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Monday, 17 September 2018 19:04 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Currently occupying the coveted support slot on Kamasi Washington's Heaven & Earth tour in the USA is Virginia quintet, BUTCHER BROWN. They first arrived on the music scene with their unique and unclassifiable meld of jazz, R&B, funk and hip-hop  in 2014 when they issued their debut album, 'All Purpose Music,' on Ropeadope.  Now, they're about to unleash their second album on the UK-based Gearbox label, and it's the follow-up to last year's critically-lauded in-concert LP, 'Live At Vagabond.'  Their new project is called 'Camden Session,' and its title alludes to the fact that it was recorded in North London at producer Mark Ronson's studio.

The band (comprising keyboardist DJ Harrison, drummer Corey Fonville, bassist Andrew Randazzo, trumpeter Marcus Tenny, and guitarist Morgan Burrs) have been dubbed the hip-hop generation's Mahavishnu Orchestra and have been tipped for stardom. 'Camden Session' is a four-track instrumental album that features the group's new single, 'Camden Square' and has the distinction of being recorded live direct to disc. It's available on both vinyl LP and CD.

Butcher's Brown's 'Camden Session' is released on October 12th via Gearbox Records.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2018 19:09



Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:36 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


With 450,000 Facebook friends and followers, ED MOTTA, could hardly be described as Brazilian music's best kept secret, though in the UK, he's still regarded as something of a cult figure who is located at the margins of the mainstream. Motta's been making music since 1990 but his last two albums, 2013's 'AOR,' and 2016's 'Perpetual Gateways,' ignited a lot of fascination here and helped to accentuate his profile in Europe. Now, hoping to capitalise on that interest and awareness, the Rio de Janeiro-born multi-instrumentalist returns with a brand new album via Membran/We Have Music.    

Those folks who were impressed by his past two musical exploits - which included the SJF team, avowed fans of the smoky-voiced singer/songwriter -  then his  splendid new album, 'Criterion Of The Senses,' is going to be a must-hear project. It contains eight new songs - all written, produced and arranged by the super-talented Motta, of course  - and follows a similar stylistic trajectory to both 'AOR' and 'Perpetual Gateways' by elegantly melding soul, funk and jazz with pop and rock. Imagine Steely Dan fronted by Donny Hathaway and you have a fair appraisal of where Motta is heading with his new album, though there's nothing faintly derivative about what he does. Look out for a full review soon at SJF.


'Criterion Of The Senses' is released on 28th September via Membran/Must Have

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:22



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThere are any number of albums out there that celebrate the achievements of song writing maestros BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID. But a new 2 CD, 60 track collection from Jasmine Records is notably different. Sure, 'Don't Make Me Over' (for that is its obvious title) is stuffed with classics penned by the duo, but, more pertinently, it also includes recordings and songs that Burt and Hal worked on with other writing partners and as such is a fascinating exploration of how the pair eventually came to develop their signature sound and in doing so create one of the most dynamic popular songbooks of the second half of the 20th century.

'Don't Make Me Over' covers the period 1957-1962 when Bacharach and David were jobbing song writers in New York's famed Brill Building music factory. The duo first met in 1956 and amongst their first collaborations were B sides for Gale Storm ('Winter Warm') and Johnny Mathis ('Warm And Tender'). Both songs are included here.

The pair, though, worked with plenty of other Brill Building wannabees and it's those creations that provide intrigue to this collection. Amongst Burt's early partners were Bob Hilliard who co-authored songs like 'Any Day Now' (Chuck Jackson) and 'Tower Of Strength' (Gene McDaniels) and Paul Hampton with whom Burt penned Gene Vincent's R&R hit 'Crazy Times' and the bizarre "death song" 'Two Hour Honeymoon'. Hampton also worked with Hal David and amongst their successes was Don Gibson's country classic 'Sea Of Heartbreak' .

But it's the Bacharach/David songs that form the backbone of this album and listening you can hear how they developed their unique sound... I mean it's a far cry from 'The Blob' to 'Make It Easy on Yourself' (by the way, Burt still performs both those songs in his live concerts!) but this lovely collection allows you to make that special aural journey.

DON'T MAKE ME OVER... The Songs of BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID is out now on Jasmine Records.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:22



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAr the start of the summer the soul world was in thrall from some proper old school soul  from a new band called THE DEVONNS (pronounced "De-vaughns") .Their single 'Come Back' channelled the classic Chicago soul sound of the Impressions, Jerry Butler, Johnny Pate and Leroy Hutson.

The Devonns (Mathew Ajjarapu, Khalyle Hagood , Khori Wilson and Cam Cunningham) are now all set to release the follow-up... a similarly magical piece of retro soul, 'Think I'm Falling In Love'. The tune is an uplifting affair made the sweeter with a lovely string arrangement and everything's looking good for the album, which, we're told, is on its way very soon! 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:24



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month he ever lovely JODY WATLEY returned to the fray with a new single 'The Passion'. The soulful mid-tempo rumble was credited to "Jody Watley and SRL"... SRL, as you may remember from their January single, stands for "Soul, Revolution, Love" and especially in the Alex Di Cio remix it won itself plenty of plays.

Now as Autumn beckons, the song gets a "powerful" house makeover from Brian Power (poor pun!) who notches up the beats and takes us on a roller coaster soul ride with a hint of Latin that quite transforms the song. This new mix is good to good to go on AVIDMUSIC Fri 28th September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:26




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