Sir Charles Jones #2 -- The New Generation -- 5-Star CD Review
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Sir Charles Jones #2 -- The New Generation -- 5-Star CD Review
Composed by Charles Jones
August 1, 2021:
NEW ALBUM ALERT!:Buy Sir Charles Jones' new THE CHOSEN ONE CD at Apple.
THE CHOSEN ONE TRACK LIST:1. The Chosen One
3. Midwest Party
4. Cherish The Love
5. I'm All I Got, I'm All I Need
8. Morning Rain
10. Somebody For Everybody
Daddy B. Nice notes:As most everyone conversant with southern soul music knows, Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones (no relation) got together in 2020 to produce The Jones Boyz: Two Kings". The collaborative album was successful, not to mention a validation for Jeter Jones, who had written and sung his way from obscurity to the top rank of southern soul artists, a moment further memorialized at the onset of the Sir Charles "Still In Love" video, when Charles welcomes an exhausted, road-tripping Jeter Jones into his studio with, "I know you're tired, man." The two performers brought out the best in one another, but who knew at the time that the partnership would also stimulate their future, individual work?
This is an uncommonly powerful set from Sir Charles. The songs pour out in a torrent of inspiration. The title track "The Chosen One," with an instrumental line reminiscent of early-seventies Marvin Gaye, is all chest-thumping and fronting, but it's so pure and musical it comes off as totally natural and captivating. Charles is merely speaking to the audience that is out there in the current or post-rap era.
Like "The Chosen 1," and like the lovely, pop-sounding "Forever," with its rock-and-rollish piano and doo-wop chorus, many of the songs in this ten-track set are three or even less minutes in length, which adds to their power. But even the longer songs---"I'm All I Got, I'm All I Need," for instance, or "Midwest Party," which will delight anyone with ties to the much-ignored Midwest---roll by, one after another, in waves of seemingly spontaneous energy.
The ballad "Eternity" is in the mode of last year's "Still In Love" but with much less visible artifice. "Morning Rain" indulges in synthesizer washes and vocally-enhanced vocals, as Charles has often done in the past, but without any barnacles of age or derivation clinging to it.
Like all of the songs in the set, freshness and spontaneity are the order of the day. It's as if Sir Charles Jones has been "reborn," making music as if for the first time, achieving the most difficult and elusive state of mind for a 25-year show-business veteran. If you've grown blasé about the King of Southern Soul after years of listening to him, this brisk and musical collection will give you a jolt of excitement.
Listen to all the tracks from THE CHOSEN ONE on YouTube.
Buy Sir Charles Jones' THE CHOSEN ONE album at Amazon.
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Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Friday" on YouTube.
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About Sir Charles Jones #2 -- The New Generation -- 5-Star CD Review
Charles Jones Jr. was born in Akron, Ohio on April 25, 1973. His father, Charles Jones Sr., was a regional gospel singer, writer and pianist, and his mother, Blanche--originally from Birmingham, Alabama--was a longtime civil rights activist. When his parents divorced in the early eighties, Charles moved with his mother and four brothers to Birmingham. Charles was called the "little Stevie Wonder" as a small boy in the Avondale projects of Birmingham. Charles' mother, who worked three jobs, eventually bought a house in Ensley, Alabama (now a suburb of Birmingham) where Charles spent his high school years as a self-professed "gang-banger," disappointing his mother and never graduating. He did bond with the Ensley High School's band-teacher, however, and while working menial jobs with his brothers after dropping out, one of his bosses heard him singing and suggested Charles try out at a local club named the French Quarters. Charles began singing on weekends for $75 a night, and one evening the club announcer, at a loss for how to spice up Jones' ordinary name, introduced him as "Sir Charles," and the moniker stuck.
Since 2018, Sir Charles Jones has been on an artistic tear. Always graciously accepting of collaboration requests (it would be easier to list the artists he hasn't collaborated with than those with whom he has: see Tidbits #2 below), Charles has set an even more torrid pace in 2019 and 2020. And his album productivity has soared. He's released three albums of new collaborative and solo material: Sir Jones & Family Vol.1 (2019), Intimacy (2020) and The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings (2020) with Jeter Jones---also no relation. Album alerts and reviews of these CD's can be found at Daddy B. Nice's 21st Century Artist Guide to Sir Charles Jones.
1.October 17, 2020: Sir Charles Jones on YouTube:
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Happy Anniversary” on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Good Old Country Boy" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "The Letter (Guilty)" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Friday" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "Is Anybody Lonely?" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones and LaKeisha singing "Just Another Love Song" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "On My Own Again" on YouTube.
Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "You Ain’t The Father Of The Child" on YouTube.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sir Charles Jones:
October 17, 2020…A Segment From Daddy B. Nice's "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sir Charles Jones," reprinted from November 1, 2013:
Included in the creative swathe Charles made in those formative years (roughly 2001 to 2008) was an unprecedented series of collaborations:
...Marvin Sease may have schooled Charles, but it was Senator Jones who helped shape his recorded sound. Senator Jones was a fascinating man who lived by night and was just getting into his prime about 3 am in the morning.
Then, between the hours of 3 and 6 am on Jackson's WMPR, Senator would shamelessly play track after track of this new, hybrid Southern Soul music, mostly Sir Charles Jones and The Love Doctor, whose blockbuster hit "Slow Roll It" was written, produced and background-sung by Sir Charles.
The songs spread to chitlin' circuit clubs and deejays like wildfire. Others took notice, like Ecko Records in Memphis with Sheba Potts-Wright's even more successful cover of "Slow Roll It" and Morris J's cover of "Friday". And the game was on: you could be young and sexy and still love Southern Soul.
Senator Jones may not have been a "hands-on" producer, as Carl Marshall once maintained in an interview with Daddy B. Nice, but Senator more than made up for it with his ear. He advised and channeled Charles in ways Charles never approached again.
Much of that early, "classic" Sir Charles sound came from Senator Jones' love of gospel music, and in particular the style of gospel that borrowed from the smooth, streamlined, singing-cowboy style of 50's and early 60's western troubadors. It was a clean, minimalist palette against which Charles' heart-tugging tenor sprang to emotional life.
Mundane phrases like "washing my own clothes" (from "Is Anybody Lonely?") took on significance, ambiguities, shadings of feeling, experience, loneliness and vulnerabilility out of all proportion to the everyday meaning of the words.
So the hits rolled out in those early years of the century: "Better Call Jody," "Just Can't Let Go," "Friday," "Is Anybody Lonely," "Slow Roll It," "Take Care of Momma," "For Better Or Worse." Most of them graced Jone's landmark second album, Love Machine, arguably the single most influential album in 21st Century Southern Soul music.
The younger generation (which the old school blues and R&B artists had written off) took to the new sound like kittens to catnip, and Charles embarked on a collaborative career--best memorialized in the equally ground-breaking and influential "Sir Charles Jones & Friends: A Southern Soul Party"--that brought dozens of young artists into the reborn genre, and influenced hundreds more musicians who would nurture their own Southern Soul dreams in the years to come. Included in the creative swathe Charles made in those formative years (roughly 2001 to 2008) was an unprecedented series of collaborations:
The Love Doctor:
Sir Charles Jones wrote the bulk of the tunes for The Love Doctor's first album, Doctor Of Love. "Slow Roll It," the Love Doctor's classic, remains arguably Sir Charles' finest piece of songwriting, and he performs it in concert.
"Baby Don't Leave Me Alone"
2003 from Cunningham's Hell At The House album.
Same melody and sound as Sir Charles' "The Letter (Guilty)." Sir Charles Jones added technical support on the CD, and although the credits aren't specific, the musical marks (and voice) of Sir Charles Jones are all over the track, "Baby Don't Leave Me."
Indeed, for Sir Charles Jones' fans, this song--with its stately melody and impeccable, instantly-recognizable arranging style--constitutes a major contribution to the Jones oeuvre.
Andre Lee's profile took a huge leap forward during the Sir Charles Jones era at Mardi Gras Records (out of New Orleans) in the early 2000's, when he contributed backup vocals to many of the young wunderkind's projects (such as La Keisha's exceptionally evocative "Morning Rain") and secured a niche on arguably the best Southern Soul sampler ever, Sir Charles' Ultimate Southern Soul collection (on Mardi Gras) with his song "Pony Ride."
"Booty Do Right's" (Jody Sticker) distinctive synthesizer fills--straight out of the Sir Charles vocabulary on Jones' own "Tell Me How You Want It" and The Love Doctor's "You Got To Roll It Slow"--represent a huge chunk of creative territory reclaimed from what was beginning to look like Southern Soul oblivion.
Sir Charles also shares vocals with Jody Sticker on "Roll That Thang," a super-evocative sexual plaint, and "Sacrifice For Love," which sounds like a direct out-take from a Sir Charles album.
Terry Wright's debut album, Anytime Man was released by Hep'Me Records in 2004. Two of the album's premier tracks were "Anytime Man" and the mid-tempo. Sir Charles Jones-influenced "Ooh Wee." (Sir Charles also sang background vocals).
"Ooh Wee," was included in a Mardi Gras Records sampler the same year (Hot New Southern Soul, Vol. 2). Another song from the Anytime Man CD, "Sophisticated Freak," was featured on Sir Charles Jones' Southern Soul Party album (Hep'Me, 2004).
Young singer Sorrento Ussery first came to the attention of the chitlin' circuit on the Sir Charles Jones CD, Southern Soul Party: Sir Charles Jones & Friends (Hep'Me) in 2004.
"Put That Thang In Motion" (from Make Sweet Love, Hep'Me, 2004) leaped a half-decade ahead in terms of style if for no other reason than it bore the arranging mark of Sir Charles Jones.
Despite his sparse recording, the late Reggie P. was Charles' true equal as a southern soul vocalist. Shy by nature, the late Reggie P. was also Charles' fishing buddy and frequent touring partner.
Sir Charles and Reggie hooked up most prominently on "P's And Q's" and "I've Got The Feeling."
Come Back Kind Of Love, with a title tune written and co-performed by Southern Soul star Sir Charles Jones, was released in 2008 (Allison).
Calling him her "little brother," Roni ("Fool On My Hands") has been both a longtime advocate for and beneficiary of Sir Charles Jones.
In 2007, "I'm Just A Fool For You," became a big hit for J. Blackfoot in two versions, a duet with Lenny Williams and a subsequent duet with Sir Charles Jones.
"I'm Just A Fool (Part 2)" by J. Blackfoot w/ Sir Charles Jones (Winner of Daddy B. Nice’s Best Southern Soul Ballad 2007)
Daddy B. Nice wrote:
A marriage of two songs ("I'm Just A Fool For You" and "Is Anybody Lonely") made in Soul Heaven. Ironic, when you think about it, though. The most potent nostalgia comes not from the older man's material, which you would expect, but the younger man's classic, "Is Anybody Lonely."
L. J. Echols
Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles For. . .
1. "I'm Gonna Party"-------------L. J. Echols w/ Sir Charles Jones production (the song that borrowed the "Sir Charles horn riff" DBN)
Tyree Neal is the late Jackie Neal's cousin. Forging the same path laid down by Sir Charles, Tyree has become an ever-stronger producer, writer and musician, helping to revitalize the careers of Big Cynthia and Stephanie McDee, among many others.
7. DBN's Top Singles 2008: "Whiskey And Beer"
----Tyree Neal w/ Sir Charles Jones
Fields' "I'll Put My Life On The Line" had the same atmospheric synth background that Sir Charles' songs did, but Fields didn't know what was going on in the South and never followed up with that song, which became an underground classic in the Delta…
"Shoo Da Wop" with Sir Charles Jones
(which Southern Soul's Daddy B. Nice called at the time "the best Sir Charles fast song ever")
If listeners who'll "pass on slow songs, thank you," really want to test their patience, they can refer to La'Keisha's duet with Sir Charles Jones on "Just Another Love Song." This song lurches forward so slowly, so tentatively, that you begin to wonder if the drummer's going to nod off and keel over backwards. The glacial pace puts the burden on the vocalists, and to their credit, Sir Charles and LaKeisha pretty much pull it off. From LaKeisha’s album Stop, Drop & Roll.
3. "Grown And Sexy"------------------Bigg Robb & Da Problem Solvas w/ Sir Charles Jones
Blues, Soul & Old School (2007)
Charles' best fast songs have involved other artists, and one of the finest was this collaboration with Bigg Robb, whose album Blues Soul & Old School followed the guest-artist formula set down by Sir Charles in Sir Charles Jones & Friends: A Southern Soul Party (Hep'Me, 2004).
Without the success of Sir Charles Jones, Bigg Robb's blend of Ohio funk, hiphop and southern soul themes may never have been accepted by the fans.
O. B. Buchana
.... And the collaborations continue to the present day (2013) as in O.B. Buchana's spirited duet with an equally-energized Charles: "Can't Get You Off Of My Mind."
Although any one of three other recording artists with more extensive experience and bodies of work--Mel Waiters, Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush--could as well claim the title, at this point in time (2013), Sir Charles Jones is 21st Century Southern Soul’s number-one draw.
Jones will have to deliver new music in the next few years to maintain his stature, but in terms of his influence and his emotional connection with the Southern Soul audience, Charles really has no peer. He showed the way for all the younger artists, and he made it cool for all the fans.
--Daddy B. Nice
Honorary "B" Side
"Is There Anybody Lonely?"
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