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Janette Mason’s 'Red Alert' Vinyl Launch November 18

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:12 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF



Highly-respected UK pianist Janette Mason boasts an impressive CV. She's toured with Seal, k.d. lang and Oasis; produced albums for jazz singers Lea DeLaria and Gwyneth Herbert; and composed music scores for TV (Sex & The City) and movies (Ruby Blue). She's also released four jazz albums under own name, the last being 'Red Alert,' released in May 2018.

'Red Alert', which drew favorable comparisons with the groundbreaking contemporary jazz trios e.s.t. and The Bad Plus, is now being pressed up on vinyl by Dot Time Records to coincide with the appearance of Janette's trio - also called Red Alert, with bassist Tom Mason and drummer Chris Morris - at the upcoming London Jazz Festival.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:21



Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThink it was 1984 (yes I'm that old... older!!!) when TERRI WELLS thrilled us with her soul/dance classic 'I'M GIVING ALL MY LOVE'!

Good news? Well, the song is back – courtesy of a big collaboration between DJ SPEN and the lovely NATASHA WATTS. It's the newest release on Quantize- so yes; we're heading into soulful house territory, but with the emphasis on SOULFUL!

The tune comes in the usual plethora of mixes with John Morales in overall charge. There are tweaks from Dr. Packer along with Spen & ReelSoul. They're all proper soulful belters and all good to go this coming Friday on Quantize via Traxsource

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:26



Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon-based blue-eyed soul man DANNY TOEMAN has been on the scene for a while now. Back in 2014 we enjoyed a double A sided single 'That Sinking Feeling'/'Layin' It On The Line.' Then earlier this year we were treated to 'She's Got Something About Her....' a lovely, mellow Tower of Power flavour.

Now DT is back with another fab single.... 'Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)'. The cut begins with a dramatic opener before developing into a lovely, sweet love song that blends vintage vibes and contemporary style – a prefect showcase for Danny's remarkable voice!

We've been promised a full album for a while.... it's "on its way"! In the meantime enjoy 'Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)' and you can catch Danny live, fronting his seven-piece band The Love Explosion on 14th November @The Finsbury - 336 Green Lanes N4 1BY.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:27



Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRESOLUTION 88 is a UK-based soul/jazz/funk band. They were put together by Cambridge keyboardist Tom O'Grady who cites his main influences as Don Blackman and Herbie Hancock. It was back in 2012 that Tom decided to form a band in an attempt to "give life to the creative ideas that lie within". He'd always been moved by music that was built around beautiful harmonic changes – the music of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan... even, yes, Ravel and Chopin! Early in his career he'd also realized that instruments like the Fender Rhodes were ideal to help him deliver his ideas on those "beautiful harmonic changes".

The five piece are currently promoting their latest album... the 9 tracker that is 'Revolutions'. The LP represents lots of firsts for the band. For the first time they use special guests to help them deliver; the first time they've used real strings and real brass and, in the modern way, the first time their work will be available in vinyl!

Indeed the band work hard to make the whole thing sound like classic vinyl. On 'Pitching Up' you can hear the track "pitching" from 33rpm to 45rpm (as a DJ would do); on 'Out Of Sync' you can hear attempts at beat matching; while 'Runout Groove' speaks for itself.

Amongst the album highlights is the soul groove, 'Sample Hunter' and the Guru style rap that is 'Dig Deep (rhymes from guest Marcus Tenney)

RESOLUTION 88; 'Revolutions' out now on Legere Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:28



Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul and funk legend RANDY MULLER has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late. The man who gave us bands like Brass Construction, Skyy, BT Express, and and First Circle had been off the radar for a while. A couple of years back he re-emerged mentoring a band called Brooklyn Soul Biscuits, and then we learned he was tied up in all kinds of production work. Then in January this year he was back with an outfit called Brooklyn Groove Machine whose 'Disco Holiday' was well received. Then in August we were offered a wonderful double A sided single from another Muller creation..."Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang.". The single coupled a glorious Angela Johnson vocalised 'Joy In Da Rain' alongside the disco romp 'Groovin' U'. We were told that that latter was from a previous Boom Chang Bang album from way back in 2007 but that album seemed to have slipped past us!

Whatever, the good news is that Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang is back with us and the new album that is 'Welcome To My Life' is every bit as good as we thought it was going to be from the evidence of that LP heralding single in August. 'Joy In Da Rain' still sounds good and there are plenty more soulful romps like it... try 'So Happy' (featuring GQ vocalist Raheim Le Blanc) or 'Slip N Slide'.

'Welcome To My Life' though is an album of many moods amongst them Brazilian bossa ('Brazilian nights' and 'Something Simple'), smooth jazz ('Over And Over' and 'Summer Luv'), funk ('Booty Bump') and dramatic ballads ('I Cry'). Right now I keep coming back to the simple and innocuous 'Pimms And Lemonade (London Nights)'... a sort of cross between 'Walking In Rhythm' and Light of the World's 'London Town'. It's a classic summer sound – and that's my only criticism (and not really a criticism). 'Welcome To My Life' is a BIG summer album – full of optimism and positive vibes, so maybe its release is a wee bit too late. On the other hand – I can guarantee, though, that if you listen in it will brighten up and add considerable cheer to your life as those nights draw in and the heating gets switched on. Welcome to Boom Chang Bang!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:15


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