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Fantasia | Sketchbook


 
Fantasia | Sketchbook
 
Album review by Brent Faulkner
 
Releasing her first independent album, Grammy-winning, gospel-infused, contemporary soul singer Fantasia doesn’t miss a beat on her sixth studio album, Sketchbook.
 
“You see I’ve waited all my life for this moment to arrive / And finally, I believe.” Ah, those were the moving lyrics that Fantasia Barrino sung on “I Believe,” the future Billboard Hot 100 number one single that would win her the third season of American Idol.

Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee


 
Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee
 
Following an eight-year hiatus between albums, the legendary R&B musician, Raphael Saadiq, drops an album for the ages with Jimmy Lee
 
Raphael Saadiq is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most notable musicians when it comes to R&B music. His style of R&B often incorporates elements of the past, embracing retro and neo-soul sub-styles, while also exhibiting freshness and progressiveness.

Jéssica Pina | Essência


 
An already established international jazz talent, trumpeter/songwriter/vocalist Jéssica Pina is now being introduced to North America with Essência
 
Amongst the countless independent musicians that are waiting in the wings, it is refreshing for new blood in offering their special artistry to the contemporary jazz landscape. Portuguese trumpeter Jéssica Pina, born of African descent, blends her roots with various urban flavors from U.K. soul/jazz, R&B and funk.

Legends The Mighty O’Jays Bow Out with Soulful Sense of Purpose


 
The O’Jays
The Last Word
(S-Curve)
 
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Rare is the occasion in Black music when we see a group schedule The End of its recording and performing days. It takes copious vision, fortitude, good fortune and common sense to arrive at such a point. Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, star lead singers of The O’Jays since they debuted as The Mascots in 1958, have set that marker with a farewell tour in progress and a final 9-song album, definitively titled…The Last Word.

Chaka Khan | Hello Happiness


 
Chaka Khan | Hello Happiness
Island Records
by Darnell Meyers-Johnson
 
It seems fitting that Chaka Khan’s first album in over a decade was released during Black History Month. Her voice provided the soundtrack for black culture since her 1973 debut with the funk band Rufus. Her lone female presence and soaring vocals became the band’s trademark, eventually leading to a solo career with the 1978 hit “I’m Every Woman”.

The Return of The Undisputed Truth is a Sonic Blast From The Past


 
The Undisputed Truth
Truth Gon’ Set You Free
(EarVisions)
 
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
In 1971, songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield had something to prove. After helming hits for established stars such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips and more, he challenged himself to create a group of his own vision to put across messages weighing on his spirit.

Shanice: The ‘S’ is for Steamy on No Sleep new single “He Won’t”


 
Shanice
“He Won’t”
(Bungalo/CIA/UMG)
 
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
When it comes to songbird Shanice’s sassy new single “He Won’t,” it sounds like our angel with the winning smile is dipping into sexier, steamier territory. In this percussive production from Jovan Dawkins, she is testifying – on and on `til the break of dawn – about how her man is not letting her get any sleep…and she don’t mind.

Rhythm Tribe Introduces New Style, Acid Latin, With Return Single “You Can’t Take Me Down”


 
Rhythm Tribe
 
“You Can’t Take Me Down”
(DanceMaster.com)

A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Back in the `80s when I was playing drums in a couple of local L.A. bands, I ran into a group called Chain Reaction that had a unique approach to Dance Music as it stemmed from a fusion of R&B and Latin elements.

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