Rest in Peace. Maurice.
(February 4, 2016) We are incredibly sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death at age 74 of Maurice White, the guiding light behind Earth, Wind & Fire, after a two decade battle with Parkinson’s Disease. White was one of the most influential and important musical figures in the history of R&B music; his influence on popular music is difficult to overstate. As a songwriter, producer, arranger and singer, he was elite.
Source: Earth Wind & Fire’s Maurice White dies at age 74 | SoulTracks – Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews
Check out these podcasts, this is the good stuff! The best in old school soul from E.J. Flavors.
OSW: Earth, Wind and Fire – Volume 1. – Courtesy of E.J. Flavors
OSW:Earth, Wind and Fire – Volume 2 – Courtesy of E.J. Flavors
1. Refuge – Jesse Fischer feat. Sarah Elizabeth Charles
2. The Greatest – King
3. Back Together – Jill Scott
4. All For You – Rachel Kerr
5. Samba Em Preludio – Gilad Hekselman Trio
2015 was once again a year full of great music from independent artists and labels. This short list is just a small snippet of great music that we featured last year.
1. Shine – The Dangerfeel Newbies
2. ATL – Ryan Kilgore
3. Them Changes (DJ A1 Flip) – Thundercat
4. Everyone Wants To Be Alive ft. Joi – Hawthorne Headhunters
5. Lost In A Dream – Captain Supernova
6. Love Trip – Judith Hill
7. Suite For The Blue Planet (feat. Takuya Kuroda) – Jesse Fischer
8. Astral Flight – Marc Cary
9. Moving On – Kan Wakan
10. Middle of Nowhere – Tinashe
To me it seems like celebrity deaths always happen in three’s, particularly around this time of year and this year is no exception. First with the unexpected death of Natalie Cole, then with Nicholas Caldwell of the Whispers, and now with David Bowie. Fame was the first song I heard from David Bowie when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I was really just getting into music at the time and at even at a young age I had taken notice if that song funk, groove, and song structure. I can remember the setting in the backseat of my dads Ford LTD singing the song and trying to recreate the “fame echo” as it goes from high to low. I thought that was really cool.
David rest in peace your musical influence and styles will be with us forever.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod
Source: Legendary Artist David Bowie Dies at 69
(January 6, 2016) This is just a kick in the gut for all of us who love soul music and great men. We have received several reports from music industry veterans – but as yet unconfirmed by family – that Nicholas Caldwell, co-founding member of one of our all-time favorite groups, The Whispers, has died at age 71 after a long battle with heart disease.
Source: R.I.P. Nicholas Caldwell of The Whispers: 1944-2016 | SoulTracks – Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews
You have probably heard by now that Natalie Cole died at the beginning of the year. I first become familiar with her music as a pre-teen, with the song “Sophisticated Lady” which my mother loved. I later gained more respect for her after I learned the family connection with Nat King Cole her dad, and I had been following her career ever since. Continue making beautiful music with dad, rest in peace Natalie. Your music will live on. Here is a write-up from Soul Tracks.
(January 1, 2016). What a devastating way to bring in 2016. We are sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of legendary singer and musical royalty, Natalie Cole, at the age of 65. Cole reportedly died of from congestive heart failure, but she also had longstanding issues with liver disease, a kidney transplant in 2009, and Hepatitis C.
Source: Natalie Cole dies at age 65
A little something from our friends over at Millennium Jazz Music. Enjoy