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Friday, 29 August 2014 19:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Ruby_6795zAfter a five year break, the ever-lovely RUBY TURNER has just released her latest album, 'All That I Am' (see our review archive). In a very busy schedule Ruby found the time to speak with soulandjazzandfunk about the LP, and after being in the business for over 35 years we began by asking her what if felt like to be perceived as "the elder stateswoman of UK soul".... indeed one eminent soul commentator described her as "a National Treasure"....

To be called "Natural Treasure and Elder Stateswoman" is flattery indeed... And it makes me smile. Of course it's subjective and could have been worse! I'm of course grateful and accept this acknowledgement humbly, as it can only mean, I'm still visible after 30 years or more in this business

Over 30 odd years, you've done an awful lot ...Do you still see yourself primarily as a soul singer? The new album has all kinds of flavours and the title indicates there's a lot to you that we may not know about......

I just see myself as a singer of songs really.

What about that title then ...'All That I Am'?

This album, I would liken to a tapestry. The songs are like threads, made up of the colours of the rainbow as they blend one into another.... different as the moods change but yet the same human stories told in song. We all are made up of many parts. And each part has its role, culminating in one thing, heartfelt honest and true that's what I meant the music to be.

I know you're always really busy – but why five years between album releases?

It's not been easy trying to tour, write and record. So I had to pick my moment. And it was never ever the right time. So I wrote for 3 years whilst touring. And then when there was a reasonable gap to record, I booked studio, musicians and went in. Of course best laid plans and all that. What I estimated to be approximately 3 months recording turned into 10 to complete . So it became a frantic gallop to the finishing line. But you know the old saying." Timing is everything." All I can say is Amen to that.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 19:22



Friday, 29 August 2014 16:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

goldsmithUK soul man GLEN GOLDSMITH makes a most welcome return with the release of a lovely lilting, late summer anthem called 'London Skies'. Written by Glen and Cristian Jermane, it comes in two distinct versions.

The original mix is a tight slab of contemporary soul while the Soul Talk remix is a tad smoother and has the typical Soul Talk whiff of quality retro about it. The modern soul crowd will love it – mainly because it drops the rap that features on the original mix. This one has real crossover potential giving the tune the impact of another great "London anthem", Light of the World's 'London Town'.

'London Skies' is released on Glen's own Soul On Soul label and it's available via the usual download portals. For those who prefer vinyl, there's a 7" available via Expansion.



Friday, 29 August 2014 16:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

jamieAward winning broadcaster, song-writer and top jazz man JAMIE CULLUM has announced the release of 'Interlude', his new "jazz" album - featuring Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter. The long player will be released in the UK on 6th October 2014 via Island Records.

The set's lead single is 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'. Guest vocalist on the track is the aforementioned Grammy Award-winning, ubiquitous jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, and the tune will be released on 1st September 2014.

Over the last few years young Jamie's music has become more eclectic (he's worked with people like Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks, Birdy and alternative hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030) but we're told that 'Interlude' is a twelve track jazz set

Jamie's production collaborator on the set is Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) and Jamie says,"Ben and I are about the same age. We both grew up listening widely, from rock, drum n' bass to hip hop and discovered jazz through acts like DJ Shadow and A Tribe Called Quest. Loving jazz the way it used to sound and fascinated by the way it used to be recorded Ben set to work in this amazing analogue studio behind a fish market in Willesden, North London. Surrounding himself with like minded musicians he's been going in there and making these fantastic records for about 10 years. I have been a fan since day one. Ben and I decided that we should collaborate and with little hesitation booked three days in the studio, booked musicians and worked on arrangements with Nostalgia 77's bass player Riaan Vosloo. A few weeks later on a cold January morning we walked in and recorded the whole thing, live in just a handful of takes, often using the first ones – 16 tracks in three days. Ben and I really tried to avoid more obvious jazz standard choices. It wasn't so hard - Ben and I are both crate diggers so we approached the repertoire choice and arrangement references from that point of view."

Jamie concludes: "Between us we created my 'Interlude' ... very much something that was recorded in a celebratory way – a celebration of people I've met through doing the radio show. The result is twelve tracks, cribbed (mostly) from the earliest days of jazz, recorded simply in one room, with incredible musicians, like it used to be."

To launch the album, Jamie will play the following UK shows:

17th September - UK, London. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. 19.30 and 22.15

18th September - UK, London. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. 19.30 and 22.15

These will be followed by dates across Europe, including Germany, Sweden, Holland and Turkey



Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

cherry_bAll broad minded soul folk know that the music they love is universal and a re-invigorated album from the wonderfully named CHERRY BOOP AND THE SOUNDMAKERS underlines that particular point.

The lovely Ms Boop is, I'm sure, Spanish.... her album was recorded in Girona – and she's pacted with a French label (Ray Muse Records), but the soulful polish on the LP, 'The Way I Am', was provided in Philadelphia.... to be precise in the Grooveyard studios of a certain Bobby Eli, guitar maestro and one of the architects of the Philly sound.

The album was released in France in May and odd cuts were played by UK specialist DJs like Craig Charles. Musically the sound on the LP is retro pop soul. Ms B cites her influences as Tammi Terrell and Brenda Holloway and there's certainly a big Motown influence going on – notably on a tune called 'Weakness', but the cherry on this Cherry cake is without doubt the wonderful ballad cover of Carl Douglas' 'I Want To Give You My Everything'. Producer Eli has drafted in another bona fide Philly legend to help our lady to deliver here, as the Delfonics' William Hart adds his svelte tones to the track. The whole thing has the same delicious feel as Barbara Mason's 'Yes, I'm Ready'... hands up if you remember that one!

The album is being re-promoted and it's worth investigating if only for 'I Want To Give You My Everything'.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:00



Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

musicconnexLondon's MUSICCONNEX LIVE NETWORK is promoting two new "Talent. Parties" in September.

Following the huge success of its February event, MusicConnex Live comes to London's Jazz Cafe on 28th September, for another top night of live soul. The show has been affectionately dubbed 'The Soul Exchange' and features a mainly international line up, Algebra Blessett – USA; Gwendolyn Collins – USA; Sulpacio Jones – USA; Dolla Lova – Finland; Imaani – UK.

The previous night (27th September) the show debuts in Liverpool.... At the famous Parr Street Studios, no less!

Find out more by accessing the MusicConnex crew via facebook.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:01




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