Best Oldies Not By Oldies (2008)

The Fabulous Soul Shakers

The Fabulous Soul Shakers proudly proclaim that this aint no oldies group, and, 30 seconds into their finger-popping take on the likes of I Want a Love I Can See or the aching joy of I Found a Love, youll agree. These five young men, three of them out of Harlem and all dressed to the nines, present the sounds of the city in magnificent harmony. That the tunes they perform are the stuff of glories past has nothing to do with nostalgiaand everything to do with great rhythms and vocals. The group features Ryan Shaw, 27, who snared a Grammy nomination this year for his solo cut, I Am Your Man. Then theres Jason Cousins (a/k/a J-NYSE), 23; Richard Terrelle Tipton, 24; Craig Suga Stagg, 31; and Bryant Sparrow Washington, 29. The music was new to them until manager Pete Rosenbaum, searching for that sweet soul sound, put them together a few years ago. The trick is to catch them in the act. Theyve played everywhere from McCarren Park Pool to Carnegie Hall and B.B. Kings. Keep an ear outits worth the wait.


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