Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf you like your soul a little left field you may want to investigate new music from producer/songwriter/drummer/actor/ film and video director and new media consultant BUTTER.

Butter is a graduate of the Berklee School of music and his web site describes him as a "musical chameleon" and his latest music offering is a pulsating single, 'Rise', which features a vocal  from Melonie Daniels Walker and a crazy trumpet break from Roy Hargrove.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest incarnation of the BLUE NOTE ALL STARS (an occasional aggregation formed in 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic jazz label) comprises Robert Glasper (keys), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (tenor sax), Lionel Loueke (guitars), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).

The sextet has already built up their own impressive Blue Note catalogue and now, as a collective, they're set to release their 'Our Point Of View' album. The 11 tracker, released on 6th October, includes originals by each of the band members as well as two covers of Wayne Shorter compositions – an 18 minute reading of 'Witch Hunt' and a take on his 'Masqueiero' – as a real bonus here Shorter guests on sax and Herbie Hancock's there too to add his distinctive piano shadings.



Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSTEPHANIE SOUNDS is a London born songstress who deserves a better headline that the one we use up top! Ms Sounds' background is in gospel music.... aged 9 she began singing with world acclaimed London Community Gospel Choir under the guidance of her father, Rev Bazil Meade.

With dad's permission she moved onto to secular music and joined the BV circuit – both in the studio and on the road. Her gigs included work with people like Celine Dion, Florence and The Machine, Jessie J, Blur, Kasabian and Will Young.

Next month sees the release of Stephanie's debut long player, 'Much Better' which, she says, is "an honest account of life's peaks and troughs, a daily battle with depression, self-doubt, frustrations and anxieties."

The LP's title track is the leadoff single, described as "a song of self-discovery, making mistakes and finding a vice to help find what you're looking for and the self-destruction that follows". Musically it has a jangly indie pop sound that was perfected by bands like the Coral and it stands in contrast to the album's overriding sombre mood typified by songs like 'How I Feel' and the cover of Sade's 'No Ordinary Love' .

However to hear Stephanie's voice at its gospel-reared best try the big ballads like 'Do You Love Me' and 'In Your Eyes'.

Stephanie Sounds: 'Much Better' Release Date: 6th October: Label: T'Ayce of Pie Entertainment Records

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:22 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altCAMERA SOUL is an Italian soul and funk band led by Piero and Pippo Lombardo. They're based in Barri in Southern Italy but they enjoy a wide fan base having topped soul charts in the UK and Japan with their last album, 'Dress Code'.

Camera Soul has just launched their latest long player – a sweet and soulful 19 tracker, 'Connections'. The album's been produced by veteran soul man Marco Rossi for his Azzurra Music label.

Focus cut is the title track that opens the album in its original format and finishes things off in an exclusive Tom Glide remix.

Right now we're enjoying the sweet n'smooth 'Tonight'.... slinky and soulful, with gentle horns, a sultry vocal and sweet harmonies... nothing not to like!




Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAZZMAN RECORDS are set to release a third volume in their JUKEBOX MAMBO series... a series which they say "takes us on journey through the popular American music of the 50s influenced by exotic rumba and Afro-Latin seasoned rhythm and blues".

The new compilation offers a generous 24 tracks complied by DJ Liam Large and features tunes from people like Percy Mayfield, Roy Gaines, Chuz Alfred, the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra and Otis Blackwell.

The album will be available in October and comes in CD and digital formats. For vinyl collectors there's also a double vinyl album with gatefold sleeve AND a box set of six 10" discs.. A real throwback!


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