PARTY ON......

Saturday, 08 June 2019 15:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDetroit's PAUL RANDOLPH has recently enjoyed a successful collaboration with Kathy Kosins... their take on the New Orleans classic ''Voodoo' was a winner across the board. Now Paul offers us his instrumental take on a KK tune.... 'Will The Party Ever End'. It's credited to Paul Randolph & the Detroit Memphis Experience TM and it features some tasty guest sax input from Dave McMurray. Like a lot of Paul's work it's hard to pigeon-hole... smooth all that and more!

The track is available now on all digital download and streaming platforms worldwide.

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Friday, 07 June 2019 19:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSOUL COLOSSAL is a five piece band from Lincoln, Nebraska. They are Benjamin Kushner (guitar), Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), Larell Ware (drums) and big voiced vocalist JOSH HOYER . The players came together via their mutual love for classic soul and funk – specifically the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Their uncompromising commitment to that formula has provided the band with plenty of work and their 2018 LP 'Do It Now' was championed by soul connoisseurs everywhere.

Interestingly one of the band's earlier singles is winning plenty of attention and air play right now . It's 'Parts Of A Man' from 2016 and it's a classic slab of melodic, deep soul. Demand is such that UK label Izipho Records in collaboration with Silver Street Records is set to issue it on 7" vinyl. The good news is that the putative B side is just as good (I'd say better!). It's a top track from the group's aforementioned LP. The song is the gorgeous mid-tempo outing 'Better Days'... a positive summation of all that is good about great modern soul. It comes compete with some fab trumpet work from Blake DeForest. Last year we said: "This mid-tempo groove is drenched in the most remarkable horn arrangement and soloing this side of the last Tower Of Power album." Hearing it again only confirms that. The cherry on the cake for the two sides is the mighty powerful, "colossal" voice of Josh Hoyer.

JOSH HOYER & SOUL COLOSSAL – PARTS OF A MAN / BETTER DAYS released June 20th on Izipho Records


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Friday, 07 June 2019 16:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSOLID BRONZE are a new age funk band built around core members guitarist/vocalist Ian Everett and drummer George Miller. They're busy finishing their debut album 'The Fruit Basket' – due September.

As a taster, later this month, the first single will be released.... an eerie, melancholic, slow funk meander 'The Invisible Man'. Like the rest of the album, the track was produced by Dean Ween and it features ex Parliament/Funkadelic guitarist Famer Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" while vocals come courtesy of Atlanta-based hip hop artist CLEW.

'The Invisible Man' will be available on limited edition yellow vinyl 7" from June 28 and will include a Lee "Scratch" Perry remix.



Friday, 07 June 2019 15:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBastion of New Orleans music DR JOHN died yesterday, 6th June. He was 77 and died after a heart attack. Born Malcolm John Rebennack in New Orleans, John was a Grammy winner and inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A family statement said: "Towards the break of day June 6, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr, known as Dr John, passed away of a heart attack. He played a unique blend of music which carried his hometown, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart." That "unique blend" crossed genres... blues, pop, jazz, soul, boogie woogie, rock and roll and more. In many ways that was his special attraction – he was unique – a music one off.

The biographies tell us that John inherited his love of making music from his father who ran a store that sold – amongst other things – records. He began playing guitar but changed to piano after being shot in a 1960 altercation but his skills were such that he was hired by Phil Spector as part of the famed "Wrecking Crew". From there he went onto work with people like Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Cher, Frank Zappa and dozens more music legends.

In the late 60s he morphed into "Dr John" – his musical alter ego based on a New Orleans voodoo priest and his 1968 'Gris Gris' LP won critical acclaim for its blend of New Oreland funk, jazz, blues and psychedelia. He recorded prolifically both as a solo artist and as an in-demand session player. He successfully battled heroin induction and he won his last Grammy in 2012 for the album 'Locked Down'. Many saw it as a work of (at least) semi-autobiography.... he had been jailed for drugs offences.

Dr John had been married twice and he once admitted to having fathered "lots of children".

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJIMMY LEE and TONY STRONG are two soul veterans who prove the old adage that old soul men never fade away! Both are still active and indeed are promoting new releases.

Jimmy Lee has been a fixture on the Philadelphia and New Jersey soul scene for decades. He's worked solo and as a member of Blue Magic and Fat Larry's Band and it's the Fat Larry classic 'Zoom' that Jimmy's chosen for his new record. His version – produced by Butch Ingram – doesn't stray too far from the original and we're told that it's taken from his upcoming 'Lovely Day' album.

altTony Strong is another Philly soul journey man. He's worked in various incarnations of groups including the Perfections, Blue Magic, the Intrigues, the Ebonys and the Intruders. For his latest single, Tony has chosen a new song – 'If I Could Only Talk To Daddy'. It's another Butch Ingram production with many of the Ingram clan on board helping with instrumentation and vocals.

The gentle ballad –its sentiments a sort of cross between 'Dance With My Father' and 'Colour Him Father' – is aimed at those looking for something unusual for the upcoming Fathers Day but it will have considerable appeal to Philly collectors too.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:19


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