Tuesday, 31 January 2012 20:36 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MelbaNewPiccopyUS soul singer and actress MELBA MOORE makes her debut London appearance at the UK's prestigious Jazz Café venue on Sunday April 29th 2012.

During a long and extremely successful recording career that stretches right back to 1970, the New York-born chanteuse has racked up 32 chart entries on Billboard's R&B charts, including two chart toppers in the shape of 'A Little Bit More' (a duet with then label mate, Freddie Jackson) and 'Falling,' both for Capitol Records in 1986. She also had five UK chart hits; the biggest was 1976's 'This Is It' for Buddah while in the '80s 'Love's Comin' At Ya' made the Top 20 and 'Mind Up Tonight' dented the Top 30. Her music has also been nominated for a Grammy Award four times.

A multi-faceted performer, Melba Moore has also appeared regularly on US TV (she appeared in the '80s series 'Falcon Crest') and acted on the big screen (she appeared alongside Beyoncé Knowles and Cuba Gooding Jr in the 2003 film, 'The Fighting Temptations'). She's no stranger to the stage either and won a coveted Tony award in 1970 for her role in the Broadway musical 'Purlie.'

Melba is currently working on a new album, titled 'Forever Moore,' which is preceded by a new single, 'Love Is,' which is now available on iTunes.

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Monday, 30 January 2012 08:11 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

switch_2Holland's Vinyl Masterpiece label – a renowned purveyor of late-'70s and early-'80s disco, funk, and soul grooves – has just unleashed a trio of CDs on their own PTG imprint.

First up is 'Switch II,' the sophomore album from SWITCH, the soul and funk sextet hailing from Mansfield, Ohio. The set was originally released on Motown's Gordy label back in 1979 and contains the group's big US R&B hit, 'I Call Your Name,' co-written and produced by BOBBY DEBARGE. The set also features two tracks co-penned and produced by JERMAINE JACKSON.

As its title confirms, 'Disco Giants 8' is the eighth instalment of Vinyl Masterpiece's long-running and popular series focusing on floor fillers from the '70s and '80s. The new 20 track/2-CD set features club classics that range from Johnny Kemp's New Jack-influenced 'Just Got Paid,' to Surface's blissful dancer, 'Happy' and Aretha Franklin's 'Jump To It.' Also included are full-length dance floor cuts by Rick James, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Curtis Hairston, LaToya Jackson, The Three Degrees and even some cuts by UK-affiliated acts: Heatwave's Rod Temperton-penned 'Lettin' It Loose,' 52nd Street's 'Tell Me (How It Feels),' and Phil Fearon and Galaxy's 'Dancing Tight.'

Another new compilation from Vinyl Masterpiece, 'Nightime Lovers Volume 15,' is similarly a tight blend of familiar and obscure acts and material. It contains some killer '80s grooves, among them Loose Ends' 'Emergency (Dial 999),' Lillo Thomas's '(You're A) Good Girl,' Tavares' 'Deeper In Love,' and interestingly, Marlena Shaw's 'Never Give Up On You,' taken from her hard-to-find 1982 South Bay album. Other cuts come from Evan Rogers, Bryan Loren, Tyzik, Sugar, Louise Thomas, Carol Williams, Lanier & Co and Prime Time.

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Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

k_jon2009Three of four years ago the soul world was quite taken by 'On The Ocean' by K'JON. The infectious modern soul groove was a radio hit and enjoyed a long run on the Billboard R&B chart. The beauty of the song was the young Detroiter's ability to marry serious issues to heritage soul sounds. Critics had him down as an artist of substance.

That prognosis has been confirmed with the release of the man's new single – 'Will You Be There', which deals head on with the issues of depression and suicide. The song is the lead single on K'JON'S new album – 'Moving On' which is soon to be released on the Shanachie label. Watch out for a review here @SJF ...



Saturday, 28 January 2012 10:35 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Gregory_PorterThe Grammy-nominated California jazz singer, GREGORY PORTER, returns with his second album, 'Be Good,' which is released via the Motema Music label on 13th February.

SJF has had a sneak preview and can confirm that it's even better than his much-lauded debut album, 'Water.' Produced by Brian Bacchus, it contains twelve songs – nine of which are penned by the singer himself, who's proving a talented tunesmith with a gift for storytelling narratives.

The absolute standout cut is 'On My Way To Harlem' though the album's packed with strong material and soulful, compelling performances.

Read SJF's verdict on the album in our review section

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 11:16



Friday, 27 January 2012 21:53 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

stubbsSoul fans in general and Detroit collectors in general will be delighted by the debut release on a "new" girl group – THE STUBBS GIRLS. The name, of course, is the clue... and the cause for some excitement. The fivesome, you see, comprise the sister and nieces of the legendary LEVI STUBBS. LEVI'S sister, THELMA has always sung and encouraged her daughters – BOBBY, PAMELA, SHEILA and RONDA to do likewise. It was therefore only a matter of time before they started recording and there's an album coming very soon courtesy of Atlanta's Crew Records.

Previews indicate a good, solid, old fashioned soul set. No frills or gimmicks –just decent tunes, well produced and beautifully sung in that magical, harmonic way that family groups seem to do so effortlessly. The lead cut 'Oh No Not Tonight' is a beaut.... like I said good, solid, old fashioned uptown soul and nothing wrong with that.

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