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MORE ACES ...

Monday, 27 October 2008 16:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE ACES ...

The ever-reliable ACE people have a strong quartet of new releases lined up for November. First up there's a 24 track retrospective on JOHNNY JOHNSON and the BANDWAGON. It covers all the great Epic tunes and the poppier Bell sides. More esoteric maybe is LITTLE WILLIE JOHN'S '1966' album. The set was collaboration with Capitol's DAVID AXELROD and HB BARNUM and because of the complications surrounding JOHN at the time (he was in jail for murder and under contract to another label) the music has never had a proper release. Enjoy it now. Finally ACE have a couple of great compilations. 'Mighty Super Funk' has 20 rare tracks on the BGP subsidiary, while on Kent, there's a 24 track collection of cuts from ZELL SANDER'S Harlem and Bronx-based labels.

 

HUDSON TRAGEDY ...

Saturday, 25 October 2008 06:38 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HUDSON TRAGEDY ...

With a clutch of film awards to her credit and a critically-acclaimed and best-selling album on the shelves, JENNIFER HUDSON now has to deal with the tragic news of the murder of her mother, DARNELL DONERSON and her brother, JASON HUDSON. Mother and brother were found shot dead at their Chicago South Side home on Friday 24th October. To compound the issue MS. HUDSON'S nephew has been reported missing, presumed kidnapped. Cook County Police say that the absence of evidence of forced entry indicates a serious domestic incident and a number of people are already in custody.

 

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.

 

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