SHEILA E. – ICONIC: MESSAGE 4 AMERICA
2017 release. Iconic Message 4 America features collaborations with Ringo Starr, Freddy Stone, George Clinton and many others. One of life's constants for Sheila E. comes down to a simple phrase: follow the beat. And her impeccable inner rhythm is the pulse behind a trailblazing career that still knows no bounds. World-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre." Sheila is a fearless multi-instrumentalist, as well as an actress, mentor, and philanthropist. Includes: America; Blackbird; Come Together; Everyday People; National Anthem; Jesus Children of America; Inner City Blues / Trouble Man; One Nation / Mothership; Connection; Pusherman; James Brown Medley; What the World Needs Now; and Yes We Can, Can.
HIDE & SEEK VOLUME 1 – COMPILED BY FOREIGN EXCHANGE
The duo of Phonte and Nicolay have been giving us great music for many years – and here, they serve up a special selection of their favorite tracks from recent years – all with the warm glow and soulful currents we've always loved from the Reel People label! The set features two Foreign Exchange tracks, mixed with a equally-wonderful assortment of gems from the contemporary soul underground – work that shows that there's always plenty to discover if you know where to look and listen. There's a fair bit of tracks here we'd never heard before – further proof of the magical ears of Foreign Exchange – and titles include "Close To You" by Art Nap, "Future" by Echelon The Seeker, "Without A Doubt" by Gwen Bunn, "Somebody In My World" by Muhsinah, "Just Whatcha Like (David Harness voc mix)" by Zo with Joie, "Good For Me" by Tamisha Waden, "Tonight We Ride" by DJ Spinna with Phonte, "Role Play" by Leron Thomas with Bilal, and the tracks "Shelter" and "Asking For A Friend (Stro Elliot's roller rink rework)" by Foreign Exchange. ~ Dusty Groove
GEORGE FREEMAN-MIKE ALLEMANA ORGAN QUARTET WITH BERNARD PURDIE = LIVE AT THE GREEN MILL
A fantastic live album from the legendary jazz Chicago guitarist George Freeman – working here in co-leadership with younger guitar talent Mike Allemana, who was in the combo of George's late brother, saxophonist Von Freeman! The twin-guitar set has a searing old school vibe – like some lost Hammond date from the 60s east coast club scene – with Pete Benson on the organ, and the mighty Bernard Purdie on drums! George's tone is wonderful after all these years – that raw style first inherited from T Bone Walker, but turned towards jazz in 60s work with Groove Holmes and other leaders – nicely contrasted with some of the more chromatic hues of Allemana's music. Most tracks are nice and long – all by George, too – and titles include "The Big Finish", "Happy Fingers", "Perfume", "Home Grown Tomatoes", and "Let The Drummer Speak". (Includes download.) ~ Dusty Groove