Neo Soul — CDs

XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!

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Macy GrayStripped ... CD
Chesky, 2016. Used ... $7.99
Macy Gray in a whole new setting – working here with a small jazz combo, in a mode that's definitely as stripped-down as the title implies – and which really gives us a new way to focus on her famous vocals! The group's a quartet – with the great Wallace Roney on trumpet, plus Russell Malone on guitar, Daryl Johns on bass, and Ari Hoening – and the lack of piano makes for a really great approach, one that gets past the sometime "torch" cliches that come off when a soul singer tries to turn to jazz. Instead, the blend of guitar, bass, and trumpet creates some very fresh settings for Macy – and she response with a performance that's wonderfully relaxed and personal. Titles include "Sweet Baby", "She Ain't Right For You", "First Time", "Nothing Else Matters", "The Heart", "Lucy", "Redemption Song", and "I Try". CD

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Monday MichiruFree Soul Collection ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1990s/2000s. Used ... $19.99
Monday Michiru is one of the few contemporary artists to get the Free Soul treatment – but that's more than ok with us, given the depth of her work, and her near-classic sound! The collection brings together some of the most soulful and deeply flowing tunes by Monday from the past decade or so – numbers that sparkle with a sense of life and joy that you'd be hard pressed to find in most other soul singers, even those from the current Neo Soul underground! A few numbers are more uptempo and dancefloor-oriented, but these are offset by others that are gentler and more introspective – performed in a great range of instrumental styles that really keep things fresh. CD features a few special versions of tracks, and titles include "Loving You (acoustic live version)", "You Make Me (single version)", "Play It By Ear", "Conversations With Myself", "Sunshine After The Rain (radio edit)", "Leaf In The Wind", "Chasing After The Sun (barefoot n pregnant version)", "Tatto My Heart", "Changes", "Mermaid", "Maiden Voyage – Gone", "Stop N Listen", "Thinking Of You", and "How Deep Is Your Love". CD
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