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ISSUE 4/2000

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No. 4 / 2000


  • Quality Time
    Choices from 11 new albums bring back the Quality Time tunes after a short break. This time Karen Bernod, Rachelle Ferrell, Brenda Russell, George Duke and Marion Meadows represent the typically stylish, jazz-inclined soul sounds that have become so familiar for the column, while raspy real-soul throat Theo (Peoples) brings some classic, down-dirty soul vocalising to the selection and singer-songwriter Tommy Sims shows he is the new master of anthemic uptempo soul tunes with a track aptly titled A New Jam.
  • The Soul Scale
    Erykah Badu is the album of the issue with the review also available here on our web site.
    Instead, the latest sets by Chanté Moore, Sade and Tamia were disappointing to our reviewers. UK label Expansion releases the 1987 album shelved by Epic, and the album contains a couple of real masterpieces produced by Patrick Moten. Karen Bernod was the voice behind Incognito's delicious jazz-soul gem Marrakech, and Karen's debut solo set is equally impressive. Other albums reviewed include Dennis Taylor, LV, Tommy Sims, Be Be Winans and Patti LaBelle.
  • Jazz-Funk
    Jill Scott's Words and Souns Vol. 1 set is raved by our jazz-funk columnist, who is also highly impressed by new albums by Fertile Ground, Sugar & Silk, Ronnie Laws. A dozen of other new jazz-funk CD's reviewed, too, including new efforts by sax heroes Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Walter Beasley and Marion Meadows - check out which one is the most recommendable.
  • An interview with KOOL & THE GANG
    The veteran funk group Kool & the Gang have had many lives over the year: they started as one of the most ambitious purveyors of highly inventive jazz-funk and fusion music, and then turned into disco-funk favourites with hits like Ladies Night and Celebrate. Read the original group members, bassist Robert "Kool" Bell and saxophonist Dennis "DT" Thomas comment their eventful career.
  • SOLOMON BURKE - The complete story with an interview, part 1
    In this issue, Heikki Suosalo starts another 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. In this first part of the story, the early stages of Solomon's career are handled, and all the spectacular 1962-1968 recordings on Atlantic. Miss at your own peril!
  • Deep
    Five pages of reviews and news from the rootsy side of our genre, highlighted by a brand new set by Oscar Toney Jr, whom Heikki Suosalo recently met at Oscar's own home in Opelika, Alabama. Oscar's brand new set on Bob Grady Records is also our columnist's number one record in year 2000. Plenty of other worthwhile listening offer Shirley Brown, Lady J, Chuck Colbert, amongst others, and a wealth of reissues and compilations are reviewed, too.
  • Upfront Soul
    Freddie Jackson amazes with the utterly electrifying live performance on the BET TV concert album. Another real delight on the import newie front is a former prisoner turned into a great soul singer: Tim Kepler, who releases one of the most impressive albums of the whole year. Instead, the new CD's by Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson, R. Kelly and Keith Sweat all sound irritatingly repetitive and formulaic.

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