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LEROY LIVE IN LONDON!

Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Leroy_Hutson_camera_shots010LEROY HUTSON LIVE AT INDIG02 AUGUST 19TH 2010

Leroy Hutson doesn't cross the Atlantic very often – the last time he did it was 21 years ago back in 1989 when the Rare Groove scene was exploding in UK soul clubs. But after a two-decade hiatus, the sweet-voiced New Jersey-born soul man - who recorded some classic albums for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label in the '70s - returned to the UK for a couple of keenly anticipated concerts.

After performing at the Vintage At Goodwood festival on August 15th, Hutson and his large band (including a four-part brass section) headlined at North Greenwich's Indig02 venue on August 19th as part of The Giants of Rare Groove concert. Preceded by singer Greg Perry (Jeffree was also billed to appear but failed to show up, having apparently missed his flight to London) and jazz-funk keyboard maestro, Don Blackman – who turned in a solid, enjoyable performance with his band and included all the cult tunes from his eponymous 1982 Arista album – Hutson brought the venue to its feet with amazing versions of his classic Curtom tunes: the arrangements reproduced those on the records, down to the last, minute, musical detail.

The mellow, jazz-infused, instrumental, 'Cool Out,' kicked off the show and when Hutson walked out on stage towards the end of the song, the crowd went hysterical and became even wilder when the track segued into the distinctive drum break that opens 'All Because Of You.'

Looking elegant in a waist-coated light blue suit with matching reversed Kangol hat, Hutson – also sporting opaque shades - stood behind a couple of keyboards at the front of the stage, singing and playing along with the songs. His voice sounded in excellent shape and he and his superlative 11-member band, the Third Degree, performed a crowd-pleasing set that included many of Hutson's most memorable sides, including 'Lover's Holiday,' 'Lucky Fellow,' 'It's Different,' 'Never Know What You Can Do,' 'So In Love With You,' and 'Love The Feeling.'

This was an amazing concert and one that far exceeded expectations – let's hope soul maestro Leroy Hutson doesn't leave it another 21 years before he returns to these shores.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:23

 

R.I.P. ABBEY LINCOLN, HERMAN LEONARD and ROBERT WILSON

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:37 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

abbey_lincolnSJF is sad to report three recent deaths in the world of soul and jazz.

Legendary jazz chanteuse, ABBEY LINCOLN – a unique singer who was married to drummer Max Roach and who became associated with the free jazz movement in the early 1960s – passed away aged 80. She was born in Chicago in 1930 and unlike most other jazz singers, preferred to write her own material and forge a distinctive musical path that veered away from jazz standards. Those influenced by her include Cassandra Wilson.

Also from the jazz world, renowned photographer HERMAN LEONARD, has died aged 87 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Described by former US president Bill Clinton as "the greatest jazz photographer in the history of the genre," Leonard was famed for his iconic black and white photos of musicians like Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and many others during the 1940s and '50s. Leonard – who lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 where the flood waters destroyed many of his prints – was due to have a new book of his classic photographs called 'Jazz' published in December by Atlantic books.

From the soul/R&B world, the death of ROBERT WILSON, bassist with the GAP BAND, has been announced. The 53-year-old musician had recently been on tour with the band in the USA. The band scored big UK hits in the 1980s with 'Oops Up Side Your Head,'  'Party Lights,' 'Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),' and 'Big Fun.'

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:42

 

HEY HEY JOSE

Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

joseEarlier this year Minneapolis-born, London-based jazz vocalist JOSE JAMES released his second solo album, 'Black Magic' – a left-field collection of jazz workouts , nu-soul grooves and one delightful old school soul swayer – 'Promise In Love', which is still proving one of the year's best cuts. Now Mr. J is set to release his third album – as different to 'Black Magic' as that one was to his debut set, 'The Dreamer'. The new LP is a collaboration with Belgian pianist JEF NEVE and is a nine track collection of songs from what is now always referred to as "The Great American Songbook". The tunes include 'Autumn In New York', 'Body And Soul', 'When I Fall In Love', 'Lush Life' and 'For All We Know' – the song which furnishes the album with its title.

The project came together spontaneously after JAMES and NEVE performed together on a Belgian TV show. They decided it would be good to record together – so a studio was booked and they cut the whole thing in just six hours – with no producer, no other musicians and no overdubs. The result is a hugely honest and pure album on which the silence is an important component. Equally the simplicity allows the beauty of the songs, the warmth of JAMES'S voice and the clarity of NEVE'S playing to shine through

JOSE JAMES and JEF NEVE'S 'For All We Know'' is released in September on Verve/Impulse.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:11

 

New albums due by MAVIS STAPLES, KENNY G and SOULIVE

Thursday, 12 August 2010 17:00 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MavisSoul legend MAVIS STAPLES has a new album out on Anti- Records on September 13th. Called 'You Are Not Alone,' it was produced by guitarist Jeff Tweedy and blends traditional gospel songs with Mavis's interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, the Reverend Gary Davis and Little Milton.

Soprano sax warbler KENNY G releases his 13th studio album on August 23rd via Concord. Entitled 'Heart & Soul,' it's helmed by hot shot producer Walter Afanasieff and features vocal cameos by Robin Thicke (on 'Fall Again') and Babyface (on 'No Place Like Home').

Look out for a tremendous new album called 'Rubber Soulive' by US band SOULIVE, which pays homage to The Beatles. The funky New York jazz trio – comprising organist Neal Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno and drummer Alan Evans – put their own inimitable spin on Fab Four immortals like 'Eleanor Rigby,' Help,' 'Day Tripper,' 'In My Life' and 'Something.'  The new record is their third long player for indie label Royal Family Records. Previously the band has recorded for Velour, Blue Note and Concord and in 2005, they added soul, reggae and pop elements to their sonic palette for their one-off Stax album 'No Place Like Soul.'

'Rubber Soulive' is out in September.

 

LEE'S THEORY

Monday, 09 August 2010 17:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lee_rLong known as the guitarists' guitarist, LEE RITENOUR lives up to that nickname with his brand new recording project – '6 STRING THEORY'. The album (out August 23rd on Monster Music) sees LEE join forces with 20 other guitarists on a remarkable cross-genre celebration of the world's most popular musical instrument. The LP features players like GEORGE BENSON, BB KING, SLASH, STEVE LUKATHER, JOHN SCOFIELD, ROBERT CRAY, JOE BONAMASSA and TAJ MAHAL.

Alongside all the star names though, RITENOUR gives valuable recording experience to some new and up and coming players – like SHON BOUBIL (the 16 year old winner of a Yamaha-sponsored guitar competition) and JOE ROBINSON (the 18 year old winner of Australia's Got Talent).

Depending on individual tastes, everyone will have their own highlights. Here at SJF we liked the GEORGE BENSON solo 'My One And Only Love' and his soul-jazz collaboration with Hammond maestro JOEY DEFRANCO on 'Moon River'. Also of note is BB KING'S swinging new version of 'Why I Sing The Blues' and TAJ MAHAL and KEB' MO'S take on 'Am I Wrong'.

 

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