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REDISCOVERING THE MUSIC

Friday, 22 February 2008 07:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

REDISCOVERING THE MUSIC

Further to an earlier news story in www.soulandjazzandfunk.com we can now exclusively reveal that the JIMMY LEVINE/RAYMOND EARL label Mo-Philly Music Group is about to make its initial release. The enterprising label will debut with 'Arize, Time To Shine' - a feisty femme set from SHANTEL. Our previews reveal that SHANTEL'S music offers everything that JIMMY and RAYMOND have promised. The duo have set out to make music that is thoroughly contemporary and accessible, yet retaining the traditions and sensitivities of old school soul. The album's title cut has a feel of prime time ANITA BAKER (though there's a subtle twist in there), while 'Love I Don't Need It' might recall the joys of 'Me And Mrs. Jones'. Album highlight is undoubtedly the funky re-make of the JONES GIRLS' 'You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else'. That cut is dominated by a loping bass line which, by a neat irony, is played by RAYMOND EARL who performed on the original back in the day. RAY, of course, was the leader of INSTANT FUNK - who will have their own Mo-Philly Music Group set out very soon, while UK favourites BROWN'S BAG have some strong material imminent too. Wanting simply to "share their love of music" JIMMY AND RAYMOND are calling their new soulfully distinctive sound "urban-pop" and in doing so they sincerely hope that real soul people will "rediscover the music".

 

IN DA SOUL

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IN DA SOUL

Real soul fans and inveterate web browsers might - when they have a spare moment - want to check out www.dasoulrecordings.com. This is the site for Milwaukee-based label Da'soul Recordings - a committed indie set-up run by a CEO who just likes to be called "J". The label's mission statement says that their intention is to produce classic soul played and produced by real musicians. Their music is contemporary and looks to the future - but it embraces and respects the traditions and values of the past, while the label's likeable strap line is "mature grooves". Artists signed to the label include CARMEN NICKERSON, ANITA EASTERLING, CHAZZ DIXON, MURPHY EDWARDS and the wonderfully named MGO - the MATURE GROOVE ORCHESTRA … what else?

 

DUSTY BUT DEFINITELY GROOVY

Saturday, 12 January 2008 13:57 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DUSTY BUT DEFINITELY GROOVY

Regular visitors to www.soulandjazzandfunk.com will already have seen the fulsome review of the DELLS SING DIONNE WARWICKE album. The 1972 Chess/Cadet gem is one of the veteran group's most collectable albums but till now it's never been re-issued despite its importance in not just the group's, but also producer CHARLES STEPNEY'S evolution. The company we need to thank for the re-issue is Chicago record store DUSTY GROOVE. The shop operates out of Chicago's North Ashland Avenue and offers a fabulous range of rare and collectable material over a number of genres. DUSTY GROOVE also has mail order and internet operations and they can track down almost anything. The store also runs its own label and it's for that label that they licensed the above-mentioned DELLS classic. The label currently also offers re-issues on DOROTHY ASHBY, DAVID AXELROD, JORGE BEN, and MELVIN JACKSON. Label boss RICK WOJCIK told www.soulandjazzandfunk.com that there's more goodies to come later in the year…. In the meantime may we recommend a visit to www.dustygroove.com

 

SIERRA LETS GO...

Tuesday, 08 January 2008 13:58 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SIERRA LETS GO...

Being the son or daughter of a famous parent can be a two-edged sword. For some it can open the door to fame and fortune… but then again. The latest offspring of a celebrated parent to enter the fray that is the music biz is SIERRA HURTT. SIERRA'S father is, of course, legendary Philadelphia writer/producer and sometime artist PHIL HURTT and dad is the executive producer on the lady's debut single, 'Letting Go'. The song's a wistful ballad with an almost dream like feel to it. It will appeal to those who like their soul with an acoustic, even folksy feel. The B-side, 'My Friend' is edgier while retaining the organic sound. Both songs are taken from a 6 track EP which will be available later in the year. For more info go to www.sierrahurtt.com

 

JOEL DORN PASSES

Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

JOEL DORN PASSES

JOEL DORN, the Grammy-winning, Philly-born record producer who rose to fame alongside such backroom luminaries as Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and Nesuhi Ertegun while at Atlantic Records in the late-'60s, died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday 17th December. He was 65.
Dorn fell under the spell of Atlantic Records as a teenager and began corresponding by letter with the label's jazz department head, Nesuhi Ertegun, making suggestions as to which artists the label should sign. In 1961, aged 18, Dorn worked as a DJ at the Philadelphia radio station, WHAT-FM, and eventually got to meet Ertegun, who was suitably impressed and hired him as a production assistant in 1967. At Atlantic, where he stayed until 1974, Dorn mainly worked in the jazz and R&B domain, producing records by ROBERTA FLACK (he masterminded her first three LPs), DONNY HATHAWAY, LES McCANN, EDDIE HARRIS, YUSEF LATEEF, RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK and numerous others.
In recent years, Dorn continued to work with new artists (he was responsible for jazz singer Jane Monheit's early success) but mainly focused his energies on his own label, Hyena, as well as producing critically acclaimed reissues and compilations. At the time of his death, Dorn was working on a 5-CD box set for Rhino Handmade entitled 'Homage To Nesuhi.'

(CW)


 

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