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RANDY CRAWFORD: ‘You Might Need Somebody: The Warner Bros. Recordings (1976-1993)’ (SoulMusic Records)

Blessed with a softly distinctive, immediately recognizable voice, Georgia peach Randy Crawford has never been one for histrionics or indulging in gallery-pleasing melismatic curlicues lifted from the gospel and R&B music playbooks. Like fellow...

DENIECE WILLIAMS: ‘Free – The Columbia/ARC Recordings 1976-1988 (SoulMusic Records)

Originally from Gary, Indiana, Deniece Williams celebrated her 70th birthday earlier this month; a noteworthy personal milestone that coincides with the release of this tremendous 8-CD retrospective from David Nathan’s redoubtable SoulMusic label. Born...