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MINISTRY OF DISCO ... WIN, WIN, WIN

Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ministryIconic dance music institution, MINISTRY OF SOUND is releasing an epic 60 track, 3 CD disco compilation at the start of November. The album is stuffed with good time, glitter ball classics representing the whole spectrum of the glitzy, funky sounds that took us to boogie wonderland and back. Amongst the featured tunes are CHIC'S 'Good Times', THE O'JAYS' 'I Love Music', GWEN McRAE'S 'Keep The Fire Burrning' and THE FATBACK BAND'S 'Bus Stop'.

Even better is the news that here at SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK, we have five copies of this wonderful confection to give away. As ever (befitting the web's premier soul site) we're posing a really hard question (we write with a touch of irony) and all you need to do is fire the answer back to us at our normal e-mail contact address. The first five correct respondents pulled from out of the mythical bobble hat will win the prizes.

So here's that toughie! One of the key cuts on the compilation is 'Going Back To My Roots' by ODYSSEY.... which famous soul man wrote this epic song? Just e-mail your answer before the closing date – November 15th... and we'll do the rest.... full review of the album here at SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:56

 

SINGULARLY FUNKY...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

james_brownHip-O Select have just released the ninth volume in their epic cataloguing of JAMES BROWN'S singles output. This new 35 track double CD, covers the years 1973- 1975 and the music includes 'The Payback', 'Stoned To The Bone' and 'Funky President', which could well be the most sampled tune of all time!

The album also features music from LYN COLLINS, and FRED WESLEY and the JBs as well as a smattering of cuts that, though scheduled as singles were never officially issued, like 'I Got A Good Thing' which is an early version of 'Stoned To The Bone'. BROWN collectors will be delighted that the duet with LYN COLLINS, 'Let It Be Me' is also here. BROWN had previously recorded the old EVERLY BROTHERS' song in 1970, but here he imbues it with the Latin rhythms that were fascinating him at the time. Equally intriguing is the B-side of that single –a quirky version of the IMPRESSIONS' 'It's All Right' – included – naturally.

The album comes complete with a deluxe booklet, full of evocative archive pictures, full track annotations and a thoughtful essay from ALAN LEEDS – a BROWN staffer who supplied the bulk of the pictures too. As ever Hip-O Select show the way in how reissues should be handled!

JAMES BROWN; 'THE SINGLES, VOLUME 9' is released on November 1st.

 

TOTALLY TROPICAL...

Monday, 25 October 2010 09:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

quanticThe latest release in the Nascente label's 'Funk Experience' series is a life-affirming 16 tracker of rare Latin American music. 'Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience' – as is obvious from the titling – has been put together by top DJ/producer/all-round muso QUANTIC (aka WILL HOLLAND). HOLLAND who now lives in Colombia, where he has his own studio, has recorded prolifically, most notably as QUANTIC and THE QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA, and working with NICKODEMUS he constructed 'Mi Swing Es Tropical' which was used successfully as a world–wide iPod advert in 2007.

This new compilation focuses on rare and vintage70's sounds from (chiefly) Columbia and Panama and the rhythms are irresistible throughout. Soul collectors will readily identify and enjoy three cuts in particular. 'Soul Cucaracha' from THE SOUL FANTASTICS is a lazy, loping tune, with hints of Memphis and New Orleans about it; LITTLE FRANCISCO GREAVES' 'Hiko Iko' is a wonderfully rustic treatment of 'Iko Iko'; and 'Getting It Together' from MAURICE SMITH sounds like WAR – only funkier ... with the bonus of some fine sax work.

'QUANTIC PRESENTS TROPICAL FUNK EXPERIENCE is out now on Nascente Records.

 

NOVEMBER JAZZ....

Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:24 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

millerFor the last twenty years Argentinean-born guitarist DOMINIC MILLER has been a mainstay of STING'S band – both on the road and in the studio. He's always worked closely with the ex-POLICE man and co-penned 'Shape Of My Heart' with him.

MILLER, though, has a tandem solo career and has in fact just released his eighth solo set – 'November' on German label, Q-Rious. Known for his delicate acoustic nylon string playing, the LP represents a gentle change of direction for MILLER. Several tracks feature electric guitar and with bassist MARK KING and drummer IAN THOMAS driving things along there's a real funk-rock feel to tracks like 'W3' and 'Ripped Nylon' while 'Marignane' (complete with fine sax solo from STAN SULZMAN) is an almost funerary blues. There's still, though, plenty of MILLER'S ethereal, chill out sound – notably on the title track and 'Still'. For more information go to www.dominicmiller.com

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:32

 

TESS HENLEY... VERY APPETIZING

Friday, 22 October 2010 08:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

tesshenley2Discerning soul fans will fondly remember TESS HENLEY'S 2008 album 'Easy To Love'. The long player was a pleasing mix of subtle soul and smooth jazz delivered with sincerity and embellished by the lady's understated piano playing, but what impressed the critics most was the quality of the young Seattle artist's own songs.

TESS is currently working on a new album but in the meantime there's a new five track EP available via the usual outlets – most notably CD Baby and i-Tunes. The collection is tantalisingly called 'The Appetiser' and – surprisingly, given TESS' gift for song writing, there are two covers on the set – and they are both rather splendid. First up there's a lovely version of BOB MARLEY'S 'Is This Love', to which TESS gives a delicate CAROLE KING (circa 'TAPESTRY') arrangement; then there's a sparse organ-led cover of BOBBY CALDWELL'S 'What You Won't Do For Love' . This one is a duet with MYCLE WASTMAN and it's already doing great things on the UK modern soul scene, where the crowd love a revitalised oldie.

Of the new tracks there's a remix of one of the 'Easy To Love' songs, 'Understand It's You' and two reflective, thoughtful songs – 'Boy In The Window' and 'Which way To Hollywood' – both slated as the A & B sides to promote the new album. Find out more at www.tesshenley.com

Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 08:52

 

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