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This issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter is a pretty simple and basic one. There are no sparkling comentaries, or analysis in this issue. No attempts to connect any dots together. There are no attacks on the nationwide disaster of knee-gro radio stations and their continuing practice of child abuse against Black children. No discussion of new technology & it's impact. And certainly no mention of the inability of the federal government to take action, during a period of rapid decline of the Amerikan Empire.

This issue is jam packed with just three things:

--Detailed music reviews
--Artist Profiles
--Internet radio broadcasts

We want you to read these reviews, listen to the broadcasts and strongly consider putting some of this music on your short list for consideration for 2010.

Next time out we will return to our ongoing battle to save Black culture from destroying itself (with plenty of help from the "culture bandits"), right before our eyes.
Thanks in advance...Check this stuff out and let us know what cha think?

--Bob Davis

Soul-Patrol Teddy Pendergrass Tribute (2.5 hrs): Interview with Billy Paul, Commentary w/King George & Bob Davis. Teddy Pendergrass Master Mix by King George + all of Teddys big solo hits & w/ Harold Melvin, Cadillacs, Whitney Houston & Stephanie Mills, Miles Jaye's instrumental of You’re My latest, Greatest Inspriration and more. Includes songs such as: Should I stay or should I go, The love I lost, Bad Luck, Life is a song worth singing, You can’t hide from yourself, Where are all my friends, Only you, Do Me, I don’t love you anymore, Joy, When somebody loves you back, Latest,Greatest, Inspiration, Hope that we can be together soon, Life Is Song worth Singing, Love TKO, Close the door, Come on and go with me, Turn Out the Lights, Make it with You, Hold Me, Feel The Fire, You’re my choice Tonight, You’re My latest, Greatest Inspriration, This One’s for You

Album Review: Vanessa Williams - The Real Thing


Album Review: Vanessa Williams - The Real Thing This is one of those one or two albums that come out each year that despite seeming to have all of the correct ingredients for can easily fall thru the cracks. It is exactly the kind of album that we expect from the artists we liked when we were younger once we (and they) grow up. Of course Vanessa Williams in my mind (and any other hormone ravaged young Black man in the mid 1980's) will always & forever be "Miss America." Doesn't matter what else she does, that is what she will always be to me. For a whole generation she was something like "Barrack Obama before there was a Barrack Obama." Of course Vanessa Williams accomplished a lot in her career, today she is an "pop icon," a success in stage, TV and recordings.

On the album "The Real Thing" Vanessa Williams raises the stakes and moves into a jazz/pop arena that's perfectly appropriate. If you liked the lush productions of artists like Linda Ronstat in the series of albums that she did in the late 1980's, then you will love "The Real Thing." It's a perfect album for an evening of "wine & candlelight" with your significant other. It's also a perfect album to play on a perfect afternoon, while reading a perfect book in your back yard.

What could be better?

Several tracks from this album can currently be heard on Nu Soul @ and RnB Mix @

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Listen to N'Dambi's great new album "Pink Elephant" (ON THE STAX LABEL). Introduced by Isaac Hayes and hosted by nightrain.

Album Review: Nicki Richards - Nicki


Album Review: Vanessa Williams - The Real Thing This is an exceptional album, however I would have to classify it as "experimental." The reason why I say that it's "experimental" is because this album is making several statements that are diametrically opposed to the trend in Black music over the past few years that says that "Black music is unacceptable unless it is dumbed down."

For starters it's packed with 17 tracks of which probably 8 of them could be hit records under "normal circumstances." For example the very first song on the album called "Let's Dance" sounds kinda like a track that would have been recorded by P-Funk w/the Brides of Funkenstein out front. It's an infectious FUNK cut that could fill up a dance floor without much effort from the DJ. The next song is called "Why Ya Wanna Hurt Me So Bad" and it sounds like one of those type of midtempo "Urban AC" (whateva the heck that is supposed to mean in 2009) that the Tyler Perry's of the world might want to use as an anthem for one of his Gospel Plays. Then we roll straight back into the Funk Janet Jackson/Teena Marie style with full horns in a song called "Check Yourself." Then it's back to the "Urban AC" tip right out of the Whitney? school (think her version of "I'm Every Woman"), with a mid tempo song called "Say What". Then it's back to tha Funk (closer to the Rick James or G-Funk thang) with a song called "Things Are Different Now." The next track is called "Lawdy" which is another STANK FUNKY track that even starts out with some P-Funk/Talking Heads style "cartoon voices." I'll stop here because what I have described here thus far is what this entire album sounds like for 17 tracks.

Nicki Richards has created a really cool album, I like it quite a bit. And I can pretty much guarantee that with musicians like Tower Of Power, Lenny White, Marcus Miller, Will Lee, Joe Sample, etc playing behind her that you will as well. It's an old fashioned album that you can play straight thru from start to finish, without ever once wanting to go to the next song. It's packed with fast songs & slow songs that will hold you attention if you love great music. Much like Tenna Marie's "Congo Square," Niki Richards "Niki" is a revolutionary concept that could redefine the term "Urban AC" if it is allowed to do so. It will be interesting to see if the "experiment" works?

Several tracks from this album can currently be heard on Nu Soul @

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Listen to Jackson 5 - I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters. Hosted by Gary & Mario (Introduced by Joe Jackson)

Upcoming Philly Event: Hot 8 Brass Band at Keswick Theatre


Upcoming Philly Event: Hot 8 Brass Band at Keswick TheatreAs the national face of post-Katrina New Orleans, the Hot 8 has offered their support in continually working with the grass roots organization Finding Our Folk. They were also featured in the Spike Lee documentary When The Levees Broke.

Tix: $8 / Showtime: $10.15 AM / All Ages Welcome

The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in high school. In 1995 they came together and began playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally.

Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook in 1995, the band has played in traditional Second Line parades hosted each Sunday by a Social Aid and Pleasure Club ever since. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes the Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns.

It was not until after Hurricane Katrina, however, that Hot 8 became known nationwide. Featured on CNN, Nightline, in the New York Times, and most notably in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, Hot 8’s work with the Finding Our Folk Tour has brought music to evacuee shelters, temporary trailer parks, and to communities throughout the US that have provided a temporary home to displaced New Orleanians.

The Hot 8 Brass Band , like all of New Orleans, has had its share of tragedy in the aftermath of Katrina. In addition to displacement caused by the storm and subsequent violence and uncertainty contained therein, drummer Dinerral Shavers was shot and killed in late 2006 while driving with his wife and child in New Orleans. In addition, two other members of the band have lost their lives due to violence on the city streets. In response to these tragic setbacks, The Hot 8 Brass Band has recommitted itself to bringing people together through their unique brand of music to celebrate, to heal and to learn. This passion for music and social outreach led to an integral role contributing to the success of the Finding Our Folk Tour.

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--Kevin Amos

    Includes an analysis of P-Funk influences, past present and future, from Doo Wop to Hip Hop. George provides commentary on artists ranging from Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Slapbak, Chambers Brothers, Eminem, and Mystikal. Also includes the classic FUNKADELIC songs: 'Hit It and Quit It' and 'Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On'.

    Album Review: Nu Groove Band - Rocket 88 Tribute To Ike Turner


    Album Review: Nu Groove Band - Rocket 88 Tribute To Ike TurnerWhen Ike Turner passed away there was as one might expect quite a bit of reaction. Some of it was positive and focused on his contributions to the history of American Popular music. However most of it focused on criticism of his personal lifestyle as portrayed in the Hollywood film "What's Love Got To Do With It."

    The album "Rocket 88 Tribute To Ike Turner" is focused on the former and as such not only is it quite a pleasant listen, but is also quite educational. The song "Rocket 88" is of course generally acknowledged to be "the first rock n' roll record." It was written by Ike Turner and was a big hit song for Jackie Brenston (backed by Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm), so that makes it a very apt title for the album. Of course things get started with "Rocket 88" and then doesn't let up for the entire album.

    My favorites include "Funky Mule", "Bold Soul Sister" (which I always thought was actually a cover of "sing a simple song"), 'River Deep/Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Come Together" (covering Ike & Tina, covering the Beatles), "Nutbush City Limits" and of course "Rocket 88." It's all done in a contemporary Blues/Rock/Funk style that makes for a cool listen while motoring down the highway, explaining to your 16 year old daughter, just exactly who Ike Turner REALLY was. He was the guy who really created Rock n' Roll...

    Several tracks from this album can currently be heard on Nu Soul @ and on Blues @

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    Profile: Richie Havens


    Profile: Richie Havens Richie Havens has quietly influenced several generations through his music and community activism. The music of Havens, along with that of others, became the soundtrack for a revolution and many times that revolution was implemented by direct community action. Since the early sixties, Richie has used his music to bring forth
    messages of unity and personal freedom.

    Haven's music and stories of his journey were recently shared at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in a presentation sponsored by Calliope House. Havens reflected on wisdom his grandmother passed down, the folk-rock scene in Greenwich Village, playing stickball in Brooklyn and individual freedom.

    Havens agrees that there is a great change in the air. He is overwhelmed by the amount of positive influence previous generation have passed on to our younger folks.
    "I believe that what we are about to go through is a marvelous variety of support where it gets fed from one and goes out to others. To see the difference is really far out for me." "My recent experience witnessing a young man in New Orleans performing a Miles Davis piece absolutely blew me away!"

    Richie has devoted his energies to educating young people about ecological issues. In the mid-1970s, he co-founded the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children's museum on City Island in The Bronx. That, led to the creation of The Natural Guard, an organization Richie describes as "a way of helping kids learn that they can have a hands-on role in affecting the environment."

    Born 1941 in Brooklyn, Richie Havens began organizing his neighborhood friends into doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at age 16. He gave the example in our interview of how songs like "Get a Job" and "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" were actually the protest and statement songs of the time. Havens also reflected in our conversation about his work with Dr. King, Odetta, Nina Simone and others.
    Richie is also featured in the documentary "Soundtrack for a Revolution" This film tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music: freedom songs sung on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells by black and white Americans all over the country. Featuring performances by John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Ritchie Havens, and others, along with riveting archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young,

    At the age of 20, Richie left Brooklyn to seek out the artistic stimulation of Greenwich Village. "I saw the Village as a place to escape to in order to express your self," he recalls. "I had first gone there during the beatnik days of the 1950s to perform poetry, and then I drew portraits for 2 years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs. It took a while before I thought of picking up a guitar."

    The hour and fifteen minute set included "All Along the Watchtower", a tune written by his close friend Jimi Hendrix, "Here Comes the Sun" and his world wide anthem, "Freedom". Havens' current CD is "Nobody Left to Crown" on Verve Forecast and his website is

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