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DOIN’ IT RIGHT...

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe "Imaginative' (geddit) LEEE JOHN right now is busy promoting his just released album 'Retropia' (see our news archive) and the single that's fronting the long player is the up-lifting George Michael sound-alike 'Do It Right' ... a great club groove by anyone's yardstick!

As you can imagine the tune is available in a cornucopia of remixes including ones from Moods 2 Swing, Lem Springsteen (House & Radio), Victor Simonelli (with Music & Lights sampled) & DJ Destruction. Not too much to choose between them –some more house-ified, some more gimmicky than others.

We still think the single in waiting is 'The Best I Could' – a lovely mid-tempo soul groove which shows off Leee's pure falsetto to great effect!

 

3D FANTASY...

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRemember Kid Creole and the Coconuts? Of course ... and the drummer who propelled the band, MICHAEL TATE, now leads his own outfit 3D RHYTHMS OF LIFE. Working out of New York City, the band delivers a punchy take on Latin soul – proper Nu-Yorican.

The band's latest long player is 'Fantasy' – named for their inspired cover of the old EWF hit. The tune lends itself perfectly to the Latin vibe and vocalist Chris Alfinez delivers splendidly. He takes lead on the equally excellent 'Quiero Saber' while the rampant dancers 'Que Siga La Rumba' and 'Oyello' are fronted by Latin Grammy award winner Herman Olivera.

3D RHYTHM OF LIFE is out now on GMG Music.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:41

 

EDDIE LEWIS DIES....

Monday, 05 June 2017 15:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThough few details are available, it's being reported that EDDIE LEWIS – founder member of R&B and early soul group, THE OLYMPICS died on Wednesday May 31st. He was the last surviving member of the original line-up.

Formed in the mid 50s, as the Challengers, the band were Walter Ward, Charles Fizer, Walter Hammond, Melvin King and Eddie Lewis and after their debut single, 'I Can Tell' flopped they changed their name to the Olympics. Soon they found success with the catchy 'Western Movies' which was followed by the hits 'Hully Gully', 'Big Boy Pete' and 'Good Lovin'' – which was also a hit when covered by the (Young) Rascals., In the UK and Europe several of their songs became classics on the Northern scene – notably 'Baby Do The Philly Dog' and 'Mine Exclusively'

Charles Fizer was killed in 1965 in the Watts Riots and King left the group later that year. The group continued recording into the early 70's and have remained a staple on the oldies circuit with both Lewis and Walter Ward and various stand ins.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:43

 

STILL YOUNG AT HEART

Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:51 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                 alt Guitarist REGGIE YOUNG has played on some of the most iconic recordings of the late twentieth  century. His credits include such classics as Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man,' Dobie Gray's 'Drift Away,' Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds,' and Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline,' but Young has never made an album under his own name - until now.

At 80-years-old, the Missouri-born guitarist - who was a prolific session man based at American Sound Studios in Memphis during the late-'60s and '70s - makes his long-awaited debut as a solo artist with a superb 7-track album called 'Forever Young' released by Ace Records in the UK. It's comprised of seven-instrumental tracks that Young wrote to showcase his unique fretboard style in the company of noted fellow veteran Southern session men, Clayton Ivy and David Hood.

Young is that rare guitar player whose calling card is taste and subtlety. As 'Forever Young' eloquently demonstrates, he's not into a showy spectacle of rapid-fingered pyrotechnics. In fact, he doesn't like to waste notes - every fretted note is heartfelt, perfectly placed, and subservient to the demands of the song. His is a quiet, understated genius, then, and 'Forever Young' encapsulates his minimalist and utterly unique guitar style.

REGGIE YOUNG'S FOREVER YOUNG IS OUT NOW VIA ACE RECORDS 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 15:42

 

IN THE COMPANY OF PAUL RANDOLPH

Thursday, 01 June 2017 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPAUL RANDOLPH is a Detroit-based indie soul musician – playing guitar, bass and percussion. His first exposure to music was via his jazz trombonist father; then after graduating with a degree in marketing from Central Michigan University, Paul decided to ditch commerce and make a career in music.

His CV to date boasts work with people like Tony Allen and Dennis Coffey and work with funk and blues band Mudpuppy. That led to gigs with Amp Fiddler, Carl Craig, iSoul8, As One, Catz n Dogz, Makoto, Tettory Bad, Zed Bias, and currently, the Berlin-based, Jazzanova.

Out on his own he released the album 'This Is What It is' in 2004, followed in 2007 by 'Lonely Eden'. Sessions and live work followed but right now Mr. R's gearing up to release a new solo album, 'In the Company of Others' on Mahogani Records.

Advanced previews reveal a complex modern soul set with plenty of input from new age soul collaborators (people like Vernon Hill and Zed Bias) while one cut – 'Heavy' is a homage to Gil Scott Heron, which kind of tells you the adventourous direction that Paul Randolph's music goes in. However soul folk of a more conservative cut might need to investigate Paul's treatment of the Philly classic 'People Make The World Go Round' while 'Here Comes The Girl' is a heartfelt homage to Eddie Kendricks.

Full review as soon as we have our copy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 June 2017 19:24

 

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