Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAlabama's KIM TIBBS boasts an impressive CV. It includes work with people like Billy Ray Cyrus, The Blind Boy of Alabama, Noel Gourdin, Percy Sledge, Bobby Rush, Bobby Bland, Paul Rogers of Bad Company, The Hi-Rhythm Section of Memphis, The Swampers of Muscle Shoals, Keke Wyatt, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals.

Last year she debuted with her very own 'I Need You For Your Love!' and while we wait for Ms Tibbs to complete her album she's just released a new single, a lazy, jazz-tinged soul groove, 'Drifting'. The cut's retro flavours include a Herbie Mann style flute towards the end.

'Drifting' is coupled with the slower, more sensual, 'For'.... an old school soul ballad that allows Kim to show what she can do in the vocal department.

KIM TIBBS; Drifting/For is out now on Black Orchid Records

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:33



Wednesday, 05 April 2017 17:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBRENDA JONES, founding member of family trio the Jones Girls, was tragically killed on Monday 3rd April. Brenda was 62.

According to her sister, Shirley, Brenda was struck by a number of cars while attempting to cross the street on a visit to her daughter in Wilmington, Delaware. Police are still investigating the incident,

Shirley has posted: "My sister was my life, she was probably one of the sweetest people you'd ever want to meet. When we lost Val in 2001 that was a real big blow to the family....The bond that we had growing up was unique; it was so special."

The Jones Girls (Shirley, Brenda and Valorie) hailed from Detroit and in the 60s and early 70s they worked as backing singers though they also recorded in their own right. Their career took off after signing with Gamble and Huff, scoring with classics like 'You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else' and, of course, 'Nights Over Egypt'.

In 1985, the sisters broke up the group and Shirley pursued a solo career, though the girls  did reform the trio on a number of occasions. Brenda eventually settled in Atlanta before moving to New York where she still performed

Last Updated on Friday, 07 April 2017 15:26



Monday, 03 April 2017 19:16 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Keep your ears open for rising London-based, BISCAY, who have just released their debut recording, a six-track EP titled 'Burnt Mementos.'  Fronted by the alluring vocals of French-born chanteuse, Eléa May (whose cool style is reminiscent of Isabelle Antena, another French singer who recorded in  London during the late-'80s), the sextet led by songwriter/guitarist Phil Danter make music that is an unclassifiable amalgam of  jazz, pop, blues, and soul flavours.

The EP's highlights include its lead-off track, which juxtaposes a sweet, infectious melody with sardonic lyrics that berate the vacuous selfie generation - "pretty people are vile" blithely coos singer, May. Her vocals are underpinned by a crisp, simmering, guitar-driven backbeat, and augmented by mellow Rhodes piano, and horns, whose jazz-infused arrangement betrays shades of Steely Dan. Even the guitar solo reverberates with echoes of Larry Carlton. The slower 'Space Dust' is cast from a similar mould while the sultry 'Arromanches' evinces a blues-drenched shuffle groove. More upbeat, and peppered with staccato horn charts (courtesy of saxophonist Mikey Davis), is 'Good Odds, Odd Goods,' which rides on a  breezy smooth-jazz rhythm track and features some deft electric guitar work from Phil Danter as well as some tasty synth warbles from Kris Chase-Byrne.

BISCAY'S 'Burnt Mementos' is out now

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Watch the video for 'Pretty People' here:


Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 19:35



Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:39 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

altTriple Grammy award-winner, drummer/composer, TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, will be coming to the UK in May to participate in an event titled 'Women In Jazz' run by a Birmingham-based music organisation called Jazzlines. The 51-year-old Massachusetts-born sticks maven is scheduled to perform at Birmingham's Town Hall venue on Sunday 21st May and then on Monday 22nd will hold a drum workshop for local students and musicians.

Launched in 2014, 'Women In Jazz' was initiated as a three-year project to aid the creation of female jazz musicians as role models. The manager of Jazzlines, Mary Wakelam Sloan explained the rationale of the project thus: "Becoming an excellent jazz musician is not about gender but about creativity and discipline honed in an environment where mentors inspire and motivate the next generation. This project aims to help make pathways and entry routes more accessible, creating more female role models in British jazz which will ultimately benefit the industry’s ecology for years to come. We are truly delighted to welcome the phenomenal Terri Lyne Carrington – we have no doubts she will be an inspiration to all.”

Carrington will be accompanied by a specially-selected, largely-female band for the occasion, comprising singer China Moses (who has just released he own album via MPS), pianist Helen Sung, and saxophonist Tineke Postma with bassist Josh Hari completing the line-up. Carrington will be showcasing music from her most recent album, 2015's Grammy-winning 'The Mosaic Project: Love & Soul' which featured notable cameo roles from the likes of Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Valerie Simpson.  Carrington, who has worked with the best musicians in the jazz arena during her 30-year-old professional career - including such bona fide  legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter - also won Grammies for her  LPs, 'Money Jungle' (2013) and 'The Mosaic Project' (2011).

For more info, go here:

Read SJF's review of 'The Mosaic Project: Love & Soul' here: 

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 April 2017 18:27



Friday, 31 March 2017 17:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK producer/DJ ZEPHERIN SAINT is the man behind Tribe Records, whose motto,"One Sound, One People", is reflected in the range of music that the label issues. Tribe's catalogue features music from right round the globe. What unifies it, is its positivity and downright optimism. Indeed for the label's 100th release Zepherin covered the Sounds Of Blackness' 'Optimistic' and brought in none other than Ann Nesby to provide the vocal.

For his latest release Zepherin brings in another top quality soul diva... SARA DEVINE.

Ms D fronts Zepherin's  'Hurry', a busy Afrocentric dancer, with loping bass and some classy brass work.

'Hurry' is out now on Traxsource promo. Full release April 14th 2017 on Tribe Records.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 17:50


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