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WHY THE HATE?

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 19:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast autumn, Brit band SAHARA made a comeback of sorts with the album 'Past Present Future'. The trio Peter Hinds, Steve Sinclair and Kevin Ellis revisited some of their 80s songs and offered plenty of fresh items too..... oh and they gave their name a subtle makeover; now they're known as SA-HA-RA.

One of 'Past Present Future's' tracks, 'Why The Hate' won plenty of airplay and consequently the cut has just been remixed and it's now readily available and winning airplay all over again. It's an optimistic, infectious pop/soul ditty with a vocal that adds a dash of real soul to proceedings. Out now!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 20:10

 

GIMME SOME OF THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn what has to be one of 2018's most unexpected albums, SNOOP DOGG seems to have found religion! Yes, his latest release is an epic 32 track set called 'Snoop Dogg Presents Bible Of Love'. On it our man enlists a cast of biblical (geddit?) proportions to help him deliver . Naturally he calls on many of contemporary gospel's leading lights – amongst them Kim Burrell, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, and Tye Tribbett but there are plenty of guests from the worlds of R&B and soul; indeed the tracks that feature Patti Labelle and Charlie Wilson are amongst the long player's highlights. Oddly (or not) Snoop can he heard on just a few of the cuts.

Most commentators have agreed that over 32 tracks the album is just a little too long; sharper editing would have made the whole thing more coherent and relevant. However, if old time testifying is your thing, you'll find plenty to move you here .... try the input from the Clark Sisters and Rance Allen for starters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 20:10

 

JOHN STARKS DIES...

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altUS soul sites are reporting the death at age 79 of drummer JOHN "JABO" STARKS. Jabo died at his home in Mobile, Alabama after a struggle with leukaemia.

He will always be remembered as the drummer on numerous James Brown recordings, though his career begun when he played for blues stars likes BB King. Starks joined the Godfather's entourage in the mid 60s and it's his drumming on era-defining tunes like 'Licking Stick', 'Sex Machine', 'Super Bad', 'Soul Power', 'Hot Pants', 'Make It Funky', The Payback' and many, many more. After leaving Brown, Starks teamed up with another JB alumnus Clyde Stubblefield in the Funkmasters.

Jabo Starks is survived by his wife Naomi, and his two children.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:55

 

BY ARRANGEMENT

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLINLEY HAMILTON is an Irish jazz trumpeter ... a mainstay of that country's music scene for something like 30 years playing with people like Van Morrison and Paul Brady. Over the past ten years Linley's focused on getting back to his jazz roots and in 2009 he graduated from DIT Dublin with a 1st Class Masters in Jazz Performance and the celebrated Student Academic Medal. Since then he has completed his PhD in Jazz Performance at Ulster University Magee, and is now known as "Dr Jazz!" on his radio show which has just entered its tenth year. Its broadcast on Friday nights at 10pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

"Dr" Hamilton has just released a brand new album – 'Making Other Arrangements'. The 10 tracker features Linley as soloist with his own 21-piece band – full rhythm section, woodwind and a 12-piece String section.

The repertoire consists of nine covers and one original – the breezy 'Carmel; which was co-written by the album's arranger Cian Boylan. Amongst the covers is an evocative version of James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight' and a string-drenched, innovative reading of EWF's 'After The Love Has Gone'. Amongst the chosen jazz classics are treatments of Artie Butler's 'Here's To Life' and Freddie Hubbard's 'Brigitte'. The LP boasts one vocal.... 'Louisiana Sunday Afternoon' which features American vocalist Dana Masters who now lives in Northern Ireland; she's a regular Linley Hamilton collaborator.

Linley Hamilton 'Making other Arrangements' out now on Teddy D Records

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:57

 

SHE'S SMOKIN' - TAMIA RETURNS

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 12:19 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                           altRemember TAMIA? Back in the 1990s, this photogenic, sweet-voiced songbird from Ontario, Canada - who earned six Grammy nominations - scored a Top 20 US R&B hit for Quincy Jones' Qwest label with 'You Put A Move On My Heart,' taken from an excellent self-titled debut LP that included the fan favourite, 'So Into You.' She also enjoyed an R&B chart-topper in tandem with Eric Benet on the duet, 'Spend My Life With You,' in 1999 and three years earlier recorded alongside Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan on the song 'Missing You,' from the soundtrack to the  Queen Latifah-starring movie, 'Set It Off.'

Though we haven't heard from her since 2015 (when she released her sixth album, 'Love Life'), now the lovely Tamia's back with a brand new single, a simmering and sensuous, mid-tempo groove ballad called 'Leave It Smokin'.' It's produced by Salaam Remi  and is taken from a forthcoming album, 'Passion Like Fire,' due to be released by Entertainment One in the autumn.

Commenting on her new recording, the 42-year-old singer said: "I co-wrote this song with my good friend, Salaam Remi. We always have fun in the studio. I’m beyond excited to continue my love of music and share the first single from my new project, Passion Like Fire.”

               'Leave It Smokin'' is out now via eOne.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 17:43

 

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