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I am quite pleased to be able to send this Press Release out. It comes from our good friends SounDoctrine

Some of yall will remember some of the SounDoctrine albums that we have featured here on over the years, such as "Perseverance" and "Endurance."

Jere B, drummer and leader (although he doesn't like that term) of SounDoctrine first presented the album "Perseverance" to me and described the sound as "Christian/Jazz/Funk/Fusion." I didn't know what that meant, but the album sounded to me like "Weather Report + Kirk Franklin" (perhaps overdosed on Communion Wafers?) Never the less SounDoctrine was named one of the top new artists of 2003 (along with Marlon Saunders and Louise Perryman.)

In 2006 SounDoctrine released their second studio album called "Endurance." This album was still jazz/funk, but more in the vein of the Crusaders. You can hear "Endurance" playing on the website. You can hear it playing on the Nu Soul Channel @ But more importantly you can hear it playing on Cable TV on the Weather Channel (you know those real cool musical interludes you hear during the "local weather?)

Some of yall may also remember seeing SounDoctrine perform live at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention in Philadelphia. If you did, then you will remember them putting on one of the best live shows in your life, where they played continuously for almost 7 hours in 95 + degrees outdoors. The reason they played for so long was because they backed up 25 different artists, playing every Black music style from Blues, Funk, Classic Soul, Neo Soul, Southern Soul, Jazz, Rock, Slow Jams & more. It was indeed a SUPERHUMAN EFFORT that I will ALWAYS remember. On that day, SounDoctrine proved that ENDURANCE" was much more than simply the name of an album!!!

Now they have a new album called "INSPIRE" (the title fits right in with "Perseverance" and "Endurance," doesn't it???) IMHO the "INSPIRE" album, demonstrates the growth of SounDoctrine as a musical force. As you read thru the press release you will see a comment from me alluding to the CTI record label. SounDoctrine is beginning to amass a catalog that would fit right in there. As such they are on the cutting edge of what jazz is slowly (too slowly for my tastes) evolving back into.

Inspire" also features some guest artists who should be familiar to Soul-Patrollers such as Carlton J. Smith, Nadir, Marlon Saunders and Darryl Looney (who all also performed in that 95 degree heat in Philadelphia back in 2007.)

Well I think that I have said enough for now (just to introduce a press release.....LOL)

You can now read the press release below . Be sure to check out their website to check out the music. I'll have plenty more to say about SounDoctrine lata...

Please enjoy and share...

--Bob Davis
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director

The SounDoctrine Catalog

PRESS RELEASE: SounDoctrine - "Inspire"

PRESS RELEASE: SounDoctrine - InspireOhio based Alternative Jazz Band SounDoctrine has always held a reputation for pushing the experimental envelope to the edge. They routinely glide from funk laden arrangements based on alternate time signatures to sensual soul ballads to Contemporary Jazz which have earned them international acclaim and a recurring role on the Weather Channel's playlist.

Their third studio project "Inspire" marks an impressive advancement toward their ability to stretch into other genres, while maintaining their spiritual base. Showcasing a variety of musical styles reminiscent of their debut "Perseverance," SounDoctrine teams up with several indie champions of Soul & Classic R&B to bring a spellbinding array of fusionistic grooves.

Initial Reviews include these fine quotes:

"Positive messages from SounDoctrine - a band that hasn't forgotten what 'soul music' is"
- Chris Mann, Host of 'Wild & Peaceful' on the Live365 Internet Radio Network

"Soundoctrine's "Inspire" is a music staple of our radio shows. With amazing musicianship, the band blends funk, jazz, rock, and gospel into it's definitive sound. We have known this band for many years and each release brings excitement to us. Thanks to Jere B and the Soundoctrine family."
- "Upper Room with Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault" WVOF 88.5 FM Fairfield CT

"Inspire" is a wonderful recording that has very positive messages for all of us. We ALL need INSPIRATION to carry us through. Just think.
- Kevin Amos aka tha Funkoverlord host of "One To One", WRCT-FM Pittsburgh

"SounDoctrine is a rarity in Jazz music these days. They are hell bent on breaking away from the rest of the pack. Take their latest release INSPIRE and play it for your friends who say they don't like Jazz and they will like it. Play it for your friends who do like Jazz and they will think that it fell off of the CTI shelf. It's yet another one of the places that Jazz will be going in the future, when Jazz is no longer "smooth."
- Bob Davis, / (Oct 28, 2010)

Song Descriptions

"Just Think" opens the album and features the vocals of the incredible Marlon Saunders who's bio list a who's who of sterling artists Marlon has worked with from Billy Joel to Michael Jackson. This bouncy groove, is arguably the first legitimate R&B song composed in a 9/8 time signature. Co-written by Marlon & "Inspire's" producer Jere B, the song's lyrics address the possibility of humanity living together peacefully in love & harmony. "That extra beat on 'the 9'" says Jere B, "is the opportunity to stop and Think About It!"

"Brother's Keeper" is also a groove written out of time. This beat is 7/4 and features the vocal talents of Larry 'Big L' Johnson & Niayana Pure Music Recording Artist, Stefano NuSoul on lead vocals. The track is a blend of Africa meets Ohio and showcases the swaying back & forth ground voices of Tara Amil, Donna Thomas, Bea Thompson & Michaela Write who centralizes the need for the family unit to return to the place of solid unity.

"Marriage" is the first song which causes you to remember that it's a SounDoctrine Album after all. A slow grooving ballad that instrumentally celebrates the many joys of married life. "While writing the tune," Jere B explains, "I wanted to contrast the husband's dialogue (played by longtime SD saxophonist Keith McKelley) with the wife, which was magically performed by our dear friend Ragan Whiteside and then weave the all important element of Holy Spirit through it with the piano, played by Cliff [Barnes]." The wonderment of this piece is the fact that neither musician was in the room at the same time. This is not uncommon in today's recording environment, where 'overdubbing' is the norm, but the fact that neither Keith nor Cliff has ever recorded with Ragan before - and - the fact that both Keith & Ragan, due to time and location emailed their parts in, without ever hearing the other's take is a powerful testament to their musicianship and the production prowess of Jere B.
"Marriage" is a very bright light on this collection of great tunes!

"Sacred Place" is another reminder that SounDoctrine IS a jazz ensemble. Featuring heavyweight mainstay, Paul Douds on various guitars, he and keyboardist Cliff Barnes, take turns at chilling the listener completely out, coaxed on by a subtle beat, lingering percussion and quiet synth pads. Guest Musician and Phat Funk Clique violinist Darryl Looney shows up at the bridge to twist the journey into an unusual dream like escape with a weird key change that may question the 'chill' but doesn't disturb the groove. Experimentation Abounds!

"Meant To Be" showcases the lyrical and singing harmonies of a returning Stefano NuSoul and upcoming diva deluxe, JazMarie (who presently holds the crown as Disney's official Princess Tianna at their Florida theme park). Their excursion through the song's courtship and eventual wedding is sweet, tender and reminds you of a melodic Stevie Wonder vibe tapping into early Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell mystic. McKelley's sexy saxophone provides ample ground for a honeymoon experience to seal their matrimony for eternity.

"Relax - The Freedom Remix" again features the saucy vocals and lyrics of JazMarie, intertwined with the prolific rap and vocalisms of Errin Thompson. This untiring funktafied groove is pure escapism with a wisp of classical jazz is virtually non-descriptive, but sure to have many dance floors sweating. "Originalternativefunkjazzfusion" is a term that SounDoctrine has continually used to describe their sound since 2003, but could never truly define it. After one listen to this track, you can tell they still actually can't, but come pretty close! Original? Definitely! Alternative? Totally? Funky? Oh Yes! Jazz? Ultimately! Fusion? Completely!!

"War No More" is a gritty, ultra spirited protest song that instrumentally questions past & present administrations for the U.S. initiation into the Iraq war. Jere B transparently conveyed his feelings on the band's website ( in the webisode featuring the piece. Each instrument (played by Jere B, except Organ & Postlude Piano (played by Cliff Barnes) contains a hint of ire at the irony of so many dying for so little reasons not completely - and truthfully - explained by the United States government. "War No More" is a defining moment in this set, which sits comfortably as a musical contrast in the midst of songs obviously dedicated to Love, Peace & Unity.

"Inspire," the title track, immediately follows the ominous prologue by switching on a light and re-shifting the focus back to the album's theme. The song dramatically offers the wonderful talent found in Youngstown Ohio by showcasing upcoming Indie Artists TaRee, Regina Perry (co-writer & arranger), Ayana Symone, Larry 'Big L' Johnson, Janet Write, Bea Thompson, Janis Jones, Stefano NuSoul, Pastor Juan Rivera, Lori Matta, Donna Thomas, Kent "Blue" Wallace & Bernadette Treece. This moving "We Are The World" type piece contains a 'choir' conducted by co-producer and collaborator, Jerry Thomas featuring the vocals of: Roberta Robinson, Bernadette Treece, Lori Matta, BeaThompson, Jerry Thompson, Jackie Caffey, Connie Thompson, Roger Taylor, Cecilia Gilliam, Bo Crosby & Kent Wallace. The song's highlights include a Spanish / English narrative between Pastor Juan Rivera & Roger Taylor and a beautiful acoustic solo by the gifted Angel Lopez.

"Love Wins Again" is the ultimate 'Old School Groove' certain to get the feet tapping and heads bobbing! New Yorker Carlton J. Smith, highly touted worldwide as "Soul Brother Number New" is the apparent heir of James Brown's throne and proves it as he growls and stomps his way through this tour de' force. Says Jere B, "You can actually hear him dancing during the takes! We couldn't keep him still!!" "Love Wins Again" also showcasing the still powerful legendary Edsels of "Rama Lama Ding Dong" fame. Their soulful backing vocals, standing on the shoulders of baritonist Marshall Sewell carries the track through an anthemic soulish-gospel-blues excursion. Get Ready to continually hit 'REPEAT' on your music player !

"Surrender" affords the listener another moment of chill time as co-writer Keith McKelley caresses his saxophone through the musings of Cliff Barnes Rhodes Piano while Paul Douds massages away the day's stresses with his acoustic guitar. Grooves like these are what gave SounDoctrine their name.

"Resurrection" is Jere B's musical statement of his faith, written in an non-denominational, unorthodoxy format that defies traditional composition, yet retains a unified melodic fabric from beginning to end. "Exactly!" he laughs! The song highlights the incredible Alton Merrell on Piano, who's energetic solo is why he is rated among the top new keyboardists of jazz today. Paul Douds' dynamic guitar solo is engaging and fierce in its apologetics approach to celebrate the Resurrection and simultaneously challenge all doubters and McKelley's spirited sax keeps the melody at the fore. This is the true faith touted by its uncompromising defenders.

"Ellen's Arrival" is Jere B's personal tribute to his mother who passed away on April 26, 2008. As he explains on the band's website, the song is meant to celebrate her arrival in heaven from the perspective of our ancestors, rather than to mourn her loss from earth.

"(That's Why) It's Called Love" completes this Journey, by leaving the listener no doubt of the album's theme. Preceded by a prelude by Nia Joi, 1 Corinthians 13 is the basis of lyrics written by newcomer JeAnnette Singleton (who won SounDoctrine's contest to contribute to this tune). Kent 'Blue' Wallace's majestic voice commands the listener's attention at every turn while longtime SD vocalist Janet Write whispers the song's refrain. Another SD staple, Janis Jones adds venerable adlibs and a "Chaka Khanish" background vocal that drives the love nails in deeper into the psyche. Guest Musician, Nadir, of Distorted Soul fame weaves a Hendrix/Isley guitar stew throughout the track and has the final say as the album closes.

Now it's Time to Listen All Over Again!

SounDoctrine - "Inspire"

SounDoctine's Third Studio Album features an array of Guest Artists who transform the band's Unique Contemporary Style into a Sensational Fusionistic Blend Reminiscent of Quincy Jones' "Back on The Block" & George Duke's "No Rhyme or Reason"

The SounDoctrine Catalog


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