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Some Great New Black Music

Just wanted to give you all some quick perspective on a few HIGH QUALITY BLACK MUSIC ALBUMS that have escaped the radar of the mainstream. As always, some of the artists are familiar names and some aren't (Gregory Porter, Irene Cara, Black Ivory, Betty Wright, The Roots, Sharon Lewis, Ginetta's Vendetta.) Either way you can be well assured that the music is of the highest quality, and is highly recommended!!! Go to their respective websites, check out their music and if you like what cha hear, turn your friends on to the music.

Of course knee-gro radio stations won't give you a chance to discover this music. Knee-gro radio (ex: Clear Channel) is far to busy providing content whose main purpose these days seems to be focused on degrading women (Ex: Rush Limblow, Gangsta Rap, etc) We like to think of ourselves as an alternative...

Scroll down to check out the commentary and let me know what cha think?

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com

Album Review: Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - The Real Deal

Album Review: Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - The Real Deal http://www.reverbnation.com/sharonlewistexasfire
(Blues)

I fully realize that a few of yall out there are "scared of the blues." However this is an album that you shouldn't be afraid of, in fact you should embrace it. Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire is a band that I finally got to see perform live back in 2009 in Chicago, when I observed her deconstruct/reconstruct the Blues live on stage as the opening act. Her performance rocked the house to such an extent, that the headliner had a difficult time engaging the audience later.

Of course that was hardly my first encounter with Blues diva Sharon Lewis. Some of you may recall that back in 2004 Sharon Lewis's - "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," was named one of Soul-Patrol's best releases of the year. Now Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire for 2012 is back with a new album called 'The Real Deal," which is EXACTLY what this album is all about. The album kicks off with a barrelhouse type cut called 'What's really Going On," kind of an update on the 1970 Marvin Gaye classic, which talks quite passionately about the economic crisis we have all been living under since 2008. Bring this song to your next (Occupy/tea party) rally if you want to get the crowd fired up. Next up is the fiery title track called "The Real Deal." The next song; Do Something For Me starts off by borrowing the opening riff from the classic tune "Born Under a Bad Sign," and Sharon comes in and then proceeds to tell her man just how she expects to be treated.

This excellent album is mostly originals, but also includes a few covers from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and Bill Withers. As you listen to the rest of this disc and absorb the story that Sharon Lewis is telling us with her music, you will find that it's an old story with a modern twist. She talks about topics like the rotten economy, love, family members in jail, party time, the 'mojo kings," getting older, infidelity, Her story doesn't take place in Mississippi/1850, it takes place in Chicago/2012. It is in fact an urban story of "joy & pain," just as much as the one that Frankie Beverley tries to tell...

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Album Review: Betty Wright & The Roots - Betty Wright: The Movie

Album Review: Betty Wright & The Roots - Betty Wright: The Movie Please allow me to share with all of you another great find that came out recently - the latest from Betty Wright.

We all know the output of Miami-based soul legend Betty Wright, known for such classics as "Clean Up Woman", "Tonight Is The Night", "No Pain, No Gain", and "After The Pain". She did a song with Angie Stone back in 2006 or 2007 titled "Baby".

Well, she's back with a brand new CD titled "Betty Wright: The Movie". The music is provided by Philly's own The Roots and, let me tell you, the CD is SLAMMING!!!

Just like Full Force did for James Brown back in 1988 for his album "I'm Real", The Roots are doing for Betty Wright on her latest CD. Fourteen songs of pure, unadulterated, gut wrenching soul and funk! The CD is solid from start to finish - there is not one single filler cut, on the whole CD. A solid listen from beginning to end.

She is still the storyteller that she has always been with her lyrics and her singing is still as soulful and solid as ever. The Roots understand her style very well and provide solid instrumentation with REAL INSTRUMENTS and REAL SOUL! No hip-hopped soul here. Granted, three of the songs do feature very brief raps in the middle (one from Snoop Dogg). However, even the raps fit in perfectly and are unobtrusive. Again, all involved understand the lady and they allow her to do her thing without getting in the way.....(review continued)




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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Album Review: Ginetta's Vendetta - Land on My Feet

Album Review: Ginettas Vendetta - Land on My Feet  http://ginettasvendetta.com
(Jazz/Funk/Blues/Pop)

A few of yall out there may recall Ginetta Vendetta, the supa funky, supa sexy trumpet player who performed at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention in Philadelphia. She performed as a result of being honored for her previous album "La Dolce Vita," which featured Ginetta's slammin take on the Miles Davis classic she called "My Funky Valentine." She's back this time with a very innovative new album called "Land on My Feet."

The album kicks off with the blazing title vocal track with a message called "Land on My Feet," featuring our girl Ginetta on both vocals and a very phunky trumpet. next Ginetta ventures off into Blues territory with a tasty song called "Step Off," which sounds like it would be quite at home on a Stevie Ray Vaughn/Fabulous Thunderbirds album. Of course she continues her tributes to Miles Davis with a great cover version of "All Blues." This is a diverse album of jazz, blues, funk & pop that you will enjoy quite a bit if you are looking for something good, that is just a little bit "left of center."

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Album Review: Irene Cara presents Hot Caramel

Album Review: Irene Cara presents Hot Caramel Irene Cara presents Hot Caramel
(Rock, Neo Soul, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Slow Jams, Southern Soul, Pop, Disco, Latin, Spoken Word/Rap)


Irene Cara - vocals, acoustic piano, synths
Audrey Martells - vocals
Chanda Leigh Bailey - keyboards, synths/FX, vocals
Errica Poindexter - bass
Reina Yvonne Poindexter - vocals
Donna Hairston - bass
Lafrae Olivia SCI - drums
Sheryl Bailey - guitar

(please note ..."an all girl band")

Here is what I will write on Twitter about this album, if I ever log on to my account there again: "Irene Cara presents Hot Caramel is the best album that I have heard released in 2011"

(I think that is fewer than 140 characters?)

Irene Cara; huh?

A few months ago I was contacted by a publicist, asking me if I would like to have a copy of the new release by Irene Cara, for potential airplay on RadioIO.com. Of course I am well aware of who Irene Cara is.....(review continued)

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


Album Review: Gregory Porter - Be Good

Album Review: Gregory Porter - Be Good http://www.gregoryporter.com
(Black Music El Supremo)

I was first exposed to the music of Gregory Porter last year as a result of 2 incredible online video's directed by our friend Sean Peters called Gregory Porter, "Illusion" (http://vimeo.com/14993340) and "1960 What" (http://vimeo.com/28429378), from his 2011 Grammy nominated release called "Water." "Illusion" was especially intense/compelling, so much so that almost immediately I was then compelled to do something that I almost never do (post the video on Facebook.)

That video is perhaps what I might place into a time capsule and label ("an example of what black love is all about"). It is the complete opposite of what the current popular culture depicts as what Black male/female relationships are all about. The voice of Gregory Porter is also the complete opposite of what we see today in the popular culture in how it depicts the Black male voice. If you were to draw a line from Paul Robeson to the Ink Spots to Nat King Cole to Ray Charles to Harvey Fuqua/Moonglows to the Levi Stubbs/Four Tops to Barry White/Isaac Hayes to Jon Lucien, then Gregory Porter, could very well be the next name in that list.

His latest release called "Be Good, for those of you over a certain age, will remind you quite a bit of the classic Jon Lucien albums of the 1970's such as "Rashida" and "Song For My Lady." That is to say that the album "Be Good' by Gregory Porter is truly proof even in 2012 that "there is elegance in simplicity." Put this album on and you will find that the music and vocals are so clean and crisp that you will be tempted to pull out "that good set of headphones," so that you can hear even more. Just when Miles said, "the funk is between the notes," this is truly an album meant to be listened to, not in the backround, but in the foreground of your life. Go ahead and give this album a try. You might just discover that maybe; just maybe Black music does have a future after all.

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


< Album Review: Black Ivory - Continuum

Album Review: Black Ivory - Continuum Some 40 years ago (damn! has it been that long?), I added, BLACK IVORY as one of the groups I came to enjoy in style and substance. "I'll Find Away" is among my all-time favorites of 'ALL' of the songs I like to listen to even today. The 'Industry' can be cruel to recording artists and thus, cruel to the fans of recording artists. They set their own criteria for what they are willing to support, I suppose, based on a bigger picture. I'm being kind. They kick to the curb what 'they' don't want or think is viable to their business 'objectives'. We have seen it repeatedly.So BLACK IVORY was yet another casualty of this 'process'. But NOW....

"CONTINUUM by BLACK IVORY" has come into being. A 'reunion' of sorts of the three young men, Stuart Bascombe, Leroy Burgess and Russell Paterson we embraced some 40 years ago. They have come a long way from, "Don't Turn Around", but in many ways, this album is reminiscent of the style of vocals and harmony that their followers and fans were drawn to.....(review continued)

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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com
Blues, Hip Hop and Soul Music Director www.radioio.com


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