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NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM

Friday, 04 April 2008 10:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM


Long-running duo, SWING OUT SISTER - comprising singer Corinne Drewery and keyboard player Andy Connell - has just released its ninth studio album, 'Beautiful Mess.' At the moment, it's a Japanese-only release with a European release expected to follow later in the year. Those addicted to the duo's stylish melange of Bacharach-esque pop and uptown soul will be pleased to know that the album is available directly via the group's own websites: www.swingoutsister.co.uk and www.myspace.com/swingoutsister06
A full review will follow soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Thursday, 03 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Fans of quality indie soul will be delighted by the recent release of a four track EP called 'Soul Unsigned'. The collection is the brainchild of long time soul fan PHIL DRIVER who some may know via his Solar Radio shows. The EP (sub-titled EP: 001) kicks of with a very bright 'Blow Your Mind' from GROOVE'S BACK PRODUCTIONS feat. AMARIM. Loose and spacey, its rides a real summery vibe and is followed by 'Tonight Alright' from the EXCELLENT GENTLEMAN whose sound recalls prime time BRAND NEW HEAVIES. The third cut comes from Londoner FELIX who slows the tempo down a little with 'Leave It All Behind'. There's a real 80s feel on that one, but loose-limbed, bass-heavy rhythms are the order of the day on the closer - HARAMBE'S 'In The Bone'. So, four great cuts on what PHIL hopes will be the first in a long-running series. Indeed our man's already working on the next EP and a ten track album. In the meantime you can catch his Solar Shows on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 14:00-16:00 UK time and PHIL occasionally sits in for Bob Semple on a Sunday morning. 'Soul Unsigned EP: 001 is currently available through Crazy Beat Records, CD Baby and via the web site www.soulunsigned.com... Well worth investigating.

 

NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

Thursday, 03 April 2008 03:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

A year after grabbing a Grammy for her last album 'Turn To Blue' - and 52 years on from her recording debut for Dot Records back in 1956 - the legendary jazz chanteuse NANCY WILSON suffered a collapsed lung on Monday 31st March. The 71-year-old singer was hospitalised as a result and has had her lung re-inflated. Between 1962 and 1994, Ohio-raised Wilson enjoyed a string of US R&B hits, including 'You're As Right As Rain,' a Top 10 smash on Capitol Records in 1974. It's hoped that she will make a full recovery.


 

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

The run of sad news for the LEVERT family continues with the announcement of the death of SEAN LEVERT at the age of 39. SEAN, it seems, had just begun a jail sentence for non-payment of child maintenance for his three children. He was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio when on Monday, 31st April and known to be suffering from high blood pressure, he began hallucinating. He was rushed to Cleveland's Lutheran Hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy was inconclusive, but foul play has been ruled out and toxicology reports are currently being carried out. It is alleged that SEAN had been a marijuana addict since his early teens. His passing comes in the wake of the premature death of his brother GERALD in 2006. With GERALD and MARC GORDON and performing as LEVERT, SEAN had enjoyed hits in the late 80s, the best known possibly being 'Casanova' though soul fans will probably remember 'Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop Goes My Mind' with more affection. GERALD and SEAN, of course, were sons of the legendary O'JAYS' vocalist EDDIE LEVERT who is said to be devastated by the news. On behalf of the family a spokesperson issued a statement thanking people for their condolences and stating that Sean was "a man of strong character with a real zest for life". Prior to his imprisonment, Sean was trying to revive LEVERT with new partners.

 

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 07:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

LALAH HATHAWAY - the 39 year-old daughter of legendary soul singer, DONNY HATHAWAY - releases her fourth solo album, 'Self Portrait,' in June on Stax Records. The follow-up to 2004's well-regarded long player 'Outrun The Sky,' it comprises twelve self-penned songs and features cameos from singer, Rahsaan Patterson, and ex-Miles Davis bass player, Marcus Miller.
Fans of Lalah's father, Donny, might be interested to know that there's a new book out focusing on the singer's life and music. It's not a standard biography though - rather, it's an ambitious collection of prose poems by ED PAVLIC entitled 'WINNERS HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED - A SONG FOR DONNY HATHAWAY.' It's published by The University of Georgia Press and priced at $19.95.

 

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