September 23, 2003

NEXT BIG THING:

Joss Stone Gives Soul New Voice, New Look (Weekend Edition, Sept. 13, 2003, NPR)

The CD The Soul Sessions is making a major impression on the music world. The singer is Joss Stone -- white, British and just 16 years old. Stone's mentor and producer is African-American soul legend Betty Wright. Hear Stone, Wright and NPR's Scott Simon.

Sister's got some serious pipes. The Wife predicts Norah Jonesdom. Best of all, the album is only $10

MORE:
-ALBUM SITE: The Soul Sessions (S-Curve)
-PROFILE: From a British teen, sounds of pure soul: Joss Stone's debut showcases a voice that evokes a bygone era (Renee Graham, 9/12/2003, Boston Globe)
-PROFILE: Joss Stone puts heart and soul into her music (Tom Moon, 9/21/03, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2003 7:49 PM
Comments

Well, she does sing pretty, but the story was incredibly condescending, both to her and to soul music.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 24, 2003 7:37 AM

I have to admit that I haven't really been able
to get into this thing called soul. The bluest
notes I can get into might be some early
Miles Davis (or Coltrane) or Monk.

I really think one problem with soul and blues
is that the level of virtuosity is really much
lower amongst "authentic practitioners". It seems that in many cases the imitators improve
the idiom and in many cases surpass the originals.

Posted by: J.H. at September 24, 2003 10:13 AM

J.H.:

Try listening to Solomon Burke.

Posted by: oj at September 24, 2003 10:18 AM
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