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Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

CORNELL_CARTER_Sunshine_Soulful_House_Remix_Cover_1500It was way back in January that we told you all about a great modern soul album from C. C. (CORNELL CARTER). Mr C is a top session singer working in and around San Francisco. His CV boasts work with people like Ray Charles, James Brown, The Whispers, The Temptations, the late Natalie Cole, Kool and the Gang and Narada Michael Walden and his long player 'In The Moment' won him loadsa friends in the UK soul community.

Since then, the release of a series of singles has kept Cornell's name out there and early September sees the release of what is possibly his strongest single yet... 'Sunshine'. As the title suggests, it's a great summer vibe and maybe when our Indian summer arrives, the cut will become a perfect accompaniment, especially in the new, big, optimistic DJ SPEN/GARY HUDGINS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:20



Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

1gbGRAHAM BLEASDALE is a Canadian singer/songwriter who now works out of London. As a youth, Graham says his musical influences were Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles but at college in Vancouver he studied jazz piano. His debut album was 1986's 'One World' while his follow, up 'Lookin' For Love' betrayed considerable country influences.

Now Graham is a regular on the South London music circuit, performing regularly in local churches and with community groups. In October he'll be releasing some new music ... a 6 track EP, 'I Believe'. Produced by Derek Nash, the album has a blue-eyed soul feel enhanced by Gospel harmonies which fit perfectly with the messages in the songs, Occasionally too you'll hear traces of Graham's jazz roots as on the piano parts on 'I Miss You', which, we're told, is one of the EP's key songs... an autobiographical piece, if you would.

Musicians on the mini album include bassist Geoff Gascoyne, drummer Darby Todd, guitarist Al Cherry and pianist Neil Angilley - from Down To The Bone.

Graham will launch the EP at St Alfege's Church in Greenwich on Friday 7th October followed by a concert at the Pheasantry, Chelsea on Monday 31st October.

Graham Bleasdale's 'I Believe' is released on 7th October and you can find out more @

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:21



Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:45 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF













Two of Motown's mightiest chart-busting male vocal groups, the TEMPTATIONS and the FOUR TOPS, are set to tour the UK this October. The long-running Detroit legends - whose musical legacy is a deep and lasting one - have toured the UK together before, of course, but this time they are joined by another popular vintage soul group, TAVARES, who are billed as 'special guests.' They'll join the Temptations and Four Tops for seven UK shows during October 2016 but won't appear on the final night of the tour.

The Temptations' longest-serving member, OTIS WILLIAMS, is looking forward to returning to England, where the group, along with the Four Tops, have a loyal fan base that goes back to the '60s. "Very excited to be coming back to the UK October of 2016," he says, "the UK audience has always been the best in world. Looking forward to spending time and performing for the greatest fans. See you later!" Echoing these sentiments is The Four Tops' DUKE FAKIR who declares: "Our UK tour is always our most exciting tour of the year. I and the other Tops are looking forward to our fall visit in our favourite country. Hope to see you all at our concerts with our friends the Temptations and Tavares. Wow, I can't wait!"


Special guests TAVARES are also excited by the prospect of stepping on British soil: "We are looking forward to the UK tour next October with the Temptations and The Four Tops and can't wait to perform all of our hits for the UK fans who have always been so supportive throughout our career."




There are still tickets available.  Full tour dates below:

Four Tops, Temptations with special guests Tavares

Date                         City                         Venue                        Online

21st Oct                    Liverpool                  Echo Arena       

22nd Oct                   Manchester               Arena              

23rd Oct                    Leeds                       First Direct Arena

25th Oct                    Nottingham               Capital FM Arena

26th Oct                    Birmingham               Genting Arena   

27th Oct                    London                     O2 Arena         

29th Oct                    Bournemouth             BIC                 

Four Tops and Temptations

30th Oct                     Southend**            Cliffs Pavillion     

All shows start at 7:30pm, ticket prices are £45 & £40 everywhere except London & Southend which are £47.50 & £42.50. Tickets available from or the 24 hour ticket line 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:27



Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:10 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

1herbThe man whose cool trumpet lines put his band Tijuana Brass on the map in the 1960s with a plethora of US pop hits ('Mexican Shuffle,' 'Whipped Cream,' and 'Spanish Flea' amongst them) is back with a new album. It's called 'Human Nature' and comes at a time when 81-year-old Herb Alpert's complete back catalogue is being revived (as previously reported on SJF). The title song is Alpert's spin on the popular Michael Jackson associated tune and also includes remakes of songs co-authored by Burt Bacharach. The set's first single, 'Doodles,' is a jaunty dance groove that recaptures the spirit of his old Tijuana Brass records.

The album is released on September 30th via the trumpeter's own label, Herb Alpert Presents.

Look out for a full review soon at SJF.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:17



Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

1rgFresh from his success scoring the soundtrack to Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead movie,  the prolific Grammy-winning keyboardist and composer, ROBERT GLASPER, is due to release a new album with his Experiment band called  'ArtScience,' which will be available from September 16th via Blue Note Records.A heady collision of jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and disco flavours, it features twelve tracks and among them are covers by Herbie Hancock ('Tell Me A Bedtime Story') and the Human League ('Human').

Blue Note also release the sophomore long player by the group's bass player, DERRICK HODGE. The follow-up to 2013's critically-lauded debut, 'Live Today,'  it's called 'The Second' and its twelve songs continue in the evocative, cinematic vein that characterised the style of his first album.  It's available on 22nd August.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 19:05




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