Saturday, 12 November 2011 09:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

looseDAVID NATHAN, via his Records, continues to unearth collectable, hard-to-find gems and his set up's just issued another strong quintet.

First up there's two from LOOSE ENDS – 84's 'A Little Spice' and 'So Where Are You' from '85. The former offers the original 8 track LP along with7 bonus cuts that include the singles – 'In The Sky', We've Arrived', 'Don't Hold Back Your Love' and 'No Stranger To Darkness'. The latter was the band's real breakthrough set and features the still classic 'Hangin' On A String' – here you get the original mix and a couple of FRANKIE KNUCKLES' tweaks on it. Those two mixes come in the CD's "bonus" section which also features a great "vibes version" of 'Magic Touch' featuring ROY AYERS...

... and speaking of the vibraphone maestro – have also released AYERS' 1987 LP 'I'm The One'. And if same era Jazz Funk is your thing, then check out the two new GEORGE DUKE reissues – 1982's 'Dream On and 1984's 'Rendezvous'. Like all releases these two come with added bonus cuts, full art work and a concise contextual essay.

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Friday, 11 November 2011 09:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BNHsHere's the winners to our recent CHIC/CHAKA KHAN/ BRAND NEW HEAVIES competition –

Bernard Jennings of Reading; Becky Vizor of Evesham; Andrew Hampton of Essex; Graham Roberts of Norfolk and J-O Nilsson of Malmo, Sweden... well done!

All answered the questions correctly – CHAKA'S real name is YVETTE MARIE STEVENS; TONY THOMPSON was the CHIC drummer and MARIA MULDAUR recorded the original version of 'Midnight At The Oasis'.

Once again congratulations to the winners... commiserations to those whose names weren't drawn from the soulandjazzandfunk bobble hat ... and watch for more competitions in the future.



Wednesday, 09 November 2011 16:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

boneysouljazzandfunk's favourite smooth jazz sax man, BONEY JAMES has been nominated for a SOUL TRAIN MUSIC award in the contemporary jazz category. The nomination is for his album 'Contact' which was released in March this year on Verve Records. The LP went to no. 1 on the Contemporary jazz chart and it featured high profile guest appearances from LETOYA LUCKETT, MARIO and DONNELL JONES. Check our reviews pages for a full consideration of the album.

In the meantime - and midway through a tour right across the US – BONEY will be participating in a special TV tribute to GLADYS KNIGHT. The show will be taped in Atlanta on November 17th for screening later in the month.



Monday, 07 November 2011 18:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Promo_3Earlier this year we announced that Chicago soul man WARD BROWN (he of BROWNS BAG fame) was working on a new solo project – entitled 'Where I Should Be'. The album – a production collaboration with RAYMOND EARL of INSTANT FUNK – was scheduled for release this summer – but, as is often the way with music projects like this, the release date was put back... and back ... and back! WARD has revealed that all kinds of complicated issues got in the way.... but the good news is that the album is almost good to go!

Early previews reveal a consummate modern soul set that's a thoughtful mix of dancers and reflective ballads – of which 'The Key' is particularly strong. One tune though stands out above all the others... it's the anthemic dancer 'Last Call'. The cut epitomises everything that is wonderful about modern soul. The beats are tight, the melody's a delight, WARD'S in great, underplayed vocal form and RAYMOND'S production values are spot on. Watch this one become one of next year's big, big tunes on both the modern and steppers scenes.

WARD BROWN'S 'Where I Should Be' will be released on Early Park Entertainment early in 2012.



Friday, 04 November 2011 19:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

supremes20box20setTreats a-plenty await fans of Motown's premier male and female groups – THE TEMPTATIONS and THE SUPREMES - as new CDs and DVDs come onto the market just in time for Christmas. Both legendary groups are celebrating their 50th anniversary so what better way to celebrate than with insightful snapshots of their golden era – the 60s!

First up, Universal's Import Music Service has just released both Diana Ross & the Supremes / 50th Anniversary: The Complete Singles 1961-1969, and The Temptations / 50th Anniversary: The Complete Singles 1961-1971. The former is a 3 CD box set that features every A and B side of the 60s – covering the era when they were know at Hitsville as "the no hit Supremes", through their 12 no. 1 hits and onto the decade ending smash 'Someday We'll Be Together'. The latter is also a 3 CD box and again all the As and Bs are in there while the digital version features the Soundtree Remix of 'Power' which was used in a recent Blackberry TV ad campaign.

Complementing the above CD releases will be two DVDs - The Best of The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Best of The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show ... both available now. They feature iconic appearances of the groups on the groundbreaking American Sunday night programme. All footage was taped live between 1964 and 1971, and it's all been fully restored with the addition of some never before released items.

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