A set that bills itself as "brand new original authentic soul music", but which maybe offers up more than that too – as there's also a fair bit of instrumental funk in the mix, served up by an array of up-and-comers, and some crucial talents you'll recognize from years back! The variety is nicely appreciated – there's no overarching label style here, and instead the groups are really allowed to do their own thing – in tight combos, larger ensembles, and with a mix of lead instruments that include guitar, organ, and plenty of keyboards. Titles include "High 45" by Alan Evans Trio, "Hey" by The Natural Soul", "What Will You Do" by BT ALC Big Band with John Medeski, "Slammin" by Kris Yunker, "In Comes Slade" by Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers, "Helping Hand" by Johnny Trama & The B3 Kings, and "A Little Bit Of Sunshine" by Brother Goodlove. (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)LP, Vinyl record album
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Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers —
Love & Truth ... LP VintageLeague, 2021. New Copy ...
A nicely collaborative project from Crushed Velvet – aka Alan Evans of Soulive, working here at a level that's much different than the style of that jamming instrumental trio! Evans handles much of the instrumentation here, along with help from some guest horn players, and very nice organ from Darby Wolf – but the main difference is in the singers, who are a really great lineup that not only handle lead vocals from track to track, but also pen their own lyrics to the instrumental tunes crafted by Alan! The lyrical contributions make the record much stronger than just another funk set with a singer thrown into the mix – and singers include Brother Goodlove, Kim Dawson, Yanick, and Saundra Williams – on titles that include "You Are My Home", "Good Thang", "Really Can't Get Over You", "We Are Not OK", "Say Their Names Be The Change", "As Far As We Know", and "Keep On Fightin". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)LP, Vinyl record album