Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'MIked Up' is the debut album from New York jazz outfit, E-LIFE 7. The driving force behind the band is the pairing of bassist Mike Pennick and guitarist Ron Walker. The duo worked together in an R&B combo, The Exoutics, but after exhausting that band's possibilities, they decided to explore their love of jazz. To help them deliver they recruited keyboardists Rodney Spears and Charlie Crymes Jr. percussionist Tim Webb and drummer Ron Walker and they then set about recording their debut album, 'Miked Up' which is set for late March release on Three 2 Go Music.

The 14 tracker is a funky take on smooth jazz and Pennick is clearly the main man. It's his throbbing bass lines that dominate the album... indeed he gets special billing on the credits. All the tunes save one are band originated. The only cover is a respectful take on Stevie Wonder's 'That Girl' – always sounds good.

Helping E-Life 7 flesh out their sound are sax man Ken Whitman, two more keyboardists Walter Kemp III and Van Taylor and vocalists Joey Diggs and Dee Osborne.

And that name, E-Life 7? Well depending on who you believe, it's either 'Exoutics For Life' or 'Enjoy Life 7 Days A Week'.



Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz Festival, now in its 41st year, plays host to another star-studded line-up from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and R&B this summer. The three-day festival kicks off on Friday 7th July and goes through to Sunday 9th July with over sixty acts scheduled to perform.

The exciting, mouth-watering array of talent includes big names as well as rising talents. Veteran soul singers Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples and Celtic troubadour, Van Morrison, will be appearing alongside the likes of R&B big hitters, Erykah Badu, Usher, Laura Mvula, Jamiroquai, the Roots and Solange. The jazz line-up is no less impressive, ranging from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and George Benson (who describes the festival as "one of the greatest events in the world") to Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Kamasi Washington and McCoy Tyner.

Here's the full line-up:

Friday 7 July: Usher & The Roots, Emeli Sandé, Jamie Lidell And The Royal Pharaohs, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Steve Winwood, Avishai Cohen (Trumpet) Quartet, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, Wayne Shorter Quartet with Casco Philharmonic, Dhafer Youssef - Diwan of Beauty and Odd, Makaya McCraven, Yussef Kamaal, John Beasley presents MONK’estra, Atmosphères: Hamasyan-Henriksen-Aarset-Bang, Bill Laurance, Tiggs Da Author, Jeangu Macrooy, Typhoon & Jef Neve

Saturday 8 July: Gladys Knight, De La Soul, Solange, Norah Jones*, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Laura Mvula, Dianne Reeves, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano, Sampha, Noname, Mick Jenkins, Eric Vloeimans & Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, Tomasz Stanko / Enrico Rava Quintet, John Beasley presents MONK’estra, Bokanté

Sunday 9 July: Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu, Maceo Parker, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Metropole Orkest with Cory Henry & Jacob Collier, Ambrose Akinmusire, Echoes With A Friend: McCoy Tyner Trio with special guests Craig Taborn & Geri Allen, Kamasi Washington and The Next Step, Robert Glasper Experiment, The Cinematic Orchestra, Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Band, Steve Lehman Sélébéyone, Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:12 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altCelebrated record producer and music biz exec, TOMMY LIPUMA died yesterday, Monday 13th March in New York City. He was 80 and his death was confirmed by his wife, Gill LiPuma. No cause of death was given but it is known that the Grammy winning LiPuma had been ill recently.

Thomas "Tommy" LiPuma was born in Cleveland in 1936 and as a young man he aspired to becoming a saxophonist, though, to keep his options open, he also trained as a barber and worked in a local warehouse.

His first job in the music business was as a radio promoter for Liberty Records in Los Angeles. From there he graduated to work in music publishing and eventually production. In the 60s he worked for A&M and helped found Blue Thumb Records. From there he worked for Horizon, Warner Bros, GRP, Impulse, Verve and Universal.

However, it's for his production work that Tommy LiPuma will always be remembered. His list of production credits reads like a who's who of popular music greats.... people like Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Anita Baker, Phil Upchurch, Miles Davis, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Everything but the Girl, Peabo Bryson, Randy Newman, Miles Davis and Dr. John. His productions have resulted in more than 75 million albums sold and 33 Grammy nominations!

Tommy's last significant production work was his collaboration with Diana Krall on her 'Turn Up the Quiet' long player which is set for release on May 5th

Mr LiPuma is survived by his wife, Gill, daughters Jen Monti and Danielle Wiener, and grandchildren Matty, Julia, Chloe and Ava.

Tommy is pictured below in his prime with two of his most successful collaborators, Barbara Streisand and George Benson.


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Monday, 13 March 2017 19:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul histories will tell you that when it comes to soul clans few have been more talented and prodigious than the Womack family. And right now the family tradition is being carried on by the WOMACK SISTERS.... BG, Zeimani and Kucha. The three siblings are the daughters of Cecil and Linda Womack, nieces of Bobby Womack and granddaughters of someone called Sam Cooke! Yep, some pedigree!

The threesome live and work in Los Angles where they've been busy writing and recording material for their debut album. In the meantime the sisters have just released their first single – a cover of 'Darling (Come Back Home)'. The tune boats a vintage, old school, rough-edged "Womack sound".... little wonder, the song was originally recorded by the Valentinos and BG, Zeimani and Kucha do it full justice!

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Monday, 13 March 2017 19:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altAt the back end of last year the UK soul community were delighted with a tune from a "new" soul singer, KIM TIBBS. Tune in question was 'I Need You For Your Love!' and it was the Alabama soulstress' debut release.

Right now Ms Tibbs is working on her album (to be called 'Kim') but in the meantime she's also re-promoting 'I Need You For Your Love' alongside another tune simply called 'Soul'. Both songs are enjoying heavy rotation on the more savvy soul stations and even the dear old BBC has gotten into the act!

Kim believes the secret of that success is the fact that her sound is "vintage" and seems to chime with UK and European audiences. And though up top we described Kim Tibbs as a "new" artist she has indeed a lengthy CV that includes work with people like Billy Ray Cyrus, The Blind Boy of Alabama, Noel Gourdin, Percy Sledge, Bobby Rush, Bobby Bland, Paul Rogers of Bad Company, The Hi-Rhythm Section of Memphis, The Swampers of Muscle Shoals, Keke Wyatt, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals.

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