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Lynden David HallOther Side (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI (Japan), 2000. Used ... $9.99
An excellent excellent set from British soul singer Lynden David Hall – a record that's even stronger than his debut, with a unified sound that grabs us from the very first tune! Lynden's working here nearly completely on his own – writing, producing, playing all instruments, and delivering the tunes in that earthy, mellow vocal style of his – an approach that clearly heads back towards Al Green territory, yet which manages to do so without any of the obvious cliches that would only ruin such an effort. There's a fresh, personal quality to the whole set – and titles include "To Be A Man", "The Other Side", "Say It Ain't So", "Forgive Me", "If I Had To Choose", "Dead & Gone", "Are We Still Cool", and "Let's Do It Again" – plus two bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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KenyaMy Own Skin ... CD
Kenya MJ Music, 2015. Used ... $6.99
Kenya's plenty warm in her own skin – coming on with this full, rich quality right from the very first note – the kind of indie soul power we haven't heard this well in a while! The album's very down-to-earth and unassuming – just wonderful vocals from the lady herself, well-penned songs, and this straightforward approach to the music that takes us back to classic mellow soul of decades back, but with a very fresh, contemporary vibe throughout. Kenya gets some great help on production and songwriting from equally excellent talents – including Khari Cabral Simmons, Daz I Kue, Brandon McKenzie, and Kendall Duffie of Kloud 9 – and titles include "Be Here", "Let Me", "Wednesday Girl", "My Heart", "Brown Soul", "Sleepless", "Take Me Away", "Makeusmile", "I Can't Help It (Sugaboom rmx)", and "Never Giving Up". CD

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Fernanda PortoFernanda Porto ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ... $4.99
Lovely work by Fernanda Porta – a talented new singer and arranger, with a sound that's a bridge between Rio and London! Fernanda's like some of her labelmates on the Trama imprint – a vocalist with a sound that's steeped in the bossa traditions of Brazil, yet which also reaches out with some of the more soulful styles of recent work from the European underground. Fernanda wrote and arranged this entire set herself – and the tracks dance along in a skittish style that has a lot of elements of the current London broken beat scene, yet which also retains all the warmth and soul of the best recent Brazilian pop. The album's a real delight throughout – very fresh, with lots of nice twists and turns – and titles include "Amor Errado", "Eletricidade", "1999", "Outro Lugar Do Mundo", "Sambassim", "Tudo De Bom", and "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce". (Brazil, Neo Soul) CD

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Esperanza SpaldingEsperanza ... CD
Heads Up, 2008. Used ... $2.99
Sublime work from a truly amazing artist – one who both sings and plays acoustic bass – all in a captivating blend of jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles! Esperanza Spalding has a fresh, unique feel that's all her own – the warmth of a jazz singer like Carmen Lundy, the sharper sensitivities of a bossa vocalist, and the depth of a younger soul artist – all wrapped up in grooves that are undeniably jazzy, with a strong sense of rhythm from Spalding's great work on bass! The set is a great one, and provides a perfect platform for Esperanza's wonderful talents – even more so than her previous import release, and at a much nicer price. Instrumentation is mostly small combo – with lots of piano, a bit of Fender Rhodes, and some trumpet and sax from time to time – and titles include "She Got To You", "Precious", "Ponta De Areia", "I Know You Know", "Fall In", "I Adore You", "Love In Time", and "Mela". CD

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