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The line between jazz and RnB is often blurry. Both styles of music come from the same sources and both influence each other as they constantly cross paths. The Jazz Related RnB genre at JMA pays tribute to RnB bands that are not jazz bands in name only. For example, the early to mid-70s version of Earth Wind and Fire caught the attention of many jazz and fusion fans with their virtuoso horn charts, poly-rhythmic foundation and extended harmonies over modern jazz chord changes. Many of the RnB artists listed in this genre had a strong impact on the development of jazz.

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STEVIE WONDER Songs in the Key of Life Album Cover Songs in the Key of Life
STEVIE WONDER
4.67 | 14 ratings
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STEELY DAN Aja Album Cover Aja
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4.57 | 30 ratings
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STEVIE WONDER Innervisions Album Cover Innervisions
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4.60 | 18 ratings
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EARTH WIND & FIRE Gratitude Album Cover Gratitude
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4.70 | 6 ratings
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CURTIS MAYFIELD Curtis/Live! Album Cover Curtis/Live!
CURTIS MAYFIELD
4.77 | 4 ratings
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ISAAC HAYES Black Moses Album Cover Black Moses
ISAAC HAYES
4.64 | 5 ratings
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STEELY DAN Countdown to Ecstasy Album Cover Countdown to Ecstasy
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4.41 | 21 ratings
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STEVIE WONDER Fulfillingness' First Finale Album Cover Fulfillingness' First Finale
STEVIE WONDER
4.46 | 10 ratings
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ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul Album Cover Hot Buttered Soul
ISAAC HAYES
4.37 | 9 ratings
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ARETHA FRANKLIN Young, Gifted And Black Album Cover Young, Gifted And Black
ARETHA FRANKLIN
4.54 | 4 ratings
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STEVIE WONDER Talking Book Album Cover Talking Book
STEVIE WONDER
4.32 | 12 ratings
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SADE (HELEN FOLASADE ADU) Diamond Life Album Cover Diamond Life
SADE (HELEN FOLASADE ADU)
4.37 | 7 ratings
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SADE (HELEN FOLASADE ADU) Love Deluxe

Album · 1992 · RnB
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Matti P
The ratings of SADE albums seem to go a slight downfall, ie. the debut Diamond Life (1984) is the highest rated, and each later album scores a bit lower than the preceding one. Sade's biggest hits -- 'Smooth Operator', 'Your Love is King' etc -- indeed came early in the career. Love Deluxe is the band's fourth album. I deliberately speak of the British band, even though Sade can also refer to the gorgeous, Nigerian-born singer Sade Adu, as it undoubtedly does in the wide public. But practically it was a group effort. The songs were mainly composed together by Adu, saxophonist-guitarist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale and, to a lesser degree, bassist Paul Spencer Denman.

While the third album Stronger Than Pride (1988) had a bit more edge, Love Deluxe returns to the soft and sensitive coolness, and does it very pleasantly in my opinion. The opener 'No Ordinary Love' was the lead single released one month prior the album. I love its hypnotic and slightly melancholic atmosphere.

Sonically, songs such as 'Feel the Pain' and 'I Couldn't Love You More' come a bit closer to the bulk of r'n'b balladry, with a sticky beat I've never enjoyed. But Sade Adu's lovely voice easily lifts anything above the rest of the genre. The slow, spatial and dreamy 'Like a Tattoo' arrives just in time. Shivers!

The bright-toned 'Kiss of Life', the third single, is an enjoyable, solid Sade number. 'Cherish the Day' is again of the more average r'n'b stuff and continues on the thoroughly familiar path. The slow-tempo Adu-Hale composition 'Pearls' features an orchestral arrangement and is among the highligths. 'Bullet Proof Soul' has nice piano and rather cheesy sax. Instrumental (!) closing track 'Mermaid' paints an exotic, oceanic view.

This album may not quite be on the high level of the two first albums but is nevertheless essential for any fan who wants some more of the ear-candy.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS The Best... Isley Brothers

Boxset / Compilation · 1976 · RnB
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The Isley Brothers are the longest running RnB/rock act in the world, having started in the mid 1950s and still going, albeit with only two brothers left, Ronnie and Ernie, but those two have always been the most important members anyway. The band started with three Isley brothers up front singing, but when younger brothers Ernie and Marvin joined, plus cousin Chris Jaspers, they had a full band. Their early music centered around gospel flavored rock-n-roll and they scored a major hit with “Shout”, a popular song to this day. Moving into the late 60s and early 70s they got into James Brown influenced proto funk and also eclectic rock and pop cover songs. Its this late 60s and early 70s version of the band that is featured on “The Best … Isley Brothers”, a compilation on the Buddah label that came out in 1976. There are also many other best of Isleys albums out there covering other episodes of their career.

This is an excellent compilation, and represents their early forays into funk with songs like, “Its Your Thang” and “Pop that Thang”. They certainly had a thang for thangs. The many cover tunes in a variety of pop, rock and RnB modes are also excellent. Few bands can transform someone else’s hit the way the Isleys do as they present very creative versions of “Fire and Rain”, “Ohio”, “Lay Lady Lay” and many more. The salient feature of the Isleys is their ensemble vocal power, led by Ronnie Isley, one of the best romantic crooners in RnB history. As the band moved into the mid 70s, they developed a strong rock-funk sound as featured on the hit, “Fight the Power”, and Ernie stepped up as a blazing Hendrix influenced guitarist, but to hear all that you will need to seek out their later compilations.

KEVIN B.F. BURT Kevin Burt & Big Medicine : Thank You Brother Bill - A Tribute to Bill Withers

Album · 2024 · RnB
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The very first album, released in 2024, which I put in my player is surprisingly not jazz, but a r'n'b one. Virtually unknown in Europe, singer / guitarist / harmonica player from Iowa, USA, Kevin Burt's tribute to Bill Wither's music.

Burt’s been playing through the Midwest for nearly 30 years, but recorded just a very few albums. On "Thank You, Brother Bill..." he sings/plays "Ain t No Sunshine" and many lesser known Wither songs.

For good, Burt doesn't try to copy or imitate Wither's vocals or music in general. Burt sounds often more like Joe Bonamassa than Withers himself, his vocal, if soulful, is more aggressive, and the music is much more blues against Wither's groovy r'n'b with folksy touch.

As a result, "Thank You, Brother Bill..." is an electric blues / blues rock album containing strong songs, B B King influenced guitar soloes and bursts of harmonica.

Some songs sound better than others here. Surprisingly enough, heavy and percussive "Ain t No Sunshine" is a weaker point. Burt's version lacks the spirit and subtlety of the original, we have also heard too many strong covers for decades as well. For my ears, Burt's strong side is heavier blues-rock pieces, such as the Wah-Wah guitar sounding opener "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" or "Grandma's Hands". Acoustic blues, "Another Day to Run", works well too.

The album closes with short Burt original - dedication to Bill Withers. Thanks to high quality musical material and an experienced band, the new year opened with a strong r'n'b album.

GARY WILSON You Think You Really Know Me

Album · 1977 · RnB
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Gary Wilson, one of the most unique musicians ever, and a pioneer of outsider music This album is a great introduction to world of Gary Wilson, an avant garde, psychedelic and funky record. Don't let the label fool you this is faaaaaar from a typical R&B album, the the album sounds like an avant garde, twisted Steely Dan album. The intro track alone is almost horrifying, a noisy....well its noisy but the second track is our first actual song, your greeted with homemade synths and an almost teenage jersey accent(although I'm pretty sure he was a young adult at the time but whatever) and these songs are an excellent way to kick of the album. The next track is very notable 6.4 = Make Out is an avant funk track I really have no words this song is just astonishing and that's honestly how I'd describe the entire album. My favorite track here(aside from 6.4) is probably I Wanna Lose Control, a funk jazz track that's just super catchy. This is really hard to make a review for and I don't think any review can do it justice, you really need to listen to it for yourself

JAMES BROWN Bodyheat

Album · 1976 · RnB
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Here we have is what I'd consider to be an underrated album. This is James's 44th studio album and I can kinda understand why people say this is "just another James Brown album" however it's not bad by any means, I just think it's easy to find yourself oversaturates with his music but if you were to find this album in a record store you should pick it up again it's not a bad album. The album opens with one of my favorite JB tracks "Bodyheat" a nine minute funk jam, you can't go wrong with that. The album has a strong highlight that being the track "Kiss In 77" it's a balled and a great one at that. Overall your not missing much but I don't think it should be dismissed

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