Category Archives: Music

Download This Soul Music Podcast Now.

If you love modern, independent Soul music creators like Kindred the Family Soul, Angela Johnson, Moonchild and Amp Fiddler, give thanks to Soulsorts’ Roger Williams for this three-hour show of top-shelf tracks. Click the pic below or go here to listen, get the track … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Al Jarreau

You would think years of false alarms about the death of seven-time grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau would prepare me for hearing about his actual departure today. But they didn’t. Jarreau belongs to a very small circle of vocalists who won … Continue reading

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Download: Rare Classic Soul Podcast from Roger Williams

An unexpected benefit of being connected to the social layers of the Web is that you sometimes get to know a few supremely cool people — like the kind of people where you would be completely okay with the idea … Continue reading

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Remembering David Mancuso, Loft Lord

When placed in chains, they created spirituals that gave birth to much of the music you hear today. Gave them tough, green leaves — long thought to be degenerative cabbage shoots — and the resulting simmered collard greens they made … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Sharon Jones

You could call singer Sharon Jones one of the last of a small and talented community of Soulful belters. The community just became smaller yesterday with cancer taking Jones away from us. She was 60 years old. You know the … Continue reading

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BERNIE WORRELL AND THE BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN AESTHETIC

Losing Bernie Worrell to cancer last Thursday is indeed a sad event, but unlike Prince’s departure, we were given a heads-up that Worrell’s earthly end was near. What makes me equally sad is the vast number of people who don’t … Continue reading

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LIVE: ANNABEL (LEE) IN L.A.

Annabel (Lee) member Richard E. hipped me to a recently-produced video of the group, armed with an orchestra, performing “Find Me” from their By the Sea … and Other Solitary Places album. I later found a live clip of “Suki … Continue reading

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9 PRINCE ALBUMS I PLAY THE MOST

About a year after the release of Prince’s Dirty Mind album, Music industry publication Billboard attempted to answer the question “What is Black music” by creating a Black Singles chart. Reductionist tactics like Billboard’s are worthy of a lengthy post, … Continue reading

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PRINCE’S MUSIC WAS REPPING THE BLACK EXPERIENCE FOR 40 YEARS (AND MANY OF YOU DIDN’T KNOW IT)

It’s been about three days after learning that Prince became an ancestor, and the sadness I continue to feel is strange — as if a part of my innards was forcibly extracted, a clearly unhappy event, but my brain refuses … Continue reading

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD 0065

MAXWELL MAXWELL’S URBAN HANG SUITE 1996 20 years ago yesterday, after a bout of hesitation by Columbia Records and Modern Soul recording artist Maxwell, Urban Hang Suite was released to a consumer market where — for right or wrong reasons … Continue reading

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