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TIGER TIGER ...

Thursday, 23 October 2008 10:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TIGER TIGER ...

Proving once again that soul knows no boundaries, Austrian retro soul band TIGER TALES enter the musical fray with the release of their debut single 'Feels Good But It's Not'. The sound is punchy and brassy with a genuine funk undercurrent. Vocalist DANIELA HRENEK packs plenty of passion and the tune really does have 70s organic feel about it. The single's two other tracks are 'Backstabber' and 'Upright' and the six piece will be launching the single on November 1st in Vienna's prestigious Salon Leopold - a focal point of the Austrian capital's Museumsquartier. For more information go to www.highhat.com

 

WIN A NINA SIMONE BOX SET!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:33 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

WIN A NINA SIMONE BOX SET!


On Monday October 27th, Sony BMG are releasing a deluxe box set chronicling the career of the late NINA SIMONE - entitled 'To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story,' the package retails at around £25 and features 51 songs (including 8 previously unissued tracks) spread over three CDs. That's not all - there's also a 25-minute DVD documentary as well as a lavish booklet packed with rare photographs and expert commentary. Thanks to the folks at Sony BMG, www.soulandjazzandfunk.com has a copy up for grabs. To have a chance to win all you have to do is answer the following question:

What was Nina Simone's birth name?

Send your answers with your name and full address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing Date: Sunday October 26th.

Look out for a full review of the set soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com


 

UPCOMING JAZZ...

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:33 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

UPCOMING JAZZ...

Jazz 'super group', FOURPLAY release their latest album 'Energy' at the end of October on the Heads Up label. The 10 tracker features all new material and boasts a vocal from bassist NATHAN EAST ('Cape Town') and another from guest artist ESPERANZA SPALDING who takes lead on 'Prelude For Lovers'. Same label has a TAKE 6 showcase, 'The Standard' on imminent release. The acclaimed vocal group offer their inimitable versions of well-known jazz and soul standards along with a sprinkling of originals. The guest list includes AARON NEVILLE, AL JARREAU, GEORGE BENSON and BRIAN MCKNIGHT who helps out on a remarkable cover of 'What's Going On'. Single artist-wise, Nu Groove Records have sets on DE NATE ('Reminisce') and DAVE SERENEY ('Take This Ride') on the way, while, though there's a way to go yet, 'Grooves For The Season' is the label's Christmas offering - a various artists 12 tracker with jazzy takes on Christmas classics. Finally, though not jazz per se, MARIA MULDAUR'S 'Yes We Can' will interest everyone with adventurous and socially-aware ears. With a guest list that includes JOAN BAEZ, PHOEBE SNOW and BONNIE RAITT, the LP is a plea for peace via songs from BOB DYLAN, MARVIN GAYE, ALLEN TOUSSAINT and others. Catch an unusual version of EDWIN STARR'S 'War' on the album too. Label, by the way, is Telarc.

 

DEE DEE WARWICK DIES...

Monday, 20 October 2008 11:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DEE DEE WARWICK DIES...

DEE DEE WARWICK - regarded by many as the soul singers' soul singer - died on Saturday 18th October - she was 63. DEE DEE, younger sister of DIONNE, had been ill for a long while and she passed away at a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey. DIONNE was with her. DEE DEE was born DELIA MAE WARRICK on 25th. September 1945 and she began singing with her sister in the 50s. Then, working alongside their aunt CISSY HOUSTON, the sisters became New York's hottest session vocalists and it was only a matter of time before solo careers beckoned… after a surreptitious name change of course. History will recall that DIONNE WARWICK enjoyed more hits and more success, but to soul purists DEE DEE WARWICK was regarded as the superior soul stylist. Signed to Mercury/Blue Rock she enjoyed success with the original version of 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me', while 'When Love Slips Away' has always been a popular tune with UK soul collectors. DEE DEE's time with Atco Records yielded some sultry southern scorchers like 'She Didn't Know' while in later years work - like 'Fool Of The Year' - on smaller indie labels has been much sought after. More recently - and before the onset of her illnesses - DEE DEE toured as one of sister DIONNE'S backing vocalists… and it's her sister who has provided a short, but fitting tribute to DEE DEE'S talent: "All I can say is that God has another incredible voice to add to his angelic choir."
DEE WARWICK 1945 - 2008

 

LEVI STUBBS DIES

Saturday, 18 October 2008 14:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LEVI STUBBS DIES

More sad soul news…FOUR TOPS' legendary lead singer LEVI STUBBS passed away at his Detroit home on Friday 17th October. He was 72. LEVI had been ill for some time. Several years ago he suffered a series of strokes which prevented him from working with his beloved group and latterly he'd been diagnosed with cancer. Born in 1936, LEVI formed a group - the FOUR AIMS - with high school buddies ABDUL FAKIR, RENALDO BENSON and LAWRENCE PAYTON in 1953. A deal with Chess and a name change to the FOUR TOPS bore little fruit but after signing with Motown in 1963 things began to change dramatically. They broke though in 1964 with the beautiful 'Baby I Need Your Loving' and any fan worth his soulful salt knows the rest. Anyone (like me) around in the 60s will attest to the fact that the FOUR TOPS - with LEVI STUBBS in full, powerful control - were at the vanguard of the Motown invasion of the UK and to this day the group have a huge, loyal fan base here. I was lucky enough to interview the FOUR TOPS on a couple of occasions. At the most recent interview, LEVI had retired due to ill health, so I took the opportunity to ask DUKE (as diplomatically as possible) why such a wonderful vocalist as LEVI had never gone solo. DUKE smiled and simply said that that the foursome were lifelong friends and that LEVI had never even dreamed of going it alone. He told me that when BERRY GORDY relocated to Los Angeles and started to make movies he tried to entice LEVI by offering him a part in 'Lady Sings The Blues'. LEVI said that he'd only take the part if roles for the other three were forthcoming too! That's loyalty - a loyalty embodied in one of the group's lesser known songs - 'The Four Of Us'… check it out to understand what friendship is all about. LEVI STUBBS was also a staunch family man. He leaves a wife of 48 years (CLINIECE), 5 children and 11 grand children and our condolences go out to them. Tributes have already started to flood in. SMOKEY ROBINSON said "LEVI STUBBS was on of THE great voices of all time. He was very near and dear to my heart." BERRY GORDY added, "LEVI was the greatest interpreter of songs I've ever heard. He had a rare voice and remarkable spirit." Strangely, though, the greatest tribute to the power, emotion, passion and soul of LEVI STUBBS' remarkable voice was written some years ago by an Englishman…. BILLY BRAGG, no less, in his song 'Levi Stubbs' Tears': "When the world falls apart some things stay the same. She takes off the Four Tops tape and puts it back in its case. When the world falls apart, some things stay in place. LEVI STUBBS' tears run down his face". (BB)

LEVI STUBBS 1936-2008

 

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