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NuGroove Records Chat Session: Thursday Night August 7 @ 10pm. Featuring Bob Baldwin, Gail Jhonson, Michael Manson ("THE NEW CTI")
In the Soul-Patrol.com Chat Room


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"NuGroove Records On The Cutting Edge of Jazz"

Click Here to get more info about The Soul-Patrol Chat Room Last week I mentioned the fact that with the demise of Smooth Jazz in 2008, the genre of Jazz has reacted by releasing some of the FUNKIEST new albums in many years. NuGroove Records is one of the entities that has been on the cutting edge of this revival of "America's Classical Music", and as you all know, we have been following their efforts very closely here on Soul-Patrol as it unfolds this year. So far in 2008, we have featured new music from artists like Bob Baldwin, Gail Jhonson, Michael Manson that yall have been telling me sounds like "THE NEW CTI."

As someone who abhors "smooth jazz", the efforts of NuGroove Records has certainly been "music to my ears", for sure. So I asked some of their artists and management to visit our chat room on August 8, 2008, to share with us their concepts as it relates to jazz and of course their music.

ARE YOU AS SICK OF SMOOTH JAZZ, AS WE ARE?
THEN YOU NEED TO SHOW YOUR
FACE IN THA PLACE


On August 8, 2008 NUGROOVE RECORDS (including Bob Baldwin, Gail Jhonson, Michael Manson) will be hosting in the Soul-Patrol Chat room to take your questions and commentary, as we listen to their new music, streamed directly into the Soul-Patrol Chat room.

For many years we have had the ability to have real time conversations and listen to music at the same time right here in the Soul-Patrol.com Chat Room. Our chat room enables us to have conversations with anyone who wants to join in, from anywhere in the world and for us to stream whatever music we want to play in the backround as we chat, no different than if we were sitting in your living room, with some of our favorite music, playing in the backround.

Go ahead and try it, invite your friends to join us for these discussion with NuGroove Records. It's a once in a lifetime chance for you to meet these artists and speak with them directly!!!!

Just go to the link, enter your email/zip code. Select a nickname, select a "chat type" and click thru
http://www.soul-patrol.com/chat)



Thanks in advance...

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




NuGroove Records Chat Session: Thursday Night August 7 @ 10pm. Featuring Bob Baldwin, Gail Jhonson, Michael Manson ("THE NEW CTI")
In the Soul-Patrol.com Chat Room

Album Review: Bob Baldwin - "NewUrbanJazz.com"
(Jazz/Funk/Rap/Soul)

Click Here to get more info about Bob Baldwin - NewUrbanJazz.com What a great album title and it really tells you everything that you need to understand about the "vibe" as well as the intent of this album. The first clue that we are really in for some "out of the box" type of thinking is the presence of singer Jocelyn Brown. Of course we know Jocelyn Brown best from her massive disco hit, the immortal "Somebody Else's Guy". Now as some of you might recall, the song "Somebody Else's Guy" wasn't just a "disco hit", it was actually something more. It was a club hit in Black disco's of the 1980's, after disco had once again become segregated. By then we had taken several steps backwards in our society and the Black discos of the 1980's became very upscale types of places. This was the beginning of the "buppie" (Black Urban Professional) lifestyle in big cities across the country, populated with folks who remembered the 1970's, but who were slowly adopting an alternate set of values.

It was a critical point in time and the album "NewUrbanJazz.com", brings us back to that period and then challenges us to use that information to chart a different musical course for the future. This is the period where these clubs always had a smokin dance floor on one floor, and a jazz lounge on a different floor, where you could just "chill out". To say that these clubs were schizophrenic is an understatement. To some extent this seeming contradiction of having two types of clubs under one roof also speaks as a metaphor for "NewUrbanjazz.com."

This is a very subversive album. For example the quintessential 1980's R&B crooner (Freddie Jackson) appears on the song "Natural Thing", followed on the very next track by the quintessential Nu Soul crooner of today (Frank Macomb) on the song "Flying High". This battle of soul crooners is followed by a funky tribute to Joe Zawinul that somehow combines just a hint of Weather Report, with some STAX/Brass Construction type horns and a hint of Donald Byrd. Sure there are vocals on this album, but this album is really an album of instrumental R&B. In some places it is very funky ("Seems Like One of those Daze") and uses hip hop grooves. And that makes perfect sense as well because what Bob Baldwin is actually bringing us back to that point in time, circa 1985ish, when R&B influenced jazz, hip hop, funk, and dance music were all staring each other in the face and could have come together if they had wanted to. Instead they all went off into different directions. On "NewUrbanJazz.com", Bob Baldwin is bringing these elements face to face with each other again and is presenting us as music fans the opportunity to make a different kind of a descion than the one we made back in the mid 1980's. This really is a subversive album, it's trying to create a "quiet revolution."

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

--Bob Davis




Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Bob Baldwin - NEWURBANJAZZ.COM
Tha FUNKOVERLORD (Kevin Amos) gives us an exclusive audio preview of the new Bob Baldwin joint. Featuring: Jocelyn Brown, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Freddie Jackson, Najee, Frank McComb, Ike Stubblefield, Joey Sommerville & Toni Redd

Album Review: Gail Jhonson - Pearls
(Jazz)

Click Here to get more info about Gail Jhonson - Pearls I am the type of person who uses music for many different purposes. Sometimes it involves heavy duty and intense listening, however most times it doesn't. I am a person with a relatively busy and normal life between work, family and home. I have very little time in my life to actually listen to music intently as a primary activity. For me the vast majority of my music listening occurs as a secondary activity that happens while I am doing other things. It doesn't matter if it's Miles Davis, Buddy Miles or Miles Jaye. For the most part I look for music that I can listen to while I am doing other things. I suppose that you could say that I am looking for music that I am willing to welcome into the "soundtrack of my life" and if I hear music that I can't find a place for in my life, it's very likely to find it's way into the pile over in the corner of this room that is destined for the used CD store.

The new release by Gail Jhonson called "Pearls" is an album that has all of the elements of an album that can find its way into my own personal soundtrack. For example it is currently springtime in the northeastern part of the United States and like any other self respecting "buppie" at this time of the year one of my primary pursuits is working in the yard, trying to get it together for the inevitable BBQ's to come in the next few months. So that means there is a whole lot of "farming type activities" (weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, bagging, etc) going on in the Davis household right at this moment. This is a good album to have playing inside of your headphones as you perform those activities. It is a soothing and relaxing album that serves as a powerful antidote for the sometimes back breaking that is associated with the activity. The album "Pearls" would work just as well in the very same back yard a few weeks from now, when it will be crowded with folks from all over, eating burned meat that I have personally cooked myself on my well used outdoor grille. Pearls also works for me as what we used to call "cruzin music" back in the day. Although I certainly will be curtailing the amount of driving that I will do this summer due to the rising prices at the pump. I know that I'll still be doing a fair amount of driving this summer (possibly to other folks backyard BBQ's) and that this album will be loaded in the car waiting for the inevitable, frustrating traffic jam or idiot driver, waiting to be used as a preemptive strike in an effort to prevent "road rage" from totally consuming my being.

Those are just a few examples. I could easily name a dozen more, but I will stop here. Gail Jhonson's "Pearls" fits into my life right now and I would imagine that it still will 5 or 10 years from today. It's an album that you can listen to over and over that will stand the test of time. It's slightly "urban", it's slightly "suburban" and it's all the way jazz (which isn't a bad description of my current and probably future lifestyle.....lol.) For me that is the most important criteria for evaluating any album is just how it fits in with the primary activities that I am likely to be engaged in while the music is playing. If you are the type of person that I am, and then purchasing this album will represent an investment you can enjoy today, that will pay dividends years down the road. To sum it up I'll just quote Barry White and say that Gail Jhonson's "Pearls" has "staying power"...

http://www.gailjhonson.com
--Bob Davis

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



Listen To a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Gail Jhonson - Pearls
Featuring the songs: My Soldier, Sisters, Solah, Silky Slide and Pearls. Hosted by Kevin Amos (Tha FunkOverlord)


Album Review - Michael Manson - Up Front

Album Review - Michael Manson - Up FrontThe album "Up Front" by Michael Manson, is truly "music for our time." Although it certainly appears that we are going to be immersed in a gasoline crisis for quite a while and purchasing gasoline is going to become more and more painful in the coming weeks and months, this album is what we used to call "cruzin music. " Perhaps we will never again as Americans ever just mindlessly drive around in our cars just for the fun of it, enjoying the scenery of the urban, suburban and rural landscape as we once did? However as we all know; "where there is a silver cloud, there is a lining" and Michael Manson gives Black music fans the perfect back drop for "going green'"

Over the next few months, as we learn to ride our bicycles to work, jog in the park and walk to the grocery store while our automobiles sit quietly in their parking spots, we can take some solace from the music that Michael Manson has produced for us with the album "Up Front."

Some might be tempted to call this album "jazz", but I wouldn't. This is instrumental R&B music, or what "The BlackByrds" (remember them?) called "Happy Music", way back when. It's not designed to 'expand your mind", it's designed to "free your mind" and goodness knows that with all of the problems facing us as we walk out the door each day (that is if we have a door to walk out of?) , we need any type of freedom that we can find. Music like this for many people will be able to provide such freedom, a coping mechanism if you will. So as you strap on your bicycle helmet, throw up that kickstand and put in your earbuds, you just may want to have some of these songs loaded up in your iPod (or perhaps less expensive mp3 player). You will need music like this to help you to forget about the pain. After all, who wants to go thru a fit of "road rage", on a bicycle?

Assisted by the likes of Norman Brown, Steve Cole, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Najee and Paul Jackson Jr, here is the track listing for Michael Manson's "Up Front"

1 Bring It On
2 Coming Right At Ya
3 Steppin' Out
4 She's Always There (For Lana)
5 End Of The Road
6 It's The Way She Moves
7 Outer Drive
8 Still Thinkiing About You
9 Up Front
10 Way Back When
11 Lovely Day
12 End Of The Road (Reprise)
13 Outer Drive (Reprise)

GO GREEN WITH MICHAEL MANSON AT:
http://www.michaelmanson.com

--Bob Davis



Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Goes GREEN:
MICHAEL MANSON - "UP FRONT"
Michael Manson - Up Front (featuring Norman Brown, Steve Cole, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Najee and Paul Jackson Jr).


NuGroove Records Chat Session: Thursday Night August 7 @ 10pm. Featuring Bob Baldwin, Gail Jhonson, Michael Manson ("THE NEW CTI")
In the Soul-Patrol.com Chat Room

If you have a news item, update, review, commentary, etc that you would like to submit to the Soul-Patrol Newsletter, please send them via email for consideration to:

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Hopefully you enjoyed this edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter.
We will be back soon with the next edition, with email alerts for local events, Soul-Patrol website updates/chat sessions or breaking news in between, as required.

If you have any comments, questions, etc feel free to drop me an email and let me know what's on your mind.
Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

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