The Albums of the Year
The choices for the best albums in 2002 by our contributors. Will Downing
was included in each but one personal favourite list!
The Soul Scale
Kindred is our album of the month, and we also have excellent ratings for new CDs
by Jean Carne (Collaborations), Darwin Hobbs, Donnie, Kem
and (Howard) Johnson & (Regis) Branson. Also,
any admirer of classy vocal soul should not miss the latest set by
Ray, Goodman & Brown.
An Interview with N'Dambi
Andreas Hellingh, the Soul24-7.com DJ and freelance A&R from the Netherlands
contributes with a rare interview with one of the most talented neo-soul artists of recent years,
N'Dambi. N'Dambi is well-known as one of the (former) backing singers of Erykah
Badu, but as N'Dambi reveals in her interview, Erykah and N'Dambi are old friends, like sisters,
and they made a pact that whomever got a record deal first, would take the other along on the
road. Erykah just happened to get the deal first... Read the 3-page interview!
Betty Lavette, Denise LaSalle, Barbara Carr, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Bill
Rhodes Jr, Bunny Sigler, Johnny Moore, Jimmy Lewis, Clarence Carter, Might Sam
McClain, Bobby Bland and George Jackson - amongst others - are featured this time in Heikki Suosalo's
legendary Deep column, which not only includes reviews of the latest CDs but often also
contains comments by the artists themselves telling the stories behind their latest offerings. This
time, for instance, Al Goodman reveals the facts behind the new Ray, Goodman & Brown
album - their first official album in 15 years.
BWB (Rick Braun - Kirk Whalum - Norman Brown), saxophonists
Michael Lington and Michael Brown and
flautist Dwayne Kerr are included this time in our jazz review section.
Soul Express sponsoring The Soul of Amsterdam on Soul 24-7.com
From this spring on, Soul Express is the proud sponsor of The Soul Amsterdam Show.
Read the story from our printed issue or go to Andreas Hellingh's own site,
The SPINNERS Story - Part 3: The Golden Years 1972 - 1975
The Spinners Story continues with a massive 13-page special article
complete with a discography, interviews with THOM BELL, Buddy Allen, Bootsy Collins,
the members of the Spinners and many others. This article is unmissable!
Quality Time Top 50 of 2002
The countdown of 50 best quality soul tracks in 2002. 50 tracks of sheer class,
the finest moments of the year by 50 different artists - or actually Ledisi
is feature not only once or twice but three times (songs from her own CD, as well as guest
vocal performances on Miguel Migs' and Braxton Brothers' albums...
Midnight Star, underground soul hero Peven Everett,
jazz/soul songstress Robin McElhatten and Sakai are featured with their CDs in our shorter than usual Upfront Soul
column this time.