Seldom Heard
If didn’t know good music….Now you know!

Oct
12

angels.gifAngel’s Bed and Breakfast
All Right Yall…It’s back!!! Get your catfish strips, collard greens & grits! Angel’s Cafe kicks off the fall season with it’s legendary Friday night jazz set. Every Friday night come through and check my girl, owner Angela Boney, as she serves it up right in the heart of downtown Albany, New York. Ms. Boney brings you live music, visual arts, superior food and a good feeling in your soul!

Yeah…ya thought Albany didn’t have flavor huh?

Don’t Sleep…of course unless it’s at Angel’s. Angel’s Café is not only the home of soul flavor with an urban appeal, but the Café extension gives shelter to the weary traveler! Part of the hype is a bed and breakfast different from all the rest. Make your reservations promptly!!! Also available: Sunday Soul Brunch and catering. Get There!!!

Oct
10

Hey World….

Today is my big brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday E…I thought I’d honor him with a little word and song. My brother is considerably older me. He was pretty much out of the house by the time I was 10, but we’ve always maintained a close relationship 🙂 . This is the dude who without doubt influenced my interest in music at an early age. He always went to sleep to Vaughn Harper’s “Quiet Storm.” And being from the boogie down, he was an original “B-boy,” equipped with a Kangol, British Walkers, Calvin Klein’s, Kazal’s and yes the back in style, name belt! I looked up to my brother so much. So when other kids my age was listening to the popular music of our time, I was thirsting for Spoonie Gee, The Cold Crush Brothers, Phyllis Hyman, A Taste of Honey, Change, etc. So to you my brother….Thanks for the music, which lives inside of me, called your love. I love you and happy birthday!

P.S. I know I still owe you a set of drums…..

Oct
08

kevin-michael.jpgAll the reviews say this kid, “has got it!”  I don’t know what “it” is…but Kevin Michael definitely has got something.  With a very impressive list of collabo’s (Wyclef Jean, Q Tip and Lupe Fiasco), Kevin Michael is stating his claim to the contemporary R&B and Hip Hop scene.  The music is young, breezy and current, with an old soul feel. Mr. Michael certainly has the chops and with this winning combination, he is on the horizon!  My favorite cut, “We All Want the Same Thing.”  Yeah…he’s right…good music!  Thanks Kevin for fulfilling that item on the wish list, as well as keeping me groovin’ at the same time.

Oct
04

pj-morton.jpg“Party Like a Rock Star!” PJ is rock star, meets soul, meets funk, meets one of the most superlative artist out there. Can you say baddest band in the land? PJ Morton has one of the most dynamic bands (Freestyle Nation-see “For Your Listening Pleasure”) around. Add that fact with his vocals and you get “amazing.” I have seen this young, Grammy winning, songwriter, producer perform three times to date-in three different cities. Let me tell you, if I can get to it, I’d see him again and again and you get the point. Is it genealogy? I couldn’t write about PJ without mentioning his father is mega Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr. No wonder he has been blessed with superior gifts. PJ is like Prince on soul-gospel steroids. I can’t say enough about him. The music is original. The sound is innovative and the messages are spirit filled! Hallelujah!!!

PJ has two projects, “Emotions” and “Perfect Song.” Either (I suggest both) are great picks.

Oct
04

carol-riddick.jpgYou ever wonder why backup singers seem to have just as much talent as the featured artist, if not more? I can’t tell you I have the answer to this question, I’m just gonna tell you that the majority of backup singers or vocalists can really blow. In fact, it has been my experience that I find a gem when at a live performance and the back up vocalist is introduced, he or she blows and I just keep looking and waiting for that artist to drop. Sure nuf…I’ve never been disappointed. Carol Riddick is no exception! Heard her with Jill Scott and was propelled to new dimensions. As many know, I’m the biggest Ledisi fan and if you love Ledisi, you’ll love Carol. In fact, for those of you not into Ledisi as I am (can’t really imagine this), I’ll give you “ol skool” heads an association-Angela Winbush. Carol has that crisp, distinctive voice, with enormous range and octaves. For yall “nu soul” heads, your association is Syleena Johnson. Carol couldn’t be in betta company, but make no mistakes, she stands alone in her artistry. She is da bomb and her first project “Moments Like This,” will let you know why she should blow up! Spread the word…

Oct
04

Are you really looking for one of the best CD’s you could ever purchase? Stop looking… “Larry Gold Presents Don Cello and Friends,” is the %#%$! Don’t walk, run and go get this gem. Larry Gold an accomplished cellist, but more than that, a super songwriter, producer and artist really hit one out of the park with this CD. Larry does his work in yes “the city of brotherly love.” You know how I feel about Philadelphia! It’s more than just the best hoagies in the world (it’s got to be the oil and vinegar); it just seems to be the birthplace of indisputably splendid soul music. Larry Gold’s work is no exception. He put together a compilation dissimilar from all the rest. He’s got artists like, Erro (see previous blog entry), Floetry, Jaguar Wright, the late and great Gerald Levert, Bunny Sigler, Black Thought (The Roots), Mcfadden & Whitehead (remember “Ain’t no Stopping Us Now), Carol Riddick, etc. This compilation is not to be mistaken. Do not call yourself a lover of soul music and not have this CD in your collection!!!!

Oct
02

josephine-sincere.jpgDo you have anything Sincere? Family have you heard this young lady? Have ya heard at least one song from this fresh and youthful yet soulful sistah? I’m here to tell you, Josephine Sincere is a voice to be reckoned with. Her three projects: “Feels So Good,” “Wildflower,” and “Jane (EP)” are ventures to behold. Josephine is from the city of brotherly love, where the music just seems to flow betta. Yall know I claim Philly as my second home so I’m really in support of a homegirl. She popped on the scene about four or five years ago. I got open from hearing one of her tracks, “I like It,” on a compilation. I was immediately sold. THIS YOUNG GIRL CAN SING!!!! Being the music lover that I am, I started diggin through crates, found her projects, made the purchases and I am not going back! I’m going all the way with this find. Josephine Sincere is everything a young star should be. She’s got talent, she’s got style, she’s got the chops to really serve it up. What she doesn’t have is the backing of mainstream. Let’s change that for this young lady. Support her! Tell everybody you know about her! Request her music! And I promise you it “Feels So Good!”

Sep
28

eric-roberson-ii.jpgAh right…a link to this brotha’s site has been on Seldom Heard since day one and I haven’t said anything about him. I would have to say the absence of script regarding this brotha has everything to do with being so astounded by his artistry and not knowing what to say or adequately say it. Fo real tho…Eric Roberson is the truth. Funny that I say that, as he prides himself on making “honest music.Eric is an independent artist, with mainstream appeal. He’s got it all. He sings, he writes, he plays, he produces!!!! He is an extraordinary performer, a cool person and handsomeJ If you don’t own anything Eric Roberson-you’re wrong for that. This man has written for Vivian Green. Remember how crazy we all were about “Emotional Rollercoaster,” singing in the mirror- thinking about how our ex’s did us wrong??? Well…that was Eric. He has written for Will Downing, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, etc… He has an impressive body of work, just pick one and you’ll be satisfied and craving for more.

§ The Vault vol 1.5

§ The Esoteric Movement

§ Appetizer

§ Left

§ Live in DC (I recommend this especially. Not only do you get a CD, but you get a DVD, thus experiencing all the best of Eric)

Eric…if you’re reading this, you still owe me a concert in my back yard with Marsha from Floetry, singing “She oughta Know!!!”

Sep
27

ledisi.jpgOkay…I’ve been biggin her up, providing links to her website and and video perforamances, but I haven’t really said anything about her. Well…I guess that’s because I don’t really know what to say, how to say it and honestly, there are no words to describe this sensational artist. As many of you know, I am a HUGE Ledisi fan. I’ve traveled hundreds of miles, for one night to see her perform. While living in NY, I’d never miss a SOB (Sounds of Brazil) performance or any other venue in NY for that fact. There is nothing she can do wrong in my world or in my eyes. This young lady does it for me in so many different ways. Now while I admit, the latest project, “Lost and Found” is not what I’m used to in a Ledisi record, but I understand the mainstream effort. Look…she’s been out there for ages, pushing and tryin’ to make things happen. She’s been singing her heart out and giving us the best possible funk, jazz, soul, R&B in this here world. But like many great artist, she hasn’t received mainstream recognition. I intend to change that, one blog post at a time. HOW GREAT IS SHE? Go cop “Feeling Orange, but Sometimes Blue,” if you can find it or “Soul Singer,” if you can find that. Then you’ll promptly understand what I’m trying to convey. However, since the aforementioned projects where not massively supported, a sistah had to do what she had to do. Her latest project is her first venture on a major label, Verve records. For those not familiar with Verve records, they only promote “quality” jazz/soul artists. Now while I can’t really tell you that “Lost and Found” is solely a jazz project, I can tell you that Ledisi is a Jazzy SOUL SINGER, parallel to none!!!!!!! her very being is soulful, thus making the music extremely poignant. If you hear she’s perfoming in a venue you can get to, GO SEE HER! BUY HER MUSIC! SUPPORT A SISTAH! but more than that, support good music. LEDISI IS GOOD MUSIC!

Sep
27

Hey….also forgot to mention Will.I.Am. Everybody remembers and knows ( if you don’t, now you do), the Black Eyed Peas! The world got Fergie, “The Dutchess” & “Big Girls Don’t Cry” from this popular group. Now we have Will.I.Am. His project is “Songs About Girls.”