Monday, 26 March 2012 20:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

VinceBroomfield515One of last year's best rare groove albums was 'New Beginnings' from VINCE BROOMFIELD in his AUDIO guise. The SOUL JUNCTION-issued LP consisted of previously unreleased work he'd recorded in the 80s but its freshness and depth struck a real contemporary chord. Since then, of course, VINCE has won more fans with his COOL MILLION collaborations and now he's set to consolidate that position with a brand new recording... 'Won't Somebody'.

Recorded especially for SOUL JUNCTION, the song's a crisp mid-tempo groove withal the potential to become a modern soul anthem. VINCE is in great vocal form on the hook-filled melody while his slinky sax solo provides the proverbial cherry on this soulful cake.

The B side of the single is another unissued 80's cut – the sparse and insistent 'The Answer's No'.

AUDIO'S 'Won't Somebody' is released on 7" vinyl by SOUL JUNCTION on April 16th. For more info go to

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 20:13



Monday, 26 March 2012 15:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

jeff-bradshaw-photo_webTrombonist, NORMAN "JEFF" BRADSHAW debuted in 2003 with the acclaimed album 'Bone Deep'. Personal problems (marriage and subsequent divorce) along with constant demands on his time as a session player have meant that the much anticipated sophomore set has been delayed until now.

April 24th sees the release of JEFF'S second set – 'Bone Appétit' on Hidden Beach Records. The two volume album features 20 songs, many of which are high profile collaborations with people like RAHEEM DEVAUGHN, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL, MAYSA LEAK, musician/producer PJ MORTON of MAROON 5 and "THE FLOACIST."

'Bone Appétit' gives consumers the option to purchase digitally in two volumes (iTunes, Amazon) or as one 2-CD set. First up is 'Bone Appétit Vol. 1 - Main Course', which features 13 songs and interludes, followed by 'Bone Appétit Vol. 2- Deuxieme Course', a 7 song EP. For fans desiring a full helping, both volumes are combined in a deluxe 2-CD configuration, titled 'Bone Appétit - Double Issue'.

Amongst the tracks on the album is JEFF'S re-tooling of the JANET JACKSON hit, 'Got 'Til It's Gone,' featuring MARSHA AMBROSIUS and rapper TWYZE. BRADSHAW explains, "I was always a fan of the JANET song, and I wanted to record it because it spoke to what was happening down there in New Orleans. I wanted to remind everyone that there is still work to be done in New Orleans. People think some years have gone by since KATRINA and everything is cool. But, 'no, things are not cool!' They are a long way from being back to normal." To that end, the launch of 'Bone Appétit' coincides with the launch of an awareness campaign for The New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund a grassroots organization which provides musical instruments and financial grants to musicians in need and sustains the musical heritage of New Orleans by furnishing instruments to school children who show promise.

Full review of 'Bone Appétit' here @ SJF very soon.



Friday, 23 March 2012 12:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

ben_e_kingVeteran soul brother and ex-Drifter, BEN E. KING – who celebrates his 75th birthday next year - is visiting the UK in April and will be performing at The Jazz Café in London for three nights (from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th April) and at The Arches in Glasgow (Sunday 15th April).

It's 51 years since North Carolina-born King (born Benjamin Nelson) scored his first US chart-topper, the immortal 'Stand By Me,' which followed his first solo hit for Atlantic Records, 'Spanish Harlem,' in 1961. Before that, King had been a member of the '50s doo-wop group, The Five Crowns, whose personnel replaced the original line-up of The Drifters in 1958. King's tenure with The Drifters was relatively short-lived but he sang lead vocal on the group's fifth US #1, 'Save The Last Dance For Me' and other hits. He went solo in 1961 and racked up 24 entries on Billboard's R&B chart between then and 1980, including the 1975 chart topper, 'Supernatural Thing.'

Atlantic Records' co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun, summed up King's talent best. He said: "Ben E. King is one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. His style and the tempo of his voice have a magic all their own."

To experience that magic live catch Ben E. King at the following venues:

The Jazz Café

5 Parkway Camden, NW1 7PG

Doors 7pm  /  Tickets £30

Tickets:  Ticketmaster  0844 847 2514  /  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Arches

253 Argyle Street  Glasgow G2 8DL
Doors 7pm / Tickets £22.50

Tickets:  0141 565 1000 /

Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2012 12:37



Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Extra-the-Impressions-007The iconic and profoundly influential Chicago vocal group, THE IMPRESSIONS, have announced a three-concert trip to the UK in July. The trio – whose founder members included Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield – now comprise original member Sam Gooden alongside the long-serving Fred Cash and Reggie Torian. They will be performing at the VINTAGE FESTIVAL at Bourton House in Northamptonshire on Friday July 13th (the bill includes Betty Wright, Chic, Lonnie Liston Smith, Sergio Mendes, Aloe Blacc and Alice Russell) followed by two nights at London's JAZZ CAFÉ on the Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th.

Perhaps more significantly, the trio are in the midst of recording a new - and as yet untitled - album, their first since 1981. They're recording it with the Dap-Kings for New York's Daptone Records. Says the group's manager, DJ Pari (who SJF readers might recall from his work with the Soul Power organisation which promoted Marva Whitney, Gwen McCrae, Leroy Hutson, and RAMP): "The new Impressions' album will sound all the way like their ABC material from the mid-1960s. The new songs have Johnny Pate written all over them. It's gonna be a collaboration that will blow people's mind."

Look out for an Impressions' interview at SJF nearer the time of the legendary group's UK sojourn.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2012 12:42



Monday, 19 March 2012 19:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

moonThe GEORGES PEPPARD/AUDREY HEPBURN movie, 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' is rightly regarded as an icon of 60's cinema. Based on a story by TRUMAN CAPOTE, the movie's main title theme – 'Moon River' went on to bag an Oscar for its composer, Henry Mancini. El Records (in association with Cherry Red) have just reissued the soundtrack – but have added all kinds of bonuses for discerning collectors. They include the wonderfully soulful JERRY BUTLER version that scaled the US chart and the more middle of the road DANNY WILLIAMS take that won the chart race in the UK.

You also get versions of the song from both ART BLAKEY and the JAZZ MESSENGERS and AL CAIOLA along with interpretations of more soundtrack items from EDDIE HARRIS and BARNEY KESSEL.

AUDREY HEPBURN'S charmingly naive version of 'Moon River' is there too – of course. Revealingly, the succinct sleeve notes explain how the song came into being and why MANCINI considered Ms. HEPBURN'S reading of it as the definitive one.

HENRY MANCINI... MOON RIVER AND ME is out now on El Records.


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