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HONEY, PLEASE...

Sunday, 02 September 2012 12:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

yo_yoSoul fans of a certain vintage will remember with fondness the wonderful 'Groove On' from YO YO HONEY. Released in 1991 on the reliable old Jive label, the album (and subsequent single) was a remarkable piece of Brit soul. YO YO HONEY was the brain child of MIKE PEDEN (formerly of THE CHIMES) and he used a huge 40 piece orchestra to help him flesh out his ideas; with vocals from the underrated ANITA JARRETT, the set achieved cult status amongst the cognoscenti – a status heightened by the fact that it's been out of print for ages and has never been officially available in any kind of download format.

The good news is that YO YO's music is back! Project co-writer and bass player on the set, MANI has relicensed the album from Sony; he's remastered it and is preparing it for reissue in October. The man has also worked on a number of stunning remixes that are set to become dance floor monsters. The remixes will be available to download soon via Black Sugar Records while the full LP will be on the racks (virtual and otherwise) from October 22.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 13:03

 

BROADWAY BEAT ....

Friday, 31 August 2012 11:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

kurtInnovative, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, KURT ELLING is due to release his latest long player at the beginning of October. '1619 Broadway –The Brill Building Project' is ELLING's unashamed tribute to the wonderful song smiths who worked in the iconic New York building in the 50s and 60s.

The Brill Building – situated at 1619 Broadway – was a honeycomb of offices that for all kinds of different reasons became home to over 150 tenants associated with the pop music industry – record labels, studios, publicists and, most importantly, song publishers and their writing teams. ELLING – who now lives in Manhattan – acknowledges that most jazz singers (and indeed their fans) usually concentrate on material from the likes of the GERSHWINS, RODGERS and HART etc ... the so-called "Great American Songbook". Keen to move jazz vocals forward , ELLING has decided to create a new volume of that "Songbook" by concentrating on a set of songs associated with the Brill Building.

ELLING'S made an eclectic choice of songs ranging from the obvious (LEIBER and STOLLER'S 'On Broadway', for instance) to the off-the-wall (the same team's 'Shoppin' For Clothes' recorded by THE COASTERS). Classics include BURT BACHARACH'S 'A House Is Not A Home' and CAROLE KING'S 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' and there's a number of selections that weren't actually written at Brill, but have that special sound and writing link – like CAROLE KING'S 'So Far Away' and PAUL SIMON'S 'American Tune'. All are presented in ELLING'S unique, innovative way. Working with long-time collaborator, LAURENCE HOBGOOD, the songs are reconstructed with subtle reharmonizations, unexpected rhythms and a new jazz sensibility... a delight for both jazz fans and pop collectors.

KURT ELLING'S '1619 BROADWAY –THE BRILL BUILDING PROJECT; is released on Concord jazz on October 1.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 11:16

 

BETTYE'S BONANZA...

Friday, 31 August 2012 10:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

bettyLegendary American soulstress BETTYE LAVETTE releases her latest album on October 1. The long player – 'Thankful N' Thoughtful', released on Anti Records – has been produced by CRAIG STREET (who's worked with the likes of NORAH JONES, K.D. LANG, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, JOHN LEGEND, etc.). 'Thankful N' Thoughtful' features an unusual selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by BOB DYLAN, THE BLACK KEYS, TOM WAITS, NEIL YOUNG, PATTY GRIFFIN, GNARLS BARKLEY and others.... there'll be a full review here @ SJF very soon.

To support the album's launch BETTYE will be performing at London's Jazz Cafe on Tuesday December 11... More details from the venue.

As enticing is the launch of BETTYE'S autobiography. 'A Woman Like Me'- written in collaboration with respected music writer DAVID RITZ - promises to be a no holds barred, explosive insight into the singer's life and the machinations of the soul business. The book is published on September 27 and will be available from Amazon and ibooks.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 11:21

 

JESSE SHOWS THE WAY...

Thursday, 30 August 2012 18:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

jesseThe small but perfectly formed Soul Junction Records don't do too many releases, but the discs they do put out are all high quality, collectable soul releases. Witness their latest long player – 'Let Me Show You' from Arkansas's JESSE JAMES. JAMES is well known to soul connoisseurs via his 1975 outing 'If You Want A Love Affair'. Since then the collectors have been treated to his hard-to-find work via a Soul Junction 45 – 'I Gave You Love With An A Plus' (originally released on Gunsmoke Records) and the same label album, 'Get In Touch With Me'.

Soul Junction have now unearthed more JAMES material and assembled a new LP on the gritty soul man. The ten track long player (vinyl only by the way) is called 'Let Me Show You The Way' and it's an endearing mix of vaguely familiar material and unissued cuts.

The unissued cuts include a late 60s mid tempo groove 'I Don't Want An Undivided Love', the disco-influenced 'I'm In Love With Loving You' and a cover of the ever-lovely 'Just As Long As We're In Love' (a song forever associated with THE DELLS and TERRY CALLIER).

Other goodies include both sides of a JAMES single for Moonlite Hope Music – 'I Got The Feeling' and 'Let Me Show You' ... and that last one is real classy mid-tempo soul roller – no wonder Soul Junction have used it as the album's title. Add to those another opportunity to enjoy the man's 1970 underground hit 'I Feel Your Love Changing' and a long edit of the single 'I Gave You Love With An A Plus' and you have a proper soul album that will please right across the collectors' spectrum. Find out more @ www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk

 

FAME UP DATE…

Sunday, 26 August 2012 19:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

fameHe is undoubtedly one of the UK's great music treasures... but for some strange reasons GEORGIE FAME is ignored by the establishment who are quick to honour and laud lesser talents. Be that as it may, Mr. POWELL - from Leigh, Lancashire - continues to work and record and his fans (collected over a fifty year career) will be delighted to know that there's a new album on the way.

The album - ''Lost In A Lover's Dream'' – is something of departure for GEORGIE. It's a laid-back affair of romantic ballads and philosophical blues featuring the singer in the intimate setting of just guitar and bass – courtesy of PRIMOŽ GRAŠIČ from Slovenia and MARIO MAVRIN from Croatia respectively. The materail is a mix of standards, pop classics and originals – all delivered with the jazz creativity that FAME has become famous for.

No doubt the man will be featuring materail from the album when he takes to the road in the Autumn. Tour dates are as follows

7th Nov The Grand, Clitheroe

8th Nov The Platform, Morecambe

9th Nov Buccleugh Arts Centre, Langholm, nr Carlisle

10th Nov Mickelton R&B Club, Mickelton Village Hall, County Durham

11th Nov Floral Hall, New Brighton, The Wirral

13th Nov Stroud Subscription Rooms

14th Nov Millfield Theatre, Edmonton

15th Nov Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea

16th Nov The Capitol, Horsham

17th Nov Gulbenkian, Canterbury

19th Nov The Globe Venue, Cardiff

20th Nov Palace Theatre, Paignton, Devon

21st Nov Electric Palace, Bridport

22nd Nov The Cheese and Grain, From

24th Nov Sturmer Hall, Haverhill, Suffolk

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 19:12

 

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