Due to my recent months of lack of inactivity I have gotten behind not only on my music reviews but also the passing of several music artists although I did acknowledge the passing of Anna Gordy- Gaye therefore let me catch up first by paying respect to these artists and then I will get caught up on music reviews. My apologies…!
Ronny Jordan (1962-2014)
Born Nov. 29, 1962, in London, Jordan rose to prominence due to his standing in a subset of jazz known as acid jazz, which blends its parent genre with elements of soul, disco, hip-hop and funk — though Jordan called his contributions “urban jazz.”
He came to prominence after being featured on Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, which saw release in 1993. He was also one of the artists whose recordings are featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool — a compilation album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Org
He came to prominence after being featured on Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, which saw release in 1993. He was also one of the artists whose recordings are featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool — a compilation album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Organization.
Following the release of 1992’s The Antidote, recordings from Jordan have been a mainstay on a variety of Billboard charts. He was also the recipient of many awards, including The MOBO Best Jazz Act Award as well as Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award. His 2000 release, A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
Jordan’s song “The Jackal” (from his 1993 album The Quiet Revolution) gained prominence when actress Allison Janney in the role of C. J. Cregg lip-synched it in the episode “Six Meetings Before Lunch” of The West Wing. She also did so on Arsenio Hall’s show in September, 2013.
Jordan released 8 solo albums
Ronny Jordan died on January 13, 2014 at age 51 causes unknown
Stevie Woods (1951-2014)
Born Joseph Stephen “Stevie” Woods, Jr. on July 2, 1951 in Chatham, Virginia and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Woods saw brief stateside success as a singer in the early 1980s, scoring two Top 40 hits in the United States: “Steal the Night” and “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All.”
After his brief U.S. fame fizzled, Woods relocated to Germany, where he successfully relaunched his career with such projects as the single “Rock Me Baby” and a starring role in the hit musical Starlight Express.
In 2010, all three of Woods’ early-1980s albums were reissued on CD by Wounded Bird Records.The following year, the singer released an album entitled Quiet Storm.
Woods was a cousin of American actor Philip Michael Thomas.
Stevie Woods died on January 28, 2014 at age 62 in Berlin, Germany of diabetes-related complications.
Floyd Taylor (1954-2014)
The son of the late legendary blues singer Johnnie Taylor and whose voice sounded almost identical to his father has passed. Floyd Taylor died in his Chicago home of an heart attack on Thursday, February 20, 2014. He was 60 yrs of age.
Taylor, who was born in Chicago as Floyd Singletary, began singing in church as a toddler. When he reached is 20s, He joined his famous father on stage regularly, serving as a background singer and sometimes as a duet partner.
Floyd became a noted blues/southern soul singer and signed with the Malaco label, where his father once recorded. He scored a hit with his debut album, Legacy and was voted the Entertainer of the Year in 1998 by the Chicago Blues Society. Floyd went on to chart again with 2005’s No Doubt and 2007’s You Still Got It, both of which hit the top 10 on the blues charts.
His final album “Shut Um down” was released on November 1. 2013
Frank Reed of the Chi-Lites (1954-2014)
Frank Reed was the lead singer of the vocal group “The Chi-Lites” although not an original member Reed joined the Chi-Lites in 1988, as the successor to former lead singer Eugene Reed (deceased) Along with original members Marshall Thompson and Robert “Squirrel” Lester (deceased), and the other lead vocalist Anthony Watson (whom had previously replaced Reed in the band on several occasions)
Reed passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at age 59 causes unknown
NOTE: On February 27, 2014 Marshall Thompson 71 who is the known leader and sole surviving member of the Chi-Lites, suffered a stroke while traveling on the Soul Train Cruise. He was taken off the ship to an area hospital where he’s reportedly responding to medication and other treatment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed family and we wish Marshall a speedy and full recovery.
Charles Love of Bloodstone (1945-2014)
Born Charles D. Love, Jr. on April 18, 1945 in Salina, Kansas but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.was one of the founding members of the vocal group “Bloodstone” with hits in the early 70’s such as “Natural High” “Never Let You Go”, “Outside Woman” and “My Little Lady” but in 1982 making a moderate comeback by releasing their album We Go a Long Way Back, whose title track reached the R&B chart Top 5, also produced a follow-up single “Go On and Cry” that reached number 18. The group continued to record into the mid 1980s and continued to presently tour and perform.
Charles Love died on March 6, 2014 in his home in Kansas city from complications of Pneumonia. He was 68 yrs old.
Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders (1939-2014)
Wayne Henderson, along with childhood buddies Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, and Nesbert “Stix”¨ Hooper, formed the nucleus of the Jazz Crusaders/Crusaders.
Henderson was born in Houston, Texas on September 24. 1939 he was an American soul jazz and hard bop trombonist and record producer. In 1961, he along with childhood buddies Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, and Nesbert “Stix”¨ Hooper, co-founded the soul jazz/hard bop group The Jazz Crusaders. Henderson left the group in 1975 (who by then had changed their name to The Crusaders) to pursue a career in producing, but revived The Jazz Crusaders in 1995.
In 2007, Henderson took a position with the California College of Music in Pasadena, California.
Henderson died in Los Angeles, California on April 5, 2014 at the age of 74 causes unknown.
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