Friday, 02 August 2019 18:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDetroit born JESSE PALTER is the first non jazz artist to be signed to the Mack Avenue/Artistry group and she's just released her first album ... the ten tracker that is 'Paper Trail'. Musically, we'd pigeon hole the album as AOR/pop rock but here and there the music might strike a chord with fans of people like Norah Jones, Carole King and Sarah Bareilles. That's most likely to happen on the plaintive album title track. Elsewhere expect plenty of piano-pounding power ballads and rocky workouts.

JESSE PALTER: 'Paper Trail' out now on Mack Avenue/Artistry



Thursday, 01 August 2019 18:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Dance Tonight' is the latest single from Washington's own TERRI GREEN. Proper soul fans will know, of course, that Ms Green now works on mainland Europe where she's enjoyed multiple hits in Spain and Germany. Those hits were mainly house orientated but latterly, working with Toddi Reed as the TERRI GREEN PROJECT, she's won soul favour first with 'Night To Remember' then with the ab fab 'Giving It Up'.

'Dance Tonight' continues the feel good, dance trajectory of those two hits. It's a wonderful (lyrically and musically) homage to 70's soul and will be available from August 16th and we're told that there's an album on the way too. More good news? Well, Terri may well be live in the UK in October. We'll keep you posted.



Thursday, 01 August 2019 18:41 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAs previously reported, British/Nigerian singer/songwriter OLA ONABULE releases his latest album at the end of August. 'Point Less' will be the follow up to Ola's successful 2015 outing 'It's The Peace That Deafens'.

Ola heralds the LP release with the album's first single – a complex, rhythmic affair, 'I Knew Your Father'. The lyric alludes to events related in a key album track, 'Ballad Of The Star Crossed' which tells the story of a young man who was fatally shot in the presence of his partner and their infant daughter. 'I Knew Your Father' tries to explain how an observer might react to and comprehend those horrors... heavy stuff indeed but it gives you a flavour of what to expect on 'Point Less' – a set that focuses on issues of social injustice with tracks that deal with issues like violence, immigration, betrayal of dignity and xenophobia.

Full review of the album here @ SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2019 18:53



Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe UK soul crowd know all about veteran DJ/writer/broadcaster/soul entrepreneur TONY MONSON. He's been around the scene for more years than he can remember and to celebrate his 75th (yes!) birthday he's about to release a special 30, track 2 CD compilation album that sort of aurally illustrates his musical journey.

'THE MUSIC INSIDE ME' (released August 23rd) features music styles that Tony has been associated with ranging from Disco-Boogie, to Soul, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Afro-Latin, and House. There's also plenty of music that Mr M believes should be more appreciated. Amongst the cuts are 'Dance Freak ' from Chain Reaction, 'Roster' from Jahiem, 'Love & Freedom (Live)' by BeBe Winans and Lew Kirtons' 'Don't Wanna Wait'.

TONY MONSON: 'THE MUSIC INSIDE ME' out on EXPANSION Records on August 23rd



Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBy common consent RAHSAAN PATTERSON'S latest album, 'Heroes' was a winner. It was a welcome return for Mr P and one of the biggest talking points was his updated version of Luther Vanrdross's 'Don't You Know'.

Now dear old Luther was one of THE voices and you're on shaky ground covering his work, but Mr P's version of the tune won plenty of plaudits. He took few chances – just gave it a 21st century twist and it really works. If you missed it, it's now available as a single... out now!


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