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GRADY TATE DIES...

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS music new sites are reporting the death at age 85 of jazz drummer and occasional vocalist GRADY TATE. Reports say that he passed on Sunday 8th October.

Born in North Carolina in 1932, Tate moved to New York in the early 60s and it was in Manhattan that he died. Initially his move to NYC was to join the Quincy Jones band. Self-taught, Grady soon became an in demand drummer for many big jazz names.... including Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Stan Getz.

Between 1968 and 1974 Grady was a member of the house band on the top rated Johnny Carson "Tonight" TV show and for the first four years of the 70s he also played with the New York Jazz Quartet. Blessed with a rich baritone voice, Tate also recorded as a singer – with maybe his best known album being 'Windmills Of Your Mind'. His other vocal achievements include providing vocals on the children's series 'Schoolhouse Rock'.

In 1989 he was honoured to become a teacher at Howard University

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:21

 

TRIBUTE TO EDDIE!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRegular visitors to www.soulandjazzandfunk.com will know all about DREW SCHULTZ. We've regularly featured the soul drummer's work and his crusade to support the great soul session players who maybe have never had the credit which they deserve. Mentored by EWF'S Ralph Johnson and Motown Funk Brother Uriel Jones, Drew is acknowledged as one of soul music's finest percussionists. For five years he was drummer in the road band of The Four Tops and he's also worked with the likes of the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, the Dramatics, the Contours, the Miracles, the Chairmen of the Board and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes.

Right now Drew is promoting an album which he hopes will assist Motown Funk Brother guitarist EDDIE WILLIS. Eddie, now aged 81, played on countless hits but, as was the way back in the day, he receives no royalties for his work. Recently, Eddie's wife was the victim of a dog attack that left her with several broken bones and needing reconstructive surgeries while Eddie himself has struggled his whole life with the effects of polio.

Back in 2013, Drew Schultz staged a remarkable Motown memories concert and he's now made the live recording available with all royalties going to a fund to support Eddie and his wife. The mammoth 35 tracker features Drew's own band, The Funk Machine, playing alongside people like Dennis Coffey and Eddie Willis himself. Amongst the vocalists are Motown's own Carolyn Crawford (who fronts a soulful version of 'Neither One Of Us') and Detroit's Spyder Turner (listen up to his remarkable impressions of David Ruffin, Smokey Robinson, Billy Stewart and others).

Amongst the tunes are 'Dancing In The Street', 'Heatwave', 'Get Ready' and 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted'. There's also an Earl Van Dyke inspired instrumental version of 'Just My Imagination' alongside versions of Earl's '6 X 6', 'All For You' and 'Soul Stomp'. In short, it's one huge Motown celebration enhanced with insightful, live comment from people like Paul Riser and engineer Ed Wolfrum about what is was really like to work at Motown.

You can learn more about this wonderful Motown fest @ www.DSdrums.com

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:01

 

TIME AFTER TIME....

Saturday, 07 October 2017 14:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest single from BRIAN POWER'S SOULHOUSE label is an uplifting, Philly flavoured groove 'Time After Time'.

Though it's not officially out till mid November it's all ready being bigged up by key DJs and all the top soul and dance tastemakers. Little wonder... Mr Power's soul production skills are second to none and the vocal is powerfully convincing . At the mic is LIFFORD – who fronted Brian's big tune 'Amber' last February. It's a real builder, this.

We're also told that the track will feature on the January compilation 'SOULHOUSE MUSIC Vol 1 ' which will include new tracks from Mike Delgado, Marc Evans and Michelle John (runner up in The Voice.

 

SUGAR SUGAR

Saturday, 07 October 2017 14:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Sugar Me Sugar You' is the latest single from the enigmatically named MS1. Research reveals that MS1 are two UK brothers ... MIKE HARRISON (aka DJ Blue) and session musician GEORGE HARRISON.

The boys are currently working on an album.... 'Changes' but right now they're busy promoting the lovely old school flavoured 'Sugar Me Sugar You' single. The hypnotic cut features a great, grumbling bass line (I'm guessing brother George) and a convincing soul vocal from US singer Jerome Vintage.

MS1's first single – a light and refreshing 'The Summer Song' - is also still available and might remind you of the great summer that we might have had ... if you can remember that far back. Whatever, the femme-fronted tune will, we guarantee, bring warm memories on these cold, wet, rather miserable autumn days!

Both tunes come highly recommended.

 

STILL THINKING OF YOU....

Saturday, 07 October 2017 14:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Thinking Of You' was always one of the most intriguing cuts on UK soulstress SHAILA PROSPERE'S recent 'Back To Life' long player (see our reviews archive).

Ms P transformed the old Sister Sledge song into something laid back and lovely – very different to the original.

If you enjoyed it you're bound to enjoy the new remix of the song that's coming at us very soon. The new tweak comes courtesy of SOUL SYNDICATE and the feel is still laid back, if a little bumpier. There are some lovely keyboard fills and a warm feel throughout. Great stuff!

 

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