Friday, 26 May 2017 09:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGEMMA M is an Italian soul singer who fronts a multinational combo, THE TRAVELLERS. They're based in Brittany and that's where they recorded their debut long player, 'Too Many Rules And Games' which has just won release on Legere Records.

Produced by the band's guitarist Robert P, the sound is a contemporary, European take on funk – tough and feisty with lashings of parping brass and chinking guitar sounding that more authentic via the magic of analogue recording. Amidst the crunchy funk, the album also boasts two decent ballads – 'I Believe In You' and 'Take My Heart And Breathe' where the obvious reference point is the Southern soul sound of Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 09:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 1967 FRANK SINATRA released one of his many masterpieces –a collaboration with Brazilian maestro ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM. The long player –'Francis Albert Sinatra And Antonio Carlos Jobim' featured 10 songs – seven Jobim originals and three American songbook classics. Jobim joined Sinatra on vocals on four cuts and also plays guitar; the arranger/conductor was Claus Ogerman while long time Sinatra collaborator Sonny Burke produced.

On release the album spent 28 weeks on the chart and now, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the set wins a re-release via UME. So in re-mastered glory you can enjoy again wonderful versions of 'The Girl From Ipanema', 'Dindi', 'Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars and more. Sinatra is, well, Sinatra – caressing the familiar lyrics with respect and sensitivity. Indeed he's said to have remarked after the sessions: "I haven't sung so soft since had laryngitis'!

Sinatra fans will, I'm sure, already have the album but to tempt them, this reissue features two bonus cuts – a live medley of 'Ipanema'/ 'Quiet Nights'/ 'Change Partners'/ 'I Concentrate On You' taken from a TV special and a previously unreleased studio session of 'Ipanema' that clocks in at over 11 minutes.

The reissue of 'Francis Albert Sinatra And Antonio Carlos Jobim' comes in both CD and digital formats and is also available on 180 gram vinyl LP – with a limited number pressed up in blue.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 06:49 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


JAZZMEIA HORN isn't a name that you'll easily forget - and we at SJF are certain that you'll be hearing much more about this phenomenal 26-year-old Texas jazz singer in the months - and, indeed, years - to come. Compared with Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter by some observers, this super-talented winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition  has just released her debut album, 'A Social Call,' on the revived Prestige imprint via Concord Records.

With her material ranging from imperishable classics like 'Afro-Blue,' ' and 'Moanin'' to The Stylistics' 'People Make The World Go Round' and Rose Royce's/Mary J Blige's 'I'm Going Down,' 'A Social Call' proves to be a varied, 10-track set that shows that the young chanteuse possesses some virtuosic chops and comes straight from the jazz tradition of scatting and rendering the standards of the genre - though crucially, and which sets her parts from others, is that she also infuses her music with strong gospel and neo-soul inflections. There's also a palpable socio-political facet that underpins her work and gives her a definite edge and contemporary relevance.  

'A Social Call' is out now on Prestige/Concord. Look out for an interview with Jazzmeia coming soon at SJF.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIndie soul producer/singer/songwriter/performer, TY CAUSEY has been a soul connoisseurs favourite for a few years now. He débuted, you might remember,  in the late 90s working with Najee.

His own debut solo set was 2004's 'N-tysing' and since then a flow of classy albums has kept him popular with the cognoscenti who've dubbed him "Mr. Consistent". Most recently Mr C dueted with Ashanti Munir on the lovely 'Yesterday' while his 2009 'I Still Get Butterflies' remains a modern soul favourite.

Ty's current long player is 'Tyangles' and in an effort to bring his sophisticated brand of soul to a wider audience he's just released a lovely double A-sided single from it – 'Rock With Me / 'Ya Something Kind Of Wonderful'. There's little to choose between them – both ultra smooth and sophisticated with a real soul depth. Vocally I can hear shades of Maxwell, Howard Hewett and someone called Marvin Gaye (grab a listen to the end of 'Ya Something Kind Of Wonderful' to understand.)

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHere's a real blast from the past... a single from CHUBBY TAVARES! Brother Chubby sang lead on plenty of Tavares' classics - "Check It Out', 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel and 'It Only Takes A Minute' amongst them. And now without too much of a fanfare he's releasing a single all on his own.

'Can't Knock Me Down'- a Preston Glass production – is a hypotonic modern soul dancer with a reflective, social lyric. It comes in a "Big City" mix and Chubby realises his current vocal limitations – with an approach that, in places, is semi sung/semi spoken. We're lovin' the suit too!!!

CHUBBY TAVARES – 'CAN'T KNOCK ME DOWN' - Big City Mix released 2nd June on DSG

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