From ‘Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart’ to ‘Heart On A String’, we have mixed 18 ‘Jazz & Soul‘ tunes around the theme of ‘The Heart‘. It has Funk Brothers, Barney Kessel, Trammps, Teresa Cristina and many more.
Stephanie Mills Music – The Official Website: 1981’s Stephanie featured a top hit for her and Teddy Pendergrass entitled “Two Hearts,” while her 1983 album, Merciless, featured her hit cover of Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?”, as well as the #3 dance chart hit “Pilot Error”, which was her first dance hit in the U.S. In 1984, Mills had her third UK hit with “The Medicine Song”
The Funk Brothers : By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined – which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers.
Creative Source @allmusic : The Los Angeles-based quintet Creative Source seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early ’70s to score with a funky disco rendition of Bill Withers’ “Who Is He (And What Is He to You).” The group, comprised of Barbara Berryman, Barbara Lewis, Don Wyatt, Steve Ranagan, and Celeste Rose, was managed by Fifth Dimensions’ Ron Townsend and two of the members were seasoned vets. Lewis sang with the Los Angeles Elgins on their Lummtone recordings, while Wyatt performed with a pair of late-’50s groups (the Fortunes and the Colts) and also sang in Nat “King” Cole’s background group for a spell.
The Trammps @Wikipedia : Their signature song, “Disco Inferno”, has been covered by Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. In addition, Graham Parker covered “Hold Back The Night” on the “The Pink Panther EP” in 1977, and reached #20 in the UK Singles Chart, and Top 60 in the US. On September 19, 2005, the groups’ signature record “Disco Inferno” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York. During the ceremony, the original band members performed together for the first time in twenty five years.
Little Willie John # Tom Simon : Little Willie John was one of the early R&B singers and he had a very strong influence on the soul singers that followed him in the 60’s, although he never had a top ten song on the pop charts. His actual name at birth and exact place of birth are reported differently by different sources, but it is known that he was born in Arkansas in 1937. He moved to Detroit as a child.
Ernest Ranglin @Concord : Ranglin learned how to play by imitating his uncles, but he was soon to be influenced by the recordings of the great American jazz guitarist Charlie Christian. Living in rural Jamaica, however, inhibited the boy’s ambitions which, even at the age of fourteen, were focused on music. He then moved to Kingston—the country’s capital—ostensibly to finish his studies at Bodmin College. Very high on Ranglin’s agenda was to seriously study the guitar; something not on the school’s priorities.
Teresa Cristina : A carreira de Teresa Cristina começou em 1998, quando ela reuniu os músicos Bernardo Dantas, João Callado, Pedro Miranda e Ricardo Cotrim com o objetivo de fazer um show em homenagem a Candeia. O projeto acabou não acontecendo, mas, naquele mesmo ano, ela começou a se apresentar no Bar Semente, que acabou dando nome à banda que a acompanhava, estreando sua programação noturna. O sucesso no Semente foi tanto que Teresa Cristina passou a cantar em outras casas noturnas da Lapa, como o Carioca da Gema e o Centro Cultural Carioca, para um público cada vez maior, transformando o bairro num pólo de atividades culturais e num dos locais de maior visibilidade da noite carioca
Candi Staton : It’s that voice. That sweetly roughened twang of Candi Staton’s has captivated a new generation of music lovers just as it did when she first oooed and ahhed onto the music scene as a soul siren in the `70s. A sample of that voice distinguishes the American Triple A #1 radio smash “Kandi” by British rock band, One EskimO. The tune adroitly fetches the hook of Staton’s 1971 hit “He Called Me Baby” to nail the delicious groove. “Kandi is beautiful” wrote a Los Angeles Times magazine scribe, “…catchy, ambient pop” wrote a Billboard magazine muse, and The Lefsetz Letter declared it: “A track so in the pocket that your body turned into Gumby,