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ISSUE 1/2001

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No. 1 / 2001


  • The Albums of the Year
    Our critics' picks for the albums of 2000. Ledisi received four nominations, two for the number one album.
  • The Soul Scale
    Ian (Martin)' debut set One is the album of the issue - Ian himself introduced and interviewed elsewhere in the same issue. Our reviewer also warmly recommends Gladys Knight's latest CD entitled At Last. Instead, the latest CD's by Lina and Driza did not excite our reviewers. In our Archive Material / Reissue column, the 1978 original, Randy Brown's Welcome to My Room gets the highest points.

  • Quality Time Top 30 of 2000
    Quality Time best of countdown of 2000 is a delicious mix of veteran soul artists like The Dells, L.J. Reynolds, Freddie Hughes, Jeffrey Osborne and Phil Perry, late 80s/90s quality soul heroes like Will Downing, Freddie Jackson, Chanté Moore, Rachelle Ferrell, Renee Diggs, Maysa Leak and Rosie Gaines, plus some of the brightest talents of the current quality soul scene: Ledisi, Fertile Ground, Tim Kepler, Tommy Sims, Darwin Hobbs etc.

  • The Sound of the New Millennium
    Every decade a new form of black music is born. Our editor suggests that the The Sound of the New Millennium has already been born, although there's no name for it yet. The new sound is jazzy soul with lots of real musicians. Artists like Erykah Badu (with her latest set), Ledisi, Karen Bernod and N'Dambi represent this new sound at its best. In this article, we take a look at Badu's career thus far, plus introduce two great new talents of the new jazzy soul scene: Karen Bernod and Ian Martin.

    Both of these artists are interviewed and they describe the current battle between real artists and record company executives, who mainly want to "copy what's hot" and rather give room for "pretty, model type, young naive, hungry artists who don't have a clue as to what they're really in for". As a result, the current R&B market is full of puppet-like artists with no longevity. Like Karen Bernod puts it, "we'll never be gray with dentures sittin' in a rocking chair popping our fingers to a `Puffy artist´ or `Jermaine Dupri artist´. Read the excellent interviews - they are one of the best ever featured in our magazine!

  • Soul Express Poll 2000
    The results of our readers' poll - only The Temptations managed to renew their win in their own category (vocal groups). So, who were the winners in the Male singer, Female singer, Jazz-funk, British act and Newcomer categories? And which were the albums of the year - read the top 25 dountdown voted by our readers!

  • Jazz-Funk
    The five albums that receive excellent reviews from our jazz-funk specialist this time are the new CD's by Chris Bangs, Gregg Karukas, Marcus Johnson, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Guru.

  • SOLOMON BURKE - The complete story with an interview, part 2
    In this issue, Heikki Suosalo continues his in-depth story of one of the living soul legends, Solomon Burke. Read the detailed story of Solomon, featuring his own comments on his most important moments of his great career. The second part of the story (8 pages!) includes the years 1969-2001.

  • Deep
    Freddie Scott, one of our Deep columnist's all-time soul hero, has released a new album entitled Brand New Man. Other new albums reviewed this time include the new CD's by Robert Tillman, Little Milton, Kenne Wayne, Marva Wright, Freda Payne and Marvin Sease. In the reissue section, a pile of new CD's to be reviewed as well, and then we take a closer look at two indie labels, Ecko and High Stacks. The last minute arrivals were Little Johnny Taylor and Swamp Dogg's Westside CD's.

  • Upfront Soul
    The quiet time of the year on the new releases front give us a chance to review some rare quality soul CD's raved by other soul specialists. Kay Cee from Düsseldorf brought artists like LaTanaya, Nichelle, Chris Simpson and Tiorah into our notice, and all of these were worthwhile artists. Also, the new gospel-soul sensation Tarralyn Ramsey is well worth checking, as is the comeback album by Eloise Laws.

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