Jay Nemor

George & His Gang @ O2 Arena Birmingham
It's Science of Soul time once again, and back to normal after last weeks pre-recorded show. I've got to say George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic were amazing, so for all the scopes please visit Mickey's site at: 2-Step Vinyl Soul for photos & review. In honor of their visit I thought it only right to include a couple of P-Funk tracks.. It was a hard choice.

I welcome another new sponsor to the Science of Soul this week; Sir Richard Davis, please check him out at www.sirsuits.com for a great range of menswear and something for the ladies.
The Featured album this week is Jay Nemor's excellent set ;"Just Sayin' Ole Folks Music," It came out last year and I have no idea how I missed it then, but I am putting that right this week. The Houston, Texas, basketball player, who now makes his home in Oslo, has a very jazzy vibe, in a Gil Scott-Heron kind-of-way, I think you will enjoy this set as much as I do.

Great to see Con-funk-shun are back recording, I have a track from their forthcoming album, also listen out for Tanya Holt's stunning single "I Am Not Broken" ... very powerful. Also have a couple of tracks from the excellent compilation album "Soul On The Real Side - Vol. 3"
Ooh, before I forget, this week I have a great documentary made in 2005 about George Clinton and his multi groups, found at the foot of this page.

Okay on with the music please share the link with a friend sit back and enjoy.

Play List Sunday 26th April 2015

Hour One
Gloria Gaynor - You Can Exit
Parliament - Mothership Connection
Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove
Will Downing - Run Away And Fall In Love
Cooking On 3 Burners feat:
                           Kylie Auldist  - This Girl
Jay Nemor - I Am A Rock/Smiling Faces
Con-Funk-Shun - I Miss You
Luther "Squeak" Jackson - Ready
Sulene Fleming & Fantastics - Somewere Finally
Luther Ingram - To The Other Man
The Temptations - Sail Away

Hour Two
Jesse James - Are You Gonna Leave Me
L.V. - The Art Of Making Love
New York City- Got To Get You Back In My Life
The Commodores - Funky Feelings
The O'Jays - Why Would You Settle For Less
Jay Nemor - Sunday Morning
Tanya Holt - I Am Not Broken
Charlie Wilson - My Love Is All I Have
Maverick Gaither - For the love of my life
Luther Vandross - Think About You
The Dramatics - Toast To The Fool

Jay Nemor's biography:
Singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Jay Nemor (Jason Nemor Harden) began his musical journey at the age of nine on the electric bass in his hometown of Houston, Texas. His bass being stolen after only a short while, by age 11 he turned his attention the alto saxophone and played until the age of 14 in various stage and concert bands as well as solo performances. Once again misfortune struck as his horn was unfortunately stolen during his freshman year in high school triggering the burial of his passion for the saxophone and music.  More @ jaynemore.com


Howard Hewett

A George Clinton moment, thanks to Pat Lewis
Welcome to this weeks Science of Soul, I had to pre-record this weeks show due to a prior commitment (seeing George Clinton & Funkadelic live) I know you will understand, Lol. So my apologies to those of you who tried to contact me during the show via fb and in the studio I know given the circumstances you will forgive me lol. A lot of old school tunes on this weeks show I'm saving the new stuff for next week when its back to normal, one exception is the latest single from Howard Hewett who I got a chance to catch up with last week . I have to say the Shalamar live gig was very impressive and Howard is truly one of the greats with an amazing voice and I gotta say Jeffery Daniels vocals were also top notch and newest member Carolyn Griffey is a great edition to the group, daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey she fits the bill perfectly.

Sadly it was announced this week we lost another legendary Soul Man, Percy Sledge. I think he will be immortalized for his classic "When A Man Loves A Woman" a song we all grew up with. Percy continued to perform and was a great southern soul ambassador till the end. On the right is a recent photograph of Percy in happier times with my good friend and singer Randy Darbonne. A job well done Mr Percy Sledge you will not be forgotten. (see the video tribute at the bottom of the page).

 Ok, it's on with the music all will be back to normal next week.

Sunday 19-04-2015

Hour One
Keanya Collins - Barnabus Collins .. Love Bandit
Major Lance - Don't You Know
Lenny Williams - This Is For The 1 That Got Away
Tower of Power - Soul Vaccination
Howard Hewett - Crystal Clear
Howard Hewett - Better Guy
Willie Clayton - Rock Me Baby
Lyndon David Hall - Wanna Be Another You
Victory Tutson - Let Somebody Love You
Gregg Jackson - Sunny Day
Sheyla 'Ray' Charles - Behind The Shades
Winzel Kelly - # 1 Love
Bobby Blue Bland - Sittin' On A Poor Mans Throne

Hour Two

Will Downing - Do You Know
T. K. Soul - Tonight We Make Love
Sam Dees - Our Love Is Still Alive
Mark Staggers - When I Think About Your Love
Chantay Moore - Old School Lovin'
Curtis Mayfield - Little Child Running Wild
The Dells - Soul Strollin'
Denise Williams - Waiting
Floyd Taylor - All Of Me
Enchantment - Where Do We Go From Here
Gerald Levert - Your Smile
J J Barnes - You Are Just A Living Doll

Biography of Howard Hewett
Marie Parkes & Howard 2015
Raised in Akron, Ohio, Hewett moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he met John and Alonzo Daniels, owners of an historical club in the LA Crenshaw district, called Maverick's Flat. It was at Maverick's that Hewett first met Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley (eventually Shalamar). Hewett and the Daniels brothers formed a show group called "Beverly Hills" and through Daniels bookings toured throughout Europe, the UK, Scandinavia and Asia for all of 1978 till the middle of 1979. After returning from overseas, Hewett started recording for Jeffrey Bowen, a Motown producer (The Temptations, Commodores, Bonnie Pointer) who was working on a solo project on guitarist Eddie Hazel (Parliament-Funkadelic).

Hewett never completed the project because towards the end of 1979, he got a call from Jeffrey Daniel, who was on the road with Shalamar in the middle of a promotional tour. They had suddenly found themselves in need of a lead singer and Daniel made Hewett an offer that he accepted. Within three days Hewett flew to New Jersey, where he met up with Watley and Daniel, rehearsed the lip synch and choreography to the current Shalamar single "Take That To The Bank", and found himself in front of a TV camera on a local dance show in Paterson, New Jersey. They completed the promotional tour and returned to Los Angeles and immediately started recording the Big Fun LP with their producer, Leon Sylvers. The trio went on to record songs such as "Second Time Around", "Make That Move", "A Night to Remember", "Dancing in the Sheets" and the ballad "This Is for the Lover in You". Hewett was the group's lead singer from 1979 until 1985. More at Wiki

 Percy singing to his wife


Will Downing

Welcome to this weeks Science of Soul because I've got a packed show for you this week. I will be featuring Will Downing's excellent new album entitled, "Chocolate Drop", Will is right back at the top of his game for this set it's smooth and sweet just as Will's fans like him. I have to say I love Will's interpretation of the Bobby Taylor classic "Does Your Mama Know About Me" that song was such a powerful statement back in the day, In fact it got me thinking about my old friend Bobby so I thought we would include a great tv spot from Bobby that was broadcast by a TV station in Hong Kong were Bobby now lives. You will find it at the bottom of the page. Back to Mr Downing; It was very hard to pick 3 tracks but I consoled myself by thinking; "its okay I can play more over the coming weeks" .... and rest assured I will.

Kenny Lattimore makes a welcome return, I'm loving his new single "You Have My Heart" and had to include this in the show, but I've not had a chance to listen to his new album yet, but looking forward to it. I'm sure you are aware we lost another Soul legend in Chicago's own Billy Butler this month, so I pay tribute to his legacy, he will be forever remembered for the stomping classic "The Right Track" but I thought I would show the more mellow side of this very underrated man. Condolences to his family.

Bell & Staples on '69 Stax LP
Great news that London Soul man Da'Paul Phillips as won the Rocket Fuel Unsigned Artist Award!  so not have I only included a track from his 2013 set "Soulful Spirit" as a website special you can find a great documentary video about the launch of his forthcoming album. You will find it lower down the page so take a few minutes to enjoy this very talented young man.
Lots of old school classics as always to take you back to the good old days listen out for William Bell & Mavis Staples plus a killer Chicago cut from Gene Chandler. It's music time enjoy and please share the link

Playlist for Sunday 20-04-2015

Billy Butler 1976
Hour One
Carey Harris & Michael Orr - Here I Go
Kenny Lattimore - You Have My Heart
Smooth Sylk - Let Me Touch You
Da'Paul - She's So Entertaining
The Dramatics - She's Stone Cold
Will Downing - Till You Come Back To Me
Will Downing - Does Your Mama Know About Me
Push - We Got The Love
William Bell & Mavis Staples - Leave The Girl Alone
Billy Butler - My Sweet Woman
Billy Butler - Careless Heart
Billy Butler - The Saga Of Sadie Lee
Denise Lasalle - It Was A House Till You Made It A Home

Hour Two
Willie Clayton - So Tied Up
Archie Bell/Drells - I Love You But You Don't Know It
L. J. Reynolds - Come Get To This
Everlife - I Lost You Girl
The Notations - Baby I Like Your Style
Rena Scott - A Love Thang
Will Downing - Deep As The Ocean
Wendall B. - Do Me Like That
Barbara Carr/Uvee Hayes - One Sided Relationship
Gene Chandler - Haven't I Heard That Line Before
Sweet Thunder - Tender Days

Will Downing's biography:
Will Downing (born Wilfred Downing, November 29, 1963, Brooklyn, New York),  is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s. Downing is married to singer Audrey Wheeler, who has collaborated with various musicians as a back-up singer and was previously a member of the short lived R&B group Unlimited Touchmore at wiki


Gina Carey

Gina Carey
Welcome to the latest edition of the Science of Soul with my featured album coming from Ms Gina Carey, aptly titled "The Soul Singer." The multi-talented Gina quite easily slides from soul to jazz and back again, and is the wife of acclaimed guitarist John Carey, it just must be great to live in their home with so much talent under one roof. John also has a, soon-to-be released single' it's his rendition of The O'Jays classic "She Used To Be My Girl," taken from his forthcoming album ... I will be keeping you posted.

New releases too from the great Jesse James and Will Downing, whose album "Chocolate Drops" being covered in more depth next week.

'soon' - Only on iTunes?
Legendary soulstress; Gladys Knight's new release is a reworking of The Commodores classic "Zoom" with Gospel lyrics and re-titled "Soon," it's pretty special and could even be a surprise hit for Gladys. I'll also be dipping into recent projects from Calvin Richardson Uvee Hayes and Cherie Marie's excellent 360 Degrees A Woman set, add to that a little Neo soul from Detroit's own Dwele and a nice slice of modern R&B from Jahiem and a bunch of old school classics that you might not have heard in a while - all in all a pretty varied musical pie so sit back and enjoy a slice - also I'll now be adding a video each week, some will be a straight-up music video's, others my be interviews etc., that I think might be of interest. This week it's a great interview with Dramatics'; Ron Banks LJ Reynolds & Winzell Kelly, sadly we lost Billy Butler this week, we was the brother of Jerry Butler, will be including some of his songs next week show, remember to share with a friend and spread the Science of Soul link.

Sunday April 5th Play List

Hour One
Craig Chang - Get Up
Jesse James - I Lost My Baby On Face Book
Uvee Hayes - Handy Man
Calvin Richardson - We Gonna' Love Tonight
Gladys Knight - Soon
Cherie Marie - Soft Places
Gina Carey - In Love With Love
Donny Mann - Treat Me Like A Stranger
Will Downing - Never Say No
Gina Carey - Through The Water
Duane Williams - Yes My Love Is Real
Tavares - Wonderful

Hour Two
Stony Murphy - Making The Best Of It
Dwele - Kissing Games
Jerry Butler - Mr Dee Jay (I've Got A Heartache)
Carl Carlton - Let Me Love You Till The Morning
Gina Carey - Eyes Of A Child
George Pettus - Can You Wait
The Malemen - Missing You In My Life
Jesse James - I Never Meant To Love Her
Derick Braggs - You Can't Win Em All
Jaheim - Lonely
Charles Davis - Let Me Be The One
Con Funk Shun - Can't Go Away

Gina Carey's biography:
Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angles, Gina Carey, is a woman of many talents. Her soulful and yet angelic tone is unique, and can be easily identified in all of her recordings. Gina's soulful delivery, takes listeners back to the era where R&B and Soul music dominated the vast majority of the world. Over the years, Gina Carey has made many accomplishments. She has recorded over 11 CD's, written and directed 3 gospel stage plays, Written 1 book and audio book and is the CEO and creator of her own independent record, entertainment companies, "Gico Music" and "Soul Jazzy Entertainment". She also produces her own web series, Tell My Story". More at ginacarey.net