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MICHAEL JACKSON: XSCAPE (EPIC)
I didn’t know if I was going to like this or not simply because I’m wary about third parties working on music conceived by another, especially when that ‘another’ is dead. Well, the voice is definitely Michael while the eight tracks have been contemp...
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GLENN LEWIS: MOMENT OF TRUTH (Ruffhouse)
For some reason this CD slipped to the bottom of the reviewing pile, thus denying me time out with the ultra smooth Mr Lewis. The entire musical experience sustains an even level of sophisticated R&B, but the sparkle dims now and again. The pace is ...
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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2 (Freestyle)
One of the things that becomes clear to me listening to this compilation is the importance of DJs. Not for making music, even though there are a few tracks made or remixed by DJs, but in the more traditional role of selection and sequencing of tunes...
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OMAR: THE MAN (Freestyle Records-UK/Shanachie-US)
Omar, lion of the UK Soul scene, has created an immediate classic with his latest recording, The Man. Musically, there are broad stylistic variations throughout the album. The lyrics are predominantly devoted to love relationships with a few social c...
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JAMES BROWN: A FAMILY AFFAIR (Brownstone)
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge James Brown fan – did see him in concert in London though when Martha High was one of his support singers – but, hey, totally respect he’s one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century, and of course, hi...
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BOBBY BROOKS WILSON: IT'S ABOUT TIME (Plateau Music)
When Motown’s first publicist, Al Abrams sent me this CD I put it on my player with a certain amount of caution. A cash in? A singalong? Well, was I so wrong! From the introduction of the opening song all fears were banished. This is good. In fac...
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Marcus Miller RENAISSANCE (Concord Jazz)
Esteemed bassist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus Miller, returns to the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts at #1 and to rave reviews with the highly-anticipated project of the year, RENAISSANCE – a reflective and spiritual offe...
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Dee Dee Warwick: Foolish Fool Expanded Edition CD Review
The late Dee Dee Warwick, Dionne’s younger sister, had two recording spells with Mercury, the first with its Blue Rock subsidiary in 1965 and the second on the main imprint between 1966 and 1969 when she hit initially with ‘I Want To Be With ...
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Pointer Sisters: Serious Slammin' - Expanded Edition (Big Break)
Over the past year, London-based Big Break Records has reissued the majority of the Pointer Sisters' Planet and RCA catalog. From 1978 to 1988, the remarkably diverse Oakland-born siblings explored many shades of rock, dance, and R&B with producer Ri...
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Esperanza Spalding - RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY (Heads Up)
Esperanza Spalding continues to take the world by storm! She is releasing her third CD, RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY on Heads Up Records. This is the first release since she shocked the music world into reality when she won the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Arti...
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Roberta Flack: LET IT BE ROBERTA (429/Ras Records)
By way of disclosure, let me say I’ve known Roberta Flack as an interview subject since 1978; I first heard her music in 1969; and over the years, we’ve developed a personal association that has included many great conversations about music. Thus, o...
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Bridgette Bryant: SOULMATE COLLECTION
Bridgette Bryant is one phenomenal vocalist. She has spent quite some time providing back-up support for the cream of the crop - Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Phil Collins, and so many more. She has finally released her first full-l...
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Seal: Soul 2 (Reprise)
Twenty-two years ago, Seal was a hot property on Britain’s house music/rave scene. He hooked up with legendary producer Trevor Horn, and scored two hits, 1990’s “Killer” (with techno artist Adamski), and a year later, a US top ten smash with “Crazy,”...
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Betty Wright & The Roots: The Movie (S-Curve/ Ms. B Records)
Betty Wright, in the tradition of all great singers, is a true soul survivor. Even if you know nothing of her past, you can hear it in her delivery, see it in her lyrics, and feel in her vocal tone that she’s lived life to the full – both good and ba...
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Tasha Taylor: Taylormade (Sing)
Tasha Taylor is luminously expanding the legacy of her father, soul music legend, Johnnie Taylor. With her debut release, TAYLORMADE, she showcases a refreshing and assertive style that is all her own. It’s a solid collection of songs that tells fami...
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