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NEW RELEASE: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits

NEW RELEASE: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits


'Truth' is one word that summarizes Rahsaan Patterson's philosophy towards his music - 'Vulnerability' is another. Rahsaan has never been timid expressing his most inner core through lyric and song, and Wines & Spirits - his fourth release - showcases the evolution of an artist who crosses borders without fear. Nearly three years in the making, Wines & Spirits confirms why Rahsaan has influenced everyone from Van Hunt to Brandy.

>From the fresh alternative dance beats of 'Delirium,' to the retro-gospel shades of 'Oh Lord,' to the infectious joy of 'Higher Love,' Wines & Spirits is a revelation of new soul and Rahsaan's testament of change, growth and human experience.


Soul-Patrol Newsletter Headlines:

* Bio - Rahsaan Patterson

* Album Review - Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits


Welcome To The Soul-Patrol Newsletter

I want to keep this short and sweet...

You need to check out Rahsaan Patterson and his new album, Wines & Spirits.

Normally this is where I would normally tell you to go to his site and check him out. However for now, I would like you to click on the graphic below...

Not of this world Radio


Clicking will launch the music player on Rahsaan Patterson's website and you will be able to hear a pretty nice presentation of his new album called "Wines & Spirits."

Just do that before you scroll down to read Rahsaan Patterson's biography and read my review of "Wines & Spirits." Then you can go to his website at the following link:
http://www.not-of-this-world.com

That's right NOT-OF-THIS-WORLD.COM

I dig that....He's trying to let us know that he's one of tha "extra-terrestrial brotha's."

But if you followed my advice and have already opened up the music player, then you already know that and can hear the infulences of Shuggie, Miles, Al Green, Sun Ra, Prince and more, just as well as I can....(hell yeah, he b funkee)

Check it out and let me know what cha think?

Thanks in advance...

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


Bio - Rahsaan Patterson


Rahsaan PattersonInspired by Prince, Rufus, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donny Hathaway, Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, young Rahsaan was performing in his Pentecostal church choir by the age of 6. His talent and precociousness led his family to relocate to California, where he started a TV career. But music was in his soul, and Patterson began honing his craft and reaching out to other musicians in the Los Angeles area.

His unique sense of melody and lyric soon netted him songwriting placements, with hit songs for Tevin Campbell, Chico DeBarge, Christopher Williams, and Jody Watley. Together with producer Keith Crouch, he wrote the triple-platinum selling "Baby", which reached Number One on the national charts in 1994 and helped launch Brandy's multi-faceted career.

MCA came calling soon after, and Patterson released his self-titled debut in 1997, helping to fuel what was then the nascent neo-soul movement. The album included what has become his signature tune, "Where You Are", as well as the funky "Stop By", immediately putting him on the radar with R&B fans. The artist followed that effort with 1999's critically praised album, Love In Stereo.

After Hours, his long-awaited 2004 follow-up, was released on the independent Artistry Music label, and only cemented Patterson's reputation as a deeply thoughtful, adventurous artist with a unique point of view.

Along the way, Patterson shared his artistry on soundtracks "Love & Basketball", "Dr. Doolittle", "Two Can Play That Game", "Hoodlum", "Brown Sugar", as well as the renowned comedian Steve Harvey's compilation Sign Of Things To Come. He has also consistently worked with a range of instrumental artists, including guitarist Jonathan Butler, saxophonists Boney James and Jimmy Sommers, and keyboardist Brian Culbertson.

Combining Rahsaan's three solo releases -- with songs he has written and performed on soundtracks and songs written and recorded by outside artists, Patterson has contributed music to more than ten million CDs sold to date.

"As I get older and look back at my accomplishments, I'm quite surprised and amused with what I have achieved and things I've done," Patterson laughs. Not one to create music for strictly commercial considerations, the artist has been able to keep the integrity of his artistry intact. "My music is always layered, it's always personal and spiritual and it's always my relationship with my listener," he says. "You listening to my album is my conversation with you."

http://www.not-of-this-world.com


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 him 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...

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



NEW RELEASE: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits

NEW RELEASE: Rahsaan Patterson - Wines & Spirits


'Truth' is one word that summarizes Rahsaan Patterson's philosophy towards his music - 'Vulnerability' is another. Rahsaan has never been timid expressing his most inner core through lyric and song, and Wines & Spirits - his fourth release - showcases the evolution of an artist who crosses borders without fear. Nearly three years in the making, Wines & Spirits confirms why Rahsaan has influenced everyone from Van Hunt to Brandy.

>From the fresh alternative dance beats of 'Delirium,' to the retro-gospel shades of 'Oh Lord,' to the infectious joy of 'Higher Love,' Wines & Spirits is a revelation of new soul and Rahsaan's testament of change, growth and human experience.



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