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SELIAH ... NO LIES

Monday, 03 May 2010 14:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SELIAH ... NO LIES

SELIAH is a new UK soul singer who's currently thinking about two careers. She has a real passion for music: "I live, sleep and breathe music, all I have ever wanted is to be a recording artist, I guess I drive my family and friends mad with my nonstop singing and song writing because I test the songs out on them, I even practice singing in the car and get some strange looks at traffic lights" she told us here at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com . But the lady's also just completed her Master's Degree and a teaching career could also beckon ... that's if the music doesn't take off. Those, though, who've heard her debut single, are unanimous that the teaching will have to go on hold. The ultra-catchy single - 'No Lies', is a mid beat steppers' tune, perfect for both the summer airwaves and the dance floor and with live experience supporting people like OMAR and SOUL II SOUL, it's clear that SELIAH'S on her way. SELIAH'S 'No Lies' (produced by JOHN ROBINSON and mixed by 5AM) is available now via most download outlets.

 

MINDBENDING COVERS...

Monday, 03 May 2010 11:49 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MINDBENDING COVERS...

60s collectors and lovers of cover versions need to know that the Cherry Red imprint RPM have just released a wonderful double CD, 37 track album on Manchester beat group THE MINDBENDERS. The band backed WAYNE FONTANA on his hit cover version of MAJOR LANCE'S 'Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um' and when he quit them for relative solo obscurity, the trio carried on - scoring a massive hit with their version of 'A Groovy Kind of Love'. This album collects together all the group's recordings and as was the way with 60s beatsters there's a real wealth of soul covers. Songs featured include typical 60s versions of 'One Fine Day', 'The Way You Do The Things You Do', 'Just A Little Bit', 'Don't Cry No More', 'A Little Piece Of leather' and 'Shotgun'. MINDBENDERS' guitarist/vocalist ERIC STEWART, of course, went on to form 10CC and on some of the cuts you can clearly hear the roots of that quirky band's sound. 'THE MINDBENDERS - A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE, THE COMPLETE LPs and SINGLES' is out now.

 

Barclays Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, April 28th to May 3rd 2010

Sunday, 02 May 2010 19:07 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Barclays Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, April 28th to May 3rd 2010

Even though this year's annual pilgrimage to jazz's favourite spa town was bookended by opening and closing performances from West End show doyenne Elaine Page and pop-soul princess Paloma Faith - and also included sets by blues man Eric Bibb and rockabilly chick, Imelda May - it was still a festival that the purists could enjoy.

Those into the edgier side of jazz would have revelled in the performances by the Kit Downes Trio - too cerebral and self-indulgently abstract for my liking, though the blues-tinged number, Skip James, was a highlight - and the sharply-dressed London quintet, Empirical, who impressed with their Eric Dolphy-inspired music in Cheltenham's Town Hall Pillar Room.

The nine-member ensemble, Fringe Magnetic - with Norwegian singer Elisabeth Nygaard providing ethereal vocals - and a trio called Troyka also caught the ear while Fly, a US threesome comprising Brad Mehldau's rhythm section (ace drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier) along with tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mark Turner, delivered a superb contemporary acoustic set. London pianist, Nikki Yeoh, and her trio - augmented by legendary UK reed man, John Surman no less - delivered a performance that was also well worth witnessing. Her 75-minute set featured the world premiere of a specially commissioned work, The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

ISAAC AND DIANA REISSUES

Friday, 30 April 2010 15:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ISAAC AND DIANA REISSUES

Universal records have just reissued two classic albums that really do merit that over-used adjective. First up is an expanded edition of ISAAC HAYES' 'Shaft'. The 1971 Oscar-winning score has, of course, been reissued many times before , but this new edition features a lengthy essay from ASHLEY KAHN (adjunct Music Professor at New York University) and a new (well, 2009) remix of the epic main theme that is totally respectful to the original - no gimmicks! Label is Stax/Concord. The second classic comes via the Hip-O-Select imprint and is a double CD version of DIANA ROSS' 'Touch Me In The Morning' album. The pack offers a remastered version of the original LP, unreleased mixes, two quite lovely alternate takes of the title song, the whole of Ms. ROSS' 'To The Baby' project and a selection of other bonuses including a rare version of SMOKEY ROBINSON'S 'Kewpie Doll'. Clearly a must for collectors - but be quick... this one only comes in a limited pressing of 7,000.

 

ANGEL DELIGHT ...

Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ANGEL DELIGHT ...

New UK soul artist ANGEL hails from London and she's worked around the capital's music venues for the last seven years or so... even appearing at the prestigious Palladium. ANGEL'S currently working on her debut album - 'Angel's Vibes' but in the meantime she's just released her first single - a mighty slab of Brit soul called 'There's a Girl'. Prefaced by a catchy piano figure, it's a sweet and reflective ballad that owes a something to the current sound though it's steeped in old soul sensitivities too. The single is available from the usual download outlets and for more info go to www.myspace.com/angelconstantine . You can catch her live at London's Willow Bar on 6 May and at the Cobden Club on 20 May.

 

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