January 31, 2008
When I first heard 9th Wonder’s instrumental, I initially thought he chopped up Bobby Womack’s “How Could You Break My Heart.” Listening closely, I realized that it was Vicki Anderson’s “You’re Welcome, Stop on by.” I learned later, though, that this version is a cover of the Bobby Womack song of the same name. Another interesting tidbit about “You’re Welcome” is that Vicki Anderson and Bobby Byrd(R.I.P.) are married and have a child who is a recording artist, Carleen Anderson. Both Byrd and Anderson were collaborators & vocalists in James Brown’s(R.I.P.) camp, creating many songs that would be sampled by hip hop artists including Anderson’s “The Message from the Soul Sisters” and Byrd’s “I Know You Got Soul.”
Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
The DJ Babu cut, “Dee on”, samples none other than Dionne Warwick (yes, Whitney Houston’s aunt). The gem that was selected, “You’re Gonna Need Me,” from her 1973 album, Just Being Myself, was also sampled by J Dilla(R.I.P.) and released on his posthumous album, Donuts, as “Stop.”
Dionne Warwick – You’re Gonna Need Me
January 29, 2008
2. 9th Wonder instrumetal – CD-R
3. DJ Babu – Dee On – Beat Tape, Vol. 1 – Nature Sounds
4. Erykah Badu – The Healer – Nu Amerykah – Universal/Motown
5. Pete Rock; Leela James – No Tears – Soul Survivor 2 – Rapster
6. G&D – Time – Message Uni versa – Look
7. Coultrain – Lilac Tree – The Adventures of Seymour Liberty – Ju Ju Dust
8. Byron the Aquarius – Turn Back Time – CD-R
9. Sa-Ra; Rozzi Daime – So Special – The Hollywood Recordings – Babygrande
10 DJ Spinna – Starz – Compositions – Female Fun
11. Busta Rhymes – Woo-Hah! Got you All In Check! – the Coming – Elektra/WEA
12. Quantic Soul Orchestra – Raw Ingredients – Stampede – Tru Thoughts
13. The Bamboos; Tyra Hammond – Head In the Clouds – Rawville – Tru Thoughts
14. El Michels Affair – Detroit Think Twice – Sounding Out The City – PID
15. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – How Long Do I Have to Wait For You (Ticklah Remix) – Daptone Records Remixed – Daptone Records
This mix began as a blend of instrumentals. After I’d selected the 9th Wonder instrumental reworking of Vicki Anderson’s Stop on By and Babu’s refixing of Dionne Warwick’s You’re Gonna Need Me, I decided to go another route. Both of the originals have powerful female vocals which immediately put me in the mind of Northen Soul. Leela James and Georgia Anne Muldrow (1/2 of G&D) are current artists that I could easily see handling the reigns after Sharon Jones releases them. Strong drums, pianos and horns throughout and spacy at times, this mix is a 30 minute treat for the discerning listener. Enjoy!
January 28, 2008
One song I’ve loved since I first heard it on VH1 Soul is Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Fight Outta You from their Lifeline album. Recorded and mixed over 7 days after a 9 month tour engagement with no computers or pro-tools, they deliver an offering thats great for a night of solitude or a getaway for two. You’ll enjoy this simple affirmation, though, that Ben Harper sings to funky keys, pounding drums and, of course, his guitar.
Next up, is another track I’m thankful to VH1 Soul for, “I’ll Be Waiting”. Waiting is the lead single from Lenny Kravitz’s upcoming (2-12-2008) album Time For A Love Revolution and is a slight return to his 1992 album,”Mama Said.” The song begins with a simple piano lead in, and is swiftly followed by drums and Lenny crooning. A guitar driven love ballad, Lisa Bonet look out!!!
I may actually have an opportunity to play songs such as these in Bham though, and not lose my residency. There’s a new event that’s coming together as i write this blog, The Latte Lounge. More details to come…
Erykah Badu’s album, New Amerykah, out 2-26-2008
January 26, 2008
Donnie performed a 10 song set to a captivated Birmingham crowd that showed much love! His soul and social commentary in between songs only helped to create a bond between artist and audience. After his scheduled set, he performed an encore with “Heavensent” and one of my personal favorites, “Rocketship.”
Be on the lookout for the next $10 concert series Feb 22 with Trina Broussard and Melissa Young!
January 25, 2008
Glad he didnt drive off of the cliff, but even more excited about the music! Martin Luther has been one of my favorite artists since I first heard “Daily Bread.” Hopefully, he has a new project in the works and this song will be included. I wish more artists were this determined to get new music to the masses (read: D’angelo, Maxwell) Make sure you pick up his previous albums, “The Calling” and “Rebel Soul Music.”
January 25, 2008
In the meantime, check out this mini-mix of Donnie’s Daily News album by DJ Jamad
January 24, 2008
January 23, 2008
Erykah Badu – The Healer
January 21, 2008
January 21, 2008
Wesley was born in Mobile, Alabama, the son of a high school teacher and big band leader. During the 1960s and 1970s he was a pivotal member of James Brown‘s bands, playing on many hit recordings including “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud“, “Mother Popcorn” and co-writing tunes such as “Hot Pants“. His slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos, complementing those of saxophonist Maceo Parker, gave Brown’s R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch. In the 1970s he also served as band leader and musical director of Brown’s band the J.B.’s and did much of the composing and arranging for the group. He left Brown’s band in 1975 and spent several years playing with George Clinton‘s various Parliament/Funkadelic projects, even recording a couple of albums as the leader of a spin-off group, The Horny Horns.
Wesley became a force in jazz in 1978 when he joined the Count Basie Orchestra. He released his first jazz album as a leader, To Someone in 1988. It was followed by New Friends in 1990, Comme Ci Comme Ca in 1991, the live album Swing and Be Funky, and Amalgamation in 1994.
In the early nineties Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker, as the JB Horns. With the departure of Ellis the band became The Maceo Parker Band. Wesley was featured trombonist with Parker until 1996 when he formed his own band, The Fred Wesley Group.
Wesley’s 35-year career includes playing with and arranging for a wide variety of other artist such as Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, The SOS Band, Cameo, Socalled and rappers De La Soul, to name a few. Many other artists have sampled his work.
In 2002 Wesley wrote Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman (ISBN 0-8223-2909-3), an autobiography about his life as a sideman. Also in 2002 he recorded an album entitled Cuda Wuda Shuda with a group of jazz musicians calling themselves the Fred Wesley Band.
Wesley served as an adjunct professor in the Jazz Studies department of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2004 to 2006.
Listen to Fred get busy with the JBs on The Grunt Pts 1&2