Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

nSoul fans are usually poorly served by the festival season, but those with a penchant for mud, wellies, overflowing toilets and over-priced hot dogs need to know that NILE RODGERS will be bringing a new CHIC line up to the famous Festival No. 6 – which takes place at the lovely North Wales village resort of Portmeirion over the weekend of 13th – 15th September.

Amongst others appearing are songstress LIANNE LA HAVAS, lyrical virtuoso TRICKY, and the lovely LAURA MVULA. The DJ line-up has also expanded to welcome DADDY G and WILL SERGENT of ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN.

Music is just one part of Festival No.6. During the festival the village and the surrounding woods will host a unique series of inspiring venues offering intimate talks, debates, film screenings, comedy, art trails through the woods, pop up theatre and much more. So far Punk poet JOHN COOPER CLARKE, award-winning novelist CAITLIN MORAN, author and Review Show critic PAUL MORLEY and Man Booker Prize winner DBC PIERRE, amongst others, have already been added to the arts and culture line-up.

Other cultural highlights include talks and readings from TRACEY THORN (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL), BOB STANLEY (SAINT ETIENNE) and MICHAEL SMITH (The Culture Show) as well as the return of travel writer JAN MORRIS, one of the highlights of last year's No.6.

pPortmeirion is a truly unique place. A stones' throw from Porthmadoc, it was created by architect CLOUGH WILLIAMS-ELLIS between 1925 and 1976 and it reflects his love for Italy. The village is an amalgam of picturesque Italian architectural styles and it tumbles down to the sea in a picture post card way. Most famously it was the setting for the legendary TV series, 'The Prisoner'.

NILE RODGERS says: "I've never been to Portmeirion but it looks like a truly magical place. CHIC always love to play somewhere unique and special, especially if we've never played there before, so we're really looking forward to Festival No.6. It's another big year for CHIC and myself, with my collaboration with DAFT PUNK and lots of other exciting things planned, and Festival No.6 looks like being one of the highlights. We're looking forward to showing Portmeirion that there ain't no party like a disco party!"

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Sunday, 12 May 2013 11:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

James-Brown-Best-Of-Live-At-The-Apollo_50th-anniversary-edition-coverHard to believe, but it's 50 years since the release of JAMES BROWN'S classic 'Live At The Apollo' album – which became  - and indeed remains - the template for all live albums.

To commemorate the anniversary Universal are releasing a set which they're calling 'Best Of Live At The Apollo' – 'cos, as all Godfather fans know, their main man released three albums recorded at the iconic Harlem venue.

The first classic set – funded by BROWN himself, by the way – was recorded in 1962 and released in '63. In 1968 he released 'Live At The Apollo Volume II'; then in '71, came 'Revolution Of The Mind; Recorded Live At The Apollo – Volume III'. The new collection is an amalgamation of cuts from those three sets – but, importantly, there are a couple of big bonuses. In 1972 a fourth live set was recorded. To be called 'Get Down At The Apollo With The JBs; Live At The Apollo, Volume IV', it was never released. The new collection offers two cuts from that cancelled set – an instrumental of 'Hot Pants Road' and a new twist on 'There It Is'.

'Best Of Live At The Apollo' will be available from June 24th.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 May 2013 11:52



Friday, 10 May 2013 13:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

bGlasgow International Jazz Festival organisers have just announced the full programme for the 2013 Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Set in various venues across Glasgow including the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the City Hall Recital Rooms and the Old Fruitmarket, the programme features both big names and groundbreaking newcomers.

Amongst the headliners are the GRAMMY award winning BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA who'll be playing in the atmospheric surroundings of the Old Fruitmarket. The same venue hosts British soul and jazz legend GEORGIE FAME. His shows are noted not just for their musical quality but for GEORGIE'S insightful and amusing anecdotes covering his long and illustrious career.

Biggest coup for Glasgow though is a rare appearance by BURT BACHARACH. The era defining composer will be leading a full orchestra through all his biggest hits and, we're told, you can expect some surprises too.

Also performing will be the octogenarian pianist STAN TRACEY CBE - with his quartet and his outstanding Scottish tenor-sax partner BOBBY WELLINS, Scottish singer CAROL KIDD, THE JAZZATEERS, Venezuelan pianist LEO BLANCO, Texan band SNARKY PUPPY, trumpeter MATTHEW HALSALL, the eclectic GOGO PENGUIN TRIO and Australian collective THE AMES ROOM

The GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL run from 26th – 30th June and a full festival programme can be found along with ticket details @

Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 13:55



Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:36 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Italian soul singer MARIO BIONDI - whose new album 'Sun' on Sony Records has been getting rave reviews - jets into London this weekend for a keenly-anticpated one-off live performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday May 10th. The day after, Mario makes his way south of the River Thames to Putney where he'll be doing an in-store signing between 12.30 pm and 2 pm at the Soul Brother record store (it's also rumoured that the album's producer, Bluey Maunick, from Incognito will making an appearance there as well). 




Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 15:57



Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

lonnielistonsmith-expanBOB THIELE'S Flying Dutchman label was one of the most important and influential jazz labels of the 70s. UK-based reissue specialists, Ace Records have recently been licensing Flying Dutchman music for re-release. So far Ace, though their BGP imprint, have issued an acclaimed collection on GIL SCOTT-HERON and retrospectives on LEON THOMAS and LONNIE LISTON SMITH.

May sees BGP begin releasing a series of classic, stand alone Flying Dutchman LPs and they begin with the iconic 'Expansions' from LONNIE LISTON SMITH. Every proper soul and jazz fan knows the title tune but there are only a few who own the parent album.... now 's the chance to rectify that. The 7 track LP (originally released in 1975) leads off with 'Expansions' but also includes 'Desert Nights' , 'Voodoo Woman' (on both of which SMITH shows off his improvisational skills), 'Summer Days', 'My Love (two Latin-infected items) and a version of HORACE SILVER'S 'Peace' (featuring a vocal from DONALD SMITH)

There's a cover of 'Peace' on the second new BGP/Flying Dutchman release – LEON THOMAS' 'Spirits Known And Unknown'. This is the LP which launched the singer's signature song, 'The Creator Has A Master Plan' but worth checking too are 'Malcolm's Gone' (with PHARAOH SAUNDERS on sax) and the beautiful 'Let The Rain Fall On Me'.

The third album in this new series is 'Cesar 830' by CESAR ASCARRUNZ – a great and rare collection of salsa and Latin Jazz. One of the cuts is 'See Saw Affair' – a long-time two step club favourite.

Vinyl collectors also need to know that BGP have also issued two 7" singles from the Flying Dutchman catalogue – GIL SCOTT-HERON'S 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised/Home Is Where The Hatred Is' and LISTON SMITH'S 'Expansions'/'A Chance For Peace'....while in the months to come we can look forward to full CD albums on ORNETTE COLEMAN, GATO BARBIERI and others.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:30


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