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Dance Album des Soul Warriors

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Soul Warriors
DANCE
A TRIBUTE ALBUM TO STAX
AND THE SOUTHERN SOUL REVISITED BY
JJ RÉBILLARD & CLAUDIA HOFF
Biography
Soul Warriors

Soul Warriors is a soul music group, founded in Paris, where the German singer, Claudia Hoff, and the French guitarist and producer, JJ Rébillard accidentally met. JJ Rébillard is co-founder of the magazine Guitar Part and Guitar Collector`s. Both are passionate fans of the soul of the south and Stax, of funk and nu soul. According to these influences they created an album in form of an homage to Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd, James Brown, but also to Jill Scott, D´Angelo or Erikah Badu. To implement this album they wanted to work live, together, in the style of the old days of recording, without distance via internet. Stax spirit, meaning an air of funk and a touch of soul for some titles, these are the elements of Soul Warrior´s music. The lyrics are sensitive and profound telling experienced life stories. The background vocals of the two great singers Sophia Nelson and Jean Carpenter (directrice of the US Gospel Choir for 100 voices, who has already performed with Aretha Franklin) add the heat and magic of gospel songs into the song Dance. At last the brass section of Faya Horns (Rico Gaultier - Saxophone, Thomas Henning - Trombone, Ludovic Louis - Trumpet), who have already played with the greatest Jamaican and American artists (Ludovic Louis is the trumpet player of Lenny Kravitz). Kicking off with his groovy riffs he sets special priorities to the group´s sound pof music. Authentic and up to date that´s the soul of the Soul Warriors.

DANCE

One might compare this album to a voyage through the land of Soul Music. It flirts with the soul of the Staple Singers and of Otis Redding, with Funk from the 70’s or 80’s and the latest Nu Soul of more recent years. Composed by a guitarist, this music naturally has a dominant Funk and Blues guitar simultaneously with a strong background feeling of Texas.

Keyboards, especially the organ, however are essential to Gospel and Soul and the arrangements for the string and wind instruments should also be noted. Pieces with a strong groove (Soul Warrior, 1991, Fee, Dance, Creepy Money) intertwine with ballads (If I Had One Wish, Bianca´s Party, The Samurai of Love) alongside the subtle shades of other more spiritual pieces (The River, Erika).

The texts of this album are very personal and emotion is a constant. Arising as they did from the events of our own lives, these lyrics turned into a form of therapy. In the words of Claudia: “During the recording, lots of important things happened in our personal and professional lives which had to be confronted. « Dance away the Blues » is my first album with JJ and working on it was simple. We talked, exchanged ideas, compared our lives, and found everything right there. All I had to do was write it down. Making this music was like turning yourself inside out and then back again. Working in JJ’s studio was a truly special moment, allowing me to write texts perfectly in tune with our lives at that moment.”

DISPONIBLE SUR TOUTES LES PLATEFORMES

CLIP >> DANCE
TITLES - TITRES
1. Soul Warrior 2. If I had one wish 3. 1991
4. Fee 5. Bianca’s Party  6. Dance
7.ERIKA 8. THE RIVER 9. CREEPY MONEY
10. THE SAMURAI OF LOVE 11. DANCE REMIX