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I SHOULD COCO...

Monday, 22 April 2013 21:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

cocoCOCO JAFRO are a hard-gigging seven piece from Vancouver. The band came together as an instrumental soul and funk outfit and in 2010 they debuted with a locally successful instrumental EP. Soon, though, they added a vocalist. KARINA MORIN gave COCO JAFRO a new dimension allowing the team to offer more subtlety. Then with the addition of Moroccan-born guitarist ARMINE SAID, the COCO JAFRO picture was complete.

MORIN and SAID along with KARL OYSTENSEN (keys), ERIC THE RED (sax), PETER DOWSE (bass), PEDRO ARBOUR (drums) and NICHOLAS MARQUEZ (percussion) currently mix a heady musical cocktail of soul, funk, Latin and Afro-beat. Pending the release of a full album, they've just issued a 6 track EP that's both eclectic and hard-hitting. Think SANTANA gigging with FELA KUTI garnished with hints of SADE, THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES... even the whole DAP TONE thing! Yes, sounds odd – but it works. Check out the wild 'The Dude' or take time to chill with the ethereal 'India'.

The EP's called 'Voodoo' – after the rocky, Latin hued tune of that name and you can hear it and discover more of the band @ www.facebook.com/cocojafro

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 21:11

 

ONCE UPON A TIME ONE MORE TIME...

Saturday, 20 April 2013 14:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

skakSmooth jazz veterans SHAKATAK have been peddling their distinctive sounds for over 30 years. In that time the foursome – BILL SHARPE (piano), ROGER ODELL (drums), GEORGE ANDERSON (bass) and JILL SAWARD (vocals) have built up a strong and faithful fan base. Those followers will be both delighted and surprised by the outfit's latest release – 'Once Upon A Time'.

The 13 tracker, you see, features new, acoustic versions of their best known tunes. The team decided that the time was right to re-visit their classics, but to present them in an even softer, gentler, more laid back manner. So here we can re-enjoy things like 'Easier Said Than Done', 'Night Birds' and 'Down On The Street' and then go onto debate how much more subtle and/or different these stripped-down versions are to the originals.

Recorded live in just 4 days, the LP features guest appearances from sax man Derek Nash and top Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. The end result is a decidedly chilly, laid back affair, designed to de-stress with its odd mix of the oh-so familiar and the totally unexpected.

SHAKATAK'S 'Once Upon A Time – The Acoustic Sessions' is released on April 22nd on Secret Records.

 

TOMBSTONIN’...

Saturday, 20 April 2013 14:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

hot8New Orleans' HOT 8 BRASS BAND have constantly pushed the boundaries of the traditional marching band music of the Crescent City. Mixing local musical custom and practise with soul, hip-hop and funk flavours, the group have forged a whole new sound and built a solid, innovative reputation. They now regularly sell out concert venues while their records enjoy decent sales figures.

Their last LP, 'The Life And Times Of ...' won them a whole host of new fans and got them plenty of high profile media coverage. Now the octet are set to release a rapid follow-up- 'Tombstone' – an 11 tracker which they see as a logical part 2 of 'Life And Times'.

Once again the music's a burbling, bubbling burst of vitality – but the stories behind the songs (personal tragedies, the toll of social disadvantage, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) add a deeply sombre note to affairs.

"The album celebrates the times we have had both before and after the storm. Burying our dead and letting their spirits soar, celebrate our city and the lives that our band mates have lived individually and collectively".... HOT 8 BRASS BAND tuba player BENNIE PETE

TOMBSTONE by the HOT 8 BRASS BAND is released on May 20th by TRU THOUGHTS RECORDS.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 14:38

 

RECORD STORE DAY AT SOUL BROTHER

Friday, 19 April 2013 12:48 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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One of the UK's top independent record stores, SOUL BROTHER - located in Putney, London -celebrates national Record Store Day tomorrow (April 21st) with a host of exclusive releases.

The DOGGETT BROTHERS will also be in the shop to sign copies of their new album 'Daylight.'

Here's a list of some of the collectable titles you can expect to find in the store:

DONNY HATHAWAY -  NEVER MY LOVE/MEMORIES OF LOVE 7" (two unreleased tracks)

HEAVEN N HELL – WHATCHA GONNA DO –TOM MOULTON/ASHLEYBEADLE MIXES  12"

FELA KUTI – SORROW TEARS AND BLOOD/PERAMBULATOR 12"

COTILLION RECORDS 7" BOX SET  ( 10 X 7")

SUNBURST BAND – SECRET LIFE OF US REMIX EP 12"

MARIO BIONDI  -THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE ORIG/OPOLOPO  12"

MASTERS OF WORK  – DISCO JAM/LOVE 10"

AALON BUTLER /NEW BREED BAND – GETTING SOUL 7"

MARC EVANS -  SUPERNATURAL/COMMUNIVCATE 7"

RUTH COPELAND – GIMME SHELTER ASHLEY BEADLE REMIX 12"

COOPER – I WANT TO LOVE YOU 7"

BOBBY RUSH – SOUTHERN KING OF THE BLUES FUNK LP

JAZZANOVA – THAT NIGHT 12"

DINOSAUR L – GO BANG 140GM CLEAR VINYL 12

EL MICHAELS AFFAIR – ENTER THE 37TH CHAMBER LP

SHUGGIE OTIS – INTRODUCING LP

ELI PAPER BOY REED – WAHOO/CALL YOU GIRLFRIEND 7"

GIL SCOTT HERON – THE BOTTLE (GREEN VINYL) 7"

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER EP 10"

THE PPABUTR PRODUCTIONS – THE MAN BEHIND THE MOLEM SOUND  2LP

R&B HIPSHAKERS VOL 1  DBL LP

R&B HIPSHAKERS VOL 2  DBL LP

THE ROOTS – THINGS FALL APART LP

VOULO/GRANDE – DESERT LP

DJ FOOD – THE SEARCH ENGINE 4LP SET

COLUMBIA GRANFOLO BLUE T SHIRT

For more information go to: www.soulbrother.com

 

KEEP ON MOVIN’...

Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

fiveOver the years Germany's TRAMP RECORDS has kept the flag flying for authentic soul, jazz and funk – both through their single artist albums and via their carefully researched 'Movements' compilations.

Tramp have just released their fifth 'Movements' compilation and the 17 tracker is every bit as good as the previous four. The album's signature sound is rough hewn funk as typified by the slow- burning opener, 'Soul Chicken' from BOBBY ALLEN and the EXCEPTIONS. ALLEN is typical of the artists on the album. From rural Louisiana, he's been making music since his teens and 'Soul Chicken' was recorded in 1970. It was a local hit and BOBBY was content with that. Happy just to make music, he's still working throughout Louisiana. In much the same funk vein are RAY WEATHERSPOON'S wonderfully-titled 'Stop Stuffin' And Start Sho' Nuffin'', WILDFIRE'S 'Tend To Your Business' and the instrumental 'Monkey In A Sack' from L'IL BUCK AND THE TOP CATS.

THE IRIS BELL TRIO'S 'Baby You Got Soul' is a tad different. The cut is a delicious slab of 60s soul-jazz featuring a great vocal from BUTCH MILES while JIMMY ELLIS' 'Puttin' It On Your Mind' brings a touch of blues to the collection.

Most of the material is original – but the two big covers are the DAVE HARRIS TRIO'S stab at 'Summertime' and a version of 'It Ain't Necessarily So' from NANNIE PORRES with the CLAES FAGERSTEDTS TRIO. The artists are Swedish and the song was recorded in Stockholm - proving conclusively the universality of soul, jazz and funk.

From Louisiana to Sweden via Bavaria... Tramp's 'Movements 5' is worth investigating ... find out more @ www.tramprecords.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:29

 

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