Friday, 28 July 2017 14:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWhitney Marshall who hails from Springfield Massachusetts works the soul circuit as SYMPLI WHITNEY. She began her music career in earnest in 2012 after a stint in the army and a time as a health care administrator. With releases on the DSG labels she won plenty of friends on the modern soul scene and now she's set to release a new EP under the auspices of UK mixer and producer, Colin Watson.

Colin was responsible for successful mixes on Ms Whitney's previous work, so it's natural progression for him to work with her on some of her new material. Title track on the EP is the busy, modern soul beater 'Can't Wait' and the other featured cuts are the catchy 'I Think I Love You' and the faster, atmospheric 'Swept Away' (complete with rock-fuelled guitar solo).

The EP will be available in August.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 14:46


RHYTHM KING! Afrobeat drum legend TONY ALLEN releases new album on Blue Note

Friday, 28 July 2017 14:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


76-year-old TONY ALLEN is playing better than ever, according to French saxophonist Yann Jankielewicz, who collaborated closely with the drummer on 'The Source,' the Nigerian sticks man's debut for Blue Note. On listening to the album - which follows in the wake of Allen's Blue Note EP, 'A Tribute To Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers,' released earlier this year - it's impossible to disagree with Jankielewicz's assertion about the man who provided the rhythmic heartbeat for Fela Kuti's band in the 1970s.  

Leading a dynamic and super-tight nine piece French band - which is augmented on one track by ex-Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn - Allen demonstrates his polyrhythmic prowess in a consummate fashion on eleven tracks that he co-wrote and arranged with Jankielewicz. Characterised by horn-laden grooves that fuse jazz swing with Afrobeat, Allen has arrived at an engaging musical hybrid that defies classification. The standout tracks include 'Cruising,' 'Wolf Eats Wolf,' and 'Cool Cats.'

'The Source' is released via Blue Note on September 8th 2017.

Catch TONY ALLEN at London's Jazz Cafe on September 22nd 2017



Last Updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 14:13



Thursday, 27 July 2017 06:49 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Alexander O'Neal, the Natchez, Mississippi-born singer who rose to fame in the vanguard of the Minneapolis sound in the 1980s, is lined up to perform at London's premier intimate nightspot, Quaglino's, in Mayfair, on Thursday 27th July.

The singer, whose hit singles include 'Criticize,' 'Fake,' and his signature ballad, 'If You Were Here Tonight,' is also remembered for 'Saturday Love,' and 'Never Knew Love Like This,' his passionate duets with Cherrelle.

Quaglino's will also be hosting two other soul legends this summer - George McCrae and ex-Rose Royce singer, Gwen Dickey.

Look out for SJF's interview with ALEXANDER O'NEAL coming soon

Alexander O'Neal Ticket Packages:

£35 to enjoy the performance in the mezzanine bar, including a cocktail

£45 to watch the performance at the restaurant’s central Q Bar, with a close-up view of the stage, plus a cocktail and bar snacks

£70 to watch the performance from the restaurant’s standard seats, including a three-course dinner and a cocktail

£90 to watch the performance from the restaurant’s premium seats, including a three-course dinner and a glass of champagne Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey and G


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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:52



Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDear old WILL DOWNING'S a busy man! Fresh from his fab collaboration with Eric Roberson (see below), big Will is gearing up to release a brand new long player of his own. Tilted 'Soul Survivor' it will be Mr D's 20th long player and it's heralded by a magnificent single, 'Felling The Love'.

The tune sees Will in top form – showing off all his trademark vocal characteristics, but to add even more class to the cut, there's duet input from Ms AVERY SUNSHINE! Their soulful voices combine magnificently and in a month when we've enjoyed some fabulous soul singles, 'Feeling The Love' is one of the very best... honest! We love it!!! It's one of those very few soul cuts that impresses you with the very first play and further spins reveal more delights ... we look forward to the album!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:57



Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDome Records are all set to drop a brand new album from New Jersey soul don, ERIC ROBERSON. The long player's 'Wind' and it's part of the man's oblique tribute to the mighty Earth Wind and Fire. Earlier this year he released a mini album 'Earth' and later in 2017 we're promised 'Fire'

For now Erro fans can enjoy the 8 tracks of 'Wind'. Lead single is the soulful bumper, 'Love Her' while maybe the set's highlight is 'Lyrics Of Pleasure' – a duet with a certain Will Downing! The languid groove sees the duo in perfect harmony and Eric says: "Will was one of the artists I studied when I started out. Then one day I got to write a song for him, then eventually I got to open a show for him... and now he's someone I can call a friend".

Eric and his band will be playing live dates in the UK later this year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:57


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