBushe (July 28, 2002 at BB Kings in NYC)
    This press release is something that I am REALLY proud to present to you.
    It's an announcement of an upcoming show in NYC on 7/28/2002.

    I am also proud to announce that this show is going to be "co-hosted" on stage by

  • Darrell McNeil - Black Rock Coalition
    http://www.blackrockcoalition.org/
  • Sarah Hill - SISTAfactory
    http://www.sistafactory.com
  • Bob Davis - Soul-Patrol
    http://www.soul-patrol.com/

    (all members of Soul-Patrol)
















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