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CORINNE BAILEY RAE DOES IT AGAIN

Monday, 16 November 2009 13:54 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CORINNE BAILEY RAE DOES IT AGAIN

CORINNE BAILEY RAE is currently putting the finishing touches to her new album, 'The Sea', which will be released at the start of February. In the meantime, the first single is on the way - 'I'd Do It All Again' .The song will get its first airing when CORINE appears on BBC 2's 'Later With Jools' performing an acoustic version of the track. This will be broadcast on both Tuesday 17th and Friday 20th November.
CORINNE has also just confirmed a very special guest appearance as part of Mencap's Little Noise Sessions. These are hosted and curated by JO WHILEY and feature artists presenting stripped-back sessions at the Union Chapel, Islington. CORRINE will be performing an acoustic set - supporting RICHARD HAWLEY - on Thursday 19th November. Tickets are priced at £40 and are available at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk
This will be followed by her first full concert in well over two years on Monday 23rd November. This instantly sold-out gig at The Tabernacle in London will see CORINNE unveil her brand new band and showcase a full range of songs from 'The Sea'. More details at www.corinnebaileyrae.net

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER RAY

Monday, 16 November 2009 13:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER RAY

You know Christmas is imminent when record store racks start to groan under the weight of Christmas albums - old and new. Amongst the best of this year's crop is 'The Spirit Of Christmas' from RAY CHARLES. The album (released on Decca) was originally released in 1985 but has long since been deleted. The new issue has been digitally remastered and features one track that has never previously been available - 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - a CHARLES duet with BETTY CARTER. Other featured songs include BROOK BENTON'S 'This Time Of Year', the classic 'Winter Wonderland' and an unusually soulful version of 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'! This was the only Christmas album that RAY CHARLES recorded and with sidemen of the calibre of FREDDIE HUBBARD, KEVIN TURNER, RUDY JOHNSON and the RAELETS, this might be the only Christmas album you need.

 

ANGELA JOHNSON RETURNS

Thursday, 12 November 2009 11:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

ANGELA JOHNSON RETURNS

Former Cooly's Hot Box singer, ANGELA JOHNSON, returns with a new single, 'Better,' which is released by Dome Records on December 7th. A throbbing dancer with a dynamic vocal from New York-born Johnson - who also penned the song - 'Better' is taken from the singer's forthcoming long player, 'It's Personal,' due in the New Year. As well being available in its original album mix, 'Better' has been reconfigured by Italian DJ-turned-mix meister, Micky More, who delivers two fresh dance floor remixes: the 'Micky More Classic Mix,' which is an exciting jazzy house groove, and the slightly mellower 'Micky More Rhodes Mix.'

For more information go to: www.domerecords.co.uk and www.angelajohnson.com

 

COOL MILLION AND MELI'SA

Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:00 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COOL  MILLION AND MELI'SA

By general acclaim COOL MILLION'S 'Going Out Tonight' long player is one of the best modern soul sets of recent years. Well, the COOL MILLION boys - ROB HARDT and FRANK RYLE - are back in the studio busily working on their next album which as yet remains untitled but they hope to have it in the shops by February 2010. To whet soul appetites, the duo have released the record's first single - 'Sweet Baby' - a delicious, bass-heavy slab of danceable modern soul with a strong retro undertow. To nail the track, COOL MILLION persuaded 80s soul siren MELI'SA MORGAN into the studio to take lead vocal and, listening, it's like time's stood still as 'Sweet Baby' looks set to rival the lady's best. The song is now available as a download from all the usual internet platforms but for those who still like the feel of vinyl you can pick up a 7" from Crazy Beat, Fat City and Soul Brother… the label's Sed Soul, by the way.

 

FANTASTIC VOYAGES ...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:58 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

FANTASTIC VOYAGES ...

Future Noise Music is one of the UK's newest reissue labels. It's been in business for just under twelve months but in that time it's built a solid catalogue across all kinds of genre boundaries. The label's Fantastic Voyage imprint specialises in soul reissues and it currently offers some hugely collectable albums - chief amongst them being 'Here I Am' from MICKEY STEVENSON. STEVENSON, of course, is best known for his production work at Motown. In the early seventies, though, he recorded this - his own album - for the UK Ember label. Ember is also the source for the reissue of CAROL WOODS' 1972 set, 'Out Of The Woods' and a brace of compilations… 'Soul Breakout' (a focus on soul pioneers like SAM COOKE and JERRY BUTLER) and 'Good To The Last Drop' (a sixties and seventies overview). Jazz collectors will also need to check out 'The Flamingo Connection' - a compilation of British jazz from the late fifties/early sixties and a 2 CD collection of BILLIE HOLIDAY'S live, radio, TV and film recordings. For more information go to www.futurenoisemusic.com …. Full reviews at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

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