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GETTING YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 15:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GETTING YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By general consent CONNER REEVES is the UK's most underrated soul man. However, that's all about to change with the summer release of the man's brand new album. In the meantime, April will see the download release of the set's outstanding first single - 'If It Gets You Through the Night'. It's a peach of a song with a delightful melody which allows CONNER to fully prove his soul credentials. Add to all that some sweetly layered harmonies and a lovely, almost-hidden piano riff and you have one of 2008's strongest soul tracks yet. For more details go to www.connerreeves.com

 

BUDDY MILES PASSES

Saturday, 01 March 2008 03:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BUDDY MILES PASSES

Legendary drummer BUDDY MILES has died of congestive heart failure aged just 60. Born GEORGE MILES in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, his musical exposure was instant - his father led the BEBOPS JAZZ BAND and young GEORGE was soon attending shows, and by his teens his skills as a drummer won him gigs with the DELFONICS, OTIS REDDING and WILSON PICKETT. It was at a PICKETT show in Brooklyn in 1967 that he came to the attention of guitarist MIKE BLOOMFIELD who recruited him for his band ELECTRIC FLAG - an ambitious rock-soul aggregation. From there MILES went on to form his own band - the BUDDY MILES EXPRESS - before moving on to join JIMI HENDRIX in the BAND OF GYPSYS. After HENDRIX, he went back to leading his own group, the BUDDY MILES BAND, who cut the best seller, 'Them Changes'. Gigs and session work followed, then, in 1986, a surprisingly lucrative entry into the world of TV ads. He featured on the commercials for the Californian Raisin Authority singing a version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. In the 1990s MILES worked with BOOTSY COLLINS and in 2004 he formed another version of the BAND OF GYPSYS with original bassist BILLY COX. MILES' death was announced on February 26th.

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Monday, 25 February 2008 05:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

The great BARRY WHITE may be gone but his legacy continues as his son, DARRYL D WHITE, makes his recording debut. Los Angeles based DARRYL travelled the world with his father and was encouraged to make a career in music but till now he's performed only for friends and family. However, keen to respect BARRY'S wishes, he's now set to release his first album - 'It Is What It Is!' The set is heralded by the single 'Me Holding You' - an unusual but distinctive mix of old school soul and modern R&B flavours. The song is topped and tailed by the kind of svelte monologue that was BARRY WHITE'S trademark but in between there's a decent ballad with those fashionable, skittery R&B beats - it's a definite grower. The single's promoted by soulchoonz and for more info go to www.soulchoonz.com or www.darrylonline.com

 

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?

 

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