Music Monday: Putumayo World Music Rhythm & Blues CD Review


I am a big jazz and R&B fan and was thrilled at the opportunity to add to my personal Putumayo collection with a genre so close to my heart. I own a couple of Putumayo albums, but this is my first listen at one of their jazz or R&B compilations. I played in a jazz band for many years and find my heart lies in the jazz and blues genre more than any other I have ever played or sung. R&B has the essence of jazz with some good ‘ol gospel and little bit of pop mixed in that makes it irresistible for me to sway and boogie along. The contemporary artists on this album stay true to the original flavor of R&B while still creating original works and we are even treated to some “oldies but the goodies” like the lesser known track “My Honey and Me” by The Emotions.

This album is the perfect background music for me when I need a lift me up or some motivation to get the cleaning done around the house. To all of you R&B lovers, this is a fresh new CD you will want to check out and pop in the CD player, plug into your iPod at the gym or dance in the living room with your kids. As the label’s first album exclusively dedicated to the genre, it would be a great addition to any music-lovers collection. Putumayo also has many other fantastic CDs not only in this genre, but for genres from all over the world and I am keeping my eye on some of their albums geared towards children for our home.

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One of our best-loved and most popular record labels on the planet, Putumayo World Music is releasing one of the best comps they’ve ever put out – Rhythm & Blues. It’s classic rhythm & blues performed by first generation legends and rising stars of today’s retro R&B revival, and it’s the label’s first album exclusively dedicated to the genre.

FEATURED ARTISTS include: Lavelle White • James Hunter • Cracked Ice • The Quantic Soul Orchestra featuring Kabir 
 • The Emotions • Sam Moore, Keb’ Mo’ and Angie Stone • Catherine Russell • Ruthie Foster • Snooks Eaglin  • Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings • Rockie Charles • Irma Thomas with Henry Butler






The 60s and 70s rhythm and blues of The Four Tops, Otis Redding and The Supremes, among others, became a global phenomenon and has inspired a new generation of artists who are reviving the classic soul sound.

Reaching mainstream popularity in the 1950s, rhythm and blues sprung from the rugged roots of blues and gospel music, pairing soulful vocals with pop sensibilities. While in recent years R&B has become more closely associated with rap and hip hop, legends and young artists are recreating the sound and mood of the genre’s glory days.

New Orleans is the birthplace of R&B and on Rhythm & Blues Crescent City legends Snooks Eaglin, Irma Thomas and Rockie Charles join other first generation soul artists Lavelle White, The Emotions and Sam Moore (of the classic soul duo Sam & Dave). Moore unites generations in a collaboration with Keb’ Mo’ and Angie Stone on the Willie Dixon-penned, Howlin’ Wolf classic, “Wang Dang Doodle,” a track produced by American Idol’s Randy Jackson.

Rhythm & Blues features songs by other contemporary artists including British musician James Hunter, who blends intricate guitar licks with an Otis Redding-like wail on “’Til Your Fool Comes Home.” On “100 Days, 100 Nights,” Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings deliver a deeply stirring performance that reflects the pain of the lyrics. The Quantic Soul Orchestra mixes rhythm and blues with elements of reggae and Latin 
jazz in their cover of the Marion Black classic “Who Knows.” Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell and New York collective Cracked Ice round out this collection of rhythm and blues that is “guaranteed to make you feel good.”

Rhythm & Blues is the newest addition to Putumayo’s successful American music series, which includes American Blues, New Orleans, Women of 
Jazz, and Mississippi Blues.


A copy of this CD was provided for this review. No other compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own. 
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