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* Listen To Billy Griffin's Slammin New Album: "Like Water"  
* LISTEN TO: Unified Tribe - 75 min. broadcast  
UNIFIED TRIBE - FUNKtional Family + Mixed Messsages
* Lenny Welch - It's All About Love  
Lenny Welch - It's All About Love
* Kris Records - "Los Angeles Showcase of Soul"
* New From Charles Wright: "Finally Got It Wright"  
* Chariman of the Board: "All in the Family"  
* Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Master of the Game  
* Diana Ross's New Jazz Album:
* Listen To: Louise Perryman - 'Whisper My Name'  
Louise Perryman: Whisper My Name
Will Wheaton
* Motortown Revue LIVE (1969)  
Motortown Revue LIVE (1969)
* Boo Boo Davis: "Drew, Mississippi"  
Paradise Freejahlove Supreme - Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry " Paradise Freejahlove Supreme - Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here" Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - I'm Still Here Wendell B - Good Times/That's What Christmas Means To Me Wendell B. - That's What Christmas Means To Me * Mandrill: "Live At Montreax"  

History Lesson - Vernon Reid

In Africa, music is not an art form as much as it is a means of communication.
A Negro has got no name. Quite often, the words of the song are meaningless.
A Negro has got no name We are wearing the name of our master

James Brown - RIP

Sex Machine, Super Bad, Soul Power, Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing and There Was A Time, James Brown, Maceo, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Jabo Starks,

James Brown, Biography, Augusta, Georgia, James Brown, Career, Famous, Flames JB's, Bobby Byrd, Revue, Appllo, Hank Ballard, Blues, Godfather
James Brown, Please, Please, Please, Try Me, King Records, Night Train, Live at the Apollo, Showtime, JB Sings, Out of Sight, Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud, Sex Machine, Hot Pants, soul, music James Brown, cape, St Albans, Revue, Appllo, American Bandstand, Ed Sullivan, James Brown, wwrl, Commute, Good Foot, American Dream, Opression, double play
Maceo, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Jabo Starks, Same Beat, Monorail, Taxes Rock n Roll, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Jabo Starks, Africa, Afro, Polyrythmic, Funk
James Brown, Live at the Apollo, Famous, Flames James Brown Band, Frankie Crocker Sex Machine, Super Bad, Soul Power, Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing and There Was A Time, James Brown, Maceo, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Jabo Starks,
Sex Machine, Super Bad, Soul Power, Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing and There Was A Time, James Brown, Maceo, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Jabo Starks,

CD Review: What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves
STANK FUNK: decomposing corpses, maggots and rotting garbage, stinky athletes corn chips feet

What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) um,um,um. Feelin something at the back of your throat? Wanna gag? GOOD!!!!!! I wanted the stank-o-meter of your souls to be in the right place for what I got for you.

You see a little while ago I heard around these parts about a 4-piece CD entitled Funky Soul and Rare Grooves by the good folks over at Rhino. Here we have the music that quietly shaped my life. As a young musician I had many influences in the late sixties to and through the mid-seventies.

However those were my most formative and influenced years. This compilation represents a little bit of everything in the birthing of that genre of music we call Funk. In the way of a brief sketch I'll say that after the gospel and blues and jazz (swing, bop etc.) came R&B. Y'all know what I'm talkin about too.

That music that would form the bedrock for almost all popular music today. Whether pop, soul, funk, fusion, or rock you had to have Rhythm and Blues first. We know that folk like Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Richard Penniman, Ruth Brown, Ike Turner, Etta James and Bo Diddley were some of the original purveyors of this music. So we have here the first experimentation with something new and not exactly down center of what came before it. Walk with me then as we highlight the evolution of Funk as presented on Funky Soul and Rare Grooves.....( Click here to read the rest... )

Album Review: Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here"

Trudy Lynn - I'm Still Here Ya know how when you read about the history of late 20th century popular music in one of those books authored by a former employee of Rolling Stone Magazine, they always refer to this somewhat mysterious musical genre known as "jump blues" as being one of the precursors of Rock n' Roll? I suppose them mean for "jump blues" to be some sort of a "missing link" or "rossetta stone" holding the key to the true primordial forces that created "Rock n' Roll". For a more accurate depiction of what "jump blues" might be, go back and look at the movie "Lackawana Blues" and study the house party scenes.

Well the songs on Trudy Lynn's new album entitled feels like "jump blues" 2006. And it's an excellent fusion of Trudy Lynn's fiery/sultry Texas Gulf Coast soul singing fused with the uptown blues of the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra that's guaranteed to get any party moving. Fast jams and slow jams, movin & grooving this album sounds very much to me what "jump blues" might sound like in 2006, had the term not been relegated to the scrapheap of music terminology. Along the Texas Gulf Coast in places like Houston, Galveston, Port Arthur and Beaumont, they still have "house parties" just like the ones we saw in the movie "Lackawanna Blues". Lucky for us that is the case because, take it from me, those kinds of parties can sure be a heck of a lot of fun and there are few unemployed Rolling Stone Magazine writers in attendance at these parties. And lucky for us an album like Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here" exists, so that people who throw these type of "house parties" on Friday nights on the Texas Gulf Coast (or anyplace else) can continue the tradition so that it can continue into the future.

--Bob Davis

Concert Review: Jimi Hendrix Tribute (NYC 11/27/2006) - Jose Feliciano, Buddy Miles, Ghetto Fighters, Dave Honeyboy Edwards, Curtis Knights Squires, King Curtis Kingpins, Johnny Winter, Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey, George Bragg, Harry Jensen, Commander Cody, Larry Coryell, Lenny White, and Victor Bailey, David Kramer, Leon Hendrix, Burr Johnson Band, Ducks Chn Groove

Concert Review: Jimi Hendrix Tribute (NYC 11/27/2006) I didn't forget the 64th Birthday of Jimi Hendrix. In fact I celebrated it in GRAND STYLE on 11/27 in NYC at a local Times Square "tourist trap", filled to capacity @ the Jimi Hendrix Birthday Tribute Show.

I keep telling myself that with all I have writen about Jimi Hendrix and his impact on my life, that I couldn't possibly have anything else to say. Yet here I find myself with more to say about the music of James Marshall Hendrix, an artist who only had one song that cracked the US Top 20 Pop Music Charts. And I know that before I even get started with this review, that I can't possibly do this event justice. It was indeed a mind blowing experience for me, musically, culturally and spiritually.

I'm pleased to report that this show was a MONSTER wall to wall FIVE HOUR FUNK/ROCK/BLUES MUSIC SPECTACULAR.....( Click here to read the rest... )

Concert Review: Reinventing Laura Nyro (NYC 12/9/06)

Concert Review: Reinventing Laura Nyro (NYC 12/9/06) The performance space of the "University of the Streets" is located in on the second floor of a tenement style walk up on E. 7th street in NYC's Lower East Side. The space features stadium style bench seating, creaky 50 year old hardwood floors, high ceilings, exposed pipes and no heat. I arrived late, right before the stat of the very first song, where I was warmly greeted by Soul-Patroller Rob Darnell. I walked inside I quickly found a seat next to our own Baron Keels. As I smiled and looked around, I half expected Lenny Bruce, Jack Keuroac, Alan Ginzburg and Manaryd G. Krebbs to walk in the

Inside of a space holding about 80 people, with every seat occupied ready and raring to hear the beautiful music of the "Ultimate FunkyWhitegirl" Ms. Laura Nyro, as performed by The Poetic Notion Chorus Band and Soloists directed by Rob Darnell....( Click here to read the rest... )

Concert Review: Michael Henderson @ NXNW in Philadelphia (11/25/2006) (11/2006)

Michael Henderson @ NXNW in Philadelphia 11/25/2006 Mike took the stage (with bass in hand) at the SOLD OUT Germantown/Philadelphia nightspot known as "North by Northwest". He started right off with some STANK NASTY Miles Davis/Sun Ra type inspired instrumental tracks just to warm things up. Michael Henderson is one of the baddest bass players in the history of our music. The way he opened up the show served as a reminder of that simple fact.

Then he put his bass down adjusted the microphone, because it was now time to give this upscale/buppie audience what they had come out on a Thanksgiving weekend. These people weren't interested in the bass playing virtuosity of Michael Henderson. They weren't interested in hearing stories about being a member of the Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder's band. ....( Click here to read the rest... )

--Bob Davis

Concert Review: Winter Soulstice @ Franks Lounge (Allison Crockett, Russell Taylor, Angela Johnson, Marlon Saunders)

Soul Music for Soul Folk was the mantra for tonight. The Winter Soulstice event at Franks Lounge was Soul event not to be missed. Soul greats both performed and came out to support soul music. Tonight was a gathering of some of the best of the soul scene. Tonight's performers included Marlon Saunders, Allison Crockett, Angela Johnson and Russell Taylor. In the crowd showing their support was Shelly Nicole, Monet, Abby Dobson, TN'T, and Rogiers. The soul music community was present and accounted for on this special night....( Click here to read the rest... )

Sad News: Tony Silvester (of The Main Ingredient)Passes
The Late Tony Silvester (w/ The Main Ingredient)
The Late Tony Silvester (w/ The Main Ingredient) I just confirmed with our friend Patrick Adams via telephone that Tony Silvester (of The Main Ingredient) passed today. No further details are available at present...

Click here for more on Tony Silvester (and The Main Ingredient)

--Bob Davis

Sad News: Ruth Brown Passes
The Late Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown I just confirmed with Maxine Pickney via telephone that Ruth Brown passed today.

Ruth Brown is one of the pioneers of Black music. Her career has been so influential that Atlantic Records is sometimes referred to as the "House that Ruth Built" and for good reason. Her career started in the early 1950's with Atlantic as that fabled labels very first true superstar, preceding even Ray Charles. The is the founder of the R&B Foundation and she was THE LEADER in the battle for artist rights.

Today Maxine Pickney called Ruth Brown:


"Remember that R&B stands for Rhythm and Blues, but it also stands for RUTH BROWN..."
--Ruth Brown

For more on Ruth Brown click here...

--Bob Davis

Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Gerald LeVert Tribute Show
The Late Gerald Levert
Gerald Levert I started geting phone calls at about 2pm on Friday November 10. The first one was from Cleveland (SP Coordinador Iris Smith) and then they continued all afternoon and into the evening. At first the calls were to inform me of the passing of Gerald Levert. Later the calls were from people who were close to him, expressing pain and shock. By the time I was able to reach a computer my inbox was full of notifications about the passing of Gerald Levert. Next came the emails from people wanting to know when Soul-Patrol is going to have a tribute posted to Gerald Levert?

Well here is our tribute to Gerald Levert. It comes from our man in Chicago "King" George. To listen click on the link below, the banner below or on Gerald's picture above and let us know what cha think???

LISTEN TO: Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Gerald LeVert Tribute Show

Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Tribute to the late Gerald Levert

--Bob Davis

R.I.P Ed Bradley - "The 60 minute man"

Ed Bradley @ the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
(Photo courtesy of

Soul-Patrol Newsletter Back in the 1980's from a musical perspective, I was totally consumed by a wonderful discovery that I had made in the early in the decade. I was living at that time in Houston Texas, a 23 year old "Mr. Know It All" from NYC with a big fro' and a "disco groove", who still had quite a bit to learn about life. You see I was a transplanted northerner who was about to be taken to school with respect to the culture and lifestyle of the American South. You see I had started hanging out with some older Black men, and they introduced me to Blues music, and I fell in love with it.

At around the same time in Washington DC another "Older Black man" was about to make history. Ed Bradley was appointed as Chief White House Correspondent at CBS News in 1981. Now by the time we get to 1981, there had already been many "Black firsts", but this one was a little different. During the 1970's we had seen Ed Bradley covering events like the Vietnam War, Political Conventions, etc, so he was already a familiar face. But Ed Bradley was different from other "Black firsts". We knew that he was from the ghetto in Philly and that he didn't start off wanting to be on television. We knew that he had started his professional life as a school teacher in the Philadelphia School District. You could look at Ed Bradley and tell that he was a "real brotha". He was tough, he was articulate, articulate and could handle himself in any situation and now he was going to be highly visible right where the real power of the government was, the White House. As the years passed and we observed Ed Bradley we could see that he was quite comfortable in these situations and he himself began to acquire the "aura of power" around him.

Click here to continue....

--Bob Davis

CD Review: Paradise Freejahlove Supreme - "Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry"
(Jazz/Funk/Spiritually Elevating Spoken Word/Like It Was Supposed To Be)

Paradise Freejahlove Supreme - Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry In some ways there isn't much to write about this new release called Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry by west coast artist Paradise Freejahlove Supreme, In most every way the title of this album speaks for itself. However I'm not going to stop there, because I belive that this album will ultimatly be of historic importance, so therefore it's important to connect a few dots from the past as we look towards the future. It is indeed one of the most compelling pieces of music that I have heard in the year 2006. You owe it to yourselves and your children to have a copy of it in your home.

Those of you who are above a certain age will recall an album from the early 1970's entitled "Hustlers Convention" by spoken word artist "Lightning Rod" (of the Last Poets). "Hustlers Convention" the 1959 cautionary tale ("one" dies and "the other" does a 10 year stretch) of two hustlers named "Sport" and Spoon" which features jazz/funk background music from the pre disco Kool & the Gang, is one of the most effective and creative pieces of artistry that I have ever heard laid down on wax. "Hustlers Convention" is the very definition of what KRS-One called "edutainment", and is truly a soundtrack begging for a movie. As such "Hustlers Convention" the model for what hip hop should have become, but never attained.

Fast Forward to 2006, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme, surely must have been exposed to "Hustlers Convention" because the album " Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry " contains many of the same elements. It's got a STANK NASTY Jazz/Funk (much like Kool & the Gang) "blackround" that will have you tapping your toes & bobbing your head the entire time you are listening. Now here is where it differs from "Hustlers Convention". Instead of telling us a fictional spoken word tale, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme delivers instead a series of essays, using the poetic form in a powerful way that compels you as a listener to pay attention. He manages to be "hardcore" without uttering a single profanity in delivering what is essentially a state of the union address on the world that we live in today. Paradise Freejahlove Supreme not only outlines the problems facing us, but also suggests positive action that can be taken on both an individual and collective basis to make life better. And because the music is so damn good, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme ends up taking you to school and you might not even realize it till he's done. If "Hustlers Convention" belongs in the movies, than "Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry" belongs on CNN.

The coolest past about owning a copy of this album is that I can listen to it with my 13 year old daughter or any other younger person. It's got a "hard core" edge that sucks you into focusing on its positive and progressive message, not unlike a Trojan Horse. If any of this sounds like it might be of interest to you, I strongly urge you to get your copy as soon as possible. I doubt that the US Government is going to allow anything that entertains and educates younger people this much to remain available for very long...

" A king wears his bling on the inside! "

--Bob Davis

CD Review: Silk - "Always and Forever"
(Classic Soul)

Silk - Always and Forever We talk quite a bit about the seeming disappearance of something called the "Black Male Vocal Group Harmony Tradition". And when we talk about it, we are usually thinking about the disappearance of new music from artists like Blue Magic, Chi-Lites, Delfonics, Dells, Black Ivory, O'Jays, Ray, Goodman & Brown, etc from commercial "knee-gro radio stations". Seems like somewhere around the late 90's it completely disappeared and was replaced by the "Boy Bands" which in an example of pure culture banditry, simply hijacked the structure of the "Black Male Vocal Group Harmony Tradition", .and replaced it with a white face. However often left out of this conversation is that during the late 80's - mid 90's there was a brief resurgence in this sound via artists like Boyz To Men, New Edition, Solo and of course Silk. Unfortunately that sound was often drowned out by the emergence of rap music during the same period and then ultimately left for dead by the "Boy Bands". Silk had a MONSTER hit record with the song "Freak Me" back in the early 90's that made us all smile for a moment and then they disappeared. Now they are back and with any luck at all they should do quite well with their new album "Always and Forever" on the Shanachie label. Personally I think that they picked some excellent artists to cover in Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Heatwave, Blue Magic, etc. By dong so they are demonstrating to the "old headz" that the talent that they showed during the 1990's was no illusion at all. They are also going to introduce their own generation to some classic music from the previous generation. In doing so they are not only extending this music forward, but also demonstrating that they need to be mentioned when you talk about the great vocal groups of all time. And why is that?

cuz this album S-M-O-K-E-S

Now take that "Boy Bands" (and Silk will still be around 25 years from now)

Now obviously this is a great "make out album", however there is some truly great stuff going on here. Do me (and yourself) a fava. After you pick up this album, make sure that the very first time that you play it, you put your headphones on and listen to the whole thing all of the way thru. For example Silk covers the song which is in my opinion the very best "slow jam" of the past 20 years: "Secret Garden" and they do it up nice. Is it as album as good the original songs? You will have to decide for yourselves, but I guarantee that you will be smiling after you hear "Always and Forever" and I guarantee you that after that first listen with your headphones on, you will be playing it again, except it will be without the headphones and you will be grabbing your "significant other"....(cuz that is what happened to me)

--Bob Davis

CD Review: Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - "Master Of The Game"
(Southern Soul/Blues)

Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Master Of The Game In the liner notes for "Master of the Game" it says: "For their Delta Groove debut the tight as a drum road tested band entered the studio at the height of their powers. "Master of the Game" showcases a set of powerful Payne/Edmonson originals augmented by fresh arrangements of great songs by the likes of Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. "

If we take a serious look at the history of Black music, one of the things that we will find is that it has rarely ever been just one thing. It's always been about fusing together many different styles Today when people see terms like "Nu/Neo Soul" it brings to mind a "revival of a kinda jazz/funk/vocal groove" that brings to mind artists like Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Donny Hathaway, etc. However this particular style is not the only one that is undergoing a "revival" in Soul music today. Back in the 1970's the sound of Memphis as represented by Stax and Al Green was one of the dominant forces in music. Listening to the title track of the new album "Master of the Game" by the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band has my mind floating back to those days. The song has got this absolutely wicked organ/horn section combination going on and it's combined with a story with a headline that reads "When it comes to playing a fool baby, I'm a master of the game". This is the overall musical feel of the entire album and I like it. So with that type of historical backdrop in mind, I think that this is the type of an album that's going to be opening more than a few doors as well as a few minds. Today the term that is used is "Southern Soul". When I think of the term "Southern Soul" it brings to mind music from artists like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Betty Wright, Latimore, Dorothy Moore, Al Green and others from the past. Today "Southern Soul" takes it's inspiration from that period/sound and brings it up to date in a way that will make you smile. In some ways it's a shame that we let the names of the categories divide us as music fans, when what we should be doing is listening to the music. For example, does anyone here remember and artist named Joe Tex? Well if you do, then when you listen to the song "Sweet Landlady" from the album "Master of the Game', your mind will immediately go back and start thinking about the music of Joe Tex. See in my mind anybody who is reviving the musical style of someone like Joe Tex deserves all of the props in the world.

There are some people who try to treat Soul music as if it's a "museum piece". Then there are those who know that it has a future and seek to carve out a path for it that uses the past for guidance. I think that the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band is doing a pretty good job of clarifying the some more of details of that path.

--Bob Davis

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If you would like to ask a question about Soul-Patrol feel free to contact the owner Bob Davis