The history of R&B and soul music is, of course, the story of rhythm -- the slow-burn blues, the moneymaker-shaking strut -- a physical propulsiveness that drove white and black audiences to delirium during the 1950s and '60s. But groove is easy enough: Any solid drummer and bass player can lay it down -- a listen to contemporary R&B from the last decade betrays groove to burn but also reveals a grave absence. Great singers and great songs, in the end, are infuriatingly rare. The... More >>>