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New Artist of the Month: Dominique Toney

Featured: 0She's an actress, a comedianne, and a whole lot of other things. But, most importantly, she's a talented, attractive new singer with a lot to say. Meet Dominique Toney. Musical versatility runs in Dominique's blood. Her father, keyboardist Kevin Toney, was a founding member of the groundbreaking, oft-sampled funk-jazz fusion outfit, The Blackbyrds.Facebook Comments: 1
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What’s On Your Mind? (2014)

Artist: Aziza MillerFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: When I first played ?W(Rap) It Up,? the second song on pianist, vocalist and songwriter Aziza Miller?s project, What?s On Your Mind?, I thought of a sign I saw while watching the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. ?I can?t believe we still have to sing about this (issue).? The (issue) ? judging from the song?s title ? is being sexually responsible, along with the consequences that result when people allow their desires to overcome their judgment. ?W(Rap) It Up? is the type of cut that could have received airplay in 1988 or 1994, but will probably elicit eye rolls in 2014 ? because, you know, everybody understands that the importance of being sexually responsible ? right? Well, I?m still seeing culturally specific billboards imploring people to get tested for HIV in my community. The disease disproportionately affects communities of color with African-Americans accounting for 44 percent of new cases in 2010, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Miller lives in New York, so she sees the toll HIV takes on a community daily. Sadly, Miller?s musical PSA remains as necessary as protesting excessive force by police and all forms of violence afflicting the community. The title is a play on words that finds Miller rapping - and sounding a lot like a female Slick Rick ? about the importance of condom use all while being backed a very funky band. Miller brings that level of wittiness, fun and energy to much of the output heard on What?s On Your Mind?. ?I Betcha? is another track that matches spoken word with funk. Thematically, the track will remind hard core funkateers of 1970 Funkadelic?s funk/rock classic, ?I Bet You,? with Miller naming the unlikeliness of certain things happening before circling back to the one sure bet ? her determination to land her man. ?Can?t tell a hawk how to fly/Can?t speak the truth if you?re telling lies/Can?t ask a question without who, what, where or why/Can?t stand another moment without you here in my life.? ?The Subway? is Miller?s unvarnished yet loving ode to one the most iconic features of New York?s landscape, and puts the artist among the ranks of writers, including Billy Strayhorn, Tom Waits and The Children?s Television Network, who have written songs about the MTA. It? s hard to listen to Miller?s eagle eyed, rated PG tune without hearing traces of the song that the Muppets performed as a skit on ?Sesame Street? back in the 1970s. Both cuts contain observations of life on a subway train, and it?s easy to imagine Miller?s song being a musical number in a Broadway style play. The cut has a universal appeal because although ?The Subway? describes life on New York?s transit system, anybody who has used public or mass transit anywhere in the country (or world) will nod in agreement when Miller sings ?It?s fun to ride in limousines, but you?ll learn what survival means on the subway.? Miller engages in another round of word play on O.A.P.T (Obsessed, Addicted, Possessed, and Twisted), a slow burning, and funk/blues hybrid celebration of having ones nose wide open. Vocally, Miller brings playful seductiveness to a track about a man who causes her to lose all semblance of control. The lyrics manage the trick of being fun and alluring without giving too much away. ?When it comes to you/I see no one else/When it comes to you I can?t help myself/You?re in the rear view mirror of my dreams/Getting closer it seems/I love you so much I can?t take it/I want you so much I can?t fake it/I need you so much I can?t shake it/Without your love I can?t make it/I?m obsessed, addicted, possessed, twisted.? While not every track on What?s On Your Mind? Works (the spoken word piece ?Diva? suffers from being too long, and too clich), Aziza Miller delivers a project that adult soul listeners will find a breath of fresh air. She manages to bring rap, R&B and jazz together on an album that that balances seriousness, fun and sensuality, as well as consistent lyrical quality. Recommended. By Howard DukesAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1
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Watch Full Unsung episode: Troop

Featured: 0Pasadena, California R&B group Troop had five number one singles and ten top ten singles on the Billboard R&B Charts during their meteoric rise in the late 80s. TROOP (whose name is an acronym for "Total Respect Of Other People") proved to be a standout during their decade in the spotlight, with hits like "All I Do Is Think of You," "Sweet November," "Mamacita" and "Spread My Wings." Troop is the subject of a recent episode of "Unsung" on TV One. Check out the entire episode below and tell us what you think!Facebook Comments: 1
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First Look: Angelique Sabrina is ready "Right Now"

Featured: 0For those of a certain age, Bahamian born Angelique Sabrina will conjure up memories of one of the biggest stars of the 1990s, Aaliyah. We introduced Angelique a few months ago to SoulTrackers via her first single, "I'm Ready."Angelique now has a very worth follow up with the ethereal "Right Now."Facebook Comments: 1
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Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Artist: Mack Avenue SuperbandFeatured: 1List Ranking: 0Review: It all started with a New Yorker article written by a guy who normally contributes humorous pieces to The Onion. The writer, Django Gold, wrote a satirical article titled ?Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words.? Gold?s Rollins trashes the music that made the legendary tenor saxophonist famous and pretty much states that his Rollins believes that he wasted 60 years of his life. At this point, I kind of feel the need to note that The New Yorker and jazz music have a lot in common. The New Yorker also has a following among the elite class and the quality of the magazine?s work ? mainly long form journalism ? is excellent. But here?s the flip side. Most people come across copies of The New Yorker during the visit to the doctor or dentist where it sits on a table right along with old issues ofSports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly. And if the person picks up a magazine, it will probably be one of the other three. Truth be told, the person?s more likely to be using a smart phone or tablet to read stuff on Buzzfeed. That?s because the magazine industry ? like jazz ? has seen better days. Rollins? best course of action would have been to note the irony and continue putting out music while basking in his legacy as one of the last men standing from jazz?s golden era. However, he took the bait and created a video commentary wherehe accused Gold of trying to kill jazz. Rollins? commentary prompted writers to riff on the ideas stated in the original satire, most notably a scorching critique of jazz that ran in The Washington Post where the writer slammed everything from that jazz staple the improvised solo to the way jazz performers ruin pop songs by discarding the lyrics and making the melody unrecognizable. Like two musicians in ahead cutting session, that article elicited a counter commentary that also ran in the WaPo. While the commentators commentated, jazz musicians offered their rebuttal by taking to the stage. That included the Mack Avenue Superband, who released their second Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival album. The inaugural album featured the all-star band?s performance at the 2012 festival, and this year?s release highlights the ensemble?s concert at last year?s fest. The band, which includes MackAvenue artists such as pianist Aaron Diehl, guitarist Evan Perri, saxman Kirk Whalum, trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen didn?t know they would called on to rebut another ?jazz is dead? article. However, the ensemble managed to address Justin Moyer?s piece. Moyer?s primary criticism is that jazz music stopped evolving about 50 years ago ? an argument that might have had some merit a generation ago when older musicians engaged in a war with popular music, and the young lions were taking their crack at the Great American Songbook. However, the new generation of artistswho grew up loving their parents? Donny Hathaway albums while maintaining a comfort and love for hip-hop and contemporary R&B has emerged. Many of those artists were raised in the church or knew musicians who played in the Missionary Baptist Church and the Church of God in Christ, and these Young Lions are dogmaticin their belief that jazz can incorporate all of those elements while not becoming unidentifiable. Moyer?s argument that jazz genre has become too elastic for its own good does have merit. However, the Superband?s willingness to expand the jazz standard canon by reimagining Donnie McClurkin?s ?Speak To My Heart? pays dividends. The band?s rendition refutes several of Moyer?s criticisms as if they anticipated them more than a year in advance. The tune does not suffer by being performed as an instrumental. In fact, this allows listeners to appreciate the conversational interplay between and among the musicians. The solos do not come across as pretentious, as each player knows when to cede the spotlight to the other players. As creative as the musicians get on their take on McClurkin?s classic, they never stray so far that they can?t return to the basic melody, thanks in large part to the sturdy undergirding provided by Whitaker and Allen. Today?s players have a refreshing willingness to add their original voices and tunes to the jazz conversation. This edition of Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival includes several originals including Dielh?s lush and expressive piano playing on ?Blue Nude? and the mid-tempo swing of Jones? ?Of Mars and Venus.? The album could have benefitted from the presence of a vocalist such as the fabulous Ceclie McLorin Salvant. Her performance brought some additional fun to the 2012 show. Still, Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival shows that jazz has plenty of artists who will ensure that those waiting for jazz?s demise will have to wait quite a bit longer. Recommended. By Howard Dukes Album Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: Mack Avenue SuperbandASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00MK7IVZW'; amzn_wdgt.title='Mack Avenue Superband'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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