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KEEPIN’ COOL!

Friday, 27 March 2015 22:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

CoolMillion_Tonight_2400x2400PxIt's been a long wait but the new COOL MILLION album will soon be with us. Titled 'Sumthin' Like This', the long player will be available in May and it features input from people like Tim Owens, Janine Johnson, Gavin Christopher, Marc Sadane and a certain Glenn Jones who fronts the preview single, 'Tonight' which will be officially available as a 7 and 12 inch remix on Sed Soul/Peppermint Jam download from March 30th.

'Tonight' is a thumping modern soul dancer with a classic 80s sound, a fab honking sax break and wonderful vocals from Mr Jones.... the melody's ultra catchy too and it's shaping up to be one of THE anthems of 2015.... And with remixes coming too the tune's going to run and run!

Naturally, with appetites suitably whetted, it sets up the album very nicely. We'll bring you a full review of the LP just as soon as we have our copy!

 

PLAYIN’ THE WAITING GAME...

Friday, 27 March 2015 22:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Ben-Cox-Cover-274x274BEN COX, a graduate of London's Guildhall School Of Music, is a rising star of the UK jazz scene and he releases his debut album, 'This Waiting Game' on April 13th. Jazz taste makers are ready to bet that though Ben's now only known to a select coterie of jazz insiders (Jamie Cullum's a fan), by the Summer young Ben will be a "name".

The evidence is in the 12 tracks of 'This Waiting Game'. A collaboration with pianist Jamie Sarifuddin, the set is remarkably accomplished and builds on the traditions that people like the aforementioned Jamie Cullum have established . The album's title track is a real gem and has all the charm and discreet insinuation that Norah Jones' 'Don't Know Why' had. The album offers plenty of surprises too – like the old English folksy 'Country Song' and two intriguing covers. First there's a haunting reading of the Beatles' 'And I Love Her'; then, a lovely take on the standard 'A Nightingale In Sang Berkley Square'. For that one Ben is joined by UK jazz doyenne Claire Martin. Other guests on the album include Kirk McElhinney and Emily Dankworth. They bring variety to the set but holding it all together is Cox's intimate and captivating delivery. Find out more @ www.bencoxband.com

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 22:19

 

SINGING FOR OLD SOULS: The Joe Stilgoe Interview.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

JoeStilgoe_10_11_2014-124_ST2JOE STILGOE is a UK-based jazz pianist, singer and songwriter and 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for him. Joe, son of entertainer Richard Stilgoe, is all set to release his latest album – a swinging 12 tracker intriguingly called 'New Songs For Old Souls' . Then at the end of April he stars in the Old Vic's revival of Cole Porter's evergreen musical 'High Society'. Between rehearsals and preparations for the album launch, Joe managed to find a little time to talk to SJF about the new LP, the show and things musical. First though, it made sense to find out something about Joe's background and musical influences.....

I've been performing in jazz clubs for nearly 10 years now since moving to London. I was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, where I also went to school, studying classically on piano and singing. In my other life I was a drummer in dubious rock bands and then in an acid jazz outfit that didn't really survive its only gig. Dad and Mum, both musicians, played a huge role in being great supporters and sometimes practice-enforcers, as well as giving me a great musical education across the board, from Buddy Holly and the Beatles to Bach, Bill Evans , Billie Holliday and Bacharach. No, I don't know why I chose people whose names start with B!

So music was the obvious career path?

No, my ambitions early on were fairly non-existent, I just enjoyed music, but as it became my career my first ambition was to make a living, which eventually happened through cruise ships and then playing in piano bars and accompanying everyone from drag acts to comedians. Only later did I have ambitions to be a solo artist, and I started to take this seriously when I was signed to Candid records in 2008. Since then I've worked on my sound, and who I am on stage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:24

 

GRAMMY-WINNING SONGWRITER, SHARON ROBINSON, RELEASES NEW ALBUM…

Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:43 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Sharon_RSoulful San Francisco songstress, SHARON ROBINSON, might be an unfamiliar name, perhaps, to the public at large but she's enjoyed her fair share of the time in the limelight during the last thirty years working alongside legendary Canadian singer/songwriter/poet, Leonard Cohen. Her impressive CV as a songwriter also indicates that she's composed noteworthy songs for an illustrious list of globally-renowned performers, including Aaron Neville, Don Henley, Brenda Russell, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, Roberta Flack and The Temptations. She even won a Grammy for her song 'New Attitude,' which Patti LaBelle recorded for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack in 1985.

Now, Sharon has an opportunity to step out into the spotlight with her own album, a terrific 10-song set called 'Caffeine,' released on the Freeworld label in the UK on Monday March 30th. It's the second of her career and follows in the wake of 2008's 'Everybody Knows.'

 

Sharon is also in the UK for some concerts (details below). Catch her if you can...

Monday April 6th:                   LONDON, THE BUSH HALL

Wednesday April 8th:              GLASGOW, ORAN MOR

Friday April 10th:                     DUBLIN, THE BUTTON FACTORY

Look out for an interview with Sharon and a review of 'Caffeine' soon at SJF.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:49

 

LOOK CLOSER!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

ssMost soul fans won't be aware of US singers STARR DUNCAN-LOWE and SAUNDRA WILLIAMS but discerning soul folk will, we're sure, have heard them! You see, for some time now, the Bronx-born duo have been the background vocalists for Sharon Jones – they've been an integral part of her Soul Revue both on stage and in the studio and Sharon herself is quick to praise what the girls bring to her performances.

The good news is that the ladies are now all set to step into their own limelight. Using the name SAUN & STARR they'll be issuing their own album on May 18th. Released on Daptone (naturally), the 11 tracker's called 'Look Closer' and sneak previews reveal a wonderful soul set that perfectly marries retro sensitivities with contemporary flavours – the kind of thing that Daptone always does so well!

Vocally, Saun & Starr are a throwback to soul's golden age. Little wonder –they were raised in the gospel tradition. Through the 1990s they were part of a soul trio (yep... the third member was a certain Sharon Jones!) called The Good N Plenty Band; then they all went separate ways. As Sharon's career took off she decided to recruit Starr and Saundra as backing singers and dubbed them The Dapettes). That was back in 2008 and the Daptone people (most notably head honcho, Gabe Roth) soon realised that the pair deserved their own album too.

Commitments and a busy work schedule have meant that it's only now that the album is ready for release. The wait though has been worth it. The music on 'Look Closer' is proper modern soul. A set of excellent, "song-led" tunes; expect no gimmicks or fireworks – just simple, organic music that's delivered with a passion and conviction. First single is the old school-flavoured 'Hot Shot' but in truth any song would work as a single... we're loving the classic 60's girl group sound of 'Dear Mr Teddy'.

We'll bring you a full review of the album very soon and watch out for an upcoming interview with SAUN & STARR.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:36

 

    

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