Monday, 23 December 2019 19:16 Bill,B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Take Care Of The Music' from the JAZZCODES is the second release on Michele Chiavarini's newly launched SPRY Records label (see story below). The band is the creation of Chiavarini and it stems from his desire to best combine house music with real jazz musicianship and composition. To achieve this, The Jazzcodes regularly feature some of the best musicians around... people like Trumpet player Graeme Flowers (Quincy Jones, Michael Buble, Gregory Porter), Sax player Francesco Santucci (RAI Orchestra, Gino Vannelli, Lost In Translation), Percussion player and drummer Gabriel Nuzzoli (Cubana Pop, Ricky Martin, Jazzinho) and Jazz drummer Alberto Argiro' (Alberto Corvini, Ares Tavolazzi, Stefano Cantini, Ramberto Ciammarughi).

'Take Care Of The Music' comes in three 3 distinctively different mixes –each creating its own distinct mood. We're loving the vibes on the "Jazz IQ" mix and remember: "If you take care of the music, the music will take care of you..." AMEN!



Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJust before a certain Gregory Porter began a high profile campaign to popularise vocal jazz, JOSÉ JAMES released his fourth long player. 2013's 'No Beginning No End' was James' debut on the iconic Blue Note label and, drawing on his love for the softer soul sounds of the late 60s/early 70s, it was a critical and commercial success. Indeed it was James's most accessible set to that date and, inspired by a meeting with Leon Ware, most would opine that it helped pave the way for Gregory Porter to move into the mainstream.

Since then James has released a cluster of long players building a solid and faithful fan base; that fan base is set to grow as the Angolan-Panamanian-American singer gears up to release a new album in March. The good news is that for the album, José revisits the inspiration and ideas of 'No Beginning No End'. Indeed the new collection is to be titled 'No Beginning No End 2'! The 12 tracker features input from people like Laura Mvula, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali and Aloe Blacc. And it's the Blacc collaboration, 'Turn Me Up' that is the album heralding single ... a funky, feisty mix of jazz and neo-soul, it's a BIG tune and a great flag flyer for the album which, sneak previews reveal, is every bit as good (better?) that 'No Beginning No End 1'. Listen up to a fine cover of 'Just The Way You Are' and a heart-rending 'Oracle'. The clever money's on 'No Beginning No End 2' being one of 2020's best LPs.

The single 'Turn Me Up' is out now; 'No Beginning No End 2' out March 6th on James's own Rainbow Blonde Records



Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about ANGELA NASHED, save that she works out of Montreal, Canada and right now her subtle and sweet cover of Marvin Gaye's 'Mercy Mercy Me' is winning her lots of friends in the soul community.

Yes, the song's been covered plenty of times before but it's such a great song that it's always worth the trip and Ms Nashed offers something a little different... slowed down and pared down, with a weaving, sensuous sax, it has an ethereal quality about it.

Angela says; "this rendition narrows in on the underlying ache of the song (an appropriate mood for these climate-crises ridden times). The music creates a meditation on earthly destruction encouraging us to take pause, feel, and connect with the figurative and literal land." See if you agree by checking it out via your chosen download/streaming portal.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:32



Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAcclaimed Italian multi-instrumentalist producer, MICHELE CHIAVARINI has just done what most top mixers/producers/spinner do – launched his own label. With partner Fernanda Reis, he's set up SPRY Records and, very fittingly, it's launched with a Chiavarini marquee production.... a sweeping, energised soulful house groove, 'Express Yourself'. The cut features Michele's signature classy musicianship ... lush chord progressions and sublime key melodies rooted in soul's heritage. The cherry on the cake though is the fab vocal from Alabama's Carmichael Musiclover. The Chiavarini-crafted bass heavy intro will drag you in but when the tune proper and the vocal kick in, you will be totally hooked... no matter which of the five mixes you go for.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:33



Thursday, 19 December 2019 18:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK singer and all-round entertainer, KENNY LYNCH died yesterday, 18th December. He was 81 and though no cause of death has been revealed, it's been known that Kenny had been ill for some time.

Born in London in 1938, Kenny went into show business after his National Service and in the 60s he's maybe best remembered for his cover version of the Beatles' 'Misery' (the first cover of a Beatles' song) and the his 'Up on the Roof' and 'You Can Never Stop Me Loving You' hits– the former a credible version of the Drifters' Goffin/King penned song.

In the late 60s and 70s he continued to record but he was also an ever-present on the UK light entertainment scene – appearing in variety, quiz shows and movies. Kenny was also an influential songwriter, penning songs for Cilia Black, the Hollies, Small Faces and many others. He also collaborated with legendary songwriters like Mort Shuman and Jerry Ragavoy. Indeed many of Kenny's recordings became big tunes on the Northern and rare soul scene... notably 'I Just Wanna Love You' and the still popular slowie 'Movin' Away'. Kenny's '83 release 'Half The Day's Gone And We Haven't Earned A Penny' was a popular tune of the 80s Brit soul scene.

In 1971 Kenny was awarded the OBE and in 2018 he went on a concert tour with Jimmy Tarbuck and Anita Harris, as well as appearing in ITV's 'Last Laugh in Vegas'.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2019 18:30


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