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BOTTI LOVE ...

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 15:53 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BOTTI LOVE ...

Jazz trumpeter, CHRIS BOTTI and his full band, will be performing live at London's Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 3rd November 2009. The American player has recorded a succession of best-selling albums including 'When I Fall In Love'(2004), 'To Love Again: The Duets' (2005), 'Chris Botti Live With Orchestra & Special Guests' (2006) and 'Italia' (2007). This year he's already played more than 250 concerts and his itinerary included performances at the Hollywood Bowl and New York's Carnegie Hall. On Thursday 18th & Friday 19th September 2008, CHRIS invited a variety of musical artists to join him on-stage, at Boston's historic Symphony Hall, with KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA for a pair of concerts. Both nights were produced by BOBBY COLOMBY and directed by JIM GABLE and guest performers included STING, JOSH GROBAN, STEVEN TYLER, YO-YO MA, JOHN MAYER, KATHARINE MCPHEE, LUCIA MICARELLI and SY SMITH. Decca Records release 'Chris Botti In Boston', a film of the two night event on DVD and Blu-ray on 2nd November 2009. A 'Chris Botti In Boston' CD soundtrack will also be released on the same date. For more details go to www.chrisbotti.com or www.myspace.com/chrisbottijazz . Tickets for the concert are available via the 24 hour ticket hotline: 08700 603 777 or www.seetickets.com

 

EVEN MORE MICHAEL...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009 14:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

EVEN MORE MICHAEL...

At the stroke of 12 a.m. (midnight) EST on October 12th, a never-before released song from MICHAEL JACKSON - a single entitled 'This Is It' - was unveiled to the world on www.MichaelJackson.com . 'This Is It,' a brand new song, features backing vocals by Michael's brothers THE JACKSONS, and it plays during the closing sequence of Sony Pictures' forthcoming film 'MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT'. Sony Music Entertainment will release a two-disc album 'Michael Jackson's This Is It' internationally on October 26th to coincide with the worldwide release of the motion picture, which arrives in cinemas in the same week. Disc one features the original album masters of some of Michael's biggest hits such as 'Billie Jean,' 'Smooth Criminal,' 'Human Nature,' and 'Thriller' arranged in the same sequence as they appear in the film. The disc ends with two versions of 'This Is It,' the original and an orchestral version. Disc two offers fans a rare listen to the early demo versions of classics 'She's Out Of My Life,' 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin',' and 'Beat It'. This disc also features a recently discovered spoken word poem from Michael Jackson entitled 'Planet Earth.'

 

MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Monday, 12 October 2009 03:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Northampton's Funky Town Grooves label (FTG) has just resurrected some more forgotten '80s albums on CD. Pick of the latest bunch is 'Spank You!' by the 10 piece US funk band, SPANK, featuring the soulful lead vocals of Eddie Greene. It features some strong '80s boogie tunes, among them 'Oh Baby,' 'You' and 'Classy Lady.'
Bass player and singer, John Davis, was a member of SPANK and in 1984 he cut a solo album in the guise of J. D. (PUMA) LEWIS called 'Shake It - Make It Loose.' The set - packed with boogie-era dance grooves like 'Dancing Shoes' and 'Sexy High School Lady' - is now back on the shelves again and includes a couple of bonus cuts from the singer's 1984 album, 'Destination Earth,'
Also noteworthy from the FTG label is UK soul man KENI STEVENS' 1989 set, 'Living On The Edge,' which gets resuscitated after being out of print for many years - Stevens' previous two '80s album, the mellow 'Blue Moods' and 'You' are also available on FTG Records.
Getting a new lease of life too is the 1983 album, 'Introducing Glass,' by the Time/Prince-influenced minimalist electro funk outfit, GLASS, led by singer John Williams.
Much more soulful is 'Pixie Dust,' the 1984 long player originally cut for the Sounds Of Florida label by the 7-piece Windy City US group, WRECKIN' CREW. The danceable title track was a US R&B chart entry in 1983. Mixing bedroom ballads with funky uptempo tunes, the 8-track set is bolstered by two bonus tracks; 1980's 'Cruisin' With The Crew' and 1982's 'Chance To Dance' (the latter a US R&B chart entry).
Later in the year, FTG intends to reissue JANICE McLAIN'S self-titled MCA debut from 1986 and GENE VAN BUREN'S 1982 Motown album, 'What's Your Pleasure.' Both reissues will be keenly anticipated by soul collectors.

For information on these releases go to www.funkytowngrooves.com

 

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Saturday, 10 October 2009 05:56 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Soul fans should look out for some exciting new reissues and compilations from Universal's Stateside reissue imprint, Hip-O Select. The label has just reissued an expanded version of JAMES BROWN'S much-overlooked 1967 album, 'Live At The Garden,' which despite its title was recorded at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. The new 2-CD set includes a remastered version of the original King LP and also features the full, unedited recording of Brown's 2-hour source concert. As well as that, the set includes three studio takes from the same timeframe of the single 'Let Yourself Go.'
Motown devotees will want to check out 'Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets' by THE SUPREMES & FOUR TOPS. A 2-CD set, it contains three original Motown albums cut by the Tops with the first incarnation of the post-Diana Ross Supremes: namely 'The Magnificent 7' (1970), 'Return Of The Magnificent 7' (1971), and 'Dynamite' (1971). Collectors will relish the presence of 12 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Those who prefer their soul seasoned with blues will find something of interest in an expanded edition of the late KOKO TAYLOR'S 'What It Takes: The Chess Years.' Among the 24 tracks is Taylor's big US R&B smash from 1966, 'Wang Wang Doodle.'
Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

MORE MICHAEL

Friday, 09 October 2009 08:52 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE MICHAEL

The MICHAEL JACKSON machine continues to gain momentum with yet another release on the late singer. 'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite' is about to hit a digital download store near you very, very soon. What's happened is that Motown have handed a set of Jackson songs (solo and with his brothers) to top producers to remix - and over the next month or so a bundle of four tracks will be available to download from digital stores every two weeks . The first four - ready now - include the NEPTUNES' tweak of 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and SALAAM REMI'S shot at 'ABC'. Other producers involved in the project include AKON, SWIZZ BEATZ, Q-TIP and DALLAS AUSTIN.

 

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