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A CUT ABOVE ....

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'In The Cut' is the debut solo album from acclaimed San Diego –based session drummer JAKE NAJOR.... though solo isn't really a precise description. So, let's explain .

For the last twenty years or so, Mr Najor has been the go-to drummer for artists and producers in California who were seeking tough and crisp R&B, funk, or hip hop beats. Najor has performed or recorded with plenty of big names – people like Raphael Saadiq, Kelis, Joss Stone, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Karl Denson, Rodriguez and Empire of the Sun. He's also the house drummer for the Redwoods Music record label and, taking their lead from many of the great labels of the past, Redwoods put together their own house band and led by Najor, they've had this "house band" record their own album... 'In The Cut' . The band are dubbed JAKE NAJOR AND THE MOMENT OF TRUTH and the players include trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon (Antibalas, Ziggy Marley, Quantic), James King (Fitz and Tantrums), Elizabeth Lea (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Sam Robles (Jungle Fire), Tim Felten (Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) Nick Costa (Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) Matt LaBarber (Cardinal Moon) and vocalist Mix Master Wolf (Breakestra).

So, just what do Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth cook up? Well, in short, a contemporary funky, cinematic take on the classic soul genre... a sort of Booker T and the MGs meets Isaac Hayes! The Booker T influence is most apparent on instrumentals like 'Gettin' It' and 'Police Chase' while if someone told you that 'Guantanamo Baywatch' was a 'Shaft' outtake you wouldn't argue. Most of the ten tracks are instrumentals but Mix Master Wolf flexes his chords in the manner of JB on cuts like 'Another Saturday'.

Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth's new LP In The Cut will be released on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats on March 29th via The Redwoods Music.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:24

 

TAKE YOUR TIME....

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:12 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altURCHIN is the musical alter ego of South-West London muso Leo Appleyard. Urchin were originally an 8 piece band but last year Mr Appleyard spent time in Australia and, taking in the progressive music scene of Melbourne, he's returned with s subtly different take on progressive soul and chill – and he's delivered it on a new EP , 'Take Time'.

The EP's lead single is (obviously) 'Take Time' .... a haunting, contemporary electro soul groove that would also sit nicely amidst the sunset bars of Ibiza. Interestingly the vocalist on the song is up and coming UK blue eyed soul singer Grace Walker, who just happens to be the daughter of soul scribe Toby Walker of the soulwalking website. The EP is out now.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:24

 

LIVING INSIDE YOUR LOVE....

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Inside Of Your Love' is the new single from US soul man DARRYL PERRY. With it he tries to capture the smooth soul sensitivities of people like Luther Vandross, Will Downing, James Ingram, and Peabo Bryson... the music that was always playing in house as he grew up.

'Inside Of Your Love' is a smooth and seductive contemporary soul cut about which Mr Perry says: "We all have experienced that moment of being completely satisfied with that certain someone. For some it may have been just for that moment, for others, it's a feeling that is felt every day. This song is for anyone that can appreciate a poetic attempt to describe that experience."... ah, sweet!

Darryl Perry - Inside Of Your Love – out now.

 

ENJOY THE FREEDOM!

Monday, 04 March 2019 12:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJust last month we reviewed a retrospective collection on the lovely REGINA BELLE and regretted the fact that she doesn't record too much these days. Well as if to prove us wrong Regina (now an ordained pastor) has just released a new single – a stirring, conscience-provoking, 'Freedom'.

Regina tells us that 'Freedom' (with input from a full gospel choir, life coach Iyanla Vanzant and Bishop Kenneth W. Paramore) "offers inspirational commentary on the political and moral climate found currently at home and abroad. The song is a tribute to our ongoing fight for social justice in light of political turmoil, racial strife, and despair."

Ms Belle wrote and produced the song with Chris Walker, her long-time music partner, and collaborator, and has released it on her newly formed independent record label, Tashi III Entertainment.

Not really a comeback song, 'Freedom' clearly means a lot to Regina: "In terms of my consciousness about black and brown people, that's always going to be a place that resonates with me. This song is part of my bloodstream more than I know. There are some things I'm not going to wait on the government to do. I'm going to do it myself. 'Freedom' reflects that message, it's not just the freedom of what someone gives you the right to do, but it's also freeing your mind to believe who you are, it starts there. This song is a great representation and reflection of the work that our ancestors have done."

REGINA BELLE: FREEDOM is out now

 

STAY COOL

Monday, 04 March 2019 12:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThis year the COOL MILLION/SED SOUL set up will be celebrating a big ten years of making great modern soul and to mark the occasion we're promised lots of great new music. In the meantime, to whet our soul appetites, the team are currently promoting three tunes that are all worthy of serious consideration.

First up there's an odd 'Mariana Trench' from a new singer MARIAMA CEESAY. Now this isn't your typical Sed Soul sound; indeed the boys have classed it "left field". It's electronic and atmospheric with a particular eerie charm.

Next – something a whole lot more classically soulful –a cover of the Persuaders' 'Thin Line Between Love And Hate' from DONALD MCCOLLUM. Now this isn't a new recording... it's ten year old (at least) but it kind of slipped under the radar back then and it truly deserves another airing. It's a very respectful reading of the classic and Donald is in great form.

The third new promotion is 'Breathe Easy' from long time Sed Soul collaborator SEEST. Oddly, though, the tune isn't being released on Sed Soul but Frank and Rob have decided to help their old friend promote this easy going modern soul grove.

 

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