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ISSUE 4/2001

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No. 4 / 2001


  • Quality Time
    Another two pages of Quality soul gems from recent CD releases.The real cream cuts this time include tracks by Sandra St. Victor, The Main Ingredient, Gwen & Charles Scales, Shabazz, The O'Jays, N'Dambi, Angie Stone, Connye Florance and Ledisi.
  • The Soul Scale
    Our albums of the issue include The O'Jays, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Angie Stone, and the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston back on lead vocals. Other CD's reviewed in this issue include Regina Belle, Gerald Levert, Khani Cole, Charles & Gwen Scales, Cooly's Hot Box, Dennis Taylor, Babyface, Macy Gray and The Temptations .

    Ty Stephens' CD Deeper in Fantasy was our album of the issue in October, and in this issue we have an exclusive interview with this talented soul/jazz vocalist who was nominated as "The best vocalist" in BET Jazz Discovery and has already been compared with Luther Vandross, Will Downing and Peabo Bryson with a jazzier edge. Read about Ty's major influences, about the tracks featured in his excellent album, and his opinions about contemporary major-label R&B.
  • Jazz-Funk
    Four pages of excellent jazz-funk/soul-jazz releases, starting with the "album of the year" for our columnist, Michael Franti & Spearhead's Stay Human. Other major events include the new CD's by Jill Scott, Peter White, Brian Culbertson and Jeff Lorber. Also, the tribute albums to Bob Marley (A Twist of Marley, produced by Lee Ritenour) and Grover Washington (Various artists: To Grover, with Love) are well worth checking.
  • Introducing KELLI SAE
    An interview with the stunning new lead singer for Incognito, Kelli Sae - arguably the best ever Incognito vocalist. Kelli has also released a solo CD and guests on the Count Basic album.
  • ALI OLLIE WOODSON - the legendary Temptations vocalist finally releases his solo debut

    Ali Ollie Woodson, photo courtesy of Lazy Junco, see
    Ali-Ollie is the former lead singer of the Temptations, and our editor regards him as "the best soul vocalist ever". Ali Ollie's final album with the Temptations - at least so far - was the 1995 album For Lovers Only. Finally, six years after that album Ali Ollie gets his first solo album released, see our album of the month in December. Read the in-depth interview with Ali Ollie, including his own comments about the new album.

  • THE FANTASTIC FOUR - The complete story with an interview
    Read the complete 7-page story of The Fantastic Four, a group out of Detroit fronted by Sweet James Epps. Read the full story with interview comments by the remaining group members Ralph and Joe Pruitt and Paul Scott (after the demise of James Epps and Cleveland Horne). The discography also on our website.
  • Deep
    Briefly introducing Sheba Potts-Wright, Lil' "Fallay" Boy and Queen Isabella with telephone interviews, and a wealth of new CD reviews from artists like J. Blackfoot, Carl Sims, Chuck Colbert, The Chi-Lites, The Main Ingredient, Willie Clayton, Mel Waiters, Millie Jackson and Johnnie Taylor Jr. (the son of Johnnie Taylor). Also, two book reviews featured: The Atlantic Story by Ahmet Ertegun and The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.
  • Upfront Soul
    The last issue of 2001 closes with some truly appetising new double sets by N'Dambi and Jill Scott. Also, the comeback album from Main Ingredient is solid as a rock, and Connye Florance is another BET Jazz Vocalist winner.

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