Saturday, 25 June 2011 10:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

kekeUS label SHANACHIE RECORDS has had a busy few weeks releasing some rather superior soul sounds. First up is a new set from KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL. The husband and wife duo's latest offering's called 'Love Has No Recession' and features guest appearances from URSULA RUCKER, RAHEEM DEVAUGHAN, SNOOP DOGG and CHUCK BROWN amongst others.

'Unbelievable' is the new SHANACHIE album from KEKE WYATT. It's the soulful lady's third album and marks a sort of "comeback" after some turbulent years in her personal life. The songs on the LP cover all kinds of topics – love, sex, spirituality and, more controversially, abuse. The three way track (featuring KEKE, KELLY PRICE and TWEET), 'Mirror', is an honest exploration of abusive relationships.

Gospel wise, SHANACHIE can offer 'Reborn' from LASHUN PACE. It's the powerhouse vocalist's first album in over four years and it's already winning rave reviews amongst the gospel community. The album was produced by RUDOLPH STANSFIELD and was recorded in at Atlanta's Rehoboth Church Of God.

Full reviews of all these album on SJF very soon and be sure to check out our review of another SHANACHIE gospel set – KIM BURRELL'S 'Love Album'.... go to 'reviews'.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2011 10:55



Friday, 24 June 2011 12:40 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

anita_bSoul and jazz fans should keep their eyes peeled for some excellent new titles in Rhino's ongoing no-frills catalogue series, 'Original Album Series,' which reissues classic albums in miniature LP sleeves as part of a mid-price 5-CD pack.

The new batch of titles includes all the Elektra/Asylum studio albums by reclusive Detroit soulstress ANITA BAKER: namely 'The Songstress,' 'Rapture,' 'Giving You The Best I Got,' 'Compositions,' and 'Rhythm Of Love.'

Another artist who seamlessly melded soul with jazz is AL JARREAU – five of his LPs are now available in a single package; 'We Got By,' 'Glow,' 'All Fly Home,' 'This Time,' and 'Breakin' Away.'

For jazz fans – both veterans and novices - collections by the legendary JOHN COLTRANE, ORNETTE COLEMAN and HERBIE MANN are well worth tracking down. The COLTRANE set features the seminal Atlantic albums 'Giant Steps,' 'Coltrane Jazz,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Coltrane Plays The Blues' and 'Coltrane's Sound' while the COLEMAN collection brings together the classic Atlantic albums 'The Shape Of Jazz To Come,' 'Change Of The Century,' 'This Is Our Music,' 'Free Jazz,' and 'Ornette!'

The late flautist HERBIE MANN also recorded some classic albums during a fertile tenure at Atlantic in the '60s – now five of his albums from that era ('At The Village Gate,' 'Do The Bossa Nova With Herbie Mann,' 'Nirvana' – recorded with the BILL EVANS TRIO - 'Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty' and 'Hold On, I'm Comin'') are available in a single package.

Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at SJF.



Friday, 24 June 2011 12:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sessionsOne of last Summer's soul highlights was SOUL UNSIGNED 'Summer Session' compilation. Compiled by DJ MIKE THOMPSON, it was stuffed with goodies from people like DUANE WILLIAMS and CORNELL STONE. For this year's 'Summer Session', label boss PHIL DRIVER takes over the responsibility of picking the tunes and he's come up with some corkers. Immediate stand out is the driving 'Move Into My Groove' from Aussie outfit SOUL CONTINUUM while other featured artists include MAX SEDGLEY, ENOIS SCROGGINS and KYRA SIMONE. With an endorsement from Street Sounds' MORGAN KHAN, SOUL UNSIGNED'S 2001 SUMMER SESSION is set to provide a soundtrack to the Summer ... whatever the weather may throw at us. Full review at SJF very soon .... in the meantime for more details go to



Friday, 24 June 2011 08:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

salsaMany broadminded soulsters have a soft spot for Latin sounds and those who have could do worse than checkout the first release in a new series from Ace's BGP imprint. The series – 'SALSA MUNDO' – will look at the evolution of salsa music by focusing on the musical output of a number of countries. The first album in the series looks at Colombia, and more specifically the catalogue of the legendary Fuentes label.

The 18 tracker's been put together by Latin collector, MIKE DELANIAN and he traces the music's development from the 60s though to the 70s when the sounds took on a harder edge, reflecting the rising tide of violence that went with the growth of Colombia's cocaine "industry".

Colombia's biggest star, JOE ARROYO, is represented by his 'Rebellion' while there's lots from obscure names like LISANDRO MESSA and COMBO LOS YOGAS. The album comes complete with an explanatory essay from the compiler who has also supplied the evocative album covers which illustrate the notes.

The next releases in the series will explore the music of VENEZUELA and PUERTO RICA.



Sunday, 19 June 2011 19:06 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

dee_heronEven though she's been off the radar for some time, serious soul buffs who know their stuff won't need reminding who DEE HERON is. The Jamaican-born singer fronted 'Real Love' (the original single version) by DRIZABONE back in 1991 and now has just released a solo single, 'What Do You Want From Me,' which is available from iTunes, Amazon and all the usual MP3 download platforms.

The single - which is a deliciously sensual summer-vibed groover - precedes a yet as untitled album from Heron, who has signed to the UK-based 3.1 Records. Says the label's founder, Roy Williamson: "We are extremely pleased and privileged to be working with Dee and with the release of her new material, we firmly believe quality soul is back with a vengeance and is back to stay."

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