Soul-Patrol.com Best of 2006 - Live Performances, Classic Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock n' Roll, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul, Singles, Compilations, Books, DVD's

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Soul-Patrol.com Best of 2006 - Live Performances, Classic Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock n' Roll, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul, Singles, Compilations, Books, DVD's. It's Soul-Patrol.com's way of honoring the very best of what they have reviewed during the course of the year 2006. It's also, in effect, their suggested "2006 Black Music Buying Guide" and hope that consumers will take these artists into consideration when making their music choices.

Live At Fillmore West (Deluxe Edition)

As is Soul-Patrol.com's tradition, they are offering their best of picks in the following categories: Live Performances, Classic Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock n' Roll, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul, Singles, Compilations, Books, DVD's. It's Soul-Patrol.com's way of honoring the very best of what they have reviewed during the course of the year 2006. It's also, in effect, their suggested "2006 Black Music Buying Guide" and hope that consumers will take these artists into consideration when making their music choices. They promise to expect some surprises.

These selections aren't based on media hype, popularity, corporate policies, radio play lists, website visitors, or popular trends. The selections are based on one and only one factor and that is quality of content produced by the artist. That is because they think that is the only factor that the people reading this care about.

Links to the reviews are provided here for the first two winners in each categoryonly.For the full set of reviews please visit the following webpage:
http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2006/news12/best2006.html

--Bob Davis

Soul-Patrol.com - Best of 2006

Live Performances

1. Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show - BB Kings, NYC
2. Family Stone - Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington DC
3. Ray Parker Jr- Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington DC
4. The Rebirth - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
5. Candi Staton- World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
6. Archie Bell- Joe's Pub, NYC
7. Leon Ware - North By Northwest, Philadelphia
8. Hil St Soul - Grape Street Pub, Philadelphia
9. Michael Henderson - North By Northwest, Philadelphia
10. Chi-Lites, Ray Goodman & Brown, Escorts, Ollie Woodson, Manhattans, Peaches & Herb, Ted Mills Paradise Theater, Bronx NY
11. Poetic Notion Chorus Band and Soloists - Reinventing Laura Nyro- University of the Streets, NYC
12. Angela Johnson- Bluenote, NYC

Classic Soul

1. Billy Griffin - "Like Water" (Soul/Make Out)
2. Angel - "Where Have You Been?" (Soul/R&B/Beach)
3. Silk - "Always and Forever" (Classic Soul)
4. Temptations - "Reflections"
5. Lenny Welch - "It's All About Love" (Romantic Pop)
6. Natalie Cole - "Leavin" (Soul/Funk/Pop)
7. Persuaders - "Woman Made To Be Loved" (Classic Soul)
8. Chairmen of the Board - All In The Family (Southern Soul)
9. Gwen McCrae - "Gwen McCrae Sings TK" (Southern Soul-Funk-Disco-Jazz-Slow Jams-Kitchen Sink)
10. Aretha Franklin - "Live At Fillmore West (Deluxe Edition)" (Soul-Funk-Gospel)

Jazz

1. Paradise - "Jazz-Funk- Hip-HoPoetry" (Jazz/Funk/Spiritually)
http://1. Paradise - "Jazz-Funk- Hip-HoPoetry" (Jazz/Funk/Spiritually)
2. Gladys Knight - "Before Me" (Jazz/Standards)
3. Christian Scott - "Rewind That" (Jazz-Fusion)
4. Paul Samuels - "Speak" (Straight No Chaser Jazz with a bite)
5. Diana Ross - "Blue" (Jazz/Standards)
6. Smokey Robinson - "Timeless Love" (Jazz/Standards)
7. Chip Shelton - "Peacetime" (Jazz)
8. Geri Allen - "Timeless Portraits And Dreams" (Standards/Spirituality)
9. Onaje Allan Gumbs: "Remember Their Innocence" (Straight No Chaser Jazz)
10. Janis Siegel - "A Thousand Beautiful Things" (Jazz-Pop-Latin)
11. Steve Cole - "true" (Jazz/Funk)
12. Eric Person - "Reflections" (Jazz)
13. Gary Davis Band - "Playing My Dues" (Jazz-Funk-Soul)
14. Spirit of Life Ensemble - "A Little Oasis" (Straight No Chaser Jazz)
15. Ginetta's Vendetta - "La Dolce Vita" (Jazz/Funk/Pop)

Funk

1. Ray Parker Jr.- "I'm Free" (Soul/Jazz/Blues/Rock/Latin)
2. Charles Wright: "Finally Got It Wright" (Soul/Funk/Latin/Doo Wop)
3. SounDoctrine - Endurance (Jazz/Funk)
4. Rob and the Soul Brother - "Show Some Luv" (Jazz-Funk-Slow Jams)
5. Chico Hamilton - "6th Avenue Romp" (Everything Under The Sun)
6. The Rebirth - "This Journey In" (Kozmic Funk)
7. Seven Eleven: "Live In Paris" (Funk, Funk, Funk, Funk Me Up)
8. grosskopf File Under: G (Jazz-Funk)
9. Lee Ritenour - "Smoke 'N' Mirrors" (Jazz/Funk/World)
10. Tony Cook & The GA's - Brothers in the Groove (Stone Cold Funk/Southern Soul)

Rock n' Roll

1. Don Byron - "Do The Boomerang (The Music of Junior Walker)" (Supersonic Jazz/Funk/Rock)
2. Vernon Reid and Masque - "Other True Self" (Jazz/Funk/Progressive Rock)
3. King Curtis - "Live At Fillmore West (Deluxe Edition)" (Soul/Jazz/Funk/Gospel)
4. Digg Deep - "InDiggNation" (Soul/Funk/Rock/Rap/Expanding Minds)
5. Players - "From the Six Corners" (Funk/Soul/Jazz/Rock)
6. Bill Godwin's Ink Spots on Stage (Really Ancient Black Music)

Southern Soul & Blues

1. Booboo Davis - "Drew, Mississippi"(Traditional Blues/Revolutionary Hip Hop/Blues in Technicolor)
2. Candi Staton - "His Hands" (Soul/Blues/Country)
3. Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here" (Jazz/Blues/Soul)
4. Billy Jones - "tha'Bluez " (Funk-Soul-Blues-Southern Soul)
5. Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - "Master Of The Game" (Southern Soul/Blues)
6. Ms. Monique - Soul Sessions Chapter 1 (Soul/R&B/Southern Soul/Slow Jams/Southern Fried Erotica)
7. Linda Hopkins - "The Living Legend LIVE!" (Blues)
8. William Bell - "New Lease on Life" (Classic Soul/R&B/Southern Soul)
9. Ronnie Baker Brooks - "The Torch" (Blues/Funk)
10. Wendell B. - "Good Times" (R&B/Southern Soul)

Nu Soul

1. Gary Taylor - "Retro Blackness" (Soul/Jazz/Mind Expanding Afrocentric Kozmic Funk)
2. Jazzhole - "Poets Walk"(Soul/Jazz/Funk)
3. Maysa - "Sweet Classic Soul" (Soul)
4. Oktbrwrld - "The UpDown Sensation" (Soul/Funk/Jazz)
5. Hil St Soul - SOULdified (Soul/Jazz/Funk)
6. Traciana Graves - "Tales of a Prodigal Daughter" (Soul/World/Pop)
7. Eugene IV - "Starving Artist" (Conscious Hip-Hop-Soul)
8. Frank McComb - "The 1995 Bootleg" (Soul-Jazz-Funk)
9. Jason Miles: "What's Going On" (Songs of Marvin Gaye) (Jazz/Soul/Neo Soul)
10. TN'T - "Something Good" (Nu Soul/Funk/Rock/House/Slow Jams)

Singles

1. Matte' - "Hypmotized"
2. Rich Kidz - "Peace"
3. Chairman of the Board - "What's Up With That"
4. Lockboxx - "Rollerglow"
5. Carlton Smith - "Old School Fool"
6. Square Egg - "Whatever Happened to Crack"?"
7. Desi - "Golden Lady"

Compilations

1. Various Artists - "What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves" - (Raw Funk)
2. Various Artists - "Motortown Revue" (Classic Soul)
3. Various Artists - "One Kiss Can Lead To Another": Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found (Classic Soul/Classic Rock/Doo Wop)
4. Various Artists - "Jazz Vocalists: Hear and Now" (Vocal Jazz)
5. Roberta Flack - "The Very Best of Roberta Flack" (Classic Soul/Pop)
6. Various Artists - "Brunswick Records Top 40 R&B Singles - 1966 - 1975"
7. Holland Dozier, Holland - "Heaven Must have Sent You" (Classic Soul)
8. Marvin Gaye - "Gold" (Classic Soul)
9. Donna Summer - "Gold" (Soul/Rock/Disco/Funk)
10. Various Artists - "Southern Fried Funk" (Funk)

Books

1. Erik Greene - "Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective"
2. Jay Warner - On This Day In Black Music History
3. Bill Carpenter - "Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia"
4. Jerry Lawson, Abraham J. Santiago, and Steven J. Dunham - "Acappella Street Corner Vocal Groups"
5. Kevin Harewood - "Make Your Move!!!"
6. Evan Ginzburg - "Apartment 4B,Like In Brooklyn"

DVD's

1. James Brown - The Man, The Music and the Message
2. Billy Cobham - Culturemix: New Morning Paris Concert
3. Marvin Gaye - The Real Thing In Performance"
4. Teddy Pendergrass - "Teddy Live In 79"
5. Mandrill - "Live At Montreux - 2002"
6. Chi-Lites - "Live"
7. 5th Dimension Traveling Sunshine Show
8. Muddy Waters "Classic Concerts"
9. Dance Party: "The Teenarama Story"
10. 25 Strong

As always we will be making presentations of these awards at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention which will be held this year in Philadelphia in May/2007 Memorial Day Weekend, in partnership with the Philadelphia Black Heritage Festival, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Clark Park. Watch the Soul-Patrol Newsletter for more details about the 2007 Convention.

Links to the reviews are provided here for the first two winners in each categoryonly.For the full set of reviews please visit the following webpage:
http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2006/news12/best2006.html

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