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NEW DIANA KRALL ALBUM OUT SOON

Monday, 09 March 2009 12:28 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW DIANA KRALL ALBUM OUT SOON

Canadian jazz chanteuse and pianist, DIANA KRALL - who's also the wife of singer/songwriter Elvis Costello - returns with a new album on Verve in June called 'Quiet Nights.' Her first long player since 2006's 'From This Moment On,' 'Quiet Nights' returns to the lush, introspective, romanticism of 2001's 'The Look Of Love' and features string arrangements by the legendary German maestro Claus Ogerman. Among the twelve songs are Krall's versions of 'The Boy From Ipanema,' 'Walk On By' and 'Every Time We Say Goodbye.' We at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com have had a sneak preview of the album and can confirm it's a classy collection that's right up there with the best of Ms. Krall's work.

 

RARE GROOVES GALORE FROM FUNKY TOWN

Saturday, 07 March 2009 09:00 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

RARE GROOVES GALORE FROM FUNKY TOWN

Northampton isn't a place that most people would associate with soul and funk music but the town is home to a new reissue label, Funky Town Grooves. The label specialises in reissuing rare, collectible and out-of-print '80s funk and soul albums as is putting them out as remastered mid-price limited edition pressings. In just a short time Funky Town Grooves has revived a slew of desirable '80s R&B titles, including many albums originally released on Jerry Greenberg's Mirage label. Below are some of the titles now available - go to www.funkytowngrooves.com for more information. Also, look out for reviews of some of these albums soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com


Blue Magic - 'Magic #'
The System - 'Sweat'
Various - 'Mirage Records Soul & Funk Collection'
Nile Rodgers - 'Adventures In The Land Of Good Groove'
Stroke - 'Stroke'
Kano - 'New York Cake'
Invisible Man's Band - 'Really Wanna See You'
Attitude - 'Pump The Nation'
Ingram - 'Would You Like To Fly'
Ingram - 'Night Stalkers'
T.S. Monk - 'House Of Music'
T.S. Monk - 'More Of The Good Life'
The M-Zee Band - 'Doctor Rhythm'
Louis Johnson - 'Evolution'
Keni Stevens - 'You'
Keni Stevens - 'Blue Moods'

 

ME AND MR JONES...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ME AND MR JONES...

Sheffield's redoubtable MIKE WARD and his INDA SOUL set up have pointed us towards some brand new music from LEE JONES who records under the moniker MR JONES. The man has an album out soon - 'Love Again' - and the three track sampler doing the rounds proves that he's a decent soul stylist. 'We Were Meant To Be' is a very pleasing mid-tempo duet with an unnamed lady while the ballads 'Right On Time' and 'I'm Coming Home' show that soul's still around if you know where to look. That last tune, by the way, is getting heavy rotation from RICHARD SEARLING on his different radio spots… watch out for MR JONES at the internet outlets very soon. For more info contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ESTELLE BENNETT DIES...

Saturday, 14 February 2009 07:44 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ESTELLE BENNETT DIES...

The name ESTELLE BENNETT possibly means very little to most soul fans but as a founder member of the RONETTES she helped create some iconic 60's soul music. Sadly, ESTELLE died at her Englewood, New Jersey home on Wednesday, 11 February. She was 67. Back in 1959 along with her sister RONNIE and family friend NEDRA TALLEY she formed a group that eventually assumed a name based around the charismatic lead voice and stunning looks of her sister, RONNIE - the RONETTES. The group won the attention of PHIL SPECTOR who worked with them extensively - and, of course, he went on to marry RONNIE. SPECTOR, the girls and the musicians of that famed Wall Of Sound crafted countless pop soul classics - including 'The Best Part Of Breakin' Up',' 'Keep On Dancin', 'You Baby', 'Walking In The Rain',' Do I Love You', 'Baby I Love You' and the masterful 'Be My Baby'. The RONETTES split in 1966 and though RONNIE forged a reasonably successful solo career, ESTELLE was happy, it seemed, to fade from the spotlight. She did however join with the rest of the group in suing SPECTOR for unpaid royalties in a case that dragged on for years. ESTELLE BENNET is survived by her daughter and three grandsons and the music she helped create will be her lasting legacy. Esteemed critic DAVE MARSH places 'Be My Baby' at number 20 in his 'Heart of Rock and Soul' classic listing of the greatest records ever made, describing it as " a rock and roll cathedral… SPECTOR'S greatest masterpiece". There's few who would argue.

 

CHERRY PICKIN' AGAIN

Friday, 13 February 2009 14:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CHERRY PICKIN' AGAIN

Now that the dust has settled after the Pinnacle Distribution debacle, most labels are getting back in gear and offering some tasty '09 soul treats. Reissue specialist CHERRY RED is leading the way with some excellent archive material - especially on their RPM imprint. Vocal group collectors will be delighted to see JAY AND THE TECHNIQUES 'Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music' on the racks. The multi-racial outfit recorded their best material with the legendary JERRY ROSS and many of the 28 tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. Also on CD for the first time is WILLIE HUTCH'S debut album 'Soul Portrait' .Recorded in 1969, it's long been an in-demand item as too are many of the tracks on 'The Dimension Links' - a retrospective on girl group THE COOKIES. Great Brill Building pop-soul throughout this album and if that's the sound that appeals, then you'll also need the 28 track assemblage of BURT BACHARACH'S earliest songs. Imprint for that one is El, while general pop collectors will also need to investigate CHAD AND JEREMY'S 'Of Cabbages And Kings' and Liverpool 60's maverick MIKE HART'S anthology which includes great covers of 'Roadrunner' and 'Cry, Cry, Cry'.

 

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