Friday, 11 August 2017 17:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                         altThe UK's Acid Jazz label have just announced that they will be releasing a retrospective devoted to cult soul man, LEROY HUTSON, which includes both his Curtom and Elektra material. Titled 'Anthology 1972-1984,' it features 19 tracks including his classic sides, 'All Because Of You,' and 'Lucky Fellow.' Two previously unreleased tracks are also featured, one of which is 'Positive Forces,'  which is instantly available as a download for those people that pre-order the album from Acid Jazz's website (the track is also available via Acid Jazz as a 45).  

Though he was born in New Jersey, LEROY HUTSON, who was a roommate of Donny Hathaway's at Howard University and co-wrote The Ghetto and several other songs with him,  has a strong association with Chicago Soul. He was recruited as Curtis Mayfield's replacement in The Impressions in 1971 before embarking on a successful solo career for Curtom Records  between 1973 and 1979. In 1982, he joined Elektra for the album, 'Paradise,' before dropping off the radar.

Along with the new compilation, Hutson is also due to play at London's Jazz Cafe on December 27th.


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RISING STAR - MOBO winner Zara McFarlane to release third album, 'Arise.'

Friday, 11 August 2017 13:52 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                     altOn September 29th, the silky-voiced Dagenham-born chanteuse, ZARA McFARLANE, releases 'Arise,' her third album for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. The 33-year-old singer/songwriter, who won a MOBO award in 2014 for Best Jazz Act, has teamed up with producer/drummer Moses Boyd (of Binker & Moses fame) and expanded her musical palette by fusing jazz with reggae and Caribbean folk music.

What results is a glorious sun-drenched confection whose highlights include the infectious self-penned reggae groove, 'Fussin' And Fightin'' (which sounds like a future classic of the genre),  a thrilling modal jazz-inflected groove called 'Pride' - featuring Binker Golding on tenor sax - and an imaginative and haunting left-field reconfiguration of Nora Dean's cult reggae classic, 'Peace Begins Within.' Saxophone maven, Shabaka Hutchings, also guests on 'Silhouette.'



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Sunday, 06 August 2017 14:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAussie Hammond trio, COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS' latest album is what we used to call a concept album! The concept here is this: the band stumble across a time machine (yes!) and travel back to 1971 and break into a school, science lab. There they mix together a set of "perfect elements" to forge the eight tunes that make up the mini long player – 'Lab Experiments Vol 1'.

To ensure an authentic 70s vibe the album was recorded on Apex 456 analogue tape perfect fort the band's jazzy, funky, soulful feel.

Lead single for the set is 'Real Life Baby' with a big vocal from up and coming UK soulstress Emmi. Stella Angelico takes the mic on the Northern flavoured 'Sweet Talker' while long time Burners' collaborator Kylie Auldist fronts the mid tempo, Southern soul groove that is 'More Than a Mouthful'. It's a great tune and maybe there's another 'This Girl' lurking in there! Remix anyone?

The other five tracks are instrumentals offering the band's signature soul-jazz and funk vibe. Most interesting is the atmospheric 'Lone Wolf'

COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS ... LAB EXPERIMENTS VOL 1 is out now and band will be touting Europe this Autumn.

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 14:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA week or two back we drew attention to ERIC ROBERSON'S new release.... 'Wind', part of the man's oblique tribute to the mighty Earth Wind and Fire. Earlier this year he released a mini album 'Earth' and later in 2017 we're promised 'Fire'.

The eight tracker (including two very short interludes) is now officially available on Dome Records and as a statement of where Neo/Nu Soul is in 2017 this is damned near perfect! You've probably already enjoyed the first single, 'Love Her' while we also highlighted the Will Downing duet 'Lyrics Of Pleasure'. That remains a standout, though there are several more goodies.

Maybe most interesting offering, because of recent new stories, is 'Claire' which references the Cosby show! It seems the singer has a thing for Mrs Huxtable (who wouldn't?) and he's spent a lot of time looking for someone just like her! Right now we're also loving the Wonder-flavoured (in many ways) 'If Only'.

ERIC ROBERSON'S WIND is out now on Dome Records and Eric and his band will be playing live dates in the UK later this year.


CHECK MATE! Soulful debutante Elise LeGrow re-imagines the music of Chess Records

Sunday, 06 August 2017 09:59 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Rising Canadian chanteuse ELISE LEGROW releases her debut album, 'Playing Chess,' via S-Curve/BMG this autumn.

It's a heartfelt homage to some of the great artists affiliated with the iconic Chicago-based rhythm and blues label, Chess, and finds the husky-voiced 30-year-old singer putting her own distinctive spin on some of the label's classic repertoire, including Chuck Berry's 'You Never Can Tell,' which is repurposed into a sultry soul ballad.

LeGrow also serves up stylish retoolings of Fontella Bass's 'Rescue Me' - re-jigged as a sultry, nocturnal slow-jam - Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love,'  Johnny & Joe's 'Over The Mountain,' and Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Ace's 'Searching For My Baby,' reconfiguring them in an interesting and meaningful way that still remains true to the spirits of the originals. Some have compared LeGrow to Amy Winehouse, and while there's a slight similarity in the bluesy timbre of her voice,  the Canadian has patented her own individual style.

Marshall Chess has given the seal of approval to  the singer's project - "she has real talent and charisma" he says - which is expertly helmed by Steve Greenberg, Betty Wright and Mike Mangini, the production team that introduced the world to Joss Stone. There's also input from the Roots' main man, Questlove, and the Dap Kings' horn section.

ELISE LEGROW'S 'Playing Chess' is released via S-Curve/BMG on October 6th.


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