Hip-Hop remains committed to this work … Captured at Thursday night’s live-streamed Bronx Music Heritage Center event, Chicago-bred DJ Illanoiz hit fans with 10 minutes of A Tribe Called Red, Sa-Roc, Supaman, Yasiin Bey, Black Thought, and a vintage underrated Queen Latifah(!) joint. The set sends a fist-raised nod to the ancestors — indigenous to […]Read More DJ Illanoiz released the ‘Black and Indigenous Solidarity’ Mix and it’s 10 minutes of no-compromise heat
I’m going to add more music posts to this blog. All kinds of music. Old and new. We need to break up the heavily-political posts with a different set of vibes. But don’t worry — I don’t plan to dilute a single race or political post. I’m currently relistening to the third installment of music […]Read More Soul, Jazz and Dance Music: Roger Williams comes through again with a podcast for the earhole
Another example of my weirdness: I Shazam songs I already know. My guess is that I have trust issues with the app and want to catch it in a lie. Not sure. An Aha-you-busted moment came last night when Soul Music podcaster Roger Williams played Impact’s “Something to Rock Too” during his monthly last-Wednesday show […]Read More Roger Williams scores again with his Wednesday Wind Down Zone Soul Music podcast — May 27
Coronavirus pandemic be damned, this is Jamal Dixon’s time to fly. Somewhere and somehow between sets during his busy NYC-based Standard Hotel residency, DJ and producer Jamal Dixon released his Brick City EP earlier this year to the world — and the results have the power to connect with nightclubs far outside of America. The […]Read More Aural Dive: Jamal Dixon — Brick City EP 2020
Three dreams, guided by a polaris of better times, but for the most part pursued by somber realities while awash with indulgent compositions, vocals and lyrics. Count Richard Ellis and Sheila Brown Ellis of the group Annabel (lee) among the shortlist of creatives who can solidly deliver on such an angular approach to storytelling. Their […]Read More Album in the Crosshairs — Annabel (lee): I Came Across a Dreamer; Youngbloods, 2018
In 2018, music of the flesh thrives hard while its more soulful counterpart ironically gives up more of its ghost, leaving the responsibility of holding down what remains to a shrinking handful of singer-songwriters like Patsy Moore, who reverently treat music as the spiritual nexus of mind and body. Moore’s latest album, What Surprises Us, […]Read More Album in the crosshairs — Patsy Moore: What Surprises Us (2018)
Recommended preparation for digging multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Saoul Bumbu’s music is to read how he describes it: “Good Songwriting is the real Pinnacle, no matter what Style or Genre. Write a Tune that still shines when there’s a Power [outage] and all you have is a 6-String and some Candles.” I’ll supplement his quote with […]Read More Aural Dive: Saoul Bumbu
I’m saddened to hear that Rock luminary, elder and Allman Brothers Band co-founder, Gregg Allman, has passed on. It’s not hard to say that at 69 years of age — with a willingness and skill to create music that matters — Allman’s earthly departure is a life cut short of inspiring additional thousands of future musicians, […]Read More Thank You, Gregg Allman. You’re Bigger Than Southern Rock.
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 list and download. Be sure to follow his podcast to get the latest show uploads. […]Read More Download This Soul Music Podcast Now.
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 over Jazz, Pop and R&B audiences during their careers. But what makes Jarreau a unique […]Read More Goodbye, Al Jarreau