Monday, 05 November 2018 15:18 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSTONE PAXTON was a key member of Rick James's 'Stone City Band' and since their sad demise he's kept himself busy working with people like Marva King. Right now he's working on an album of his own.... 'In The Key Of Love' which will be released on the 15th December.

In the meantime, he's just released the first single – a crisp neo-soul tune 'Baby Girl!' It's very contemporary but, hardly surprising, there's a whiff of Rick James (even Prince) about proceedings

Stone Paxton - Baby Girl! -Prodigee Records - Out Now



Sunday, 04 November 2018 09:48 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

     altAfter the recent passing of saxophonist SONNY FORTUNE, who died on  October 25, the jazz community is again in mourning due to the sudden death of fellow American, trumpeter ROY HARGROVE, which was announced yesterday.  According to the late musician's manager, Larry Clothier, he died in New York on Friday night from a cardiac arrest that had arisen as a complication from kidney disease, which he had been battling for several years.

Hargrove was originally from Waco, Texas, and was discovered by another noted horn blower, Wynton Marsalis, subsequently becoming his protégé. A move to New York came after three years at the prestigious Berklee school of music in Boston. He recorded his first album, 'Diamond In The Rough,' for BMG's Novus label, in 1990, and quickly established himself as the trumpet star of his generation.  A move to Verve in 1994 saw him collaborate with some of jazz's old guard - namely saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson and Johnny Griffin - on the album, 'Tenors Of Our Time.' In 1998, Hargrove picked up the first of two Grammy awards, for the album 'Havana,' a Latin Jazz excursion he recorded with his band Crisol.

In 2000, Hargrove recorded one of his most iconic album - 'Moment To Moment,'  a delectable collection of old school slow ballads where his burnished horn was framed by lush strings. Hargrove continued to record for Verve throughout the 2000s in a variety of musical settings.

As well as playing straight ahead jazz, Hargrove, who had guested as a sideman on albums by neo-soul exponents D'Angelo and Erykah Badu in 2000, put together a group called The RH Factor, whose innovative music straddled the divide between jazz, R&B and hip-hop. They made two albums and an EP together between 2003 and 2006. After that, Hargrove, who was constantly in demand for session work, returned to acoustic jazz. Though his last solo album was released as long ago as 2009, when he cut 'Emergence' with a big band, for indie label, Groovin' High, he continued to be busy working up until his death.

Sonny Rollins, with whom Hargrove recorded as a sideman with back in 1991, offered up a glowing tribute to the trumpeter yesterday on his Facebook page:  “Having been fortunate to play with the super, super trumpet stars of the day, I found it inconceivable that this new kid on the block could be in that class, could be that good. He was. He is, and will always be.”

Hargrove is survived by his wife, Aida, daughter Kamala, mother Jacklyn and brother, Brian.


Roy Hargrove October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 14:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's with great personal sadness that we report the death of influential soul broadcaster PETER YOUNG. Londoner Peter died on Thursday, 1st November after a long illness.

PY was great supporter of this website and though we never met we enjoyed a virtual friendship regularly exchanging soul suggestions and recommending particular artists and songs. Peter, you see, shared the same objectives as us here at SJF. Essentially for him and for us, it is the music that is important; our mutual aim was, if you like, to spread the word... and Peter spread the soul word with a passion. For him it was all about the music. His shows never had gimmicks nor did he push his personality... the consummate soul broadcaster.

Born in London in 1951, Peter told me that the first soul single he ever bought was Stevie Wonder's 'Fingertips' and , he said, it showed him that there was much more to music than Elvis and the Beatles. He eventually started his broadcasting career working for the radio station at the United Biscuits factory. From there he joined Capital Radio before linking up with the team at the then newly formed Jazz FM. Then a stint at BBC Radio London before a return to Jazz FM where he presented the legendary Soul Cellar show which in recent years was a must listen on a Saturday afternoon. Working as a consultant for various record labels, Peter also complied and curated a series of excellent alums under the Soul Cellar banner.

Sadly in the summer of 2017, ill health forced Peter to retire from broadcasting. Jazz FM posted a tribute to Peter on Friday afternoon: "We are very sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Peter Young. A true Jazz FM and UK broadcasting legend who will be missed by all of us here." We can only endorse that.

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Friday, 02 November 2018 11:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Wonderin'' is the latest single from UK soul singer PAUL STUART DAVIES. Paul, as we've reported in the past, has a real passion for vintage Northern soul and over the past few years has released some classy, authentic Northern sides – like his cover of 'Do I Love You Indeed I Do' and his own songs 'Tomorrow's Love', 'Baby, It's Yours' and 'That's The Truth' and on those he managed to enlist people like Tobi Legend, Kim Weston and the Fantastic Four to supply backing vocals!

The newie, 'Wonderin'' is an uptempo thing with an early Motown sound about it – great honking sax solo. Paul's vocal has all the lightness of a young Marvin Gaye. There's a Gaye influence on the record's B side.... 'Lovin' Me Stonger'. This one reminds me of 'Try It Baby' – the same lazy, rolling quality and a really authentic sounding backing track

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Friday, 02 November 2018 11:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe first heard of LATOIYA WILLIAMS way back in 2003 when she duetted with Anthony Hamilton on the big, soulful ballad 'My First Love'. Since then we've not heard too much from Ms Williams save that her people tell us that she's been busy collaborating with people like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, The Game, Dr Dre, Busta Rhyme, Talib Kweli, Young Buck and many more. That roll call should tell you that she's a well-respected figure on the contemporary US R&B circuit... a kind of go-to-girl to help you lift your project. But big soul names are keen to use LaToiya's talents too... she's backing singer of choice for (amongst others) Gladys Knight and Yolanda Adams.

And indeed LaToiya's latest solo album – the concise 8 tracker, 'Blue Rose', reflects that duality. Her music sits right on the cusp of modern soul and contemporary R&B. The set offers four tremendous potential dance floor fillers. The LP's title track, 'Can't Decide, 'Vintage Love' and 'One Call' will all please the modern soul crew and the R&B crowd. They're full of tight beats and luscious hooks and 'One Call', in particular, is rather wonderful... a joyous celebration of shaking off a dodgy lover!

The album also has a couple of bumpy R&B semi ballads, a big production slowie, 'Change' and a mature and classy cover of the Dinah Washington standard 'Save Your Love For Me'. On the forlorn torch song, Ms Williams proves that the time's right for her to step out of the background and take her own place centre stage... whether that be an R&B or a soul one!

LaToiya Williams- Blue Rose - Album -Out Now -

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