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2010 Best Black Music Albums, Tracks & Live Shows
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)


Click Here to get more info about 2010's Best Black Music Albums & TracksAt the outset I need to explain the purpose of these various lists. We have been producing them since the inception of Soul-Patrol.com in 1996, using various formats. The original name of Soul-Patrol.com was something called "The P*Funk Review." It was a kind of play on the idea that we were primarily a Funk music site combined with our roots on the now defunct Prodigy Online Service (abbreviation = "P*") where I was the music director. Of course we ceased covering just "funk music," long ago and expanded to covering Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll.

However the "Review" portion of the original name remains true to this day. Here at Soul-Patrol.com we consider it our obligation to identify excellence in Black music, and that is the reason why we create these lists (which you are free to disagree with if you like.)

The other purpose that these lists serve is that to a large extent we use them to define what the content of the Soul-Patrol Convention will be. In 2011 we will in fact have a Soul-Patrol Convention at a time and location yet to be determined and as has always been our custom all of the folks that appear on these lists are automaticly invited to participate in the 2011 Soul-Patrol Convention.

However since this year we are going to utilizing the 2011 Soul-Patrol Convention to highlight what is the 15th Anniversary of Soul-Patrol.com itself, all previous Soul-Patrol.com "Best of" awardees from all 15 previous years are also invited to participate in this year's Soul-Patrol Convention.

Stay tuned for more information about the date and location of the 2011 Soul-Patrol Convention...

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I really do hate making lists. Which means that something is going to get left off, and no doubt I have left something out? The other thing about making lists is that they are "vertical" in nature as opposed to being "horizontal." This means that by definition a list will only tell you "half of the story." To get the entire story, you must also do the horizontal piece, by connecting the dots together. And of course that is what we do during the course of the year in all of the music/concert reviews that we do on the www.soul-patrol.com website and in all of the hand selected playlists on www.radioio.com.

And for Black music, an entity that seems so intent on destroying itself, knowing the entire story is absolutely critical. And telling that entire story is something that I feel quite strongly about. Fortunately I am in a position to do so, simply because I get to actually hear everything from the mainstream crap to the under the radar gems that the mainstream media is trying to keep hidden from us.

One trend that I will make note of is the continued expansion of the Classic Soul style. In fact it has expanded so much during 2010 that I have added a new category called "Slow Jams." These are brand new songs that sound exactly like those "blue light in the basement / belt bustin / grinders" of the 1970's, created in 2010 and not by old artists for old people, but instead by artists some of whom are under the age of 30, creating brand new "classic soul music" for audiences under the age of 30 all around the world. You see "Classic Soul" is not a chronological time period, it is a musical style and that style is making a serious comeback! Other trends aren't so positive.

For example, Jazz seems to be badly in need of a musical transfusion, it's in danger of becoming totally irrrelevant. Neo Soul seems trapped permenantly in a state of mediocrity. Rap & Blues should be thriving in a world where the headlines each day are crying out for hardcore protest music, both seem woefully out of step with the concerns of everyday people. And of course Funk just keeps rolling on.

At any rate I have compiled a list of what I think are the very best ALBUMS (listed in rank order) and SONGS (listed in alphabetical order/Black music style) released in 2011.

I fully realize that we are in a recession, and I know that you have to make every single music dollar that you spend count, therefore I won't be recommending any B.S. music to you on these lists. If you are thinking about buying any of these, rest assured that you can buy them "sight unheard", they are ALL wicked, jazzy, funky, soulful, rockin joints that it is my extreme pleasure to turn you on to. Just "google" the artists, or go to iTunes/Amazon to pick up on some of this great music.

Thanks in advance for your consideration...

Bob Davis - Soul-Patrol.com/RadioIO.com
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2010 BEST NEW ALBUM RELEASES:
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)



Click Here to get more info about 2010's Best Black Music Albums & TracksThe TREME soundtrack, from the HBO TV show of the same name is near & dear to me and it designation as number one should come as no surprise. I never watched the TV show simply because it was written by our longtime friend David Mills (the undercover black man,) who passed away shortly before the first broadcast, and I thought it would be too painful for me to watch. This outstanding album includes every single Black music style from Rap to Funk to Dixieland to Blues to Gospel and more is quite literally a Rosetta Stone" of Black music. It's quite fitting that it should be number one, it serves as a fitting musical legacy for David Mills . A close second is the politically incorrectly named; Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is, from an artist that most of you have never heard of, but sounds like a combination of James Brown/Ike Turner. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay), another artist that you have likely never heard of sounds like a combination of John Coltrane/Minnie Riperton. Teeny Tucker - "Keep The Blues Alive" sounds like a combination of Bessie Smith/Big Mama Thornton/Aretha Franklin. Jaye Q - "From My Soul" is ont just one, but really two innovative albums, with one sounding like Prince and the other sounding like Herbie Hancock. And of course even knee-gro radio stations know that Calvin Richardson is probably his generations version of Sam Cooke. I'm not going to go thru them all, however if you can afford to by just 5 albums this year, you can't go wrong by selecting 5 from this list.

BEST ALBUM RELEASES OF 2010

1. TREME Soundtrack
2. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
3. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay)
4. Jimi Hendrix - West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 CD/ 1 DVD Collectors Box)"
5. Stanley Clarke Band - Stanley Clarke Band
6. SonnyBoy - "The BarFly Theory"
7. Teeny Tucker - "Keep The Blues Alive"
8. Jaye Q - "From My Soul"
9. Calvin Richardson - America's Most Wanted
10. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
11. Macy Gray - "The Sellout"
12. SocialLybrium - For You + For Us + For All
13. Pat Cooney - Cougar
14. George Duke - Déjà vu
15. Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society
16. Maty Soul - The Price of Consciousness
17. Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know
18. Grover Washington Jr - Grover Live
19. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
20. SounDoctrine - Inspire
21. Latimore - All About The Rhythm and the Blues
22. Will Downing - Lust, Love & Lies
23. Lee - Naked
24. Teena Marie - Congo Square (honorable mention)

BEST SONGS OF 2010:
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)


Click Here to get more info about 2010's Best Black Music Albums & TracksI know that some of you out there are looking at this list and thinking; "that's all well and good, but many people don't really buy or listen to albums anymore, some people don't even own CD players anymore, they buy/listen to individual songs." Well that may or may not be true, however it's an idea that's well worth exploring. With that notion in mind here is a playlist for your consideration (BY BLACK MUSIC STYLE.) If the economy's got you down and your broke, slide on over to Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com or Blues @ RadioIO.com where you can listen to most of these outstanding songs in the mix: (listed in alphabetical order)

CLASSIC SOUL

· 76 Degrees West Band - Shining Star
· Angie Stone - I Aint Hearin U
· Chantels - Beseme Mucho
· Charles Wilson - It's Love That Really Counts
· Chico Debarge - Oh No
· Jaye Q - Remix
· John Legend and the Roots - Wake Up Everybody
· Lubriphonic - If There's a Hell Below (We're All Gonna Go)
· Paulie Carman - The Mercy Project
· Ryan Shaw - In Between
· Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Better Things
· Steve Arrington - I'm On Fire
· The Soul Survivors - What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
· The Team - Cool It On Down For Me
· The Team - Thats Just The Way It Goes
· Will Downing - Glad I Met You Tonight

FUNK

· Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Humpin
· Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - I'm Broke
· Fats Gallon - Tip Of My Tongue
· Free Agent Brass Band - We Made It Through That Water
· Mighty Sam McClain - Funky Love
· Patafunk - Venezuela
· Rebirth Brass Band - Feel Like Funkin It Up
· Sandra St Victor - Cosmos
· Shelley Nicholes Blakbushe - Blak Girls
· Skip Martin - Bounce For Me
· Skip Martin - Funky Candelabra
· SocialLybrium - Free Your Mind
· Sonnyboy - Time ( Clock of The Heart )

ROCK N' ROLL

· Bettye LaVette - Salt Of The Earth
· Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Sugarfoot
· Charles Wright - Rock This Joint
· Jimi Hendrix - Lonely Avenue
· Lubriphonic - Under The Line
· Macy Gray - Real Love
· Mirenda Rosenberg - Death
· Nona Hendryx - Ballad of Rush Limbaugh
· Sonnyboy - Who's Been Loving You
· Tiger Roberts - Since U Been Gone
· Janiva Magness - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down

JAZZ

· Christian Scott - The Roe Effect (Refrain In F# Minor)
· Esperanza Spalding - Knowledge Of Good And Evil
· George Benson - Show Me The Love
· George Duke - You Touch My Brain
· Grover Washington Jr - Sassy Stew
· Jacques Schwarz-Bart & Stephanie McKay - Rainbow
· Jaye Q - Vals Blues
· Jimi Hendrix - Young-Hendrix
· Maysa - Honey Bee
· Maysa - Spend Some Time
· Stanley Clarke Band - Larry Has Traveled 11 Miles And Waited A Lifetime For The Return Of Vishnu's Report
· Teena Marie - Ms. Coretta

NEO SOUL

· Angela Johnson - Better
· Anthony David - Let Me In
· Calvin Richardson - America's Most Wanted
· Calvin Richardson - You're So Amazing
· Conya Doss - All In You
· Elisabeth Withers - Why
· Jay Proctor - Come Back With Me
· KEM - Why Would You Stay
· Lauryn Hill - Repercussions
· Lee - Leave (featuring Antonia Jenae)
· Macy Gray - That Man
· Maty Soul - My Mind Went to the 70s
· Maty Soul - Enfants de Martin Luther King (feat. Walking Bass)
· Melanie Charles - Need You (Feat. Ras Sherman)
· Morris Mills - Beautified
· Niva - Come on Over
· Randy Wilson Life Goes On N/A
· Sugar Stick - The Boy Who Wanted Too Much
· Tortured Soul - Did You Miss Me?

SOUTHERN SOUL/BLUES

· Barbara Carr and Roy Roberts - Its Only You
· Billy Jones - Crystal
· Boo Boo Davis - Don't Wait Too Late
· Chuck Roberson - Change Is Gonna Come
· Da Twinky Man - Livin On a Fixed Income
· Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Bluesman
· Guitar Shorty - Please Mr. President
· Holmes Brothers - Pledging My Love
· Janiva Magness - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
· Latimore - Mr. Right Now
· Lee Shot Williams - Wrong Bed
· Luther Lackey - I Got Caught Butt Naked
· Mr. X - Make It Do What It Do
· Pat Cooley - Hungry Woman
· Tail Dragger - Baby Please Don't Go
· Teeny Tucker - Daughter To the Blues
· Teeny Tucker - Keep the Blues Alive Keep the Blues Alive
· The Homemade Jamz Blues Band - I Got Blues for You
· TJ Hooker - Got To Get My Money Right

SLOW JAMS

· Kenny Vance & The Planotones - Oceans Of Time
· Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
· Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
· Mellow-D With Sil-J'S New Old Soul - Selfish One
· Pat Cooley - Hold Still
· Reggie Sears - You Betrayed Me
· Rob Jon - Celebrate
· Rob Jon - This Aint Love
· Tail Dragger - I'm in the Mood

2010 BEST LIVE SHOWS
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)


Click Here to get more info about 2010's Best Black Music Albums & TracksAlthough there has been a whole lot of discussion about the role of the internet and other forms of technology in music, the reality is the the very best way to experience music is to do so in a live environment. As you are all aware we advertise many concerts on Soul-Patrol. Each week on the Soul-Patrol Times, we have concert listings from all over the United States & the world. In addition to advertising these shows, we go one step further. Where we can we actually cover these shows and file a report on them. If you see any of these artists advertised in your area and you have "two nickels to rub together," do not hesitate to attend their live performances. (listed in alphabetical order)

· BB King @ Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
· Black Rock Coalition Orchestra (Tribute To Gary Shider) @ BB Kings NYC
· Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant @ Dell East Philadelphia
· Celebrating the Music of Grover Washington Jr @ Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
· Charlie Gracie, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons and Tymes @ Cannstatter's Philadelphia
· Chisette Michelle @ Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
· Clarence Burke Jr of the Stairsteps @ Key Club Newark, NJ
· Eric Roberson, Kindred Family Soul & O'Jays @ Dell East Philadelphia
· Everyday People/Blend Show @ Mt Holly, NJ
· Experience Hendrix Tour 2010 @ Benedum Auditorium, Pittsburgh
· Garland Jeffries @ Highline Ballroom NYC
· George Clinton/P-Funk @ Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
· Jacques Schwarz-Bart & Stephanie McKay @ NuBlu NYC
· Jaye Q @ John Lovitz Comedy Club Los Angeles
· Jerry Butler @ Starland Ballroom, Bellmawr, NJ
· Larry Graham @ the Birchmire Washington DC
· Living Colour @ Central Park NYC
· Long Beach Funk Fest @ Long Beach, CA
· Mayer Hawthorne, Black Joe Louis, Raphael Saadiq, Smokey Robinson + Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings @ Music Hall Austin Tx
· Mint Condition + Ledisi @ Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
· Public Enemy (w/Bliz the Ambassador) @ Central Park NYC
· Revelations (Featuring Tre Williams) @ Heckcher Park In Huntington, NY
· Sonnyboy @ Joe's Pub NYC
· Stanley Clarke Band @ Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
· Teena Marie @ Dell East Philadelphia



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