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Angel Rissoff | Angel's Nu Soul Stew

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Angel's Nu Soul Stew

by Angel Rissoff

New and classic soul
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ain't No Big Thing
2:59 album only
2. Never Like This Before
3:17 album only
3. Boogie Down Bronx
4:30 album only
4. One More Heartache
3:08 album only
5. Tears of Joy
3:36 album only
6. Snows of July
5:01 album only
7. Geneve'
4:31 album only
8. Think
3:06 album only
9. Hold On
3:18 album only
10. For Your Love
4:59 album only
11. What Kind of Fool
3:04 album only
12. Cry to Me
3:32 album only
13. Gonna Forget About You
3:59 album only


Album Notes
Angel has been awarded the 2008 " Blue Note" award from the association of R&B Dee Jays for " the outstanding, Production, Arrangment and performance of Nu Soul Stew and his many years or contribution to the world of R&B music "

The incredible singer, song writer and producer Angel Risoff comes back to cook a new impressing dish with all those ingredients he loves so much and perfectly combines. Soul and rhythm & blues rich in nutrients, spiced with high quality blues. all cooked with the tasteful skills of the most international ‘chefs’. The result is a bright ambitious album, a time bomb that will astonish and flabbergast most listeners. You will find on this special dish a huge variety of flavours along the thirteen tracks Angel has chosen for this original menu. He is also surrounded by a bunch of excellent musical cookers with a high performing technique. The result is a gratifying work, especially devoted to the most sophisticated palates. Finally mention the impressive significant vocal arrangements which, together with the horn parts, give strength, passion and grandeur to an outstanding record. ESSENTIAL. Lahoya Del Blues- Spain

Angel's NU SOUL STEW has been nominated for best solo album
of 2008 by The Carolina beach music awards.
Nu Soul Stew
Angel Rissoff
Who would have thought someone from The Bronx would have so much success and be so well received in the south with his music. Well, my music loving friends, Angel Rissoff isn’t your ordinary performer. This veteran of Doo Wop, Blues, Soul and Rock has just released his latest installment of songs that will fill your bowl with a whole lotta soul. When you pick a song like The Radiant’s classic “Ain’t No Big Thing” to cover and lead off a CD with, you better have your “stuff” together and not let it hit the fan. Mission accomplished here with no problem. “Never Like This Before” with it’s driving rhythm, guitar, lead vocals and Rickey Godfrey background vocals sounds like it was recorded in Muscle Shoals or in Memphis at Stax. Up next is “Boogie Down Bronx”, a song written by Rissoff and project engineer, bass player and project photographer Seth Glassman. This one is H-O-T. From Rissoff’s bad to the bone vocals to Crispin Cioe’s (Cracked Ice) sax solo, if you don’t shag to this one, or at least tap your feet, feel free to sit in the corner all by your lonesome self and watch everyone else wear out some shoe leather to this one. “One More Heartache” features Barbara Harris, North Carolina native and member of The Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto” fame) teaming up with Rissoff on lead. I really like it, no, I LOVE it when an artist puts his or her “stamp” on a cover tune. Angel Rissoff is one of the best. He has a knack to know which covers to stay true to the original version while doing his thing with it. Need proof? Listen to “Tears of Joy”. The 5 Royales’ Lowman Pauling would be proud of this one that features the group Choice on background vocals. Blues, Soul and Funk come together in “Snows of July”, then we hear all about the lovely girl, “Geneve”. This Rissoff original is another one that the shag dancers should like. Up next is another 5 Royales’ cover, the popular “Think”, with Don Wise on sax. (What I said about “Boogie Down Bronx” and “Tears of Joy” also applies to this one.) The upbeat “Hold On” follows and then we get to grab that special someone and hit the dance floor for four minutes and fifty-five seconds of slow dance bliss to “For Your Love”. This one just knocked my socks off the first time I heard Angel sing it on a Youtube video when he was with Little Isidore & The Inquisitors and when I heard it on this project, off went my socks and shoes. By the way, Little Isidore and The Inquisitors provide the back up vocals, The Planotones’ (and former Inquisitor) Johnny Gale handles guitar duty and John Hagen delivers some soulful sax on this one. What we have next is The Tams’ classic “What Kind Of Fool” performed in true Rissoff style. Solomon Burke’s “Cry To Me” has been covered by various artists in various ways. Well brothers and sisters, this belly rubbing version is one of the best I have heard. The B3 is the icing on the musical cake on this one. The last selection in this baker’s dozen of sizzling soul tunes is the top-shelf cover of Sam Cooke’s “I’m Gonna Forget About You”. Some of my contemporaries overlooked this one when it was released on “Angel’s Nu Soul Explosion”, but it is well deserving of radio and club play. This project is another example of the saying “all good things in due time”. This is a first rate CD from a first rate artist.

Butch Halpin
Carolina Sounds Beach Show


Angel Risoff - Nu Soul Stew
The first time I heard Angel Risoff he was "Little Leopold" in the sadly short-lived R&B band Little Isidore & the Inquisitors. Back in the 90's, Isidore, their producer Johnny Gale and I co-wrote a song for Angel which was a surprise hit among the shaggers down on the Carolina beaches. (The song was "Harlem Hit Parade.") Now, Angel offers his third solo album, and it's his best to date. Nu Soul Stew is a righteous blend of new songs and classic material, including two stellar versions of the Five Royales' "Think" and "Tears of Joy." Ed Townsend's "For Your Love" is Angel at his best; his deep baritone may remind some listeners of Larry Graham's moonlit croons. The showpiece among the originals is a blue rocker that echoes our old "Harlem Hit Parade." It's "Boogie Down Bronx," a musical tribute to Angel's hometown. The DJ's on the Carolina coast will surely be spinning it this summer for dancing in the sand. I played this entire CD on the slow drive back to New York after doing my show in NJ, and was ready for more when it ended. Available at angelmusicinc.com. (If you're down in the Carolinas, shag on over and join Angel for the CD release parties, the first at JB Pivots in Charleston, SC, June 26. Google and ye shall find.) - Felix Hernandez-Rhythm Review-WBGO/KISS FM


Wednesday, June 18, 2008
CD Review: Angel Rissoff Serves Up A Mean ‘Nu Soul Stew’
Current mood: busy
Category: Music

For the past 18 months, soul singer Angel Rissoff has been slow cookin' a delicious concoction of classic soul, R&B, blues and jump. And now, from the mean streets of NYC comes Nu Soul Stew.

"This is the music I've always played, " says Angel, who by the way came by his name during his early gang affiliations. "The first time I saw Elvis on TV, it got me crazy. Something clicked in my head ... Little Richard ... I found a record and played it over and over and over until my uncle who lived below us came upstairs and broke it.

"Growing up, I loved Chuck Berry, the Moon Glows, James Brown, the Everly Brothers. When I was 12 or 13, the music changed, got homogenized. Bobby Rydell took over. I was in a singing group when the Beatles came out, but I never played the British stuff. I've always been into this music — soul, old R&B, blues, jump, doo wop.

" I think of lot of the names are harmful. I hate the term 'doo wop.' I think 'beach music' is misleading; people think it's surf music. If you go down the charts, you'll find a bit of everything. That's why the CD is 'Nu Soul Stew.' It all comes from the same pot."

The just-released 13-track CD includes three originals. "I had more," Angel laughed, "But I'm not sure if people are ready for them. I chose by what I like. The 5 Royales are one of my favorite groups."

Two tracks on the disc were written by Lowman Pauling, songwriter/guitarist for the ground-breaking 5 Royales: "Think" and "Tears of Joy." "Think," which was also covered by James Brown in 1960, is a soulful, hip swivelin' dance groove, and features uber-talent, Don Wise, on saxophone.

Opening track "Ain't No Big Thing" is classic Northern soul, written by Gerald Sims of Chess recording group, The Radiants.

The Stax single made popular by William Bell, "Never Like This Before" features Angel and Rickey Godfrey on dual rockin' lead vocals, and, man, do their voices work well together. When Angel and Rickey played together at the Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston earlier this year, event organizer Gary Erwin said, "Rickey Godfrey is the best blues guitarist you've never heard of...and Angel sings his ass off!" Rickey is joining Angel for the CD release tour, so you'll want to catch one of the shows.

On "What Kind of Fool," originally recorded in 1963 by the Tams, Angel's versatile voice is front and center.

"With this CD, " Angel says, "I got a chance to work with the people I want ... Rickey Godfrey ... Don Wise ... David Spinoza, who played the guitar solo on Dr. John's 'Right Place;' guys like Danny Draher from Chicago; George Naha; that's Barbara Harris from The Toys on 'One more Heartache.'"

The list of top talents goes on. "For Your Love" features Little Isidore and the Inquisitors. Renowned bass guitarist Johnny Gale also plays on "For Your Love." New Jersey a cappella group Choice is featured on "Tears of Joy" and that's Richie Migliacci on "I'm Gonna Forget About You."

Angel co-wrote "Boogie Down Bronx" with Seth Glassman, his former bandmate from Little Isidore and the Inquisitors. It's a jumpin' homage to the artist's home town, the Big Apple's northernmost and most infamous borough.

Original tune "Geneve" was inspired by five magically sweet weeks in Switzerland. The third original, "Snows in July" is about a guy searching for the right girl (Angel calls it a caricature of himself).

The closer is Sam Cooke's "I'm Gonna Forget About You." There'll be no forgetting this one.

Nu Soul Stew was produced and arranged by Seth Glassman and Angel Rissoff.

Angel doesn't get down to the Carolinas all that often, so be sure to catch one of his smokin' performances along the Grand Strand. There will be an open-to-the-public CD release party at J.B. Pivots (1662 Savannah Hwy South) in Charleston starting at 9 p.m on Thursday, June 26. The party moves to the Spanish Galleon (98 N. Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach) on Friday, June 27 and at Chasers (601 Ocean Drive) on Oak Island, NC on Saturday, June 28, 9:30 p.m.

This review is also being published in the entertainment section of Coast Magazine and Alternatives NewsMagazine, issue June 19, 2008.


This is latest effort of Angel Rissoff, in his constant quest for Rhythm-n-Blues perfection. So, I slip the silver circle into my player and begin a totally objective ‘’listen’’. I’m searching – for something that won’t sit right with the Rhythm-n-Blues section of my senses. I run thru the first few cuts-good stuff is what I’m hearin’! The tunes progress, each emoting its own unique story, in the “get-down-with-it groove” that only R-n-B can claim as its own…..

[NOTE: For those of you that may not know, Rhythm-n-Blues is not merely a type of vocalizing, with its own distinct instrumentation. It is a complete, all encompassing world unto itself. When it is performed as intended, this truly American art form will grab you [deep down inside, where you L I V E ] and move you in ways you may not have ever thought were possible. It is the Father of Rock-n-Roll and Soul. Without R-n-B, I seriously doubt that Rock-n-Roll or Soul would have ever evolved …..]

Before I know it, I am at the end of the 13-cut offering-without a single negative comment to make. I realize this collection can be summed up in a few words: mesmerizing, mellow, bluesy, gut-grabbing, captivating, jumpin’. That simply says it all……
Angel has again produced a winner in every way. The man KNOWS what he’s doing. He has stirred the pot and proudly serves up delicious delicacies for all those who have an appetite for R-n-B. EAT HARTY. Fortunately, all the “usual suspects’’ he surrounds himself with are at the same level of talent and expertise as himself, hence the fine results contained herein - Seth Glassman, Johnny Gale, Scott Hull, Kurt Yahjian, Phil Granito, Barbara Harris and Little Isidore and the Inquisitors just to name a few. Production, recording, mixing, orchestration, and vocals all have converged and made this “a stone cold gass”! The only shortcoming here is that Angel has never been able to record with the 3 giants of this genre’—Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. Now THAT would have been one hellofa recording session, because Angel is that good!!!

Too Smooth, Angel—WELL DONE Frankie C



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