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: More Randy Crawford-2009

January 3, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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This is the first, full mix I did of Randy Crawford’s music from back in 2009…

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

  1. Can’t Stand The Pain [Abstract Emotions]
  2. I’ll Be Around [Naked And True]
  3. Rich And Poor [Rich And Poor] 
  4. Who’s Crying Now [Through The Eyes Of Love]
  5. The Glow Of Love [Naked And True]
  6. Forget Me Nots [Naked And True]
  7. Rainy Night In Georgia [The Very Best Of Randy Crawford]
  8. Give Me The Night (Chill Night Remix) [Best Of Randy Crawford]
  9. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door [Rich And Poor] 
  10. Secret Combination [The Collection]
  11. Everybody’s Talking – Randy Crawford & Joe Sample [Feeling Good]
  12. We Had A Love So Strong [Windsong]
  13. Your Precious Love – Randy Crawford & Al Jarreau [Best Of Randy Crawford]
  14. Love Is [Rich And Poor] 
  15. Save Your Love For Me – Randy Crawford & Joe Sample [Feeling Good]
  16. Lovetown – Randy Crawford & Joe Sample [Feeling Good]
  17. This Is The Love [Rich And Poor] 
  18. Cajun Moon [Naked And True]

We Sing The Songs Of Bill Withers…

May 3, 2020 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: In Memoriam, Jazz, R&B/Soul, RIP 

Here’s part 3 of the Rhythms In Black Satin “In Memoriam” remembrance of Bill Withers. This time around we take a look at the many different interpretations of Bill’s catalog as performed by a wide variety of artists.

Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS: We Sing The Songs Of Bill Withers Intro – TGrundy
    music bed: “Lovely Day” by Smooth Jazz All Stars [Smooth Jazz Tribute to Bill Withers]
  2. Use Me/Ain’t No Sunshine – Straight No Chaser [Under The Influence]
  3. Kissing My Love – José James [Lean On Me]
  4. Harlem – Creative Source [Migration]
  5. Who Is She (And What Is She To You) – Gladys Knight and The Pips [‘Neither One Of Us]
  6. Heartbreak Road – Dionne Farris [First Wives Club OST]
  7. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh – Queen Latifah [The Dana Owens Album]
  8. World Keeps Going Around (ft. Ledisi) – Brian Culbertson [Bringing Back The Funk]
  9. Grandma’s Hands – Gil Scott-Heron [Reflections]
  10. RIBS: Music of Bill Withers Drop-2 – TGrundy
  11. Friend Of Mine – Sabrina Starke [Lean On Me, The Songs Of Bill Withers]
  12. I Wish You Well – Marcia Ball [Peace, Love & BBQ]
  13. I Don’t Know – Anthony David [Hello Like Before: The Songs of Bill Withers]
  14. Make Love To Your Mind – Checkmates, LTD. [Single Release]
  15. Paint Your Pretty Picture – Marlena Shaw [Elemental Soul]
  16. I Want To Spend The Night – Smooth Jazz All Stars [Smooth Jazz Tribute to Bill Withers]
  17. Hello Like Before – Jon Lucien [Premonition]
  18. Let Me In Your Life – Creative Source [Creative Source]
  19. Just The Two Of Us – Marlena Shaw [Lookin’ For Love]
  20. Just The Two Of Us – Smooth Jazz All Stars [Smooth Jazz Tribute to Bill Withers]
  21. Lovely Day – Robert Glasper Experiment [Black Radio 2 (Deluxe Edition)]
  22. RIBS: aka “RIBS” – TGrundy
  23. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau [Life, Love & Pain]
  24. I Can’t Write Left-Handed – Anthony David [Hello Like Before: The Songs of Bill Withers]
  25. Hope She’ll Be Happier – José James [Lean On Me]
  26. Better Off Dead – José James [Lean On Me]
  27. Soul Shadows – Smooth Jazz All Stars [Smooth Jazz Tribute to Bill Withers]
  28. Lonely Town, Lonely Street – Al Jarreau [Lonely Town, Lonely Street]
  29. RIBS: Music of Bill Withers Drop-2 – TGrundy
  30. Can We Pretend (ft. Tony Monrelle) – Reel People [Retroflection]
  31. Let Me Be The One – Syreeta [Syreeta (1980 Album)]
  32. You Just Can’t Smile It Away (ft. Kirk Whalum) – Will Downing [After Tonight]
  33. Ain’t No Sunshine – Grover Washington, Jr. [Inner City Blues]

We Remember: Bill Withers, part 2…

April 25, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s part 2 of the Rhythms In Black Satin “In Memoriam” remembrance of Bill Withers. Included is a large cross-section of his catalog from his 15-year active music career. I’m hoping you’ll not only find some things that you’re familiar with and have not heard in awhile, but also some things that you’re discovering for the first time that you’ll want to hear again.

Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS: Bill Withers Intro – TGrundy
    music bed: “Lovely Day” by Shakatak [Magic]
  2. Just The Two Of Us (ft. Bill Withers) – Grover Washington, Jr. [Winelight]
  3. Ruby Lee – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  4. The Best You Can – Bill Withers [Making Music]
  5. RIBS: We Remember Bill Withers-2 – TGrundy
  6. Love Is – Bill Withers [‘Bout Love]
  7. Then You Smile At Me – Bill Withers [Menagerie]
  8. Lovely Day – Bill Withers [Menagerie]
  9. RIBS – So Good Echo – TGrundy
  10. Hello Like Before – Bill Withers [Making Music]
  11. Paint Your Pretty Picture – Bill Withers [Making Music]
  12. You Just Can’t Smile It Away – Bill Withers [Watching You, Watching Me]
  13. RIBS: We Remember Bill Withers-2 – TGrundy
  14. Make Love To Your Mind – Bill Withers [Making Music]
  15. In The Name Of Love (ft. Bill Withers) – Ralph MacDonald [Universal Rhythm]
  16. RIBS – aka “RIBS” – TGrundy
  17. Make A Smile For Me – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  18. Lean On Me – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  19. Use Me – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  20. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers [Just As I Am]
  21. RIBS: We Remember Bill Withers-2 – TGrundy
  22. I Want To Spend The Night – Bill Withers [Menagerie]
  23. Let Me Be The One You Need – Bill Withers [Menagerie]
  24. Do It Good – Bill Withers [Just As I Am]
  25. RIBS: We Remember Bill Withers-2 – TGrundy
  26. World Keeps Going Around – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]
  27. Let Us Love – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]
  28. Medley: Harlem / Cold Baloney – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]

We Remember: Bill Withers…

April 5, 2020 by · 1 Comment
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Bill Withers passed away and joined the Heavenly choir on March 30, 2020. He has always been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve thought about or mentioned in conversation lyrics from one or more of his songs. His words were thought-provoking and have stood the test of time.

Here is a mix of some of my favorite Bill Withers songs I put together back in 2008 (I believe). Another mix showcasing additional music from his catalog will follow soon. Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. You – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  2. Harlem – Bill Withers 114.6 [Just As I Am]
  3. I Don’t Want You On My Mind – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  4. Lovely Night For Dancing – Bill Withers [Menagerie]
  5. Kissing My Love – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  6. Who Is He (And What Is He To You) – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  7. Soul Shadows (ft. Bill Withers) – Crusaders [Rhapsody And Blues]
  8. Better Off Dead – Bill Withers [Just As I Am]
  9. Hope She’ll Be Happier – Bill Withers [Just As I Am]
  10. Stories – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  11. Railroad Man – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  12. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  13. Heartbreak Road – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  14. Lonely Town, Lonely Street – Bill Withers [Still Bill]
  15. I Wish You Well – Bill Withers [Making Music]
  16. Green Grass – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  17. Can We Pretend – Bill Withers [+’Justments]
  18. Let Me In Your Life – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]
  19. Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]
  20. I Can’t Write Left-Handed – Bill Withers [Live At Carnegie Hall]