Monday, 02 July 2018 18:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLILLA is a US pop star hailing from Boston. Right now her album 'The Awakening' is making big waves Stateside and one cut 'Don't Stop The Music' is getting plenty of plays. We wouldn't normally recommend this to you but you might like to know that the song has just won a remix from the mighty ERIC KUPPER... and yes, it is a bit on the poppy (even Euro pop) side of soulful house, but any Kupper remix is worth checking. He's a quality mixer... suck it and see! You never know2!

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Secret Songs' is the new album from German jazz chanteuse MIRIAM AST. The ten tracker – a mix of originals and jazz standards, is a collaboration with Spanish born pianist, VICTOR GUTIERREZ.

Miriam, who cites amongst her influences Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughan and Kurt Elling, is a rising star on the European jazz circuit – the winner, indeed, in 2017 of the Bucharest International Jazz competition, while Berklee Music College music graduate, Victor has won a slew of awards and performed at prestigious venues world wide.

The pair first met during their studies at London's Royal Academy of Music and finding a personal music chemistry, they began collaborating and 'Secret Songs' is the latest fruit. The album boasts six originals and four standards.... intriguing versions of ''Round Midnight', 'Alone Together', 'Night And Day' and 'The Song is You'. Throughout the album, Ast and Gutierrez are abetted by British sax man Stan Sulzmann whom jazz fans will know from his work with people like Gil Evans and Michael Brecker.

MIRIAM AST and VICTOR GUTIERREZ; 'Secret Songs' is released on renowned German label Mons Record on July 2nd.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:25



Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEugene Pitt, leader of doo-wop and embryonic soul group, THE JIVE FIVE has died aged 80. It seems that an incarnation of the group is still active and their social media posted: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce, on behalf of the Pitt family, the passing early this morning (30 June) of the legendary lead singer of Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, Mr. Eugene Pitt. Eugene had been ill for some time, but was in good spirits with love for his family, friends and fans. My heart breaks for his family and close friends. I ask for people to respect the family's privacy at this time. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. The best of the best has joined the heavenly choir. Rest In Peace, my friend. Godspeed and God Bless"

Born in Brooklyn, Eugene Sampson Pitt founded the Genies in 1954. Soon they became the Jive Five. Their biggest hit was 'My True Story' – a classic doo-wop ballad. Other successes included 'What Time Is It,' 'Never Never,' 'These Golden Rings' and 'I'm a Happy Man.' 60s soul fans will have fond memories of their lovely 'Crying Like A Baby' while the pacey 'You'll Fall In Love' was a big Northern tune.

The group (with numerous personnel changes) lasted for almost 60 years and Pitt was an ever-present.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFake news.... OK, but what about "fake music"? Earlier this week several top US soul web sites and media were taken in by a "new" album by the legendary O'JAYS. LP in question was purported to be called 'Too Imagine' and it won good reviews. However, research (and O'Jays fans) reveal that the album is actually a recycled 2004 set originally called 'Together We Are One'.

It seems that label, Music World Music have repackaged the set, re-titled it and even re-named all but one of the tracks to confuse fans into thinking the music is new! The only track that keeps the original name is the trio's version of the standard 'When Sunny Gets Blue'.

Would be interesting to know if Eddie and the boys knew about this; as ever, the moral is buyer beware!!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:48



Friday, 29 June 2018 12:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNew age soul man ANTHONY DAVID'S new album is a tribute to one of his major heroes and influences, BILL WITHERS. The new CD, 'Hello Like Before', will be released by Shanachie Entertainment on September 21, 2018. 'I Can't Write Left-Handed,' the album's first single, will be released on July 4, 2018, the birthday of both Bill Withers and, of course, the USA!

David says that he chose 'I Can't Write Left-Handed' to herald the album because it's one of his favourite songs of all time, but oddly, maybe, it was never a Bill Withers' single nor a studio album track. It was initially only available on his 'Live At Carnegie Hall' album and David explains that though it is clearly an antiwar song is not a conventional one; "rather" says David "it's a ground-level exploration of what war means and the military to ordinary men". The new version is informed by Anthony David's own combat experience in the Desert Storm mission.


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