Saturday, 07 March 2020 15:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJazz pianist McCOY TYNER died yesterday, 6th March in New Jersey. He was 81 and the news of his death was announced by his nephew Colby Tyner.

Alfred McCoy Tyner was born on December 1938 in Philadelphia, and as a child was encouraged to take up piano by his mother. When he was 17, he converted to Islam through the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and changed his name to Sulieman Saudi. In 1960, Tyner joined the Benny Golson group but six months later, he joined the John Coltrane quartet. They worked together till 1965 – recording classic albums like, 'Live at Birdland' and 'A Love Supreme'; during his time with Coltrane, Tyner also recorded solo for the Impulse label, but "officially went solo" (leading his trio) in 1966 after becoming disillusioned with the direction of Coltrane's music.

Tyner went on to record a series of acclaimed LPs for Blue Note, Milestone, Impulse and Telarc working with people like Hubert Laws and Billy Cobham.

On a personal note, Tyner recorded one of my favourite albums of all time across any genre...'What The World Need Now... The Music Of Burt Bacharach'. Released on Impulse in 1997 and produced by Tony Lipuma, it features incomparable jazz versions of 9 Bacharach classics. Tyner is supported by bassist Christian McBride, drummer Lewis Nash and an unnamed "symphony orchestra". Phyllis Hyman fans will also have fond memories of Tyner's collaborations with the diva.

Interestingly, too, Tyner was the older brother of Jarvis Tyner, former executive vice chairman of the Communist Party USA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2020 15:26



Saturday, 07 March 2020 15:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFans of things Brazilian might like to check out a new single from a Toronto based duo Four80East. The twosome are Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace who've been working together since 1997 and have since become mainstays on the Canadian contemporary jazz radio, with eight studio albums and a double live album to their credit.

Their latest offering is a light and frothy Latin confection, 'Ba Ba Brazil'. They call it  "a Brazilian cocktail with a bit of a twist"... see how apt that is by checking it out at your favourite download portal!

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2020 15:27



Friday, 06 March 2020 19:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNew agencies are reporting the death at age 76 of BARBARA MARTIN, an original member of the Supremes. Ms Martin died on Wednesday 4th March in her hometown of Detroit.

Barbara joined Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Diana Ross in the Primettes in 1960, replacing Betty McGlown. When the quartet joined Motown in 1960, they changed their name to the Supremes and Ms Martin was on all the group's first recordings – many of which found their way onto the Supremes' debut LP 'Meet the Supremes'. The quartet also provided BVs on many of Motown's first recordings.

Barbara left the group in 1962 after becoming pregnant and the three "remainers" decided to continue as a trio... the rest, of course, is....

Ms Martin brought up a family, gained a degree in psychology and worked in mental health. She never talked about her Motown days till she gave an interview with old friend Mary Wilson for the special re-release of 'Meet The Supremes'. In the interview she confirms that it was Florence Ballard who came up with the "Supremes" name. She said she had no regrets on leaving while Mary Wilson opines that Barbara was the only Supreme to find the love of her life and stay with him... Barbara was married for almost 50 years!

Barbara is pictured at left of our quartet picture.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2020 19:30



Friday, 06 March 2020 19:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul veteran FRANK ADDAI won plenty of plaudits for his recent single.... the Maze-like sophisticated groove, 'Enchanted Lady'. Now hot on the heels of that one comes an equally sophisticated offering – Frank's reading of the Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway classic 'The Closer I Get To You' (also recorded of course by Luther Vandross and Beyonce).

For this new take Frank is joined by Shei Atkins and the duo don't stray too far from the original... why mess with a thing of beauty? It's such a great tune and deserves another outing... out now!



Friday, 06 March 2020 19:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altK'JON is a thoroughly modern Detroit soul man who debuted almost a decade ago with the US soul chart rider 'On The Ocean'.

In 2012 he further impressed with his album 'Moving On'... but not too much since. Now, though, he's back with a neat, mid tempo cut that deals with the complicated nature of love. His answer - a happy relationship. There you go!

The song is 'Live, Love And Laughter' and it's out now on Shanachie Records.


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