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July 2012

Wil Key | But A Woman

Wil Key - But A Woman
Wil Key
But A Woman
Record Review by A. Scott Galloway
When was the last time you purchased a CD – with 15 songs/no interludes no less – and dug it enough to let it play through without skipping one tune? L.A. based singer/songwriter Wil Key has delivered such a worthy disc thanks to the thoughtful, sensitive and sensual nature of his lyrics, the quality and sheen of the independent production, and a striking balance between live instrumentation (rhythm, horns and support vocals) and tastefully synthesized tracks.

Teri Tobin | So Good To Me

Teri Tobin - So Good To Me
Teri Tobin
So Good to Me
(Sol to Kep Ent.)
By Peggy Oliver
Despite one’s musical training throughout childhood and college, one earmark of a credible artist is digging into their lifelong experiences and translating those special stories to effectively communicate with their audiences. Those persistent and driven talents refuse to be weighed down by musical trends or record sales in dictating their artistry and achievements. This certainly works in favor of independent artists who are simply doing it for the love of their craft.

Various Artists | Sweet Soul Select Artists, World Soul Collective, Vol. 1

Various Artists
Sweet Soul Select Artists, World Soul Collective, Vol. 1
(Sweet Soul Records)

Album Review by Brent Faulkner

2012‘s World Soul Collective, Vol. 1 is a compilation of international soul artists.  Released on Japanese soul label Sweet Soul Records, the compilation’s purpose is ‘…to promote soul music in Japan in all its forms.’ The philosophy of Sweet Soul Records states that it considers soul to transcend all race. Consider their motto: ‘soul over the race.’ World Soul Collective, Vol. 1 features a diverse group of soul artists ranging from retro-soul, neo-soul, jazz-soul and hip-hop soul, among other sub-genres. To continue, please click “MORE”!

Paulette McWilliams Concert Review – Catalina Bar & Grill | June 27th, 2012

Paulette McWilliams Re-emerges Vivacious As Ever With Hollywood Jazz Set
Concert Review by A. Scott Galloway

Since being formally “introduced” to the world as a guest on Quincy Jones’ R&B-era Lp Mellow Madness in 1975 and later working prominently as a background singer on records and on the road with the late, great Luther Vandross, Ms. Paulette McWilliams is often lazily categorized as a soul singer…though a mighty good one. Truth be told, jazz is her root music – with a lot of class and sass. All were in colorful abundance during a rare one night/one set show in Hollywood last Wednesday (June 27, 2012) at Catalina Bar & Grill where the lady slid in to showcase music from her long-awaited first American album in four decades, Telling Stories (not counting the 2007 Japanese import-only, Flow).
(Photo: Malcolm Ali)