Posts Tagged ‘ Soul ’

Tower of Power – Soul Side of Town

Tower of Power – the most dynamic and distinctive band among Soul survivors music – is experiencing its unprecedented 50th anniversary with a dynamic album consisting of new material. A passionate endeavor, definitely soul side of town. A package of 14 guaranteed filler-free songs. As always, the songs were mainly from the founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka who also composed the world famous 5-man Keep Tower of Power Horns at bay.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power, Leader Emilio Castillo brought together both mastering engineer Bernie Grundman and Joe Vannelli as co-producers. In addition to the legendary rhythm section Drums and Bass Lock by David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia TOP consists of guitarist Jerry Cortez, Hammond B3 Organizer / keyboardist Roger Smith, the 1st tenor saxophonist Tom Politzer and the trumpeters Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo.

Soul Side of Town is also blessed with two lead singers: outgoing Ray Greene and the new Marcus Scott (bravely featured on several pieces, including ‘Hangin’ With My Baby “). The 10-headed band Tower of Power is ready to go on a solemn tour (fall). Sweet-spots around the globe will involve losing the ground under your feet. This album was released in April, 2018 on Mack Avenue, available in all stores.

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Soul Basement – Oneness

Soul Basement are Italian multi-instrumentalist and producer Fabio Puglisi (keys, bass, drums) and Texan soul singer Jay Nemor (vocals, sax).  In 2016 they released  the album What We Leave Behind, now followed by the sophomore album Oneness (2018).

Originally founded by Puglisi in 1997 as a four piece ensemble the formation has been undergoing some major changes. Hopefully the band stabilizes itself by the expected success. The concept of the new album is identical to his predecessor with eight new songs of the above mentioned musicians.

Blessed by nature with a voice like Gil Scott-Heron singer Jay Nemor sets anew the dominant accent with his characteristic vocals. Confident looking to the future, the group starts with Better Days. A song that revolves around an everyday relationship story. More important is the beautiful voice and the exquisite professionally placed accompanying music.

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The Jamal Thomas Band – Funk Don’t Move

Jamal Thomas is an excellent drummer with more than 30 years performance experience. He played with Maceo Parker, the SOS Band and the producer duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

His solo debut was Family, a vocal album. His newest project is the Jamal Thomas Band, a loose formation with changing members. This band was founded in 2009. The first album was Future in 2013. Funk Don’t Move (2017) is the sophomore album.

The band consists of Jamal Thomas (drums & lead vocals), Maya Lisa (lead & backing vocals), Alex Bernath (drums & rap), Daniel Lottersberger (bass), Coen Molenaar (keys & synth bass), Frank Deruytter ( sax & backing vocals) and Guy Nikkels (guitar). Guest musicians on selected tracks are Chuck Leavell ( piano, Hammond) and Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass).

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Uncle Los Music – Black Bottom Cupcake

San Francisco/Bay Area composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Carlos Sanders aka Uncle Los, has assembled a group of prolific musicians to create the finest smooth jazz you can imagine.

Among them are Ced Dennis (guitar), Joel Griffin and Jay Lane (drums), Vic Little and Ari Cap (bass), and Michael Spiro (percussion). The  horn section encompasses Clifford Brown III (trumpet) and Tony Peebles (sax). Together they are Uncle Los Music.

The formation started with Say Something (2013) and now returns with the delicious desert Black Bottom Cupcake (2018). The term Muse comes from Greek mythology and commonly describes a female person of divine origin, who inspires the artist to creative action. The music style of Uncle Los Music is based on an urban mix of R & B, funk and jazz rock.

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D Rolark – Soulidify

Multi-Instrumentalist D Rolark releases his most soulful album to date, Soulidify. A sophisticated blend of Smooth Jazz, Soul, R&B, Funk, and Inspirational, Soulidify encompasses D Rolark on keys, Piccolo Bass, 5-String Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Drums, and his debut on vocals, also featuring smooth & soulful inspirational vocalist Tamirah Leigh Terry. Soulidify presents the opening Minneapolis funk/Marcus Miller-inspired track, “Get On Up”, the smooth/soulful dance title track, the socially conscious anthem “Let Love Arise” which features D Rolark’s debut on vocals along with Tamirah Leigh Terry, the impressing track “Giving My All 2 U”, the Isley Brothers/Wayman Tisdale-inspired “Peace of Mind”, the Gregg Karukas-influenced “Lake View”, and the smoothness of “Positive Perspective”. Be prepared to be soulidified from a smooth soulful spiritual perspective.

This album is available on CDBaby.

Eban Brown – Summertime in Tokyo

Hailing from Newark, NJ, Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer. Motivated by strong family support and a firm belief in God, Eban exhibited a gift for music at an exceptionally early age. Eban began playing guitar and singing with several gospel groups by age seven and as he became older his interest in studying jazz guitar was influenced by Wes Montgomery, George Benson, David T. Walker, Larry Carlton, Grant Geissman, George Duke, and Bobby Caldwell. It was during this time that Eban Brown, realized another gift, that of a songwriter. In 1991, Eban Brown became the lead vocalist for his idol artist group RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN (better known as The MOMENTS). Although Eban was originally chosen to sign on as the group’s guitarist, instead, he was instantly moved to the front line to sing with his idol group. The founding members thought his physical characteristics were too young at the time to take promotional photos for marketing, so he continued to perform with the group for two and a half years. Later Eban would become a member of the one-time Grammy-Award winning group; The MANHATTANS (featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett) his stay was very short lived due to future accomplishments.

In 1993, Eban became the lead vocalist of the DELFONICS, and was the first lead vocalist of the DELFONICS to be inducted into the 98.7 KISS FM HALL OF FAME, in New York City, the NAACP HALL OF FAME, in Atlanta, GA and in 1996, received a NAACP award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The DELFONICS. The Delfonics, which featured Wilbert Hart, Major Harris and Eban Brown, has dazzled fans overseas, as well as the United States. In 1995, with the DELFONICS, Eban recorded a live album “Wil Hart and The DELFONICS live in Chattanooga, TN which was considered one of the group’s most treasured recordings. In April 2000, with great anticipation, Brown became the lead vocalist of the world-renowned STYLISTICS, following Mr. Russell Thompkins Jr., the original lead vocalist. As it stands, Eban is the youngest Classic Soul recording artist in the History of Classic Soul Music.

His solo projects are Master Suite (2002), Restless Soul (2004), Exit 15 (2006), Determinism (2009), and Summertime in Tokyo (2014). This album is on sale at Amazon.com.

Soweco – Keep On

Sweden based formation Soweco consists of Fredric Renmark (vocals), Mattias Roos (keys) and Peter Gustafsson (drums). The band name is an abbreviation of Soul West Coast (SoWeCo) and their music style can be defined as soul, west coast and smooth jazz. Their debut album Don’t Hide Your Love hit the streets in 2012, followed by the sophomore album Only You in 2015.

Meanwhile, Mathias Roos started a solo career and released the albums My Story (2016) and Movin’ Up (2017). However, this should by no means be interpreted as a dissolution phenomenon. Soweco is back with their new album Keep On (2017). Mathias already worked with Skytown Records on his second album. This fruitful collaboration, the band is now continuing with their new album. The Japanese version has another cover and a different order of songs than the US version.

Keep On evokes memories of the time, when funk, soul, and R&B were still in their infancy, ultramodern, innovative and full of surprises. The title song featuring guitar hero U-Nam perfectly hits this sonic sweet point of the past. Don’t Hide Your Love is drawn from Soweco’s debut album presents singer “Frosche” Renmark in a prominent role.

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