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IN THE CENTRE...

Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:21 bILL b E-mailPrintPDF

altListeners to decent soul stations will be familiar with a lovely new tune... 'Better', a luscious collaboration between sax maestro NAJEE and smooth soul man Kenny Latimore. 'Better' has been winning regular plays all over the place and the good news is that the parent album, Najee's 'Centre Of The Heart' has just been released on Shanachie Records.

The ten tracker is Najee's 18th long player as leader and his multitude of fans will be delighted with its content... it's classic Najee, stuffed with classy smooth jazz grooves - many with a real soul undertow – like 'Speak Love' and 'Face To Face' which features guest input from saxophonist Darren Rahn. The soul crowd will also love the cover of Maxwell's 'Sumthin' Sumthin' which is given a big treatment – Najee's sax riding sweetly over the cooed chorus. The album's other big cover is yet another version of Burt Bacharach's 'Alfie'. In my I tunes library I've got just over 30 versions of 'Alfie'... but it's such a great tune (Bacharach's own favourite, by the way) I never tire of it and this new take is up there with the best. Running in at over 6 minutes, it's cinematically lush and sweetly evocative. The album's other big quiet storm moment is 'Tonight We Say Goodbye' ... the title indicates the mood. Then there's the spoken word piece 'One Note'. With input from Rod Bonner and Superb Clawson, it will recall those great, old school Guru 'Jazzmatazz' albums. It brings real variety to a very welcome return from Najee.

 

LET’S STAY TOGETHER...

Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:18 bILL b E-mailPrintPDF

altExpansion's annual TOGETHERNESS soul fest has just been released and this 2019 edition maintains the high quality of the series that goes way back to 2000 (I think). The track that seems to be winning all the plaudits at the moment is 'NEED SOMEBODY TO LOVE' from T.L SHIDER – a pleading, tight, modern soul groove that is typical of the class that runs right through the collection.

 

SOUL MOTIVATION...

Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:14 bILL b E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE SOUL MOTIVATORS are, by common consent, Canada's premier funk band and right now the combo are putting the finishing touches to a new long player... 'Do The Damn Thing' which is due for January release.

As a taster, the title track has just been released as a single – it's a big, brash, high octane funk workout with vocals from Shahi Teruko who says: "Do the damn thing is phrase we used during rehearsals to get us back on track when we started to overcomplicate things." That about sums it all up... the song (and the album) is just that... uncomplicated, old school, raw funk!

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:27

 

OH WHAT A FEELING....

Friday, 15 November 2019 19:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's been a great 2019 for TERRI GREEN and "project". She kicked off with the #1 Uk Soul single 'Night to Remember'; the band then topped multiple radio charts in the soul scene at #1, even earning Terri an Independent Soul Music artist Grammy nomination.

The album 'What a Feeling' hit the #1 Spot in the UK Soul chart in September and as Terri B (house diva!) she's currently doing great things with the revamped Weather Girls on their single Cheek To Cheek'.

In all this Ms G has been working with sax man/producer Toddi Reed (Torsten Abrolat) and together they've just remxied the title track to 'What a Feeling' as a "discolovers" mix ... and that's exactly what it is. But why have one new mix when you can have a few? So right now you can enjoy 'Feeling' in mixes from Fontaine Burnett and Frank Star. Whatever you go for, feet will be tapping and heads a nodding right through the upcoming Festive Season!

 

STAY WITH JAMES....

Friday, 15 November 2019 19:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAMES HENRY is a San Francisco performer, percussionist, songwriter and producer who also uses music therapy techniques to help children and adults with special needs in his regular workshops.

Right now he's fronting the Hands On Fire Band and promoting their collaborative album, 'World Fusion Jazz', which melds Funk, Urban Caribbean, Soca, R&B and House music into a unified musical experience.

The first single has just been released and it combines two well known songs – Sly Stone's If 'You Want Me To Stay' and Herbie Hancock's 'Watermelon Man'... both given a latino/funk treatment.... out now!

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2019 19:55

 

    

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