In 2014 Soul Jazz turned from documenting New Orleans Funk to focus on New Orleans Soul, and this is the result. In New Orleans Funk and Soul share a lineage that begins with the city’s enormous rhythm and blues explosion in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. New Orleans Soul incorporated the soulful vocals of the gospel church, the driving beat of rhythm and blues, as well as traces of the second-line parade bands and the latinized rhythms of the city.
You’ll hear the deep, deep soul of singers Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker, the storming northern soul of Maurice Williams and Eldridge Holmes, the funky soul of Eddie Bo, Lionel Robinson and Ernie K-Doe with soul sisters Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young to name a few.
The main force behind New Orleans Soul is Allen Toussaint, a one-man hit-making machine in the 1960s, writing, arranging and producing hit after hit for a long list of unbelievably talented local singers such as Eldridge Holmes, Maurice Williams, Betty Harris, Ernie K Doe and Diamond Joe all of whom are featured.