Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:43 BILL B E-mailPrintPDF

altHard to believe but the small but perfectly formed DAPTONE RECORDS have released 99 singles! For their 100th release the House Of Soul is set to offer something really special – a double A sided star studded affair!

One side of the 45 is an instrumental jam, 'Soul Fugue' by the "100 Knights Orchestra" – in reality a massive ensemble comprised of every horn player the label has ever worked with. They all crammed into the studio simultaneously to perform the epic composition composed and arranged obsessively by head boy Bosco Mann; we're told the tune is based on the Fibonacci series and the number 100... there you go!

The 150th single's "other side" is 'Hey Brother' ... a song written by The Frightnrs and originally performed on their acclaimed LP, 'Nothing More to Say'. Daptone decided to record the song after the death of that band's lead singer Dan Klein. Vocals come via Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Naomi Shelton, Amayo (Antibalas), and Saun & Starr and, sadly, Mann sees the cut as tribute to Bradley and Jones too.

Happy 100th! Here's to the next 100!

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2019 18:46



Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCINDY BRADLEY hails from Buffalo, New York and is one of a growing number of female jazz instrumentalists. Cindy is a trumpet player – an instrument she took to after rejecting piano! She has a bachelor's degree in jazz studies and music education from Ithaca College and then went to the New England Conservatory to study for her master's in jazz trumpet performance. After earning her degrees, Cindy immediately headed to the New York City and immersed herself in the vibrant jazz scene there

Her latest album is, 'The Little Things' and it's already winning plenty of plays on the US's top smooth jazz stations... easy to hear why; it ticks all the boxes that smooth jazz demands. It's easy on the ear all the way; it's slickly produced; and it's a balanced mix of up-tempo, soul based grooves and slinky slow jams. Catchiest of the beaters is the crisp 'Grey Area' which reminds me a lot of those great old Down To The Bone tunes. 'Exhale' is a sweet Quiet Storm moment but it's the title cut that has the most impact. Here Cindy's clear horn lines are echoed by Earl Klugh style acoustic guitar flourishes.

CINDY BRADLEY; The Little Things – out now on Trippin' and Rhythm

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 19:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBy common consent the album 'Golden Days' from MAMAS GUN was one of the very best Brit soul albums of last year. It's been around for over 12 months and it's still winning friends and play outs on the best soul stations.

Right now the band is busy promoting the latest double A sided single culled from the LP. The single pairs 'On The Wire' with 'The Spooks'. The gutsy 'On The Wire' is the band's tuneful retort to the Brexit referendum and its ugly and confused aftermath. Vocalist, Andy Platts says: "The lyrics were written in the haze of media misinformation and heated debate in the weeks leading up to the so called 'Brexit' vote. It's a rally cry for people to make their decision rationally and not on the throw of some emotionally loaded dice."

'The Spooks' is much more ethereal and atmospheric dealing with human insecurities. It's different to 'On The Wire' but alongside it you'll get a good idea of what Mamas Gun are all about... but do yourself a big favour and check out the album (though if you're reading this, you probably already have!)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 19:39



Wednesday, 05 June 2019 14:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRonnie Scott's Club is 60 years old! To celebrate they're holding a Gala event at the Royal Albert Hall It takes place on Wednesday, 30th October 2019.

Dubbed "A Night At Ronnie Scott's" the show boasts a remarkable line up. Confirmed so far are - Van Morrison, Imelda May, Madeline Bell, Kurt Elling, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Pee Wee Ellis, Courtney Pine, Ian Shaw, Natalie Williams, Liane Carroll and Guy Barker.

Priority booking (for "Friends of the Albert Hall") has opened today, Wednesday 5th June. General tickets sales open on Friday 7th June.

Managing Director of Ronnie Scott's, Simon Cooke, said: "We are transporting the club, for one night only, into the slightly larger Royal Albert Hall but have every intention of recreating the unique atmosphere we have here in Frith Street. It's wonderful that so many artists have asked to appear at the show and is indicative of the affection and importance the club holds in London and across the world.''



Wednesday, 05 June 2019 14:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Transparency' is a new EP from New York soul singer/songwriter LAW ARTIS.... an artist who is, he says, determined to do things his own way. He tells us that his life has been an "uphill battle" but that he's seen the struggles as "opportunities to find himself through love and life and relationship with God"... and that philosophy is reflected onthe introspective music on 'Transparency'.

The music on the EP is gentle, reflective and questioning ... try 'Dear God' to understand. Law describes his sound as neo-soul, alternative R&B. He also admits that his music is "not normal and not what you would usually hear especially in the realm of R&B. I'm not the weekend, I'm the weekday. I'm talking about themes of love and life and light."

TRANSPARENCY... Law Artis.... out now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 14:25


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