2016 End of Summer soul and jazz mixtape




Who says soul music is dead? As an ode to some great soul and jazz music that’s been made since the clock rolled over to two triple zero, I wanted to pay homage to the artists, musicians, and labels who have broken their backs to put out wonderful music for us all to hear. This End of Summer mixtape is also an homage to Oliver Wang who was nice enough to give an eager and untested writer a chance for his highly respected Soul-Sides site a number of years ago. During many summers he’d put together his own End of Summer mix or allow someone else to curate one for his site that helped us all relive some wonderful moments over the past few months.

In this particular mix, I mostly focused on tracks that had a breezy feel to them, many of which also feature the work of some great horn arrangements. While a lot of people are surely aware of labels like Daptone and Stones Throw, there’s also some wonderful work being done on other labels like Marlow out of Canada, Secret Stash out of Minnesota, and Colemine in Ohio. So spend an hour or so with some musicians who dedicate their lives to their craft and reminisce upon the sunshine and memories.




Lee Fields – Honey Dove (Soul Fire)-2002
The Olympians – How Can I Love (Now That You’re Gone) (Truth & Soul)-2008
Durand Jones & The Indications – Is It Any Wonder (Colemine)-2016
Atlantis Jazz Ensemble – Pillars Of Hercules (Marlow)-2016
Aloe Blacc – Good Things (Stones Throw)-2010
The Iguanas – Pelican Bay (Yep Roc)-2008
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Better Things (Daptone)-2010
Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays – Riverside Drive (Marlow)-2011
Seu Jorge & Alma – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Now Again)-2010
The Frightnrs – I’d Rather Go Blind (Daptone)-2015
James Hunter Six – So They Say (Fantasy)-2013
The Fabulous Three – Answer Me Softly (Psycho/Soul Fire)-2002
Kamasi Washington – Kipling Theme (RCA)-2016
Souljazz Orchestra – It’s Gonna Rain (Strut)-2015
Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – The World Is Going Up In Flames (Dunham)-2011
Sonny Knight & The Lakers – Oh Mary (Secret Stash)-2016
Menahan Street Band – Going The Distance (Dunham)-2008
Myron & E With The Soul Investigators – They Don’t Know (Timmion)-2013
Mayer Hawthorne – Thin Moon (Stones Throw)-2011

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