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All Grown Up
All Grown Up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Funky its Jazzy its ALL GROWN UP, 10 Jun 2014
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SHILTS remember that name. All Grown Up is a stunning album from Paul 'Shilts' Weimar. This album has everything from the funky jazzy opening track All Grown Up a real crowd pleaser at his concerts with a great solo from keyboard player Bill Steinway.
Track 2 Since I Found You shows Shilts in a beautiful mellow groove one for a summers day . Track 3 shows just how good this band is with Shilts and trombone player Richard Sheringham sharing the honours on The Test Of Time.
Wink track 4 is a fantastic laid back jazz track of the highest order to these ears Shilts is in a wonderful groove shades of Wilton Felder with a great cameo solo from guitarist Allen Hinds. The funk is never far away with Shilts and 'Just Give It A Minute''' and 'Copasetic' will keep your feet movin. Track 7 shows Shilts introducing a vocalist by the name of Siedah Garrett and shes 'Got Love'
a very nice track. The Band take centre stage for Track 8 Lifes Ups. and Downs with Shilts trading blows with Guitarist Ross Bolton.
Another highlight of many tracks on this album Track 9.is.the Jazzy late nighter Dear Juliet co written by Weimar/P Mulford the bass player on the track. And oh too soon its the end of a fabulous album and track 10 'We Dont Make The Rules'. Such a happy sounding track full of the best elements of funky/jazz a five star Album .

If you like your jazz Jazzy and your funk funky Shilts is your boy look no further, hes ALL GROWN UP.


Unscripted
Unscripted
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Bradley Unscripted., 21 April 2014
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First heard this wonderful musician Cindy Bradley on Solar Radio. This cd dates back to 2011 but still sounds fresh and vibrant to these ears. Her jazz trumpet playing has a club feel while still retaining that smooth jazz style. Would have given five stars but for the very dull final track on this otherwise fine Cindy Bradley CD.


Taylored in Silk [Stax Remasters]
Taylored in Silk [Stax Remasters]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album from J T, 26 Feb 2014
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Johnnie Taylor was pure class and this remastered cd is a must for fans of sophisticated soul .
beautiful arrangements and wonderful Lyrics,
Should have been more widely appreciated at the time but true soul fans will know what I mean
when I say JT was taylored in SOUL.


The Best Of The Old And The New: The Complete Beverly Glen Music Sessions
The Best Of The Old And The New: The Complete Beverly Glen Music Sessions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie Taylor is Pure Class Old or New, 22 Feb 2014
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This guy was so underated and this collection from Beverly Glen Records is classic J.T
Five Stars all the way Pure Class.


Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This With Peace Of Mind, 13 Oct 2013
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The Rippingtons sax man Jeff Kashiwa gives us a fantastic Smooth Jazz cd.
I saw him recently at Pizza Express The Pheasantry in the Kings Road and he
was just fantastic and played tracks from this album.
Quality jazz from a quality sax player.


Soul Flower
Soul Flower
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHICH DIRECTION IS ROBIN GOING ?, 18 July 2013
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Which direction will Robin Mckelle go from here.?
Soul Flower interesting Title for this cd in places it most certainly is soulful. Track one So It Goes opens with some beautiful organ playing from the very talented Ben Stivers who plays wonderfully throughout the whole cd.
Tracks two and three to my ears are messy and lack cohesion. Then Bang Robin hits us with two killer tracks Fairytail Ending followed by the gorgeous Miss You Madly.
Here lies the problem for me with this cd Talented Robin Mckelle clearly is. And how many more cover versions do we need of Walk On By!!!!! And here is where the cd hits rock bottom with a dreadful cover of To Love Somebody written by the Gibb Brothers. Tracks 9 and 10 show Robins band of muscians at their very best with great guitar organ and horn arrangements. Loves Work has a nice feel with Robins voice well suited to a soulful ballad joined by Gregory Porter its not the strongest song but works well towards the end of the cd.
The final track on Soul Flower is Im A Fool To Want You which for me is one of the standout tracks just beautiful.
Im not sure Robin Mckelle is completely sure which direction shes going. Seven out of twelve tacks work for me .
Im glad I have it in my collection but it could have been a whole lot better Robin.


Janus Years
Janus Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Whispers The Janus Years 1969-1974, 2 July 2013
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Can I start by saying This is The Whispers at their very best imo.
From track one you know your listening to the best harmony group
on the.planet.

The first cd covers the first two stunning albums for Janus records
Love Story and Life and Death both just stunning.
Both cds have great orchestration, romantic lyrics beautiful arrangments
throughout giving you goose bumps all over.
Favourite tracks almost impossible it changes day by day but im a real
romantic Whispers fan so the lyrics and harmonies of tracks from Love Story
'Your love Is So Doggone Good' and 'Cant Help But Love You' hit the spot.
Great orchestration on 'Theres A Love For Everyone' and the gorgeous
'Who Really Cares' By the time you hit track twelve you already know youve spent
your money very well indeed trust me. This time on 'Cracker Jack' The Whispers
are giving the fantastic Temptations a run for their money showing they can do uptempo
soul too. closing the first cd 'Somebody LovesYou' 'Set This Happiness Inside me Free'
'Does She Care' grab your love one and melt to these beautiful tracks.
Ok onto cd 2 covering the two albums 'Planets of Life' and the Philladelphia sound of
'Bingo' the results were stunning as you can imagine.
Favourite tracks on Planets of Life the weakest of the four cds for me although these
three tracks are stunners dont worry 'Creation Of Love' Im The One' and the classic 60s track
cover of 'You Make Me So Very Happy'
What an album 'Bingo' is!!!! If only for the standout track 'Will You Be Mine' this album according
to the sleeve notes has been very difficult to find making this compilation a must for any Whispers fans
or fans of the best period for soul music the early to mid seventies.
I cannot rate this whole set highly enough please buy it and tell your friends.
The Whispers are still out there making great music. Check out the 2004 album For Your Ears Only.
That review is for another day rest assured its a fantastic Whiispers album.
The Janus Years is Five stars all the way.
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Star Power
Star Power
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Norman, 27 Feb 2013
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Star Power the last album cut by the magnificent Norman Connors in 2004 according to the sleeve notes.
The CD gets off to dissapointing start for me on track one with the R/B flavoured 'Used To Be' not Connors
in my book. However from then on the Cd gets into a lovely groove with the sublime 'Where Do We Go From Here' featuring the wonderful Howard Hewett and a real find of a singer the gorgeous voice of Antoinette. She excells on the wonderfuly jazzy 'Sweetest Taboo' the old Sade song featuring Bobby Lyle on keyboards. Things get smoother with the delightful 'Walk On By' ive so many versions of this song and this one is up there gorgeous. Rock With You has a Quincy Jones feel about it just so smooth and uplifting featuring great guitar work fro Ray Parker Jnr and Kirk Wilson
fits in really well on this album.'You Take My Breath Away' is instantly forgetable but you quickly forget that dire track with 'Stormin Norman, featuring the beautiful Piano work of Herman Jackson this is Norman Connors at his best on tracks like this. Wow then you get a rework of the classic You Are My Starship featuring listen to this line up of talent
Peabo Bryson on vocals Marion Meadows on sax and Michael Henderson on Bass just magnificent and not the same as the original mmm.'Shades Of Brown' is ok a bit of a filler to me. The album ends on a high note with two typical Connor tracks in' I Waited All My Life For You' featuring another new singer to my ears Jaunita Daly nice late night
with your woman track. The Title track Star Power is a pulsating latinesque jazz piano instrumental featuring Kirk Wilson. 'Reach For The Sky' is ok but to bland to my ears. Skip 'Thinking' track 13 say no more. And finally the delightful Adore [I Love You] featuring Lisa Nobumato sounding not unlike the late great Teena Marie.
So Why only 4 **** for Star Power. take away four tracks and you would have had a stunning album. 10 out of 14 aint bad Norman. I cant wait for the next Norman Connors And The Starship Orchestra project. Buy this Album trust me its good.


Anthology
Anthology
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7Os SOUL AT ITS BEST, 20 Feb 2013
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For lovers of good soul music this Anthology set from Ann Sexton hits the spot.
Taken from her two albums released in the 1970s but sadly over looked at the
time. Ive recently purchased both the soul session cds from Joss Stone and you
can tell where her influences lie right here with Ann Sexton. So many stand out cuts
for me but instant favourites are Color My World Blue the pacey I Still Love You wonderful
at only 2.46 minutes long and the funky Your Losing Me my two absolute favourites are Come
Back Home and Be Serious. Soul Music at its best. Highly Recommended.


House Of Groove
House Of Groove
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5.0 out of 5 stars EUGES IN THE GROOVE, 2 Dec 2012
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WHAT A FANTASTIC ALBUM MORE SOULFUL THAN HIS PREVIOUS SETS IN MY MIND. THE FIRST FIVE TRACKS ARE ABSOLUTE STORMERS.STARTING WITH THE ATHMOSPHERIC 'KNOCK KNOCK' TRACK THREE SHOWS EUGE IN HIS MELLOW SIDE FELLOWSHIP HALL KENNY G ISH WITH A BEAUTIFUL PIANO BREAK BY TRACY CARTER.A STANDOUT TRACK FOR ME NEXT UP 'GOD BLESS YOU'FEATURING THE GORGEOUS VOICE OF KATE MINER MOEBEL A NEW VOICE TO MY EARS A MASTER STROKE ALMOST A COUNTRY JAZZ FEEL.'LUMPIN IT' IS THE TRACK FOR ME SMOOTH JAZZ AT ITS FINEST WHAT A TRACK. GET CLOSE TO THE ONE YOU LOVE AND MELT INTO EACH OTHERS ARMS TO THIS TRACK. 'INDIAN SUMMER'IS PURE CLASS AND THE ALBUM CLOSES WITH A WONDERFUL VOCAL PERFORMANCE FROM CHIOMA ON 'ITS ONLY RAIN'.
EUGE GROOVE IS TOURING IN LONDON AT PIZZA EXPRESS SOHO AS I WRITE THIS. PLEASE PLEASE CATCH HIM LIVE HES GOT SO MUCH ENERGY. A FANTASTIC ALBUM DONT HESITATE BUY IT TODAY.


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