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HOLIDAY TIME....

Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMost soul folk have a soft spot for RANDY MULLER - the sonic meister behind Brass Construction, Skyy, BT Express, First Circle, and Raphael Cameron. After dropping off the radar for while, a couple of years back Randy re-emerged mentoring a band called Brooklyn Soul Biscuits, then all kinds of production work.

Mr M's latest project is an outfit called BROOKLYN GROOVE MACHINE and right now they're peddling a classic soulful disco tune 'Disco Holiday' which cleverly recalls the great glitter ball days with a lovely dash of Salsoul and a hint of funk... out now

 

KNIGHT TIME!

Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe magnificently named SIR WALDO WEATHERS is a sax man from the home of Mohammed Ali – Louisville. He has a most peculiar but varied CV. For instance, Waldo is the only black sax man in the Country Hall of Fame – an honour no doubt stemming from his work with country legend Charley Pride. His lordship has also worked with people like Phil Collins and blues man Johnny Taylor. But Waldo's most famous association is with James Brown. He joined the Godfather's band in 1992 and stayed for 15 years playing with JB live and in the studio.

At the moment Waldo works out of Stuttgart, Germany where he's a big draw on the live circuit – busy now promoting his solo LP – 'Be Friends'. The concise ten tracker, like the man's CV, is very varied. The first two cuts – 'Our Day Will Come' (no, not the Ruby and the Romantics classic) and the album title cut seem to be inspired by Chic. They both boast danceable beats and the distinctive Nile Rodgers guitar sound... though the vocals make the end product a little rough round the edges. Waldo pays homage to his old boss on 'Do The Waldo' (complete with JB samples) while on the intro to 'The Message' he channels the sound of Barry White. On the rousing instrumental, 'Life', Sir W gets to show off his sax skills while elsewhere there are slow meanders like 'Weekend' which add variety to the set which, though not polished and air brushed like most modern soul, is tough, rough and peculiarly honest in its sound.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:27

 

READY TO ROCK! NEW RANDY BRECKER ALBUM OUT NEXT MONTH

Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:14 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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Throughout his long career, US horn maestro, the redoubtable RANDY BRECKER, has played with the best of the best. As a sideman, his burnished trumpet has appeared on records by jazz legends Horace Silver and Art Blakey as well as lighting up tracks by funk bands (Parliament-Funkadelic), singer-songwriters (James Taylor), pop divas (Bette Midler), and rock acts (Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, and Dire Straits). As well as being a charter member (alongside his late brother, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker) of the legendary '70s jazz-funk outfit, the Brecker Brothers, Randy has also enjoyed an illustrious solo career (he recorded his Duke Pearson-helmed debut album, 'Score,' in 1969 for the Solid State label).

Now 73 but still going strong, he is set to unleash a new long player called 'Rocks' on February 22nd 2019 via the Jazzline label. What distinguishes this latest opus from previous releases by the veteran trumpeter is the formidable presence of the NDR Big Band, who along with arranger Jörg Achim Keller helped Becker to create widescreen versions of some of his most popular tunes in the recording studio.  

The album was cut in Hamburg and includes musical support from Brecker's wife, saxophonist Ada Rovatti - who shines on three cuts - plus sterling support by the trumpeter's old sparring partner and former Brecker Brothers Band member, alto saxophonist, David Sanborn, who guests on a trio of tunes.  

'Rocks' begins strongly with a turbo-charged reconfiguration of 'First Tune Of The Set,' a muscular funk groove which originally appeared on the 2013 album, 'The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion.' Also from that album and featured on the new set are the subdued and delicate 'Adina' and the blithe soul-jazz cooker, 'Dipshit.'

One the remainder of 'Rocks,' Brecker digs deeper into his back catalogue, pulling out vintage tunes from the Brecker Brothers 1975 self-titled debut LP (the super-funky 'Rocks'), '77's 'Don't Stop The Music' ('Squids'), 1980s 'Straphangin'' ('Squids' and 'Threesome'), and '92's 'Return Of The Brecker Brothers' ('Sozinho' and 'Above & Below').

'Rocks' Is Available On CD And Vinyl LP from February 22nd Via JazzLine

 For more info go to: http://randybrecker.com/

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:27

 

BLUE NOTE 80 - Iconic Jazz Label Reaches Momentous Milestone

Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:48 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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2019 marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most iconic labels in jazz: Blue Note Records. It was co-founded in New York in 1939 by German-Jewish émigré  Alfred Lion, who recorded his maiden session for his fledgling company on January 6th that year. Under Lion's capable stewardship the company would soon blossom and become one of America's leading purveyors of modern jazz in the 1950s and '60s.  

After Lion's retirement in 1966, the label was sold to Liberty Records, and then, in 1969, was absorbed into United Artists. Blue Note became part of the EMI family a decade later but was mothballed at that point, remaining dormant until 1985 when it was revived under the stewardship of Bruce Lundvall, who revived the label with new signings (from Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves to Norah Jones and Robert Glasper) as well as paying tribute to the label's history by exploiting its back catalogue in various reissue campaigns. Ill-health forced Lundvall to retire in 2011 and in 2012, noted record producer, Don Was, became the company's president. Under Was' watch, the label has begun to blossom again, helped by key new signings such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Kandace Springs, and Marcus Strickland, as well as the acquisition of esteemed veterans such as Wayne Shorter (now enjoying his second stint at the label)  and Charles Lloyd.  

In celebration of the label's 80th anniversary, the label is set to light up 2019 with a clutch of exciting reissue projects. Top of the list are a stack of themed vinyl reissues. The first drop on February 8th 2019 with the launch of Blue Note's Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. Mastered from the original 1/4-inch tapes, the first two titles in this keenly-anticipated series are Wayne Shorter's 'Etcetera' and Chick Corea's 'Now He Sings, Now He Sobs,' both due next month. Both these titles and all eighteen scheduled reissues in the series come in deluxe packaging and have been supervised by sound guru and producer, Joe "Tone Poet" Harley, renowned for his sterling work on indie label Music Matters' vinyl reissues of Blue Note albums between 2007 and 2017.  

Don Was and Blue Note's long-serving head of PR, Cem Kurosman, are the curators of a swathe of titles in five other reissue series under the banner Blue Note 80 due to be launched later this year - they are Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders.

For more info go to: http://www.bluenote.com/

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:03

 

WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON....

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 20:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'What Turns You On' is a cute, new soul song from a Brit soul new comer LUKAS SETTO.... or is he a newcomer? Our spies tell us that Mr Setto has previously worked under the names Lee Henry and Jadan Lee and the Stanmore College music graduate has form as a remixer under the moniker Tru Menace.

Whatever, 'What Turns You On' is the debut single from "Lukas Setto" and while you're listening you'd be forgiven to thinking that you'd stumbled across an outtake from Maxwell's 'Urban Hang Suite' – the song is stuffed with references to 'Ascension ... Don't Ever Wonder'... yes, it's good and no surprise that Lukas/Lee/Jadan cites Maxwell as a key influence.

LUKAS SETTO: 'What Turns You On' is out now on Insane Records

 

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