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NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT & DINNER @ the MUSIC ROOM IN PHILLY
TWO GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS
M.F.S.B + Will Hart formerly of The Delfonics + Special Guests


New Years Eve Show


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NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT & DINNER @ the MUSIC ROOM IN PHILLY TWO GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS M.F.S.B + Will Hart formerly of The Delfonics + Special Guests
Soul-Patrol Newsletter Headlines (11/14/2005)

* CD Review: Susaye Greene (The Extreme Supreme)- Brave New Shoes (This album is whatever genre you want it to be)...IT'S A KILLER ALBUM
* CD Review: Johnny "Guitar" Watson - The Funk Anthology (Funk Beyond the Call of Duty)
* CD Review: Laurnea' - The Collection (Super Erotic Jazz/Funk/Slow Jams )
* Chicago Soul-Patrol Event: Come and Celebrate the Chi-Lites 45th Anniversary (Discounts for Soul-Patrollers)
* CD Review: George Clinton and P-Funk All-stars - How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent (Funk/Gangsta Rap/Doo Wop)
* CD Review: Herbie Hancock - Possibilities (Pop Music Redefined)
* Joe Vincent and Black American Standard Music (R.I.P.)




Welcome to Soul-Patrol Newsletter:
Well the year is starting to wind down, but the action on Soul-Patrol is starting to heat up!!!
1. Soul-Patrol's BIG Chicago event on 11/26 honoring the Chi-Lites 45th Anniversary
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2. Soul-Patrol's BIG NEW YEAR'S EVE event in Philadelphia, featuring NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT/DINNER & DINNER @ the MUSIC ROOM IN PHILLY, FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES BY TWO OF SOUL-PATROL'S GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS M.F.S.B + Will Hart formerly of The Delfonics + Special Guests
(including dinner, DJ, Dance Floor, Live Fireworks show at midnight, and more) @ the beautiful/upscale Music Room @ Hibachi along the Delaware River

Click Below for info and to order Tickets and hang outwith us in Philly on New Years Eve!!!
(note: $75 seats are limited, as soon as they are gone the price goes up to $100)

NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT & DINNER @ the MUSIC ROOM IN PHILLY TWO GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS M.F.S.B + Will Hart formerly of The Delfonics + Special Guests

If you are coming from out of town, Click Here to contact Cheryl Russell for hotel/travel info.

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

CD Review: Susaye Greene (The Extreme Supreme)- Brave New Shoes (This album is whatever genre you want it to be)...IT'S A KILLER ALBUM

Susaye Greene Susaye Greene's new CD called, Brave New Shoes is the most stunning and diverse album I have heard in a while. For me it's one of those types of albums that I knew would become one of my personal favorites upon hearing the first few songs. Listening to this album for the first time a few days ago made me recall other great albums of the past from artists like the Band of Gypsy's, Minnie Riperton, Public Enemy, Buckshot LaFounque and others, that simply reached out from the speakers, grabbed me around the neck and forced me to pay attention to the fact that I was going to be introduced to something different and I had betta pay close attention, right from the git go. Much like great albums of the past this is an album that has no true genre, it's a sonic masterpiece of audio art. Once you think you know what type of album this is, it suddenly changes up and becomes something slightly different, yet as it changes, you just elevate yourself to a new groove, that simply takes things to the next level.

Click here to read the rest of the review....


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



CD Review: Johnny "Guitar" Watson - The Funk Anthology
(Funk Beyond the Call of Duty)


Johnny Guita A few months ago I spent a little bit of time with one of our younger Funkateers here on Soul-Patrol at an event and we were discussion some trivial aspect of Parliament-Funkadelic and in the course of the conversation I remarked "Oh they got that from Johnny Guitar Watson. To which my young funky friend replied…."Who is Johnny Guitar Watson". Flabbergasted I replied…."you are kidding me right". ......Click here to read the rest of the review....
--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

CD Review: Laurnea' - The Collection
(Super Erotic Jazz/Funk/Slow Jams )


Laurnea - The Collection I belive that this is Laurneá's 5th CD and appropriatly enough it's primarily a compilation of the other four, plus 2 new songs. I think this is a great way for today's indie artists who often come out with a new CD every year to get folks caught up with them, who have come "late to the party". Of course Laurneá is hardly an "new artist", she was formerly with Arrested Development, Loose Ends and Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra so while she has been around for a while, not many people know her name or if they do, they don't realize that she's a solo artist that has built up quite a portfolio of nice songs.

Although this CD is a compilation, it doesn't sound like one. It sounds like an album concived and planned from end to end as a concept album about the up's and downs of modern day relationships for today's Black women. In other words if you were to think of this album as being used for a movie that was a long form version of the TV show "Girlfriends", you would be "right in the grooves of this album" (oh I forgot those went away with LP's....lol). This is the type of album a brotha might put on in order to properly demonstrate to a lady that he is "appropriatly sensitive". I've "road tested" this CD myself and it works pretty nice (for these kind of purposes).

The first five songs (Doin' It For Me, Still Come Back 2 U, Infatuation, Ain't Nothing Wrong, Come Inside) are the bomb and they could easily appear on a Minnie Riperton or Prince album (think: Minnie Riperton - "Adventures in Paradise or think:Prince - "The Truth"). Other standout songs from this CD include "Doesn't Matter" "Ain't Nobody", and "Just A Little" (in which Laurneá whispers a' la Sylvia).

Do yourself a favor and pick up this CD it's timeless music that will intriduce for most some brand new "Black American Standard Music", take it home and introduce it to your "signifigant other". However when you do, don't forget the candles, the wine and be sure to be well rested. It's gonna be a LONG night...

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Chicago Soul-Patrol Event: Come and Celebrate the Chi-Lites 45th Anniversary

Chi-Lites 45th Anniversary
Chicago Soul-Patrollers, come out and hang out with us at this event, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Chi-lites, in memory of the late Eugene Record, hosted by Herb Kent.

8pm @ Pyramid Entertainment Facility
160 Joe's Orr Rd.
Chicago Heights, Ill
General Admission Tickets - $40.00 each
VIP Dinner (6pm) and Afterparty - $60.00 each

I will be coming into Chicago for this event hopefully I will be able to meet a few of you while I am out there.
In addition, I am pleased to announce that long time Soul-Patroller, Marshall Thompson is giving a special ticket discount to Soul-Patrollers of $10.00 off if you contact him directly. Marshall's email address is chi1111@aol.com so contact him directly if you are interested in attending.

Call
708-755-6803
708-250-6909
773-290-7875
for more info


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

CD Review: George Clinton and P-Funk All-stars - How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent
(Funk/Gangsta Rap/Doo Wop)


George Clinton and P-Funk All-stars I got an advance copy of How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent (thanks to Daryl Moon of theFunkstore.com). It's a two-disc set and I started out doing a track-by-track review on disc 1 and then I ran out of gas and just did a quick overview of disc 2.

It's defiantly more of a "Funkadelic album" and not a "Parliament album" (if ya know what I mean). It's also a "compilation album of sorts". I don't think it was recorded at the same time or with the same personnel. The cuts featuring Kendra Foster (George's granddaughter) I believe were recorded around the time when I interviewed George a few years ago. Kendra was with him during the interview and he told me that he was recording an album on her at that time. When I asked him what kind of album it was, George replied "techno doo wop"......Click here to read the rest of the review....


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

CD Review: Herbie Hancock - Possibilities
(Pop Music Redefined)


Herbie Hancock - Possibilities Miles Davis was probably the greatest trend-setting artist I have ever seen. Every time it seems that Miles Davis changed his musical direction, he ended up literally creating, new genres of music. And in the course of doing so, each time he expanded the overall audience for his music. Of all the "students" of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock was perhaps the best learner. Over the years Herbie Hancock has gone off into some radical musical directions as well. And each time he has done this successfully and at the same time expanded the overall audience for his music.

Doing an album with the likes of: John Mayer, Santana, Angilique Kidjo, Christina Aguilera, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Sting, Johnny Lang, Joss Stone, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Raul Midon, Stevie Wonder, and Trey Anastasio on the surface sounds like a mistake for Herbie Hancock, doesn't it? Seems like Herbie might get "lost in the sauce", doesn't it? Well it isn't, this is in fact a BOLD move, and it works beautifully!!!......Click here to read the rest of the review....


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Joe Vincent and Black American Standard Music
(R.I.P.)


Joe Vincent and Black American Standard Music BLACK AMERICAN STANDARD MUSIC

If for no other reason, people here should remember Joe Vincent for giving to us this simple, yet wholly accurate phrase for describing the music that we are discussing here on Soul-Patrol.

This term captures the essence of the music.
- It's "standard", regardless of what year it was created
- It's not simply "old music", because all "old music" isn't worth remembering
- It allows for the inclusion of "new music" as warranted
- It's defiantly "Black American" music, even when it isn't performed by Black artists, or by Americans

It encompasses the total scope of the music we are discussing here. And Joe Vincent was a person who should know these distinctions. He lived them all. And he lived long enough to tell the story and he has left behind a strong legacy to prove it.
Just go to his website at: Joe Vincent's Soul Sounds

Joe passed away a few weeks ago and I had intended to write something about him, but I haven't been able to till tonight.

On a more personal note, Joe Vincent was a man who took me under his wing and taught me what he thought I needed to know. He spent many hours on the phone with me, taking me to school on the past, present and future of artists, music, technology, record companies, promoters, legalities and more.

He often said to me....

"Boy, if I just tell you the answer to the question, that would make you just like the white folks who always want information for nothing. If I just tell you the answer, you won't believe me anyhow, because the truth is sometimes an elusive thing, it often contradicts the facts you think that you already know. Many times the "truth" will tell you just how little you actually know. Do your homework, gather the facts, then put the puzzle together..."

Once I posted one of my "rants" here on the Soul-Patrol Daily mailing list and Joe wrote back to me..."Good job boy, you got it right and you pieced it all together without me having to give you the answer..."

Much of the philosophy embodied in Soul-Patrol today, is directly because of the influence of Joe Vincent.

Here are a few quotes...

- "Bob, you have a chance to actually make a difference, make sure your site
is about the ARTISTS, and leave the gossip to others..."
- "If you choose not to try and make a difference, you will have squandered
a huge opportunity"
- "If you choose to try and make a difference, don't count on making much money, the people who have the money are going to hate your guts, and in fact will try to shut you down"
- "What makes some of this hard is that most artists are their own worst enemies"
- "Sometimes white people aren't the problem"

So why should I pay attention to some old fart like Joe Vincent???
It's because Joe Vincent knew more about the history, I mean the REAL HISTORY of the music we are discussing here than was contained in all of the books, magazines, video's, DVD, etc combined that you could possible imagine.

He would see things posted on the mailing list and call me...
- "Bob, here is REALLY what happened....."
- "Bob, let me connect a few dots for you..."
- "Bob, I have so and so and such and such [Insert Famous artist name] on the line with us toexplain how the RIP OFF actually occurred..."
- "Bob, I want you to call up this lawyer who can explain as much as you want to know about the case...."

Sometimes I would go to my mailbox and see huge boxes sitting there waiting for me. Inside of the boxes were 25 pounds of paper documents. They were court documents.
Inside there would be a note saying, "You said that you wanted to know about the Platters, well here are the complete details about their entire history. Happy reading...."

Talk about someone who "put skin into the game". Joe Vincent's picture should be right next to that phrase in the dictionary. He put his money where his mouth was. That's why he eventually became one of the sponsors of Soul-Patrol.

Joe said to me...
"I gotta not only make sure that you survive, but you need to be able not to have to worry about the financial aspect of things, so that you can spend your time writing".

Joe said to me once....
It's good that in your writings that you sometimes focus on the technological aspect of how technology impacts the history and the future of the music. The artists understand it from the performance side and so do the fans to a lesser extent. But few people understand the impact of technology on the business side of the music industry.

One of the "side activities" of Joe Vincent was that he also served on several different task forces under the umbrella of the United Nations, dealing with technology and distribution. He told me how the distribution and copywrite laws were formulated in such a way that guarantees that the artist (and ultimately the fan) will ALWAYS get ripped off.

Another time he said...

"On your journey for the "truth" about the history of Black American Standard Music, you will discover that many times, the people that you think are "heroes", actually turn out to be "villains" and the people that you think are the "villains", will turn out to be "heroes". The truth is supposed to provide clarity, but sometimes the "truth" only leads to more questions...."

Two other things that Joe Vincent had a hand in that I can tell you about are:

1. The creation of the R&B Foundation - It's a long story, but the bottom line is that Joe,
Ruth Brown, Dave Marsh and a few others started the R&B Foundation with the intent for it to be an advocacy organization, focused on securing things like health insurance, a legal defense fund to give artists a mechanism to sue crooked promoters that were using fake groups and to lobby congress/state legislatures. Once the record companies turned it into a charity organization, more concerned with staging big splashy events, Joe pulled out.

2. The first Doo Wop 50 TV special - Joe personally secured all of the artists who appeared on the show and negotiated not only their appearance fees but also the future residual fees from the sale of CD's and Videos. After the success of the first year, the producers realized that they had created a franchise that was bigger than the artists themselves and so therefore they no longer had to pay as much to secure the artists and Joe was removed from the show. That's the reason why the artists that you see appearing on the PBS specials today are only paid the minimum "scale" (a few hundred dollars) for making a TV appearance and they get NOTHING on the future residual fees from the sale of CD's and Videos.

I could tell you 101 stories about Joe Vincent. But I think that I have run out of space. He was a unique individual. Truly one of a kind
I'll miss him....

Joe Vincent - RIP

Joe Vincent's Soul Sounds


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT & DINNER @ the MUSIC ROOM IN PHILLY
TWO GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS
M.F.S.B + Will Hart formerly of The Delfonics


New Years Eve Show


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Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

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