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Music Review: Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues

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Featuring tracks from Sam Moore, Ruthie Foster, Sharon Jones, and The Dap Kings, as well as a collaboration between Sam Moore, Keb’ Mo’ and Angie Stone, Rhythm & Blues, furthers Putamayo’s goal of blending the traditional with the contemporary.

Dropped on February 9th, Rhythm & Blues travels from its jump blues origins in the classic, “Wang Dang Doodle,” through new discoveries Cracked Ice and the Quantic Soul Orchestra, the latter of which is fronted by a mathematician who takes them through the Marion Black classic “Who Knows” on the Latin tip.

On “’Til Your Fool Comes Home,” Brit musician, James Hunter, brings a wail reminiscent of Otis Redding while Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings continue to impress as they carry on the retro tradition with the powerful “100 Days, 100 Nights.”

Ruthie Foster, as always, stirs deeply, this time with “’Cuz I’m Here.”

With this, their first album dedicated to R&B, Putumayo continues its successful model of genre-based releases offering colorful marketing and detailed liner notes written in English, Spanish, and French. As we’ve come to expect from Putamayo, Rhythm & Blues has a well-designed flow and is a welcome addition to their growing discography.

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