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Choice Cuts: DJ Gabe Mendoza's 10 Favorite Soul Records

In a new series, Choice Cuts, Jonathan Patrick talks with artists - both local and international - about their favorite records.

As dusk lingers in the sky, DJ Gabriel Mendoza -- one Dallas' richest resources for music knowledge -- meets with me to discuss soul music. He's upbeat and enthusiastic as always, though his eyes look pinched this evening--a telltale sign of sleepless nights. "I'm tired," he tells me. "Been up till two or three each night, digging through records." Needless to say, Mendoza takes music very seriously; the sort of seriousness that's turned a passion into a lifestyle. Only in this instance, given that Mendoza is a DJ, we all share in the joy.

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Jonathan Patrick