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1) "Give It All U Got!"

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3) "Mucha Alegria"-Radio Edit Version

4) "Afro-Cuban Sax Brothers"

5) "Uncle Sam's Goin' Broke"-Radio Edit Version

6) "Bold and Beautiful"

7) "Connections"

8) "Cocoa Venus"

9) "Let's Take a Ride"

10) "Ain't Yo' Mama Black"

11) "Social Emergency"

12) "Playaz Blues"

13) "Mucha Alegria"-Extended Version

14) "Uncle Sam's Goin' Broke"-Extended Version

 

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1. "Squash it!" Remix-Radio Edit                  

2. Introducing S.O.U.L.S.

3. On the Street

4. Cleaning House

5. Bold and Beautiful

6. All the Above

7. I Can

8. The Role of Men

9.Rites of Passage

10. Let's Take a Ride

11. The Runner

12. Social Emergency

13. Connections

14. Apology

15. Vacant-eyed Revolution

16. "Squash It" Remix (extended version)

17. What Kind of Dreams Have You

18. The Man Upstairs

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Bill Norwood -Percussionist  Brianii Savage-Vocalist

Ben Ball- Piano/Alto Sax

Kalizay Paradise
Kalizay-Bilingual MC -Hip Hop Paradise-Spoken Word Keldamuzik-Hip Hop
Chayla Shavonne
Chayla Smith-Vocalist Rufus Wonder-Vocalist Shavone Pickett-Vocalist
Bill Jackson
Yolanda Davis-Vocalist Bill Jackson-Producer April Dawn-Vocalist
 Alejandra Mojica-Spoken Word Big Dan-Spoken Word/Hip Hop Denice Carrasco-Vocalist
David McClellen-Vocalist D LaBrie -Hip Hop Rick Alexander-Vocalist
Dave Ellis
Dave Ellis-Tenor Sax Raquel Ramsey-Spoken Word 

Cayce Canahan-Trumpet  

     
John Halbleib-Trumpet Melivin Bell-Tenor Sax Byron "Bebop" Briggs-Trumpet
   
     

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True Vibe Records, founded in Oakland, recently stepped up its game by revising and releasing its newest and hottest album yet, titled ¡Mucho Mas! Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry. This is the fourth in a series of CDs, following the highly acclaimed Paradise Presents Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry, Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry—Phaze 2, and Give It All U Got! The title of this 14-track project hints that many of these original songs have a Latin influence, along with fusion of Jazz Funk, R&B, Conscious Hip Hop, and Spoken Word. Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry has developed immensely as a new genre of music since its inception when producer Bill Jackson recruited Bay Area poet laureate/ slam poetry icon/ spoken word artist Paradise to collaborate. Paradise coined the name of this music.


A diverse line up of topflight
Greater San Francisco Bay Area vocalists, musicians, conscious  hip hop and spoken word artists were recruited to contribute their musical gifts to this unique album. They came from Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond, Novato, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Danville, San Jose, and Gilroy with their creative juices overflowing with talent.

The album’s opening track, titled
“Give It All U Got!” is a brand new version of this trail blazing cut that thrills listeners with its unique dazzling mix of Afro-Cuban/ Latin Jazz, R&B, Funk, Conscious Hip Hop, and Spoken Word. Sassy, sexy Brooklyn, New York native Briani Savage (of Puerto Rican/ African American/ Jewish ethnicity, now a Bay Area resident) leads a dynamic call and response opening to this upbeat song, inspiring people to live life to the max. Lovely and talented vocalists April Dawn, Denice Carrasco, and Yolanda Davis pave the way for lead vocalist Bill Jackson to take this groove to new heights, while master percussionist Bill Norwood is the driving force. Red hot Salvadorian MC Kalizay’s exotic hip hop flow in both Spanish and English inspires fans to reach their dreams. Speaking to the Latino community, she also praises “my brothers for breakin’ the cycle of stereotypin’.” Then Bay Area spoken word legend Paradise keeps the party going celebrating diversity with his lofty visions a multi-ethnic “cultural world fair in Oakland,” a “United States of Africa,” and Swahili as a common language to be a key to economic growth for Black people worldwide in the African Diaspora. Master trumpeter John Halbleib (who’s played with the likes of Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Larry Graham, Aaron Neville, and Roberta Flack) ignites fans with a raw solo and anchors the brass throughout the song while Ben Ball, whose saxophone brilliance can also be heard, rocks near the end with his exhilarating piano solo.


The second track,
"He-Done-Ism," takes you to a dark place of addiction in the sinister underworld of hardcore drinking, drugging, pornography, prostitution, and gambling. Background vocals by singers Brianii Savage, April Dawn, Denice Carrasco, and Yolanda Davis kick it off with a chorus steeped in soul followed by the dreamy chant “I wanna feel goooood.” Then without being overly preachy or moralistic, Bay Area hip hop star D Labrie the “EOG” (East Oakland’s Greatest) takes charge and runs it down, telling a story about self-destructive situations before seeing the light and finding peace of mind in recovery from addictions. D Labrie, also known in Bay Area show biz as “Mr. Network,” is a representative of Hip Hop Congress, a non-profit organization very influential with young people.

Kalizay is featured on the third track with her sultry “Mucha Alegria,” a jam that takes you on a mellow ride describing fun times in Chicano culture. She lures listeners and conveys subtle messages in English and Spanish about honesty and personal integrity in relationships, assuring that “I never lie to my sisters or the opposite sex.” This song also pays tribute to Mexican-American heroes such as farm labor leaders Delores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and Stanford University Heisman Trophy winner/ former star Oakland Raider Super Bowl MVP quarterback Jim Plunkett. The gifted, charming Chayla Gibson-Smith sets the tone for this mellow groove with her soothing vocals in the opening. Kalizay and up and coming pop singer Xavier Toscano render sizzling hot romantic monologues in Spanish before trumpet pro Cayce Canahan (a Cal State East Bay-trained music educator) tops it off with a captivating Latin-style part muted and part un-muted trumpet solo at the end. The album includes two versions of this song: an extended version and a radio edit version.

The classy
Latin Jazz cut, and only instrumental on the album, titled “Afro-Cuban Sax Brothers” features gifted tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis and master musician Ben Ball playing brilliant solos on alto sax, piano, and soprano sax respectively. Dave Ellis raises the excitement with a rich tenor sax solo, followed by his spellbinding tenor sax voice over the backdrop of vibrant background horns. Producer Bill Jackson composed this piece as a tribute to saxophone players Ben Ball, Dave Ellis (who’ve known each other since elementary school in Berkeley), and Melvin Bell (also affectionately called “Mellow,” originally from Denver, Colorado), who are all former classmates and graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Distinguished percussionist Bill Norwood once again assumes the role of the driving force behind this piece, which is reminiscent of many classic Latin Jazz tracks using strings and background horns. Not only is this song is great for listening, but it also makes you want to get up out of your seat and dance.

Get ready to rock
with veteran classic soul vocalist Rufus Wonder leading a cadre of many artists in a call to action on “Uncle Sam’s Goin’ Broke.” Over Ben Ball’s commanding alto saxophone voice, the hard-driving beat, blues/ rock-style guitar and bass, this social protest song (written in 2011 during the peak of the Occupy Movement) reveals snippets of life reflecting causes and effects of our challenging U.S. economy. Like “Mucha Alegria,” this song also has an extended version and a radio edit version (the fifth track).

In the extended version (the final track), the tension lightens as a series of brief humorous monologues by Bill Jackson, the late distinctive bass vocalist Rick Alexander, Brianii Savage, Rufus Wonder, and Dave McClellan add comic relief. Bay Area spoken word legend Paradise shares some pearls of wisdom and a provocative Afro-Centric message of hope, healing, and inspiration at the end, advising African Americans (who now have a higher poverty rate than during President Johnson's "War on Poverty" in the 1960s, according to USA Weekend magazine) to "Occupy Black Wall Street!" The collective voices of Rufus Wonder, Brianii Savage, Bill Jackson, Denise Carrasco, Rick Alexander, April Dawn, Dave McClellan, Yolanda Davis along with masterful solos by trumpet boss Cayce Canahan, alto saxophone boss Ben  Ball, and Paradise's spoken word make this track a classic.

Elegant songstress extraordinaire
Shavone Pickett, premiere Bay Area hip hop diva Keldamuzik, and virtuoso alto and soprano sax man Ben Ball are featured on “Bold and Beautiful,” a tribute to strong and beautiful women in general and strong and beautiful black women in particular. The late Tina Floyd sets the stage for this piece with her engaging background vocals. This album showcases a new version of this original song, which represents the best example of fusing Jazz-Funk, R&B, and Conscious Hip Hop. Lyrics were written by Shavone Pickett and Keldamuzik, the music composed by Bill Jackson, and Bill Norwood plays percussion.

Other outstanding tracks on this album include spoken word pieces (the steamy, romantic)
“Connections” by spoken word artist/ vocalist Raquel Ramsey (friend, high school and college classmate of Ben Ball, who plays tenor sax on this one), “Cocoa Venus” and “Ain’t Yo’ Mama Black” by Paradise, “Let’s Take a Ride” by Chicano spoken word/ conscious hip hop artist Big Dan, “Social Emergency” by gifted Chicana spoken word artist Alejandra Mojica, and “Playaz Blues” featuring vocalist Rufus Wonder, hip hop artists D Labrie and Vendetta, with Chayla Gibson-Smith and Rick Alexander adding humorous monologues in the mix. This song is a musical parody about the life of an aging player.


The earlier mentioned
“Let’s Take a Ride” represents dynamic spoken word at its best and is partially an autobiographical piece about the early troubled life of Big Dan living in the barrios and ghettos of Oakland before turning his life around to graduate from the distinguished University of California at Berkeley.


Special recognition goes to professional recording studio engineer
“Smilin’ James” Heyser, who did a monumental job of recording, mixing, and mastering the tracks. Special commendation also goes to talented graphic artists Veronica Leon and Earl Bickham, Jr., who designed the artwork for the album.

For more information about
Rufus Wonder and Ben Ball,
click here on the Features page. For more information about Paradise, click here on the JFHP page. For more information about Shavone Pickett and Keldamuzik, click here on the Meet SOULS page.

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True Vibe Records Releases Follow Up to Landmark Recording,
     Lead by "Squash it!" The Anti-Gun Violence Single

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S.O.U.L.S.

Sounds of Urban Life Soldiers

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In 2008, True Vibe Records released Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry-Phaze 2,  the follow up to the highly-acclaimed CD Paradise Presents Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry.

The Phaze 2 release, a CD double set,  was the debut for Oakland Ca.-based spoken word/hip hop group Sounds Of Urban Life Soldiers or S.O.U.L.S., as the acronym is spelled and their bulging fan base refers to them as. The group members and song writers are poets Raquel Ramsey, Keith Thompson, and President L. Davis, rap and hip hop artist Keldamuzik  and songstress  Shavone Pickett.  Together, they have a very unique and diverse blend. 

According to True Vibe Records owner and producer Bill Jackson regarding Phaze 2 he says, “as the genesis of the first CD was my pilgrimage to Senegal’s Goree Island (a United Nations historical site in West Africa which was a holding pen for slaves), this music was born from the compelling social concerns that continue in America and is musically upbeat funk with jazz, hip hop, R&B and Caribbean influences.”

The lead single Squash It! featuring Keldamuzik with guests D Labrie and Rufus Wonder certainly supports the concept of “social concerns” as it addresses the grave problem of violence in America’s urban cities, and from early indications this seems to be the song that radio will embrace and help Squash It! be a part of the solution! Following that theme is On The Street, outlining the conditions and perils in some of our urban communities.

There are lighter more playful moments on the CD as with All The Above that again features Keldamuzik at the mic running down a love and relationship theme. Then there is the Caribbean-flavored I Can  with vocalist Shavone Pickett delivering a very tender vocal with an almost dancehall track. Associate Producer Jam G "JR" Tall intensifies the groove with his lead guitar riffs.  (He also was the chief sound engineer for this album.)


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The jazz lover isn’t forgotten here with contemporary tracks like The Man Upstairs with its hip hop /trip hop feeling and a scorching tenor sax lead from guest artist Ben Ball and the pulsating drum work from Lorca Hart, son the legendary drummer Billy Hart, and on What Kind Of Dreams Have You which features guests such as the smooth-talking percussionist/spoken word artist Bill Norwood, renowned guitarist Calvin Keys, pianist extraordinaire Michael “Spiderman” Robinson, tenor sax man Ben Ball again, and veteran drummer E.W. Wainwright.  This is a track that swings with the best of them!  

All three poets are full of fire and earth moving emotion here addressing issues such as fatherhood with the piece The Role of Men by Keith Thompson and coming of age with Rites of Passage by President L. Davis, while Raquel Ramsey delivers supremely and passionately with a piece titled Connections and again on the exalting Apology, a duet with bassist Nelson Braxton (Braxton Brothers).  There is more contemporary conscious-raising spoken word from the three poets of Sound Of Urban Life Soldiers on other tracks as well.

This album also showcases the talents of a host of highly-talented and dynamic guest spoken word artists such as Roxanne Hanna-Ware and poets Big Dan and Alejandra Mojica running down a Latino perspective.   

Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry- Phaze 2 is a well-balanced, well-crafted, and cleverly-written collection of urban life experiences and feelings delivered with the often pulsating bass line that locks everything in place and drives it home. 

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This is what Urban Buzz Internet magazine wrote:

"Sounds Like Life. 'Squash It!' is the anti-gun violence single by Sounds Of Urban Life Soldiers 'Squash It!' is getting airplay at WJJN, KWZA, KJMH, WESE, WBAI and more!

Plus new this week at WLYX! "Squash It!" is from the forthcoming CD, "Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry-Phaze 2" on "True Vibe Records."

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