RIBS Xmas: A Soulful Christmas 3-Luther & Friends-2019

December 19, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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This is the 3rd volume in the RIBS Xmas “A Soulful Christmas” collection.

This mix features selections from the following artists: Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Kool & The Gang, Ray Parker, Jr., Jonathan Butler, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Ledisi, Black Ivory, Mary J. Blige and Ramsey Lewis.

“Peace on Earth”…  Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS Xmas Intro 2 – TGrundy
  2. A Kiss For Christmas – Luther Vandross [This Is Christmas]
  3. My Favorite Things – Luther Vandross [The Classic Christmas Album] 
  4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Anita Baker [Christmas Fantasy] 
  5. Joy To The World – Kool & The Gang [Kool For The Holidays]
  6. Christmas Time Is Here – Ray Parker, Jr. [Single Release]
  7. Happy Holidays – Jonathan Butler [Merry Christmas To You] 
  8. RIBS Promo: Aka “RIBS” TGrundy
  9. At Christmas Time – Luther Vandross [The Classic Christmas Album]
  10. With A Christmas Heart – Luther Vandross [This Is Christmas]
  11. When Christmas Comes – Mariah Carey & John Legend [Merry Christmas] 
  12. It’s Christmas – Ledisi [It’s Christmas]    
  13. Snow – Black Ivory [Single Release]
  14. RIBS Promo: So Good Echo – TGrundy
  15. Please Come Home For Christmas – Luther Vandross [This Is Christmas]
  16. Let’s Rejoice (Christmas Is Here) – Kool & The Gang [Kool For The Holidays]
  17. Moonlight Sleighride – Anita Baker [Christmas Fantasy]
  18. Have Your Self A Merry Little Christmas – Luther Vandross [This Is Christmas]
  19. The First Noel (duet with The Clark Sisters) – Mary J. Blige [A Mary Christmas] 
  20. Merry Christmas, Baby – Ramsey Lewis Trio [Sound Of Christmas] 
  21. This Is Christmas – Luther Vandross [This Is Christmas]

RIBS Xmas: A Soulful & Jazzy Christmas-2019

December 19, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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This is the 1st volume in the RIBS Xmas “A Soulful & Jazzy Christmas” collection.

This mix features selections from the following artists: The Dramatics, Chris Botti, Bunny Sigler, Brian Culbertson, Kem, Mike Frost Band, Patti LaBelle, Michael Franks, Straight No Chaser, Tex Beneke, Trey Lorenz, Ramsey Lewis, Shawn Lee, Ronee Martin, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Raiff Ellis, Dexter Gordon and Frank McComb.

“Season’s Greetings”…  Enjoy!

Playlist: (song – artist [album])

  1. RIBS Xmas Intro 2 – TGrundy
  2. The Golden Horn – Dramatics [A Dramatic Christmas (The Very Best Christmas Of All)]
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Chris Botti [December]
  4. Little Drummer Boy – Bunny Sigler [When You’re In Love At Christmas Time]
  5. Deck The Halls – Brian Culbertson [A Soulful Christmas]
  6. Doo Wop Christmas (That’s What Christmas Is All About) – Kem [What Christmas Means]
  7. Carol Of The Bells – Mike Frost Band [Frosty Christmas]
  8. Reason For The Season – Patti LaBelle [This Christmas]
  9. Island Christmas (ft. Veronica Nunn) – Michael Franks [Watching The Snow]
  10. Hey Santa! – Straight No Chaser [Christmas Cheers]
  11. Sleigh Ride – Tex Beneke [A Jazz Christmas]
  12. RIBS3 – Aka “Ribs” – TGrundy
  13. My Younger Days – Trey Lorenz [12 Soulful Nights Of Christmas]
  14. Here Comes Santa Claus – Ramsey Lewis Trio [20th Century Masters: The Best Of Christmas Jazz Volume 1]
  15. Do You Hear What I Hear – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra [A Very Ping Pong Christmas: Funky Treats From Santa’s Bag]
  16. Santa Baby – Ronee Martin [A MoJazz Christmas Vol.2]
  17. Jingle Bells – BeBe & CeCe Winans [First Christmas]
  18. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Raiff Ellis [A Jazzy Saxy Christmas]
  19. The Very Best Christmas – Dramatics [A Dramatic Christmas (The Very Best Christmas Of All)]
  20. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Dexter Gordon [A Jazz Christmas]
  21. This Christmas (Jazz Version) – Frank Mccomb [A MoJazz Christmas Vol. 1]
  22. A Holiday Thought – Dramatics [A Dramatic Christmas (The Very Best Christmas Of All)]

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]

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
Filed under: R&B/Soul, RIP 

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]

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