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Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:12 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Soul-Brother-RecordsAs any avid vinyl collector knows, this Saturday 19th April is Record Store Day.  Those in search of exclusive and limited edition Record Store Day titles are advised to visit the UK's leading soul and jazz specialist, SOUL BROTHER, based in Putney, London. They will have in stock around 300 special Record Store Day titles as well as their customary wide selection of  soul, jazz and funk on vinyl and CD (vinyl hunters should note that Soul Brother is also holding a one-day sale on Saturday with LPs going for £5 each or £10 for three).

But that's not all, folks - jazz-funk outfit DOWN TO THE BONE will be visiting the store and signing advance copies of their forthcoming new album, 'Dig It' at around 12.30pm.

For more info check out the Soul Brother website:

For a list of soul and jazz titles available of Record Store Day follow this link:



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:18



Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

avJust three years ago AVERY* (that's right don't forget that all-important *) SUNSHINE won the hearts of the soul community with her debut long player. Busy tours, guest spots on other artists' albums, on-point remixes and TV appearances have kept the Pennsylvania born soulstress in the soul spotlight and now she's all set to release her brand new album.

'THE SUNROOM' gets a May 26th release on UK-based Dome Records and already there's a big buzz on the 12 tracker. Produced by Avery*'s song-writing partner, Dana Johnson, the album's a wonderful mix of up-tempo grooves and searing ballads like the wonderful 'Call My Name'. The big old school stomper is 'Time To Shine' though the Hi-flavoured opener, 'Love (Won't You Try)' seems to be the cut that's garnering the attention at the moment. Through it all – whatever the pace - Little Miss Sunshine's gospel roots sing out loud and clear.

Avery* will be visiting the UK in June to promote the album She'll be headlining two shows; one @ London's Islington Assembly Hall on June 20th, the other @ the Old Market in Brighton the following evening. The venues will provide more details.

In the meantime, there'll be a full review of 'The Sunroom' and an in-depth interview with the lady here @ SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:34



Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

dubSoul folk with a penchant for things Caribbean need to know about a trio of new releases that dig deep into the magical musical roots and culture of those magical islands.

First up – on UMC /Spectrum –there's a 2 CD, 38 tracker that examines the phenomenon that is Jamaican Dub. First developed in the 70s by a small number of engineers, these sonic experiments took music to previously unperceived levels. Dubbed "Dub" the new sound became one of the most important sub-genres of Reggae and indeed has been embraced by countless artists and producers across all kinds of other genres.

This new collection is called 'Island Presents Dub' and it brings together 38 of the best and rarest Dub mixes from the vaults of Island Records. The featured artists number some of the biggest names of the 70s and 80s.... people like Burning Spear, Junior Murvin, Toots and the Maytalls, the Upsetters, Steel Pulse and Aswad.... while amongst the featured producers are Lee Scratch Perry and Augustus Pablo.

All the music's been mastered directly from original Island tapes and many of the tunes are new to CD.


lintonMore specific is another UMC/Spectrum newie looking at the best of Dub Poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson. Entitled 'Reality Poems' this collection features 16 tracks that amount to a definitive introduction to the early music and poetry of Johnson. Linton broke through with 'Dread Beat An' Blood' on Virgin Records Front Line imprint, but he was soon snapped up by Island where a trio of long players ('Forces Of Victory', 'Bass Culture' and 'LKJ In Dub') made him a major force on the UK black music scene.


This retrospective collects key vocal sides from 1979 and 1980 and shows how, for many, Linton Kwesi Johnson, became THE voice for Black Brittan. Always innovative and inventive, this collection is a perfect introduction to LKJ.


jumpThe roots of Jamaican music are explored on a third recommended album. Released on Fantastic Voyage Records, 'Jump Blues Jamaica Way ; Jamaican Sound System Classics 1945 – 1960' is a massive three CD, 83 track collection of American Jazz, jump blues and R&B tunes that were hugely influential in Jamaica in the fifties and early 60s when the island's own music industry was in its infancy. Back then the DJs and dance hall operators depended on infectious American tunes to keep their clients happy and their source was the growing pool of classic Stateside jazz and R&B.

Amongst the featured artists are Louis Jordan, Gene Ammons, Wilbert Harrison, Huey Piano Smith, Chris Kenner', Johnny Ace, The Clovers, Smiley Lewis and Fats Domino – a particular favourite with young ska musicians.

All three albums are out now

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:35



Friday, 11 April 2014 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

stevieAs Jazz FM DJ Peter Young posted ,"Reason to be cheerful. STEVIE WONDER is playing live at the Calling Festival on Clapham Common Sunday 29th June." Yes, it's been confirmed, 63 year old Stevie will be headlining a new strand of the Hard Rock Calling event which takes place on Clapham Common from Saturday 28th June to Sunday 29th June. Organiser, Toby Leighton Pope commented, "We're thrilled to welcome Stevie Wonder to Calling Festival. His music is timeless and this show will be one of the highlights of the summer!"

Co-headliners are Aerosmith – making their first London appearance in four years - and so far some 20 other artists including Thunder and Joe Bonamassa have been confirmed.

When confirming the news of the appearance, Stevie's people hinted that our man will be releasing two albums this year.... but don't hold your breath. Those same people dropped the same hints this time last year (see our news archive). "'Songs In The Key Of Life' anyone?" asks the man on the Clapham omnibus!

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 19:35



Friday, 11 April 2014 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

gilJazz trumpeter, award-winning record producer and arranger GIL ASKEY has died in Melbourne, Australia. He was 89.

Askey was born in Austin Texas in 1925 and after mastering the trumpet (he was inspired by Louis Armstrong) he soon found work with many of the great jazz bands of the 40s, 50s and 60s. He eventually settled in Chicago and was soon in demand in Detroit working with Berry Gordy at Motown. His Hitsville CV included work with The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson 5 and, maybe most importantly, Diana Ross. He worked with the first Lady Of Motown on 'Lady Sings the Blues', 'Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments' and 'Mahogany'.

Askey also collaborated with Curtis Mayfield at Curtom where he worked extensively with Linda Clifford, writing and producing her 'Runaway Love' smash. Other soul stars who benefited from Askey's musical insight number The Jones Girls, Jermaine Jackson, Keni Burke, Mavis Staples, Leroy Hutson, The Dazz Band, Hi Inergy, and Aretha Franklin.

Gil eventually moved to Australia commenting :" 'I came to Australia in 1973. I was musical director for Diana Ross. And some ladies... We were caught in the rain, and this voice, 'Hey, you want a ride?' We're trying to get back to the Southern Cross Hotel from Festival Hall. And six musicians and five singers went and jumped in this van, and seven years later I married the lady that was driving that van and stayed in Australia".

Askey performed regularly in Australia and was working right up to his death. Melbourne jazz singer and author Jane Clifton posted that "One of the great giants of music has left the building. Farewell Gilbert Askey, you will be so sorely missed. Melbourne was blessed and enriched to have you for the time we did. Time to 'get you some rest'."


Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 19:37


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