PATROL EAST COAST CONVENTION IS
Table of Contents
1. Soul-Patroller Billy
Paul Kicks Gamble and Huff's Butt In Court
Wheaton/Urban Contemprary Radio
Review: The Kings of R&B (Butler, Chandler, King,
Price) In Atlantic City 4/25
4. CD Review -
Surrender To Love: Kindred-The Family Soul
Review: 97th and Columbus: Doc Powell
Tears For A Legend: Nina Simone, The High Priestess of
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2002 Soul-Patrol East Coast
ConventionClick here and find out how YOU can hang out
with us at Soul-Patrol's...
July 19 2003, Burlington, NJ
SPECIAL GUESTS: Billy Paul, Bernie Worrell
(P-Funk, Talking Heads and W00 Warriors), Pookie Hudson
(Spaniels), Soul Generation (featuring Cliff Perkins),
Vince Montana (Salsoul Orchestra), Ray Davis
(P-Funk, Temptations and
Original P), Sonny Boy,
Ray, Goodman & Brown, Sarah Dash and T.M. Stevens
FUNCTION AT THE
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Last year Soul-Patrollers from 8 different
states converged in Burlington NJ to not only meet and
greet some of the top artists from the world of soul
music, but also to have a FUNKY good time, with each
At the same time we were able to raise a
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Mighty, Mighty Dells, to provide
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victims' of the 9/11terrorist attacks on
the United States.
Go to the link
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Soul-Patroller Billy Paul Kicks Gamble and Huff's Butt
have got some TREMENDOUS NEWS for you!
Paul Kicks Gamble and Huff's Butt In Court
That's right. The federal court said that Gamble
and Huff must pay
Billy Paul $500,000 owed to
As I have told you all many
ALL CULTURE BANDITS ARE NOT
So there you have it...
Paul Kicks Gamble and Huff's Butt In Court
And when you get thru reading it, please do
us all a favor and pass this one along to ALL ARTISTS
that you know! And be sure to tell em that it
is indeed possible for the "good guys to win one every
once and a while"...(And for the "media barons" to
Why not drop on
by Billy Paul's official website at:
SOUL MUSIC LEGEND BILLY PAUL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
And drop him a quick email of
Billy's been down with Soul-Patrol
for a LONG TIME now and in my opinion, this couldn't
have happened to a nicer person…
of you in Los Angeles have the rare
check out Soul-Patrol's resident
LOVE MAN Will
Wheaton on May 30th & 31st at Stevie's Creole
Café, located on 16911 Ventura Blvd. In Encino, Ca. 818
528 3500 R.S.V.P.
Creole Café is a 100% BLACK
with excellent food and service. I have been there
before, met the owner and I think that it's a GREAT
establishment for music, food and entertainment. If you
go there, please tell Stevie I said hello!
just who is Will
I'd be willing to bet that many
of you here are not familiar with his music or his
career, nor do you care.Because that is the case, I am
going to tell you exactly why you should care about the
music of Will Wheaton…
Let's take a look at the
"Adult Urban Contemporary" format for a moment.
is the radio format that is out there that is supposed
to appeal to a person
such as myself. Let's examine
* I am 46 years old Black male.
live in New Jersey, the state with the highest
population density (and therefore the most "urban" of
the 50 states).
* Till recently, I also worked in NYC
(the most "urban" of all cities).
* Although I like
pre 1980's music, I am also the type who is willing to
"experiment" with newer music.
* I have lived thru
both the Civil Rights and Hip Hop eras.
* I spend
quite a bit of my disposable income on "conspicuous
In short, I suppose that
I fit the profile of what some folks used to call a
(and I suppose that many other folks
here on Soul-Patrol do as well)
Yet (as most
of you know), I can't stand listening to more than a few
minutes of any "Adult Urban Contemporary" radio
because the music that they play
SUCKS and is an insult to my
So that means that there is
one less "buppie" available to these kind of
stations in the radio markets that I live in. Obviously
the management of those stations isn't too concerned
about the fact that I am not listening.
don't change their play lists
* They don't strive to
become the kind of radio station that I might develop
some loyalty for
* In short they don't care if I put
a tape in and listen to it instead of the
They are just fine with that because they
realize that most of their target demographic is simply
UNWILLING to ever change the dial on the radio or to put
in a tape instead. And that is really a shame.
Because the only real difference between me and most of
the other "buppies" across the United States is
that I am exposed to and listen to a great deal more
"Urban Contemporary Music" then most of them
And I'm here to tell you all, that Mr.
Will Wheaton CD, CONSENTING ADULTZ is one of the best
of the current lot. His music is one of the tapes that
I consistently find myself reaching for during my daily
commute to work.His style is something of a "throwback"
to someone like Teddy Pendegrass. However it
isn't "retro" in the least.
* His music
is all about RAW SEX APPEAL.
* He is direct
is straight to the point
* He is in command
Somehow he manages to do all of this without being
vulgar or profane.
* It has just a hint of jazz
It has just a hint of funk
* It has a singer with a
voice that is certain to lead to "spontaneous
combustion" in the bedroom
In short, it
would be perfect modern day "Quiet Storm" material, if a
radio programmer were to be bold enough to put Will
Wheaton into the rotation.
Wheaton can't afford to pay the going rates for payola
these stations want to charge him so that you
can become exposed to his music. That's the bad
The good news is that you can actually
listen to the music of Will
at the following link... www.willwheaton.com .Once
you arrive there, you can take a listen to most of the
CD: CONSENTING ADULTZ
I endorse the music of Will
Cuz I like it, and I'll bet
that more than a few of you out there would like it
also if you were willing to give the music a
And now that you have visited Will
Wheaton's site, checked out some of
his music and more…GO AND SEE HIM
Wheaton represents the future of Urban Contemporary
Check out Soul-Patrol's
resident LOVE MAN Will
Wheaton on May 30th & 31st at
Stevie's Creole Café, located on 16911 Ventura Blvd. In
Encino, Ca., 818 528 3500 R.S.V.P.
if you do go, email me back a concert review to let me
you thought of the show. --Bob Davis
Concert Review: 4 Kings Of R&B, Atlantic City NJ
Where in the
hell do I begin with this one?
I'm not quite sure but
here I go :)
Who are the 4 Kings of
Longtime Soul-Patrollers Gene
Butler and Rock n'
Roll Hall of
Famers Lloyd Price & Ben E. King.
Here is the
set list as best I can remember:
OPENING - AL
JOHNSON'S BIG BAND
* Killer Joe, * Boogie
(This band was about as FUNKY AS A
Lee, * Personality, * My First My Last My
* He Don't Love You,
* Never Gonna Give You Up
BEN E. KING:
Goes My Baby, * Spanish Harlem, * How Sweet It Is (to be
loved by you)
* Duke of Earl, *
Groovy Situation, * God Bless our Love
(background singer who should be singing up front):
Wind Beneath My Wings, *Heard It Thru The Grapevine
(done Gladys Knight style w/Price,
Butler, King and
Chandler singing background as the
River, * Your Precious Love
Misty, * Lady Miss Clawdy
BEN E. KING:
THE ABSOLUTE SHOW
* I Only Have Eyes
MEDLEY WITH ALTERNATING
* Wonderful World, * Sitting On The Dock of the Bay, *
Pride and Joy, * Can't Turn You
* Only The
(Which was nearly as good as "I Only Have
Eyes For You")
At this point I stopped writing,
but I do know that the show ended with everybody on
I WANNA TAKE YOU
(boom shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka
lakka, boom shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka lakka,
boom shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka lakka, boom
shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka
lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka lakka, boom shakka lakka
From a musical perspective, there
wasn't much more that I could have asked for in this
(except for Ben E. King to have done
"SUPERNATURAL THING and Gene Chandler
done "YOU THREW A LUCKY PUNCH")
probably a bit biased, but our good friend MR. GENE
CHANDLER IS THE STAR OF THIS SHOW!!!!!!
Duke' looked like an Olympic athlete as he danced,
leaped and sang his way across the
stage all night
long. He dropped to his knees, bumped & grinded to
the audience and generally won the crowd over with his
infectious humor and manner. Of course he did the
classic "Duke of Earl" (top hat, cane and cape) routine
that comes from another
era of Black entertainment.
I had never seen
it before live and as good as he was I found myself
sitting there and wondering what Gene Chandler must have
been like on stage 35 years ago?
one of these men is a superstar of Classic
Together in this show they quite literally
represent the very definition
of the genre.
This show is filled with a LOT of
love, respect and class!
QUITE SIMPLY THIS IS A
KILLER SHOW THAT WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO ANOTHER TIME
AND PLACE. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW IF IT COMES TO YOUR
Backstage after the show I spoke with all
four men at length.
* Of course I have known Jerry
Butler and Gene Chandler for many years and they are
members of Soul-Patrol.
I have met Lloyd Price several times.
* I met Ben E.
King for the first time last night.
I was indeed
in the presence of FOUR LEGENDS of OUR music!
that mattered; it felt like I was right at home last
Review - Surrender To Love: Kindred-The Family
WILL say that all pre-conceived notions about artists
described, as neo-soul
should be tossed aside in the case of Kindred-The
Family Soul. This is a real R&B record with real
vocalists and real musicians. This project harks back to
a better time for R&B, with only the subject matter
updated for current times.
the glut of garbage littering the airwaves and record
To Love" is a lyrical masterpiece. Aside from the
King Britt remix of 'Rhythm of Life' there are no true
'dance tracks'. This is 'head music' lyrics and music
that invoke thought. Depending on life's circumstances,
some tracks may bring a tear to the eye or a simple
smile...but most will make you grab the hand of that
special person in your life in a "we've been there"
The inevitable question is "Who do they
sound like?" I won't go there...Kindred-The
Family Soul is unique. I will say this: Kindred will
take you back to your 8-track days
5. CD Review: 97th and Columbus:
really a nice CD. It's got kinda of a 'Saturday
night, bid whist playing groove' to it! It's
also got some pretty heavyweight musicians who accompany
New York native Doc Powell. (Harvey Mason, Marcus
Miller, Luther Vandross, Ron Brown, Patrice Rushen,
Benny Maupin and others).
title of this CD is a reference to the legendary NYC
called Mikels, which was located on '97th
This CD also includes some very
tasty cover versions of classic funk songs like George
Benson's 'Breezin', Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going
and Ramsey Lewis/EWF's 'Sun Goddess'.
it's important for Contemporary Jazz
artists to include a few covers of FUNK songs on
their CD's. When they do that it's almost like a hidden
message to someone like myself that screams
'I UNDERSTAND THE HISTORICAL
CONNECTIONS AND DISCONNECTIONS OF BLACK MUSIC, PLEASE
TAKE A LISTEN TO MY ORIGINAL MATERIAL, I AM NOT A SMOOTH
Well Doc Powell, I
listened to your original material, and I don't think
you are a 'smooth jazz
artist'. I think that
Soul-Patrollers would dig your music.
example, the song 'Let's Jam', which features Doc Powell
on guitar, Harvey Mason on drums, Benny Maupin (remember
him from Headhunters?) on on bass clarinet/soprano sax
and the living legend, Patrice Rushen on keyboards is a
'stone cold funky joint'!
Yet another standout
cut is the 4:00 'Upward Bound'.
Check out Doc
Powell's, '97th and Columbus'.
My guess is that you
will dig it…
Track Listing For: 97th and
Columbus: Doc Powell
1. The Flavour
3. 97th and Columbus
4. Two Hearts
6. Thank You
7. Let's Jam
8. Ode To
9. Upward Bound
10. What's Going
Looking for a funky jazz CD, this one
might just be one to add to your list!
meantime look for some cuts coming soon to
told yall this was going to be a good year for
6.Tears For A Legend: Nina Simone,
The High Priestess of
am deeply saddened by the passing of Nina
Simone. I heard of her transition just this evening and
was moved to tears. The first and only time, I recall,
ever shedding tears for a "celebrity", but Nina was like
family. My earliest musical memories, apart from the
nursery rhymes mama purchased me, were of Nina Simone.
In fact, Nina's music played a larger part of my
pre-school music appreciation than did the nursery
rhymes mama bought. Mama's music library was not
extensive, but she had her favorites, and Nina topped
I was raised on Nina live at Town Hall,
(one of the better recorded examples of her keyboard
skills), Nina at Newport, The Amazing Nina Simone, Nina
Simone's "Four Women", and Nina's "Forbidden Fruit", as
part of my daily pre-school ritual, especially on rainy
days and during those winter months when going to the
park was out of the question. It was because of them
(mama and Nina) that I have an appreciation for that
music and artistry.
It was said that Nina was a
difficult/eccentric personality. I've heard more than a
few stories about her sometimes-disagreeable
behavior, from either those who knew her or had
witnessed an occasion. But, she was a phenomenal talent
who used her gift in advocacy the struggle of Afrikan
people in America. Even when
the winds of social
justice and civil activism began to change, she remained
unflinching and unapologetic in her commitment to
I saw her perform live only once.
About ten years ago, mama and I saw her in concert at
the Beacon Theater in NY. The theater was packed, mama
cried, and Nina was magnificent. That night I finally
understood what she meant by
She sang it with an intense reminisce that could only
have been inspired 30 years before. I am grateful having
had that experience and am not eager to bear the news of
her passing on to my mama tonight.
in my most recent trip to the Carolinas, I found two
used c.d.'s of some
of her earlier recordings,
predating the Colpix and RCA records. It was a
bluesy-er selections I was unaccustomed from Nina. I
debated which one to buy and wound up buying both. After
listening to them, repeatedly, over the ensuing weeks, I
was glad I did and am anxious to share them, as well as
others in my collection, (thanks in large part to mama,
who entrusted me her collection of vinyl) with my
I won't be on air this
friday night but plan an extensive tribute to this soul
jazz blues sista upon my return Friday May 2nd. I just
wanted to say thank you Nina Simone, High Priestess of
Soul, job well done.
Lovers Only' aka 'The FLO'
Friday Nights, Midnight -
WMNF 88.5 FM simulcast atwww.wmnf.org
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