Just released is Global Noize from Jason Miles and DJ Logic. On the whole, it’s a fantastic mix of Jazz, Electronica Funk and World Music. The CD is full of contributors including Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lenny Kravitz), MeShell Ndegeoceollo, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Cyro Baptiste (Herbie Hancock), Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads, Parliament-Funkadelic), Christian Scott, Herb Alpert, and others.
Due out on May 27 is a ‘best of’ for Bobby Womack. This collection is called The Best Of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years, and will contain 22 digitally re-mastered tracks.
Eagle Rock Records will reissue The Masters (2000) by British bluesman John Mayall, along with Live At The Marquee 1969 (2000), each of which is scheduled for June 3.
Legacy Records is reporting new titles from Patti LaBelle, the first is Live in Washington, DC from a 1979 performance. The second is a 2-CD Essential collection title. One of the other Essential titles coming on the same day is a 2-CD The Essential O'Jays. These are both planned for June 10, 2008.
Gerald Albright is just about ready to release his second CD on the Peak Records Label. The new release, Sax For Stax, offers a tribute to the spirit of Memphis and its legenday Stax Records label. Sax For Stax is due for release on June 24, and it includes new versions of the Staple Singers’ "Respect Yourself" featuring Ledisi; Johnny Taylor’s "Cheaper To Keep Her" and "Who’s Making Love, and the Dramatics’ "What You See Is What You Get" featuring Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. Also included is a collaboration with Will Downing on "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Memphis Passion" with Kirk Whalum.