No. 2 / 2003
- Quality Time
Lots of excellent quality soul releases this year, including absolutely delicious cream cuts by
Tashan, Miles Jaye, Ledisi, Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, Allen & Allen,
Lizz Wright, Kindred, Roy Hargrove's RH Factory, Darwin Hobbs and Kelli Sae, who
guest both on Incognito's and Philippe Saisse Acoustique Trio's albums.
- Read the latest news about the number one lady of the much talked about
neo-soul genre. Ledisi tells us about her recently released Soulsinger - The Revival album, the
distribution deal with Tommy Boy, her Jazz Cafe gig last March, her future album plans and
guest vocal performances on other artists' CD's.
An Interview with Ledisi
Soul Singer - The Revival
- The Soul Scale
"Perfect 10" rating for Ledisi's The Revival version of Soulsinger... Lizz Wright is our album
of the summer 2003. Other essential CDs include Leon Ware, Roy Hargrove & RH Factory, Cafe de Soul Part 3,
Earth, Wind & Fire and Les Nubians. 5 pages of reviews this time!
- The Stax Museum - Opening Events
Patrick Montier reports about the opening events of the Stax Museum, which
opened its doors on Friday, May 2, 2003. "The Stax Family spirit is still
a strong and beautiful reality", he describes.
- The Chef's Special - An Exclusive Interview with Leon Ware
Leon Ware has just released his best album for ages - a real masterpiece reviewed
on our Reviews page by Barry Towler. Now it's also a perfect
time to have a fresh interview with Leon, readable only in our printed issue. A full discography
now also on our Website!
- Introducing Tracy Hamlin and Remi
Soul Express is proud to introduce the brightest new talents
on the soul scene. This time we introduce and interview Tracy Hamlin - the
divine voice on Pieces of a Dream's latest set -
and Remi, whose
tracks were included in the excellent Cafe de Soul compilation vol 1.
After a slow start this year, we are really flooded with new jazz-funk releases.
In this issue, the best ratings get the brand new CD's by Ronny Jordan
and Incognito. Also reviewed this time are the latest sets by
Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr, Allen & Allen, Stanley Clarke
and Walter Beasley.
Howard Tate returns with a brand new CD titled Rediscovered. Heikki Suosalo
has an interview with Jerry Ragovoy, who has produced and arranged Howard's comeback album.
Other deep heroes included in this column are Charles Walker, Sterling Williams, Clay Hammond,
Lat(t)imore (now with two t's!), Carl Sims, Stan Mosley and Ann Peebles. Melba Moore has also
released a new set, now in the contemporary gospel scene, but according to Heikki, the CD is
Melba's best ever set.
- Upfront Soul
Like always, Upfront Soul column closes the printed issue with reviews of
import soul indie releases from U.S.A. This time, our old hero Miles Jaye
returns with a new set on his own label, and
another long-time favourite soul throat Jeffrey Osborne is also recording
on his own Jay-Oz label these days.
Other CDs reviewed here include fresh albums by Sounds of Blackness, Allen & Allen and
Tower of Power.
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