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Marva Goes Down Under...next year!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 11:39 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Marva Goes Down Under...next year!

Sadly, Marva Whitney's proposed Australian tour - as recently reported at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com - has been postponed until next year.

2009 also sees the publication of Marva's long-awaited autobiography 'God, The Devil & James Brown: Confessions Of A Funky Diva,' which will be published by Bank House Books.


Ms. Whitney would also like it known that she is now on the books of the Personality Productions Inc, a Las Vegas booking agency run by Ms. Jean Bennett that also includes on its roster The Buck Ram Platters.
For those wishing to book Marva Whitney e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone ++1-702-648-3514.


 

MARY AND PAIN

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 03:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MARY AND PAIN

MARY J BLIGE completists will need to know that the feisty lady is featured on rapper T. PAIN'S new album, 'Thr33 Ringz'. Ms. BLIGE takes lead vocals on 'Change' - which draws heavily on TOMMY SIMMS' wonderful 'Change The World'. As is often the case with rap albums there are numerous other guests, including MUSIQ SOULCHILD and RAHEEM DE VAUGHN. They add vocal support to a tune called 'Reality Show'.

 

MOTOWN AT 50

Monday, 17 November 2008 15:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN AT 50

As previously reported on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com Motown will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with the release of a special album compiled via a music fans' internet poll. The idea was for Motown fans to select their favourites in order that the album would reflect public opinion. The poll, which ran for several months, has now closed and the results have just been announced with the top 50 choices making up a triple CD set to be released in January and - surprise, surprise… there are no surprises. MARVIN GAYE'S 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' topped the poll worldwide with the next four being DIANA ROSS -'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', THE SUPREMES - 'You Can't Hurry Love', DIANA ROSS - 'I'm Still Waiting' and STEVIE WONDER with 'Superstition'. Any music fan worth his soul salt could probably guess the other 45s… yes …'This Old Heart Of Mine', 'Tears Of A Clown', 'ABC', 'My Guy', 'My Girl', 'Reach Out I'll Be There', etc etc… However to create some real soul interest, the third CD in the set will contain ten 'previously hard to find cuts'. … cover versions by Motown stars of classic pop and soul hits. So along with the voted-for top 50, you can enjoy stuff like STEVIE WONDER'S version of 'Light My Fire', a take on 'Everybody's Talking' by THE FOUR TOPS and MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS' reading of 'I Say A Little Prayer'.

 

GROOVY DUSTY GROOVES

Sunday, 16 November 2008 16:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GROOVY DUSTY GROOVES

Chicago's redoubtable DUSTY GROOVE store has just issued a couple of wonderful archive albums on their very own label…. First up is the hugely collectable 'Extrasensory Perception' from the late RICHARD POPCORN WYLIE. The 1974 ABC LP was the legendary Detroiter's only full solo album and has been out of circulation for far too long. All the songs on it are collaborations with (in various combinations) LAMONT DOZIER, McKINLEY MITCHELL and BARNEY PERKINS, while the players include DENNIS COFFEY, MELVIN RAGIN, RAY PARKER Jr., JAMES GADSON, JAMES JAMERSON and ERNIE WATTS. The second "groovy" goodie is a soul-jazz classic from BROTHER JACK McDUFF … 'Gin And Orange'. The 8 tracker was originally issued on Cadet in 1969 and captures the organist at the top of his game with a band that included GENE BARGE, CASH McCALL and PHIL UPCHURCH. For more details go to www.dustygroove.com …. Full reviews on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

FEISTY 45s

Sunday, 16 November 2008 16:44 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

FEISTY 45s

Savvy soul people with adventurous ears and the ability to appreciate sounds that get away from the clinical, retro groove might want to check out a couple of new singles on the Island label. First up there's 'Gettin' Up' from the legendary Q-TIP. The founder member of A TRIBE CALLED QUEST has a new LP - 'The Renaissance' - out right now and 'Getting' Up' is the lead single. Sampling BLACK IVORY'S catchy 'You And I', the tune - built around an insistent keyboard riff - is irresistible. And, yes, it is a rap track, but there's soul-a-plenty in there. Same goes for the R&B slanted 'Check Your Coat' from O'NEAL McKNIGHT. McKNIGHT began his career as a fashion stylist and has worked with people like USHER, SNOOP DOGG and ROBIN THICKE and his song was chosen by CBS as the soundtrack to its Stateside prime time 'Fashion Rocks' show. That show provided the platform for the song to take off and if you go for the no rap mix, you'll discover an electro-flavoured, beat-heavy item with a hook-em-in chorus that will recall USHER at his soulful best. Both discs are out on Island in December.

 

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