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FOXXY LADY

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'NEVER GONNA LEAVE ME 'is the latest single from LA Soulstress GWYN FOXX. Gwyn started her pro musical career as backing singer for Chante Moore before joining Club Nouveau. Since then she's built up an impressive CV that includes work with people like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Phil Perry, Pattie La Belle, Chaka Khan, Andre Crouch, Howard Hewett, and El De Barge.

'Never Gonna Leave Me' is a proper old fashioned soul ballad... with an opening that reminded me of 'Secret Garden' so much that I was expecting Barry White to start singing! He didn't, of course! Rather, Ms Foxx chimed in with a pleasing jazz –inflected style that has a charm all of its own!

 

UNBREAKABLE FUNK!

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Unbreakable' is the new album from Swedish jazz trombonist NILS LANDGREN who fronts a band simply called the FUNK UNIT. Nils explains that the long player's title stems for the fact that the band have been together for quite some time now and though they've had ups and downs they're still "Unbreakable"... aah!

Helping the sextet out on the album are two big name players – Ray Parker jr. and Randy Brecker. Parker's guitar guests on five cuts – the title tune, a cover of Allen Toussaint's 'Just A Kiss Away', 'Stars In Your Eyes', 'Bow Down' and a tasty take on Marvin Gaye's 'Rockin' After Midnight' on which he is also the featured vocalist and it's Brecker's trumpet solo on that too!

The 10 tracker offers a peculiarly European take on funk with just a nod to Wayne Henderson and Kool and the Gang.

NILS LANDGREN FUNK UNIT; UNBREAKABLE is released on Act 25 on 30th June.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 18:07

 

BAHAMIAN DANCE MIX....

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast November we brought to your attention an album from a German band - The BAHAMA SOUL CLUB. Their long player 'Havana 58' blended all kinds of everything....soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova, afro, Caribbean music and more! As the title suggests the album was homage to the musical hot bed that was Cuba in the 50s – the world of jet setting, and gay abandon!

If you liked the album or indeed if you dig all things Latin you may like to know that the set has just been rereleased in remix format – so to add the above cocktail you can now append house, funky disco and something called boogaloo-hip-twist!

Amongst the remixers on the album are Club Des Belugas, Newcastle's own Smoove, Jack & Jointz and Opolopo.

The BAHAMA SOUL CLUB; 'Havana Remixes'' is out now on Buyu Records

Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 18:08

 

KEEPING IT FRANK!

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 2015 to commemorate FRANK SINATRA'S centenary all kinds of tributes, projects and homages were launched. One of the best came from US easy-listening/lounge jazz singer ANDREW HELLER. He released an acclaimed set, 'Sinatra My Way' on which he covered a collection of 'ol blue eyes' classics. Helping him deliver was the famed Nelson Riddle Orchestra, now conducted by Nelson's son, Christopher.

The album was so well received that Andrew has just released another album of Sinatra covers. Title this time round is 'Sinatra All The Way' and amongst the classics included are 'Come Dance With Me'. 'Young At Heart', 'All The Way', 'Fly Me To The Moon' and 'Strangers In The Night'. Once again the accompaniment comes from the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 18:09

 

ON THE RISE - MILES MOSLEY... DEBUT ALBUM plus LOVE SUPREME AND LONDON DATES

Friday, 09 June 2017 11:40 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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Many jazz fans will be familiar with the cool-looking, beret-wearing bass player, MILES MOSLEY, from his live appearances and recordings with saxophonist KAMASI WASHINGTON'S band.  Now the Los Angeles musician, who's a founding member of the California collective, the West Coast Get Down, performed with the likes of Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar, has released his own album, 'Uprising,' which was originally issued independently but has now been picked up by Verve Records.

It finds Mosley singing and writing songs as well as playing his customary bass. The music, too, is different, perhaps from what many were expecting given Mosley's connection to Kamasi Washington. Together with his brothers in the West Coast Get Down, Mosley serves up a blend of righteous funk, soul, gospel and singer/songwriter pop/rock, with traces of Sly & The Family Stone in its musical DNA. Boasting epic brass and string arrangements which augment the rhythm section, the album's highlights include the single, 'Abraham,' 'LA Won't Bring You Down,' 'Shadow Of Doubt,' and 'Young Lion.'

Mosley (together with the West Coast Get Down) is due to play at the Jazz Cafe on Wednesday June 28th and then the Love Supreme festival on Sunday 2nd July.

MILES MOSLEY'S 'UPRISING' IS OUT NOW VIA VERVE

 

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 12:12

 

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