Preview: José James "Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday"

If your already familiar with the smooth delivery of this great Blue Note vocalist, you know this tribute from one innovative Jazz artist to another is bound to be something special. As the third album for this label, José pays tribute to his “musical mother” on "Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday".

Lift Your Spirits With Tom Browne & Diplomats Of Soul ft. Incognito & Imaani On "Brighter Tomorrow"

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Expansion Records revives and 80's Boogie classic to take the blues away for a new generation of listeners on the Tom Browne's "Brighter Tomorrow" which features a new version by Diplomats Of Soul ft. Incognito & Imaani on the b-side.

The Tom Browne version was recorded in 1983, produced by Dave Grusin & Larry Rosen for GRP/Arista Records and features a sensational vocal by Carol Woods.

The never before issued brand new version by Diplomats Of Soul takes the song back to how it may have sounded if first recorded in the 70s with live bass and full rhythm section with horns. Incognito feature as musicians with a special guest vocal performance by the brilliant Imaani.

Get the 12" vinyl single here at Juno

Preview/Order "The Brian Auger Sampler EP" on Freestyle Records

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"Brian Auger has always displayed a fiercely independent and single minded approach to his music - and after over 50 years of doing just that, has firmly secured his reputation as an award winning and much loved musical innovator, a jazz piano prodigy, a Swinging 60's London scenester, early jazz fusion protagonist, a 2014 Hammond Organ Hall of Fame Inductee, and recipient of a US Congressional Award For Services to Jazz!

This 4 track sampler pulls together rare and new material from Brian Auger's illustrious career included in the two forthcoming albums; Back To The Beginning - The Brian Auger Anthology and Live In Los Angeles - Brian Auger's Oblivion Express.

Git Up was originally on the 1977 Encore album which reunited Brian and his cohort Julie Driscoll from The Trinity days of the 1960's. A very funky Fender Rhodes piano riff backs Julie's amazing vocal, and then Brian brings in his trademark Hammond sound to stunning effect. This probably should have been released as a single back then, but wasnt - something Freestyle Records is happy to correct in 2015.

Freddie's Flight is an unusual track as Brian is joined by a full horn section - this is dance floor material, as the uptempo groove is infectious - taken from the 2005 self released album 'Looking In The Eye Of The World'.

The final 2 tracks are brand new,live versions of Oblivion Express classics - but taken from the forthcoming Live In Los Angeles' album which features the original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend is a joyful, uplifting soulful funk track - and Inner City Blues, one of Brian's most loved cover versions - the Marvin Gaye composition simply sparkles here. Brian & Alex are a dream team - many years have passed since their first collaborations - but both their respective talents remain utterly undiminished." - Freestyle Records

Listen To The Greats: A Who's Who Of Spotify Music Profiles Pt. 1

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There has never been a better time to make the move from physical to digital music formats with the accessibility which Spotify gives you to hear what your favorite artists are listening to in real-time and custom playlists. If you are using the revolutionary app, click below to visit the official profiles of some artists who are currently using Spotify to share their favorite tunes with the world.

Playlists in this post are courtesy of none another than Jody Watley of Shalamar, Nas, Wax Poetics magazine and singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius.

Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin

Nile Rodgers

Quincy Jones III (QD3)

Anita Baker

Marsha Ambrosius


Earth, Wind & Fire

Gilberto Gil


Jay Z

The Budos Band

Bernard Purdie

Dianne Reeves

Bob James

Johnny Gill


J Smooth of The Underground Railroad

Teddy Riley of Guy & Blackstreet

Jody Watley of Shalamar


David Axelrod

Mike Clark drummer

Chaka Khan

Bill Withers

The Alchemist

Wax Poetics Magazine


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One of the dirtiest crews in Hip Hop return to separate the realness of the ghetto from the artificial commercial glamour and glitz as they represent the everyday visions and emotions of American inner city residents. Dirt Platoon represent the slums with undeniable authenticity and a sense of purpose to show in their own way that reality is always relevant in music.

Heavy D & The Boyz - "Nuttin' But Love" (The Claws For? Boogie Remix)

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To express the thoughts by one of the best MCs to grab the mic and contemplate on love, this version of "Nuttin' But Love" departs from the high-paced drums and mid-90's R&B-influenced sound of the original and replaces it with a funky vocoder chorus and more laid-back groove inspired by 80's Boogie. Enjoy this remix by Claws For? who transforms the musical vision of The Hev'ster in his memory.

The Arsenio Hall Show "Props To Hip Hop" '93 Episode ft. MC Lyte, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T

Queen Latifah introduces the groundbreaking contributions of a late night TV host known for going out of his way to represent Hip Hop culture lovely on a mainstream platform like none other. Enjoy highlights of Golden Era Hip Hop greatness on this full 1993 episode of The Arsenio Hall show courtesy of Jeremiah Hester.

Guest DJ - DJ Jazzy Jeff
Interviews: MC Lyte, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T
Performances: MC Lyte - "Ruff Neck"
Ice-T - "That's How I'm Living"
Dinosaur Jr + Del the Funky Homosapien - "Missing Link" (with Mike Watt on bass & Mike D of the Beastie Boys on Drums)

Singer Rhonda Thomas Wants To Love You On Her Album "Vinyl Daze"

"VINYL DAZE is a project born from a conversation Rhonda had with producers Darren “Daz-i-kue” Benjamin (of the U.K.’s Bugz in the Attic), KhariCabral Simmons (leader of soul bossa group, JIVA and bassist for India Arie) and Julius Speed (of Ananda Project). She told the gentlemen that she wanted a project that felt like Quincy Jones and George Duke made it for Patrice Rushen, Michael Jackson and Phyllis Hyman.

As a collective, they set forth penning tunes that utilized their new millennium musicianship while allowing for a 1981 sound to guide them. Rhonda also called on her musical friends such as award winning songwriter, Kipper Jones, vocalists, Avery Sunshine (“The Sun Room”), Donnie Johnson (“The Colored Section”) and Fred “Freddy Boy” Sawyers (who sang beside Rhonda for ten years as a background singer for soul icon, Isaac Hayes) to co-write, sing and vocally produce songs with her for this sonic labor of love."

Produced by Khari Cabral Simmons, Daz­I­Kue, Julius Speed (Edgewood Agents)

Executive Producers Rhonvocals Productions/Harmony In Life Records

Vocal Production Tony White for Tytework Entertainment

"Pyrex Scholar" by The Purist ft. Your Old Droog, Roc Marciano, Freddie Gibbs, Maffew Ragazino

The Purist sticks to the raw essence of sample-based sound which signifies pure uncut Hip Hop on his instrumental project 'Pyrex Scholar featuring Freddie Gibbs, Your Old Droog & long time collaborators Roc Marciano & Chicago Soul-Trap Pioneer Chicago's TREE and WestSideGunn. If you've been missing the sound of talented lyricists rocking over the sound of dusty vinyl and obscure loops, enter the dramatic Soul of The Purist who puts the needle to the groove to evoke emotion and storytelling with each track.

Soul Duo Cool Million Prepare New LP "Sumthin' Like This" With Single feat. Glenn Jones

SedSoul Records are pleased to announce the second single ’TONIGHT’ featuring GLENN JONES from COOL MILLIONS upcoming album ’Sumthin' Like This’.

This second offering sees the return of legendary soul singer GLENN JONES who are very well know on the soul scene for tracks such as: I Am Somebody, Finesse, Stay, We've Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over) to name just a few.

On the song ‘TONIGHT’, COOL MILLION are taking GLENN JONES straight back to the dancefloor.

Enjoy "Tonight" and listen to one half of Cool Million spin modern Soul and Dance for your entertainment on his own podcast. This upload features tracks from Portia Monique, Soulpersona & Princess Freesia, Namy & Stephanie Cooke, Raheem DeVaughn, Aaron Parnell Brown and more

Bush Babees - "Remember 2 Visualize" (The Kid Kris Remix)

Producer Kid Kris represents for Hip Hop and not the rap with a great blend of two 90's underground Hip Hop classics. The reflective lyrics and fun-filled persona of The Bush Babees meet the unique bass groove and bounce of DJ Spinna's "Visualize" instrumental on "Remember 2 Visualize".

Ms. Soul Tamborine Bettye LaVette Returns In 2015 With "Worthy"

"Now, after almost a decade, the legend that is Bettye LaVette has teamed up with producer Joe Henry once again and the result is a stunning new album, Worthy, featuring 11 songs composed by writers such as Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Mickey Newbury, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Mary Gauthier (who wrote the album title track) and Joe Henry among others. As Joe Henry states; "With every song on Worthy, Bettye finds the thread that first will unravel it. Then she stitches it all back together until it fits her taut frame and fierce stride, until it bends to meet her, until each song’s story is somehow, miraculously, telling her own”. Worthy is a supreme achievement from a uniquely gifted performer." - Cherry Red Records

From the joyful sound of her 70's classic "Soul Tamborine" to the deeply emotional Soul and Blues which she uses to express the complexities of life in the new millennium, Ms. LaVette shows her versatility as a vocalist and songwriter who shows how special she is in her own way. Bettye Lavette 'Worthy' - the new album from the Great Lady of Soul Bettye LaVette, is released January 26 via Cherry Red Records.

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