DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain't Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

With his first commercial release, 22-year old Atlanta-based Dontavius Turner showcases his skills as a multi-instrumentalist with guitar as his primary instrument. Donatavius – whose background is in the gospel music field and who includes Wes Montgomery and George Benson among his musical influences – first heard the song “Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love)” via a version by Canadian DJ/producer Pomo, only available on SoundCloud.

The song itself was written in 1978 by the late John Simmons (formerly musical director for Stephanie Mills and then Whitney Houston), the late Phillip Ballou (former member of Revelation and longtime background vocalist with Luther Vandross) and soul music historian/aurthor/singer and songwriter David Nathan; it started life on Ballou’s solo artist demo; and was recorded by Simmons in 1981 for a small independent Michigan label. It became a rare groove classic among UK and US collectors and listeners, spawning several YouTube videos.

Pomo recorded his own version as “Ain’t Nothing” in 2017 inspiring Dontavius to create his own jazz-flavored video version. When Nathan saw and heard Dontavius’ cover of the song, he was so impressed, he reached out to him! The result is this brand new version of the song using Phillip Ballou’s original vocals!

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ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP - THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP – THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS

  1. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  2. From A Whisper To A Scream
  3. That’s All Right With Me
  4. ‘Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone
  5. Baby, I’m For Real
  6. Scarred Knees
  7. How Blue Can You Get?
  8. A Beautiful Friendship
  9. Use Me
  10. I Don’t Want To Do Wrong
  11. Let Me In Your Life
  12. I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do)
  13. Alone Again (Naturally)
  14. Georgia Rose
  15. Cherry Red (Live)
  16. God Bless the Child (Live)

Disc 2:  I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO

  1. Justified
  2. Black-Eyed Blues
  3. Too Many Roads
  4. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
  5. Tangle In Your Lifeline
  6. Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby
  7. I Feel The Same
  8. Disposable Society
  9. What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (Single Edit)
  10. You’re Coming Home
  11. Turn Around, Look At Me
  12. Pure Natural Love
  13. Fever
  14. All The Way Down (Single Edit)
  15. Boy, I Really Tied One On
  16. Magic’s In the Air
  17. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976,” a 2-CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.
  • Although her career began as a teenager (known as Little Esther) with the famed Johnny Otis band in 1950, it was as a multi-genre song stylist from the ‘60s to the ‘80s that Esther, with her distinctive and unique vocal style, is best remembered by soul, R&B, jazz and dance music lovers the world over.
  • Following her 1962 US hit “Release Me,” Esther spent three years with Atlantic before a stint in rehab after which she recorded briefly with Roulette Records before rejoining Atlantic for one album. Esther’s union with Kudu, created by jazz veteran Creed Taylor  resulted in seven albums which form the basis for this sumptuous musically rich 2-CD set, lovingly created by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan who interviewed Esther several times during the ‘70s.
  • Highlights include Esther’s bitingly honest reading of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is,” which she considered one of the most challenging songs to record, given her own history with drug addiction. The track has been frequently sampled and remains one of the most amazing performances Esther gave on record.
  • Esther’s Kudu charted singles – from her 1975 globally successful disco-slanted revival of Dinah Washington’s “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” to covers of The Originals’ 1969 Motown hit, “Baby, I’m For Real” and Eddie Floyd’s gender-switched “I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do” are also featured along with two rare live recordings from a 1972 appearance at a CTI All-Stars concert at The Hollywood Bowl along with five tracks from Esther’s classic 1973 “Black-Eyed Blues” LP, recorded with former members of King Crimson are among other standouts.  Extensive notes by Nathan include quotes from rock organist Tim Hinkley (who played on the album sessions) and from ‘70s interviews with Esther herself.

 

 

NORMAN CONNORS: VALENTINE LOVE -THE BUDDAH/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5152D)

NORMAN CONNORS: VALENTINE LOVE -THE BUDDAH/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5152D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – THE BUDDAH YEARS
1. Slew Foot
2. Valentine Love (featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn)
3. Saturday Night Special
4. Dindi (featuring Jean Carn)
5. Maiden Voyage
6. We Both Need Each Other (featuring Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson)
7. So Much Love
8. You Are My Starship (featuring Michael Henderson)
9. Betcha By Golly Wow (featuring Phyllis Hyman)
10. Kwasi
11. Aquarian Dream: Phoenix
12. Aquarian Dream: Once Again (featuring Gloria Jones)
13. Once I´ve Been There (featuring Prince Phillip Mitchell)
14. Romantic Journey
15. For You Everything (featuring Prince Philip Mitchell and Eleanore Mills)
16. Give The Drummer Some

DISC 2: MELANCHOLY FIRE – THE ARISTA YEARS
1. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Captain Connors (12” Version)
2. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Say You Love Me
3. This Is Your Life (featuring Eleanore Mills)
4. Stella
5. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Wouldn’t You Like To See (featuring Eleanor Mills)
6. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Listen (featuring James Robinson)
7. Your Love (featuring Al Johnson)
8. Disco Land
9. Handle Me Gently (featuring Miss Adaritha)
10. Invitation (featuring Miss Adaritha)
11. Be There In The Morning (featuring Miss Adaritha)
12. Take It To The Limit (featuring Adaritha)
13. You Bring Me Joy (featuring Adaritha)
14. I Don’t Need Nobody Else (featuring Al Johnson)
15. Melancholy Fire (featuring Glenn Jones)
16. You’ve Been On My Mind (featuring Adaritha)
17. She’s Gone (featuring Beau Williams)
18. Mr. C

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Valentine Love – The Buddah/Arista Anthology,” a musically sumptuous 2-CD set by renowned musician and producer, the multi-talented Norman Connors. Covering almost a decade (1972-1981), the 34 tracks include all of Norman’s ten US charted singles; a rare 12” mix of the 1977 cut, “Captain Connors”; two tracks from the album, “Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream” (including one, ‘Once Again,” featuring Gloria Jones); key album cuts, “Dindi” and “Maiden Voyage” and a musical feast of tracks featuring a number of artists who first gained prominence through their recordings with Norman such as Jean Carn, Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Prince Phillip Mitchell, Eleanore Mills, Al Johnson, Adaritha, Glenn Jones and Beau Williams.

• Before he became known as a premier music man with ‘golden ears’ (for his discovery of so many great vocalists), the Philadelphia drummer served his musical apprenticeship with John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders before embarking on his own recording career in 1972. By 1975, Connors had achieved his first chart breakthrough thanks to the soulful pairing of Carn and Henderson on the now-classic “Valentine Love.”

• During the ensuing years, Connors gave a then-unknown Phyllis Hyman her first taste of international success with her recording of “Betcha By Golly Wow” as well as giving R&B vocalist Glenn Jones his initial hit in 1980 with “Melancholy Fire.” Other standouts on this superb 2-CD set include Connors’ favourites such as “You Are My Starship” (Michael Henderson’s first solo hit), “Once I’ve Been There,” “This Is Your Life,” “Wouldn’t You Like To See” and “I Don’t Need Nobody Else.”

• Extensive liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring including 2017 numerous quotes from Norman himself, Norman’s longtime musical director and Aquarian Dream leader Jacques Burvick, band member Kenneth Nash and others; and excellent mastering by Donald Cleveland.

RAMSEY LEWIS: HOT DAWGIT – THE ANTHOLOGY - THE COLUMBIA YEARS  (1972-1989) (SMCR-5143D)

RAMSEY LEWIS: HOT DAWGIT – THE ANTHOLOGY – THE COLUMBIA YEARS (1972-1989) (SMCR-5143D)

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Track listing:

Disc 1: WHAT IT IS! (1972-1977)
1. The Ramsey Lewis Trio: Slipping Into Darkness
2. The Ramsey Lewis Trio: Eternal Peace
3. Kufanya Mapenzi (Making Love)
4. What It Is!
5. Hang on Sloopy (Funky Reggae Style)
6. Hi-Heel Sneakers
7. Wade in the Water
8. The Everywhere Calypso
9. Summer Breeze
10 Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire: Hot Dawgit
11 Tambura
12. Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire:Sun Goddess
13. Jungle Strut
14. That’s The Way Of The World
15. Don’t It Feel Good
16. What’s The Name Of This Funk (Spider Man)
17. Brazilica
18. Spring High
19. Tequila Mockingbird

DISC 2: SO MUCH MORE (1978-1989)
1. All The Way Live
2. Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (From “Hair”)
3. Wearin’ It Out
4. Whisper Zone
5. Come Back Jack
6. So Much More (featuring Alice Echols Sanderson)
7. Lakeshore Cowboy
8. You Never Know (featuring Alice Echols and Morris Gray)
9. Sassy Stew
10. Up Where We Belong (featuring Morris Gray & Pat Shannon)
11. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson featuring Daryl Coley: The Two of Us
12. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson: Midnight Rendezvous
13. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson: Quiet Storm
14. This Ain’t No Fantasy
15. Slow Dancin’
16. 7-11
17. My Love Will Lead You Home
18. Eye On You

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “How Dawgit – The Anthology (1972-1989), a luxurious 2-CD set by the legendary Ramsey Lewis, spanning the award-winning musician, producer and composer’s seventeen-year tenure with Columbia Records, featuring 37 tracks including all of Ramsey’s charted hits for the label, selected key singles and notable LP cuts drawn from among the eighteen albums he recorded for the label.

• The Chicago-born octogenarian began his journey as a recording artist at Chess Records in 1966, achieving chart success with his soulful covers of such tracks as “The In Crowd,” “Wade In The Water” and “Hang On Sloopy.”

• In 1972, Ramsey – initially with his famed trio (whose ranks had included a young Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire as drummer) – began recording a series of critically-acclaimed albums for Columbia including “Upendo Ni Pamoja,” “Funky Serenity” and “Solar Wind.” In 1974, teaming with White – whose EW&F group was in its ascendancy – Ramsey scored his biggest across-the-board hit with the now-timeless classic “Sun Goddess” (the full eight-minute-plus version of which is included here).

• This stellar anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ David Nathan with superb notes by renowed UK writer Charles Waring including extensive quotes from Ramsey himself, with top grade remastering by Nick Robbins, features production work from a range of producers including Ramsey,Larry Dunn, Tom Tom Washington and Bert DeCoteaux. Also included are three tracks from Ramsey’s initial 1984 pairing with song stylist supreme Nancy Wilson as well as full length versions of some of Ramsey’s charted hits including “Kufanya Mapenzi” and “Brazilica.”

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