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Soulwalking @ soulandjazz

 

the best albums and singles around - september 2020

 

steve arrington - the joys of love / good mood

 

Steve Arrington

 

 

 

 

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kem - lonely / brooklyn groove machine - deja vu

 

KemBrooklyn Groove Machine

 

 

 

kem - lonely

 

 

 

brooklyn groove machine - deja vu (saxy radio mixes)

 

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gregory porter - all rise (album) - terrace martin - freeze tag

 

Gregory PorterTerrace Martin

 

 

modern day apprentice

 

 

everything you touch is gold 

 

 

 

freeze tag

 

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the best albums and singles around - august 2020

 

ledisi - the wild card (album) / tracy cruz - your love's everything

 

LedisiTracy Cruz

 

 

 

wake up (feat. sa-roc)

 

https://tracycruz.hearnow.com/

 

tracy cruz - your love's everything

 

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the best albums and singles around - july 2020

 

synthonic - do you remember / thom bell - philly soul arrangements and productions 1965-1978

 

SynthonicThom Bell

 

 

 

synthonic - do you remember

 

 

the courtships - it's the same old love (thom bell) 

 

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the best albums and singles around - june 2020

 

john legend - bigger love / ceelo green - is thomas calloway

 

John LegendCeeLo Green

 

 

 

remember us - john legend

 

 

 

you gotta do it all - ceelo green

 

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chris jasper - for the love of you / bluey - you are the one / don-e - doin' it for love

 

Chris JasperBlueyDon-e

 

 

 

for the love of you - chris jasper

 

 

bluey - you are the one

 

 

don-e - doin' it for love 

 

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the best albums and singles around - may 2020

 

leven kali - hightide

 

Leven Kali

 

 

 

day after the rain

 

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the best albums and singles around - april 2020

 

young gun silver fox - canyons / tower of power - step up!

 

Young Gun Silver FoxTower Of Power

 

 

who needs words

 

 

 

addicted to you

 

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atmosfear - dios:2020

 

Atmosfear

 

 

 

- released on 22nd April 2020 ('Earth Day') -

 

ATMOSFEAR emerged from the ‘Brit-­‐Funk’ scene along with Light of the World, Incognito, Freeez, Linx, Hi-­Tension, Level 42, Central Line, Shakatak and others . . .

The timeless 1979 debut single ‘Dancing in Outer Space’, a certified jazz-­‐funk classic from this legendary UK band, sits at the pinnacle of the 1980s underground dance scene. It went on to become a massive global influence. In the USA, the track had huge support from the New York club scene. Venues such as the mythic ‘Studio 54’, ‘Paradise Garage’, and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso.

 

An instantly recognisable anthem, ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.

 

www.atmosfear.info

 

facebook

 

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lindsey webster - a woman like me / eric roberson - hear from here

 

Lindsey WebsterEric Roberson

 

 

 

lindsey webster - one step forward

 

 

 

lindsey webster - close to you

 

 

 

eric roberson - soft like you

 

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the best albums and singles around - march 2020

 

rasheed ali - love soul and devotion / diamond ortiz - classy chassis

 

Rasheed AliDiamond Ortiz

 

 

 

rasheed ali - til the end of time

 

The last release in the 1968 series of releases from Rasheed. Much more of a mellow release, with 'Til The End Of Time' outstanding to these old ears. Probably, the best in the series. It is available from CD Baby here:

 

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/19688

 

On Digital Rajn Factory Records.

 

 

 

diamond ortiz - stacey

 

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ben williams - i am a man / pat metheny - from this place

 

Ben WilliamsPat Metheny

 

 

ben williams - if you hear me

 

 

pat metheny - same river

 

 

 

pat metheny - from this place

 

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the best albums and singles around - february 2020

 

the devonns - the devonns / izo fitzroy - how the mighty fall / durand jones and the indications - young americans

 

The DevonnsIzo FitzroyDurand Jones

 

 

the devonns

 

 

izo fitzroy - blind faith

 

 

izo fitzroy - give me a moment 

 

 

 

durand jones and the indications - young americans

 

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the best albums and singles around - january 2020

 

portrait - afro trees / various artists - luxury soul 2020

 

PortraitLuxury Soul 2020

 

For the first review of 2020, I am looking at the only album sent to this house in a vinyl only format in 2019! Props first of all to Balu Matthews for sending me this great start to the new year. L.A. based group, Portrait, have been part of the Soul Scene for nearly 27 years now. That is an amazing fact in itself. Formed in 1993, (and featuring the original group line up of Eric Kirkland, Irving Washington III, Michael Angelo Saulsberry and Phillip Johnson), I believe that this new set ‘Afro Trees’ is Portrait’s sixth studio album. Having them all here showcases the fact....well...I really like this group. I fact, 2020’s line-up features two of the original members, and  newcomers, namely, Michaelangelo Saulsberry and Phillip Johnson along with the new group members, Ruben Cruz (former lead singer of R&B band Po' Broke 'N Lonely?) and Les Whittaker ( LAW ).


The lead-in single, from ‘Afro Trees’ is the mellow tune, ‘In The Moment’. Portrait’s harmonies are in full effect here, and it was this aspect of the band which won me over in the first place back in 1993.
‘Afro Trees’ is a twelve track album (which I have to say, has been beautifully pressed onto vinyl), with an even divide to both sides. The cover is nicely presented as well.


The opener ‘Describe You’ has an infectious, easy, groove. Really like this tune. Even better is the track ‘Love Song’, which won me over instantly, as the guys utilise Kool and the Gang’s track ‘Summer Madness’, from their ‘Light Of The Worlds’ album from 1974. I have lost count how many times this song has underpinned a Soul or Jazz song, however, Portrait’s faithful use really does enhance the track, (which has become my favourite song on the album). Great way to start the new year. I really like the uptempo ‘Give Away My Love’, which really creeps up on the listener. Definitely, a grower. ‘Cum Over’ follows similar lines, whilst ‘Godda Have It All’ features vocal assistance from PJ Demark and Johnny Britt (from the group Imprompt2), and is another winner. All told, if you are looking for an album which is quality from track one to track twelve, then this is an album for you. If you know Portrait’s music, you will want to add this to your collection. A real blessed relief from ‘turgid radio’ in 2020, showcasing great harmonies and songwriting. The New Year is shaping up very nicely, melodically.

 

 

 

luxury soul 2020

 

Really look forward to this triple CD release each January. This album is the best of this long running series. Many of the tracks I have played in my soulandjazz.com show over the last year. The link below will give you a link to each track from this release. All told, you could place your cursor on any of this tunes. Every one a winner as they say....

 

Luxury Soul 2020

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lRcanreI5vTjDqUABgU-9XUhZ7OjNlUDE

 

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