I love music that plays somewhere in that glitterball-lit realm between disco, house, dub, funk, rock 'n roll, and pop. This site will host mixes I've made and songs I like that dance across the genres. Let me know what you think. And if you've got a party or night you'd like moving to this sound, drop me a line on rorychallands (at) gmail (dot) com.

My Juicy Soul

Now this song really fizzes. I think it's the combination of the drums and the piano. It's jazz, certainly, but there's a direct funkiness here a lot of jazz lacks. Every time I play this my hips involuntarily start to move. They can't help it.

Nina Simone had such a formidable voice its not that often you find her willing to let it take a back seat. But on Jelly Roll she initially lets her fingers do the singing for her. When she does open her mouth it's a burst of joy. Nina often sang about the difficulties of being black. But here it's all about the good stuff: eating sweet potato pie from the pan, drinking gin in sips, digging all the new sounds...

And of course it's about sex too. "I could go for a ride on your sweet jelly roll, but I wouldn't give nothing for my juicy, juicy soul. Aint that bad? Aint that black? And aint that fine?"

Jelly Roll is on a wonderful Simone compilation which majors on her blues and jazz output, and avoids all the ones you've heard a million times before. I recommend it. Click on the links under the music player to buy it.


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