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ISSUE 2/2002

Available from our Soul Express CD Shop at 5 euros including postage!

No. 2 / 2002


  • Quality Time

    The year 2002 has already brought us plenty of quality soul gems, including excellent tracks by Kloud 9, Ledisi, Will Downing, Kathleen Bertrand, Ola and Joseph Diamond.
  • OLA ONABULE - Still able to create feel good songs

    Ola Onabule was introduced to Soul Express readers in 1997 but he has only lately started to get more recognition in his home country (U.K.) after performing regularly in the soul clubs and releasing his fourth CD Ambitions for Deeper Breadth. Read the fresh interview with Ola describing the strong new album.

  • The Soul Scale

    Will Downing
    is back in top form, his latest CD being our album of the issue - the review also readable on our Website. Other great new albums by Kloud 9, Ola Onabule, Brenda Hillman, Ann Nesby and Remy Shand. Instead, the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Glenn Lewis did not impress our editor with his Stevie Wonder -influenced debut set. The UK label Cafe De Soul continues their excellent work by releasing a wonderful compilation Cafe de Soul Volume One, with 15 superb soul cuts.

  • LEDISI - Is it neo-soul, neo-jazz - or "modern timeless music"

    Read the exclusive interview of the number one lady of the much talked about neo-soul genre. Still, like many other artists whose music has been marketed as "neo-soul" or "new classic soul", Ledisi does not want to use any of these marketing names herself:
    "I don't want to put names to my music. It's whatever I feel. I leave that up to marketing and sales people and hope the fans can make up their own minds as to what they think it is. If I am forced to think of what to call it, I will call it soul music."
    Ledisi also mentions she has another new CD coming out soon - read about that and much more of these great innovators of modern timeless soul/jazz.
  • Jazz-Funk

    A short section of smooth jazz this time, including reviews of the latest eforts by Kirk Whalum, The Chicago Project, Pamela Williams, Paul Rozmus and Soulive.

  • THE SPINNERS STORY - Part 1: The Tri-Phi Years

    A 5-page opening part of The Spinners Story continues Heikki Suosalo's legendary stories of classic soul vocal groups. Hours of interviews with the original members of the group again create the basis of the story, added with Heikki's own comments about each recording, single or LP. Full discography included as well.

  • Deep
    Telephone interviews with The Dells and Floyd Taylor (son of Johnnie Taylor) are the main course of Heikki Suosalo's Deep column this time.

  • Upfront Soul

    Our editor surfs the Web CD shops and finds some interesting soul-jazz albums recommended by Amazon logarithms - based on his previous bought CD's. Raymond Jones, TC and Victor Fields were the artists recommended. Were they any good?

    Other CD's featured in the Upfront Soul column this time include Philip Bailey's Soul on Jazz, Rachelle Ferrell's Live in Montreux 91-97, Patti Austin's For Ella and Cornell Stone's debut set Stoned.

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