RIBS: Memories of Al Jarreau, pt2-2020

January 24, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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Part 2 of our exploration of the music of Al Jarreau…

In this mix all selections are performed by Al Jarreau except where noted.

Playlist: (song [album])

  1. All Or Nothing At All [Heart’s Horizon]
  2. Mm Mm Good (ft. Al Jarreau) – Joyce Cooling [Third Wish]
  3. Cold Duck [Accentuate The Positive]
  4. Let’s Pretend [High Crime]
  5. RIBS2: Music Felt So Good – TGrundy    
  6. Milwaukee [Glow]
  7. Golden Girl [L Is For Lover]
  8. Never Givin’ Up [This Time]
  9. Thinkin’ About It Too [All Fly Home]
  10. Wait A Little While [All Fly Home]
  11. Gimme What You Got [This Time]
  12. Love Is Real [This Time]
  13. RIBS Soulful Edition – DarrenKeith
  14. Since I Fell For You – Al Jarreau (with Bob James & David Sanborn) [Best Of Al Jarreau] 
  15. (A Rhyme) This Time [This Time]
  16. Have You Seen The Child [Glow]
  17. Spain (I Can Recall) [This Time]
  18. Girl From Ipanema – Al Jarreau & Oleta Adams [A Taste Of Jobim]
  19. (Blue In Green) Tapestry; The Dedication [Heaven and Earth]
  20. (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a la Turk [Breakin’ Away]
  21. Better Than Anything [Look To The Rainbow (Live)]
  22. All Of My Love [Heart’s Horizon]
  23. RIBS1a: Taste of Music (short) – TGrundy      
  24. Love Is Waiting [Jarreau]
  25. High Crime [High Crime]
  26. What You Do To Me [Heaven and Earth]
  27. Trouble In Paradise [Jarreau]

RIBS: Memories of Al Jarreau, pt1-2020

January 15, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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One of my favorite male vocalists has and always will be Al Jarreau. Ever since the release of his debut album, “We Got By” in 1975, I’ve been listening to and enjoying his music regularly and often. Here is Part 1 of a two part exploration of his wonderful vocal stylings…

In this mix all selections are performed by Al Jarreau except where noted.

Playlist: (song [album])

  1. RIBS Intro: Taste of Music (short) – TGrundy
  2. Roof Garden [Breakin’ Away]  
  3. Pleasure [L Is For Lover] 
  4. Murphy’s Law [High Crime]    
  5. Distracted [This Time]    
  6. RIBS Promo #1 – Mr. Fresh
  7. Sweet Potato Pie [We Got By]    
  8. We Got By (ft. David Sanborn) [Tenderness]     
  9. My Old Friend [Breakin’ Away]   
  10. Somebody’s Watching You [Glow]     
  11. Tell Me What I Gotta Do [L Is For Lover]     
  12. Sure Enough – Al Jarreau & Randy Crawford [Casino Lights]     
  13. Take Five [Look To The Rainbow]   
  14. My Favorite Things (ft. Kathleen Battle) [Tenderness]  
  15. RIBS Promo: Locked Into Old School Soul – DarrenKeith
  16. Fire And Rain [Glow]    
  17. Summer Breeze – George Benson & Al Jarreau [Givin’ It Up]  
  18. Summer Breezin’ (ft. Gerald Albright) [My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke] 
  19. God Bless The Child – George Benson & Al Jarreau [Givin’ It Up]    
  20. Closer To Your Love [Breakin’ Away]    
  21. Rainbow In Your Eyes [Glow]   
  22. You Don’t See Me [We Got By]  
  23. Letter Perfect [We Got By]   
  24. Spirit [We Got By]   
  25. Agua De Beber [Glow]  
  26. Bring It On Home To Me – George Benson & Al Jarreau [Givin’ It Up]

RIBS: Journeys-The Places We’ve Been, pt2-2020

January 6, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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More “Life Is A Journey” theme music…

This mix features selections from the following artists: Rascal Flatts, Con Funk Shun, Donald Byrd, Phil Collins, John Klemmer, Keiko Matsui, Fourplay, Norman Connors, Phyllis Hyman, Will Downing, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Bobbi Humphrey, Lionel Richie, Joe Sample, Maze and Gil Scott-Heron.

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS8: So Good Echo  – TGrundy
  2. Life is A Highway – Rascal Flatts [Cars Soundtrack] 
  3. California 1 – Con Funk Shun [The Best Of Con Funk Shun]
  4. Places and Spaces – Donald Byrd [Places And Spaces]  
  5. Take Me Home – Phil Collins [No Jacket Required]    
  6. Journey’s End – John Klemmer [All The Children Cried]   
  7. Sense Of A Journey – Keiko Matsui [Wildflower]    
  8. East2West – Fourplay [Elixir]
  9. Romantic Journey – Norman Connors [Romantic Journey]    
  10. Meet Me On The Moon – Phyllis Hyman [Prime Of My Life]    
  11. Sailing On A Dream – Will Downing [Love’s The Place To Be]   
  12. Where I Wander – Earl Klugh and Bob James [Two Of A Kind]  
  13. The Journey – Earl Klugh [The Journey]
  14. Journey To Morocco – Bobbi Humphrey [Flute In]
  15. RIBS1a: Taste of Music (short) – TGrundy 
  16. I’m Coming Home – Lionel Richie [Coming Home] 
  17. The Road Less Traveled – Joe Sample [Ashes To Ashes] 
  18. Travelin’ Man – Maze [Golden Time Of Day]  
  19. Late Last Night – Gil Scott-Heron [1980]

RIBS: Journeys-The Places We’ve Been, pt1-2020

January 4, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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Was thinking about life, travels… journeys. “Life Is A Journey”, as the saying goes. An eclectic mix of songs that make me reflect on past travels, present pathways and future roads as we go stepping into tomorrow.

This mix features selections from the following artists: Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Tower Of Power, Minnie Riperton, Lakeside, Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders, The Isley Brothers, Bobbi Humphrey, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Dexter Wansel, Lionel Richie, Jan Hammer, Marvin Gaye, Norman Connors and Pat Metheny Group.

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS Intro: Another Edition-2012 – TGrundy
  2. 95 South (All Of The Places We’ve Been – Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson [Bridges]
  3. Somewhere Down The Road – Tower Of Power [We Came To Play]
  4. Take A Little Trip – Minnie Riperton [Perfect Angel]
  5. Sailing – Lakeside [Party Patrol]
  6. Maiden Voyage – Herbie Hancock [Maiden Voyage]
  7. So Far Away – Crusaders [Crusaders 1]
  8. The Highways Of My Life – The Isley Brothers [3+3]
  9. The Trip – Bobbi Humphrey [Fancy Dancer]
  10. Take All The Time You Need – Roy Ayers Ubiquity [Mystic Voyage]
  11. RIBS3: aka “RIBS” – TGrundy 
  12. Journey To Love – Stanley Clarke [The Bass-Ic Collection]
  13. One Million Miles From The Ground – Dexter Wansel [Life On Mars]
  14. Wandering Stranger – Lionel Richie [Lionel Richie]
  15. Voyage Home – Jan Hammer [Beyond The Mind’s Eye]
  16. Mystic Voyage – Roy Ayers Ubiquity [Mystic Voyage]
  17. Where Are We Going? – Marvin Gaye [Let’s Get It On, Deluxe Edition]
  18. Destination Moon – Norman Connors [Romantic Journey]
  19. Last Train Home – Pat Metheny Group [The Road To You]

RIBS: Even More Randy Crawford-2020

January 3, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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There are a lot of songstresses that I love to listen to. And this lady ranks right there near the top of that list. Like many others, I first became acquainted with Ms. Crawford when she belted out the vocals on The Crusaders’ mega-hit “Street Life” back in 1979. While as a solo artist she has never had a song in the Billboard Top 100 here in the United States, Randy has been much more successful in Europe where she’s had five Top 20 hits in the UK as well as six UK Top 10 albums.

I’ve featured her music in two other RIBS mixes over the years. The first one in a “Triple-Play” mix alongside Patrice Rushen and Stephanie Mills, and a follow-up to that mix entitled “More Randy Crawford”. I’ll see if I can re-post those efforts here soon.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the “More Randy Crawford” mix.

In the meantime, let’s envelope ourselves in the sweet vocalizations of Randy Crawford… even more!

Playlist: (song [album])
[All songs by Randy Crawford except where noted]

  1. RIBS Intro: Another Edition-2012 – TGrundy
  2. Come Into My Life [Naked And True]
  3. Fire And Rain [Play Mode (aka Permanent)]
  4. Look Who’s Lonely Now [Windsong]
  5. A Lot That You Can Do [Through The Eyes Of Love]
  6. All I Do [Play Mode (aka Permanent)]
  7. RIBS8: So Good Echo – TGrundy
  8. Cigarette In The Rain [Rich And Poor]
  9. Breaking Down [Every Kind Of Mood]
  10. Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong – Randy Crawford & Al Jarreau [Casino Lights]
  11. Wrap-U-Up [Rich And Poor]
  12. Something So Right [Everything Must Change]
  13. It’s Raining [Through The Eyes Of Love]
  14. That’s How Heartaches Are Made [Secret Combination]
  15. RIBS3: Aka “RIBS” – TGrundy
  16. All The Kings Horses [Naked And True]
  17. Blue Mood [Raw Silk] 
  18. Tell Me More And More And Then Some – Randy Crawford & Joe Sample [Feeling Good]
  19. Holding Back The Years [Naked And True]
  20. Rhythm Of Romance [Through The Eyes Of Love]
  21. Bottom Line [Nightline]
  22. Every Day I Have The Blues – Randy Crawford & Joe Sample [Live]

RIBS Xmas: A Gospel Christmas 3-Yolanda Adams & Friends-2020

December 24, 2020 by · 1 Comment
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This is the 3rd volume in the RIBS Xmas “A Gospel Christmas” collection.

This mix features selections from the following artists: Yolanda Adams, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Kelly Price, Vicki Winans, Marvin Sapp, Women of Faith, Richard Smallwood, The Georgia Mass Choir, Tre’ Corley, Francine Belcher, Mandisa, Hillsong Church, Candi Station, Nancy Wilson, Shakatak and Lenny LeBlanc.

“Joy to the World”…  Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS Xmas Intro – TGrundy
  2. Carol Of The Bells + What Child? – Yolanda Adams [Christmas With Yolanda Adams]
  3. For Unto Us A Child Is Born – Bebe Winans & Cece Winans [Gospel Christmas (CEMA)]
  4. One Family – Kelly Price [One Family: A Christmas Album]
  5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Vickie Winans & Marvin Winans [Happy Holidays]
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Marvin Sapp [Christmas Card] 
  7. Medley – You Are Emmanuel/Emmanuel – Women Of Faith [Women Of Faith: Christmas]
  8. O Holy Night – Richard Smallwood [Gospel Christmas (CEMA)]
  9. Hold On, Help Is On The Way – Georgia Mass Choir [The Preacher’s Wife: Original Soundtrack Album]
  10. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Tre’ Corley [Jesus The Heart Of Our Home]
  11. My Favorite Things – Yolanda Adams [Christmas With Yolanda Adams]
  12. Joy To The World – Francine Belcher [A Contemporary Gospel Christmas]
  13. Mary, Did You Know – Vickie Winans [Happy Holidays]
  14. Children Go Where I Send Thee – Mandisa [It’s Christmas]
  15. O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Hillsong Church [Celebrating Christmas] 
  16. A Season Of Love – Yolanda Adams [Christmas With Yolanda Adams]
  17. Christmas In My Heart – Candi Staton [Christmas In My Heart]
  18. Sweet Little Jesus Boy – Nancy Wilson/New York Voices [A Nancy Wilson Christmas]
  19. Joy – Georgia Mass Choir  [The Preacher’s Wife: Original Soundtrack Album]
  20. Silent Night – Yolanda Adams [Christmas With Yolanda Adams]
  21. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Hillsong Church [Celebrating Christmas]
  22. Good King Wenceslas – Shakatak [The Christmas Album]
  23. O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Lenny Leblanc [Songs 4 Worship: Christmas]     
  24. Born This Day – Yolanda Adams [Christmas With Yolanda Adams]

RIBS Xmas: A Soulful Christmas 4-Kem & Friends-2020

December 20, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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This is the 4th volume in the RIBS Xmas “A Soulful Christmas” collection.

This mix features selections from the following artists: Kem, Ty Causey, Straight No Chaser, John Legend, Shinyribs, PJ Morton, Jon Batiste, Ronnie Spector, The Commodores and Shakatak.

“Merry Christmas”…  Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

Intro: “The True Meaning of Christmas” –  Linus van Pelt
Doo Wop Christmas (That’s What Christmas Is All About) – Kem [What Christmas Means]
Home For Christmas – Kem [What Christmas Means]
Celebrate (It’s Christmas Time) – Ty Causey [Christmas Flow]   
We Three Kings Of Orient Are – Straight No Chaser [Christmas Cheers]   
Silver Bells – John Legend [A Legendary Christmas]   
Linus And Lucy – Shinyribs [The Kringle Tingle]  
Bring Me Love – John Legend  [A Legendary Christmas]  
Do You Believe (ft. Yolanda Adams) – PJ Morton [Christmas With PJ Morton] 
Glorify The King – Kem [What Christmas Means]
Christmas Time Is Here – John Legend [A Legendary Christmas]   
Endless Love (ft. Aloe Blacc) – Jon Batiste [Christmas With Jon Batiste]   
Let The World Rejoice – Ty Causey [Christmas Flow]    
The Christmas Song – PJ Morton [Christmas With PJ Morton]   
Bethlehem – Kem [What Christmas Means]   
Merry Christmas To Everyone – Ty Causey [Christmas Flow]   
Winter Wonderland (ft. Jason Marsalis) – Jon Batiste [Christmas With Jon Batiste]   
Merry Christmas, Baby – Kem [What Christmas Means]   
Who Spiked The Eggnog? – Straight No Chaser [Christmas Cheers]   
Christmas Flow – Ty Causey [Christmas Flow]   
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (ft. Judith Hill) – Jon Batiste [Christmas With Jon Batiste] 
Donde Esta Santa Claus – Straight No Chaser [Christmas Cheers]   
It’s the Time (Happy Holidays) – Ronnie Spector [Best Christmas Ever]   
Merry Christmas, Oh Happy Day – Commodores [Commodores Christmas]    
No Place Like Home – John Legend [A Legendary Christmas]   
Christmas With You – Shakatak [Christmas Dreams]    
Waiting For Christmas – John Legend [A Legendary Christmas]   
What Christmas Means – Kem [What Christmas Means]

RIBS Xmas: A Jazzy Christmas 3-2020

December 17, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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This is the third volume in the RIBS Xmas “A Jazzy Christmas” collection.

This mix features selections from the following artists: Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Burrell, Take 6, Stan Kenton, Joe Pass, Les McCann, Harry Connick, Jr., Marcus Roberts, Shakatak, The Classical Jazz Quartet, Warren Wolf, Kirk Whalum, Geri Allen and Nancy Wilson.

“Happy Holidays”…  enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS Xmas Intro – TGrundy
  2. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)  –  Duke Ellington Orchestra [The Nutcracker Suite]
  3. Here Comes Santa Claus – Ramsey Lewis Trio [Sound Of Christmas]
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Kenny Burrell [Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas]   
  5. Jingle Bells – Take 6 [Most Wonderful Time Of The Year]
  6. The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Stan Kenton [A Merry Christmas!]
  7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Joe Pass [Six String Santa]
  8. My Christmas Heart – Les McCann [A Time Les Christmas]
  9. Song For The Hopeful (ft. Kim Burr) –  Harry Connick, Jr. [What A Night! A Christmas Album]
  10. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Ramsey Lewis [More Sounds Of Christmas]
  11. White Christmas – Marcus Roberts Trio [Celebrating Christmas]
  12. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Les McCann [A Time Les Christmas]
  13. Christmas Blues – Ramsey Lewis Trio [Sound Of Christmas]
  14. Christmas Time Again – Shakatak [The Christmas Album]
  15. Dance Of The Reeds (from “The Nutcracker”) – The Classical Jazz Quartet [Christmas]
  16. Sleigh Ride – Warren Wolf [Christmas Vibes]
  17. This Christmas – Kirk Whalum [More Of Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway (EP)]
  18. We Three Kings – Harry Connick, Jr. [What A Night! A Christmas Album]
  19. Christmas For Moderns – Stan Kenton [A Merry Christmas!]
  20. Winter Wonderland – Joe Pass [Six String Santa]
  21. I Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Geri Allen [A Child Is Born]
  22. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Warren Wolf [Christmas Vibes]
  23. Once In Royal David’s City – Stan Kenton [A Merry Christmas!]
  24. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! –  Nancy Wilson [A Nancy Wilson Christmas]