Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSince the demise of dear Floetry, MARSHA AMBROSIUS has gone from strength to strength. Lashings of great solo efforts, plenty of pleasing collaborations and a raft of Grammy nominations have kept Ms A very busy.

Right now she's polishing her upcoming album – and as a taster, the first single has become available – 'Old Times'. Produced by DJ Camper (Tamar Braxton, Ledisi, Nicki Minaj), it offers a totally contemporary sound but there's a feel of classic 60s soul about it too. Maybe it's the passion and/or Marsha's fragile vocal delivery but it has an odd, ethereal magic about it. The video, with its symbolic imagery of violence against African-Americans by those in authority is intriguing too.

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest single from GEORGIE B’s GROOVE ASSOCIATION is a tight modern soul dancer, ‘Dancing In Heaven’. The tune comes in two excellent mixes – little to choose between ‘em. ‘The Classic Soul Mix’ is, well, just that – “classic”! The American mixed ‘Lower East Side’ mix is a tad “tougher” if you see what I mean – bass driven it really does conjure up the vibe and sound of NY’s Lower East Side. Some great sax work in there too while the vocals are down to Mr B and Deborah Bell.

If you know the Groove Association and Georgie B, you’ll know what to expect – proper modern soul delivered with love and commitment. If you’re still not in on the band, then we recommend you check it out toute de suite! However, this particular soul treat is only available form George's own web site -

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS soul sources are reporting the death of the wonderfully named TONY "SHOWTIME" RILEY – a versatile New York singer who worked both solo and as a member of various groups... most notably the 2006 incarnation of the Persuaders.

Riley joined the Persuaders in 2006 for the recording of their acclaimed album 'Made To Be Loved' and from there he led THE R&B Revue – a mainstay of the East Coast live soul circuit and more recently he released his own ambitiously titled solo set, 'Greatest Hits'

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Friday, 06 July 2018 08:18 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                                 altThough he was born in England,  New Orleans is where singer/songwriter/pianist Jon Cleary's heart really belongs. Originally from Cranbrook in Kent, Cleary, who was raised in a family that was passionate about music, was mesmerised by Crescent City rhythm and blues as a young man, thanks to the Professor Longhair records in his uncle's music collection. After he left school in 1980 aged 18, Cleary bought a one-way ticket to the Louisiana city that had enthralled him since his adolescence and aimed to soak up the ambience and storied history of the place that gave the world Dr. John, Fats Domino, and Allen Toussaint.

Drawn to the Maple Leaf bar, where he initially got a job decorating it, Cleary was offered a chance to showcase his musicianship by the venue's management when James Booker failed to materialise for a scheduled concert. This led to Cleary, who plays guitar and keyboards,  working as a sideman in New Orleans. As the years passed, his reputation - and talent - blossomed, so much so that he released his debut album in 1980.

Though he continued to record and tour as a sideman - for such notables as Taj Mahal, John Scofield, and Bonnie Raitt, with whom he's touring in the UK this summer - Cleary's solo career has led to nine highly-regarded album with which he patented his own distinctive Big Easy-infused funk and R&B sound. His latest is 'Dyna-Mite,' the follow-up to 2015's Grammy-winning 'GoGo Juice.'

Laden with infectious hooks, 'Dyna-mite' is a 10-song collection co-produced by the smoky-voiced singer/songwriter together with John Porter and features rising jazz vocalist Jamison Ross on drums. The tracks range from irresistible percussion-driven New Orleans party grooves - such as the opening title song  to slinky horn-laced funk ('Unputdownable' and 'Hit, Quit, Git, Split') to the reggae-tinged 'Big Greasy' and jazz-inflected pop of 'All Good Things.'  Cleary also demonstrates his prowess as a romantic balladeer with the delightful and soulful slow jam, '21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man. '

'Dyna-Mite' is out on July 13th via Thirty Tigers

Catch Jon Cleary playing with Bonnie Raitt:

July 09  Manchester        Manchester Arena

July 10  Glasgow               SSE Hydro Arena

July 12  Leeds                     First District Arena

July 13  Dublin                   RDS Arena

July 15  London                 Hyde Park

July 17  Cardiff                   Cardiff Motorpoint Arena



Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2018 17:45



Thursday, 05 July 2018 18:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHANS PETER de ZEEUWE is a Dutch drummer who prefers to work under the name d'Z. He trained at the best music schools in Holland and after graduating became an in-demand session player. A couple of years ago, d'Z decided to strike out on his own and though it's a taken a while, he's just released his first set of tunes – a five track EP, 'Connected'.

Such is Hans' standing on the European music scene that to help him deliver his musical ideas he's been able to draft in some top players and vocalists like Horns of Fire and soul sisters Katie Leone and Sandra St Victor.

Indeed it's Ms St Victor (sometime of the Family Stand who fronts the EP's title track – a driving, insistent funk-soul workout. 'Something New' is based round a tight funk riff, 'Clean Slate' is a solid soul groove, 'Lovin' And Dancin'' has an acid jazz feel but the best and most mellow soul moment comes with the opening 'Conviction'.

This is proper feel-good, finger-clicking Summer vibe with a touch of Tower of Power about it (well the track does feature the four piece Horns Of Fire) There's a convincing vocal too from Freddie Lubitz. His passion gives maximum credence to the socially aware lyrics.

d'Z's 'Connected 'is out now and you can learn more @


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