Monday, 27 May 2013 15:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

maysaThe wonderful MAYSA LEAK has a brand new album on the way.... 'Blue Velvet Soul' – set to be released on Shanachie on June 18th. The release comes at after what's been a tough year for the Baltimore-born soulstress – she lost her mother ... a lady the singer described as her "best friend". MAYSA reveals, "She (mom) made me promise to keep going no matter what. I was able to continue with my live shows in almost a robotic state but when it came time to create. I was lost. I finished this record with God's help and a little help from my friends."

With all that help 'Blue Velvet Soul' is shaping up to be MAYSA'S best collection yet. Eight of the songs on the album are MAYSA originals and they include 'Good Morning Sunrise' (a duet with long-time collaborator, BLUEY from INCOGNITO) and the sultry 'Sophisticated Lover'. Of the covers a take on JOHNNY HAMMOND'S 'Quiet Fire' (best known in the NANCY WILSON version) is set to be a standout.

Watch out for a full review of BLUE VELVET SOUL here @SJF very soon.



Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Fatback_clrSoul and funk icons, THE FATBACK BAND, are coming to London for a very special show. Still led by genial drummer and founder member BILL CURTIS, the group will be playing UNDER THE BRIDGE, STAMFORD BRIDGE, FULHAM ROAD, LONDON, SW6 1HS on May 31st.

The BAND'S set still features all their legendary 70s and 80s classics and stuff like 'I Feel Loving', 'Bus Stop', 'Street Dance' and 'Spanish Hustle' can still fill dance floors... expect some newer stuff too from off their more recent releases (check our reviews archive for details)

Check with the venue for show times and admission prices.



Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

bensonJune 10th sees GEORGE BENSON release his latest long player. The legendary guitarist/vocalist – who turned 70 earlier this year – celebrates his love and respect for NAT KING COLE with 'Inspiration – A Tribute To Nat King Cole'.

BENSON sees the project as a love letter to COLE, "I felt every moment of it" says BENSON. "You can't put together a record like this without putting your heart into it. I got that from NAT KING COLE. He put his heart into everything he did."

The album features heartfelt renditions of some of COLE'S greatest songs (including a fresh BENSON take on 'Nature Boy') and for the disc BENSON was backed by the 42-piece HENRY MANCINI INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA. The set also features duets with Tony Award winner IDINA MENZEL and rising star JUDITH HILL and a special collaboration with multi-Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter WYNTON MARSALIS.

To promote the album GEORGE BENSON will be embarking on a world tour in 2013. For more details go to There'll be a full album review here @SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:42



Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

chicFor all kinds of reasons NILE RODGERS is currently enjoying a high media profile. He's worked on the new, acclaimed DAFT PUNK long player and has a raft of live shows and festivals lined up (see our recent news story). Now Rhino records are set to give an official UK release to an in-demand CHIC box set.

Entitled 'Savoir Faire', the 4 CD collection comes in a long digi-pack which contains a 20 page booklet with notes from RODGERS himself. More, the set contains a wealth of rare and unreleased tracks along with 5 songs remixed by French disco meister DIMITRI FROM PARIS.

Compiled by NILE, amongst the 46 tracks are CHIC-produced cuts on DIANA ROSS, DEBBIE HARRY, FONZI THORNTON, SISTER SLEDGE, NORMA JEAN, CARLY SIMON, JOHNNY MATHIS and TEDDY PENDERGRASS – his inclusion is an in-demand, previously unreleased NILE RODGERS remix of 'Dream Girl'.

THE CHIC ORGANIZATION; 'Box Set Vol 1 : Savoir Faire' is Released on Rhino UK, 10th June 2013

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:19



Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Caro_Emerald_-_The_Shocking_Miss_EmeraldHailing from the Netherlands, CARO EMERALD is currently Europe's highest profile pop star. Peddling an infectious concoction of retro lounge jazz with a just a hint of soul, her debut album 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor' went multi-platinum and scooped her a hatful of awards.

CARO'S just released her second album and 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' carries on where 'Cutting Room Floor' ended. Where the debut took its inspiration from vintage Hollywood, the newie is inspired by the glamour and excitement of Paris at the height of the Jazz Age. The 14 tracker is a stylish and outwardly sophisticated set that's been heralded by the single 'Tangled Up' – an ambitious melange of tango rhythms and modern R&B sensitivities. Though it lacks the full passion of AMY WINEHOUSE, some broadsheet commentators have made the comparison.

With a full tour lined up for September, you can find out more @

CARO EMERALD'S 'The Shocking Miss Emerald' is out now on Dramatico Records.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:57


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