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The Chapter/The Return of Real Soul Music

by The Chapter

This is the long awaited return to real soul music.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Intro
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2. Fall in Love
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3. Thinking Bout The Way
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4. Black on Black Rhyme (Spoken Word)
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5. Better Days
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6. Can't Nobody
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7. Close To You
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8. In My Heart
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9. Book of Life (Jazz w/vocals)
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10. Time (Inspirational)
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11. Backstage (Comedy)
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12. Crossing The Line
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13. Wife (Jazz w/vocals)
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14. Climbing Up the Walls
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15. Derrty Jazz (Jazz)
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16. Supply & Demand (Spoken Word)
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17. Got Love (Funk/Soul)
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18. So Real (Inspirational)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Chapter now on Facebook! You can also see the new productions Tallahassee Nights Live! and After Church Live! at www.youtube.com/tlberger, produced by Darius "Doc D" Baker, keyboards and producer of "The Return of Real Soul Music".

Adrian Morris - Vocalist, Producer has a solo project on CDBaby, "Steppin out".

The Chapter consists of six talented vocalists and musicians with diverse and extensive musical backgrounds.

The six members: Adrian "Ace-Man" Morris, Patricia Whitfield, Slater Thorpe, Darius "Doc D" Baker, Michael Ferguson, and Taurus Lovely, met each other in Tallahassee, Florida while attending Florida A&M University and performing in the live soul musical cabaret entitled "The Phat Cat Live!"

After many years of performing in the Phat Cat Live Soul Music Cabaret and various contributions to the "Make It Phat Baby" album by The Phat Cat Players, these six artists; Adrian, Patricia, Slater, Darius, Mike and Taurus, would form a bond sealed together with their love for music that eventually led to the birth of The Chapter!


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Thais Wilson

The HOTTEST Soul Album of the Decade!
WOW! I’m full of so many words for this album that I’m afraid I may miss something. Here goes my evaluation of The Chapter’s “The Return of Real Soul Music.” The title is an understatement to what this entire album is truly about. I am so elated that there is still young talent out there that has roots in what real music is. I have always been a fan of Patricia Whitfield’s melodic and soulful voice, Slater Thorpe’s energetic and variable styles of singing, Adrian Morris’s hypnotizing, strong and confident sounds, not to ever forget how much I have always adored Doc D’s producing (if my memory recalls, he plays the keyboard too!), he is so gifted in how he hears how sounds are supposed to be placed, it’s criminal; and never to forget the lovingly hard work from Taurus, Mike, Mark Russell and to the others that helped to make this album “The Sound of Music.” (Hey… I like that, you might wanna consider naming your next album something like that!)

God has truly touched you all individually with your talents and by you all working together, you are gifted even more abundantly. I am very critical to music that I hear and for me to write this to you all, is not only something that I don’t do for just anyone, but I am honored to complement you all on your finest project yet. You know that you are not where you need to be yet, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. If you meet God halfway, then He will help to open doors for you that money can’t buy! I know it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get this album together, but I would like to speak words of encouragement to you and to tell you that you are not done yet! You have to press through whatever obstacles continue to come your way and keep going. I know as well as you, that there are people out there who are wishing that you all fail, but I want you to know that with the power of God and all His people who come into agreement with your success, YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. Please continue to acknowledge God for all the talent He has given you as an individual, and as a whole.

Back to the critique… “The Return of Real Soul Music.” The entire album should be slapped in the faces of every music executive in every R&B market worldwide. You have all the ingredients needed for a multi-platinum album! The sounds are so perfect; every track on this album is perfect, it has that big-budget production sound, even the spoken-word interludes. There are songs that remind me of what Gerald Levert is trying to market his younger-style of music to, songs that seem to take me back to the sounds of Intro, Blackstreet, K-Ci and Jo-jo (just a little), and other hot flavors from the early 90’s, with personalized production from Teddy Riley. Patricia’s songs are on the same level with Jill Scott and Kelly Price, but in Tricia’s own class; she has such a soothing, melodic voice. Slater’s songs are “Purely Outstanding.” Slate has always been a showman in his own arena, he puts so much energy in his songs, so much passion behind his words, and his style compares to no one, but if I can pick a name, I’d have to say that he will make K-Ci and Jo-jo work harder for their money and Slater will definitely out-perform them any day! Adrian is the king of the younger generation of talented singers. The way he controls is voice is amazing! Adrian has such a strong, confident sound that one can’t help but to compare his sound to Gerald Levert. Someone please tell Gerald that his time is up, because Adrian has entered the building! Doc-D, what’s up man? You know you got talent, so what else can I say? When God was filling up your cup with music talent, the faucet must have gotten stuck on “HOT!” I’m just awed by your musical talent and arrangement, you will be the next sought after producer! God bless. Oh, will you be doing anything with Pat Rowe and Keiff Washington? It may be waaaaay too dangerous to have those two mixed on the album as well.

Now… I must end this, because I feel like I’m writing your acceptance speech. I have to make note that my absolute favorite song is Slater’s “Thinking ‘Bout The Way.” I’ve already told him that this is the biggest song in my head right now, it’s crazy how many times a day I listen to this song. I’m going to get fired from my job because of ‘dancing on the job and hitting notes that I have no business trying to hit!’ It’s a “feel-good, spirit-felt” song that needs to be on everyone’s radio station and in everyone’s cd player. Now if you all can turn that around into a gospel song, I think I’ll pass out! Hey, turn the whole album into a gospel album and you may have a whole new set of fans! I see it now, a two-disc set, 1. Secular side and 2. Spiritual side! LOL! No really, I’m serious.

All right, last thing for real. Holla at Vaughn Wilson of www.MegaAce.com for your photo shoot for real, he can help Teresa get this promo package together with the proper pictures. I didn’t forget about all the hard work you do Teresa! No one forgets that Teresa works the heck out of The Chapter’s promoting! I wish I were a multi-millionaire, you’d have my endorsement, and if I feel that way, I know that there is a multi-millionaire out there that will endorse you! Teresa, you have worked so hard, but there’s even more ground to cover; just continue to think outside the box.

God bless you all… good night.

With many love and blessings,

Thais Wilson

P.S. I told you I was full of words on this album! Oh, and I’m sending your material to the Miami street magazine, The Grind, www.TheGrindMag.com. I’ll get them to set up an interview with you. That’s about all the connections I have :)

DJ Kilbz

This really is "The Return Of Real Soul Music".
Without any doubt, this cd contains some of the nicest soul music i have ever heard. From start to finish this cd is a journey straight through soul heaven. Highlights for me include fall in love, thinking bout the way, crossing the line, wife. However the best cut on the album has to be Close To You. A gorgeous soul anthem in that R Kelly steppin' style. Continue doing what you're doing guys and watch yourselves fly right to the top!!!!

Mike Ashley Life & Soul Promotions - UK

Modern Soul R&B Reviews
See the review at http://www.lifeandsoulpromotions.net/part17.html

Randall "Big Daddy" Webster

A testiment to GREAT Soul and the late Marques!
I've been sitting here listening and thinking about Marques as he plays on this CD; he played in my band "Big Daddy & Red Hot Java" for over two years and recorded on our Firebrewed CD. Every note I hear from his sax is heaven sent, true from the heart, and near brilliant. The Chapter was and continues to be a wonderful outlet for his talent. His spirit lives on in all his recordings and in our hearts. We will never forget his gift. God bless!

Soul Walking - UK Toby Walker

The Return of Real Soul
The Chapter are a very Soulful outfit as the album title suggests. There is rapping on this set, however, this is rapping with something to say, not the usual 'look at all my bling and I am better than you' nonsense. Although I left Rap as a genre back in 1982 with Grandmaster Flash's excellent 'The Message', this isn't half bad. Where these guys really pull out all the stops are when they get in a groove that really suits them. You can almost tell that they are enjoying proceedings during these sessions. The lovely harmonies on the track 'So Real' and the Frank McComb-ish 'Thinking Bout The Way' are simply superb slices of Modern Soul. The latter is already in the chart at the site. Lovely groove. Not sure who the female singer here is as my promotional CD didn't have a sleeve. Doesn't matter. She has a voice and a half! It's what's in the groove that counts, and what is in the groove here is pure quality. Nice set.

Roger Williams (UK)

If you love SOUL music 2005 style buy it!
Without question my 'one that got away' during 2004 and what a wonderful way to kick of my 2005 album reviews. Having listened constantly to this debut set I'd say these guys (and gal) have a bright future to look forward to if they can maintain this kind of quality.
The Return Of Real Soul Music is a bold title, but for me, it sums up this album perfectly, a genuine SOUL music album for 2005, drawing influences from 'old school' soul, p-funk, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, you name it, it's in there, all put together and written and performed superbly - real songs with real melodies, top quality production, superb vocals and arrangements throughout. I really wish every album I bought could be this good!
The highlight tracks are many - the laid back melodic groove of Fall In Love, followed immediately by the fantastic melody of the funky midtempo stepper Thinking 'Bout The Way; the brilliant poetic hip-hop of Black On Black Rhyme; the earthy groove of the excellent Better Days; the 'neo soul' styled Can't Nobody featuring a vocal performance from Patricia that the likes of Patti Labelle or Shirley Brown would be be proud to call their own. Track 7 Close To You without a doubt will be filling the soul dancefloors of the UK this year, a brilliant happy and melodic stepper and one of many 'instant' tracks on this set. In My Heart is yet another highlight with the melody, lead vocal and production making this track a brilliant piece of contemporary hip-hop-soul - love it! With so much quality material on offer you'd be forgiven for thinking 'could it get any better?' The answer is simply 'yes', in the shape of Crossing The Line which for me is feelgood soul music perfection, with its lazy summery groove, superb melody, vocal performances of the highest order, shifting chord structure (which gets me every time!), great horn work and instrumentation - perfect music in every way and had I bought this CD earlier in 2004 this track would undoubtedly have been hovering around the top of my chart. An amazing track from a top quality and superbly varied SOUL music album on which you won't find one single substandard cut.
Little label soul with major label ingredients. Just buy it and give this outfit the success their rich talent deserves.

Soul R-B Magazine - Eric Bruckner

Return of Real Soul
The Chapter est un groupe de six musiciens et chanteurs de talent dont les trois chanteurs lead (duex voix masculine et une voix féminine) et le meneur, le claviériste et producteur Darius ³Doc D² Baker. En fait certains membres de The Chapter faisaient partie auparavant du collectif Phat Cat Players qui avait sorti l'album Make It Phat Baby! il y a quelques années (voir la chronique dans le Soul-R&B de juin 2001). On est donc ici à peu près dans la même ambiance de R&B funky et soulful mélangeant habilement programmation et instrumentation, avec ici ou là une touche de rap (mais pas sur les meilleurs morceaux). Certes, comparé au contenu le titre de l'album est hautement présomptueux, de même que leurs références dans l'intro à Stevie Wonder, Parliament/Funkadelic, BB King et John Coltrane : ça fait sourire mais d'un autre côté c'est de l'auto-suggestion et de la pensée positive à l'américaine, alors si ça leur fait plaisirŠ Et puis parmi les 18 plages de ce très long album (79 minutes), on trouve largement son bonheur, par exemple avec le midtempo Fall In Love, les duos (masculin/féminin) Crossing The Line et So Real et le uptempo super-groovy Close To You. Disponible notamment sur www.chapterlive.com.
Eric Bruckner

Transplanted Virginian in Houston

Great, hopeful, but above all, respectful!
I'm sitting down here in Houston,and a friend tells me about some young cats that I oughta listen to so he plays The Chapter's CD. The intro kinda puts me off then I listen, and listen, and listen, and I GET IT! How come I never heard of these neo-pioneers? I'm a fifty-something who went to college in the '70s. I got funked up on the Ohio Players, EWF, Funkadelic, Last Poets, Hendrix, LTD, BT Express ... well you get the picture. The Chapter not only takes me back, they give me hope and a good feeling that all is indeed not lost. These folks are ROUGH, and I will spread the word.

Deborah Hinds

Please don't sleep...The Chapter: "The Return of Real Soul Music"
Hi fam,
Some of you may have heard my SoulTalk show on The Chapter a couple months ago. The debut record by this R&B band (with great singers) is DOPE!

My intro and link to the show I did on them is below. It provides a short interview and a couple songs from their album. Or, you can listen to some song samples on their website (www.chapterlive.com) or on their new "My Space" page at http://www.myspace.com/thechapter.

SoulTalk Presents: The Chapter

The Chapter is an R&B band based in Tallahassee, Florida, who met while attending Florida A&M University and performing as part of the Phat Cat Live, a soul music caberet show that included hundreds of singers, musicians, and poets. Out of the Phat Cat Live came the 2000 release “Make It Phat Baby” by the collective known as The Phat Cat Players. The Phat Cat Players disbanded shortly after, and six of its multitalented artists formed The Chapter.

The Chapter recently released their impressive debut, The Return of Real Soul Music, resulting in numerous rave reviews overseas and stateside. The record easily lives up to its lofty title and offers a vast array of music as the sextet flawlessly merges soul, jazz, gospel, and hip-hop to create a fresh, funky sound. With three talented singers--two male and one female, The Chapter is poised to become a favorite soul group in the tradition of much respected bands The Brand New Heavies and Incognito.

Lead vocalists Adrian Ace Morris, Patricia Whitfield, and Slater Thorpe spoke recently about their debut record, the benefits of being part of a group, and being independent artists.

To hear the SoulTalk show featuring the chapter, go to http://www.rhythmflow.net/SoulTalk.html

Tom (UK)

soul music at its best
What can you say about this cd! I really have enjoyed this and since receiving it from cd baby it hasn't been out of the cd player, like most of the other reviews have said this is top quality soul, the sort i haven't heard for a good while, I really hope they can visit the uk.
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