Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

soulboy'Soul Boy' is the title of a brand new British movie, due to hit cinemas very soon. The film is set in 1974 and takes place (chiefly) in Stoke On Trent and Wigan. The story's heroes are Joe and Russ (played by MARTIN COMPSTON and ALFIE ALLEN) who, when they become involved with feisty hairdresser Jane (NICOLA BURLEY), get caught up in the magical (and sometimes seedy) world of Northern Soul. The new musical passion of JOE puts his relationships to the test and forces him take some difficult decisions.

The film is supported with a breathtaking soundtrack of 50 Northern Soul classics from the likes of AL WILSON, the DELLS, GLORIA JONES, JACKIE WILSON, BARBARA RANDOLPH and DOBIE GRAY. There's also a brand new recording of 'On A Magic Carpet Ride' from GABRIELLA CILMI.

It remains to be seen whether the SHIMMY MARCUS-directed movie authentically recaptures the authentic feel and atmosphere of the Northern scene, but the music is certainly bob on. 

The 'Soul Boy' album is released at the end of August on Universal Records while the movie is due very soon – watch your local press and listing sites for details.




Wednesday, 25 August 2010 19:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

will_downingTop soul vocalist WILL DOWNING is releasing his brand new album in mid September and for the veteran crooner the set is breaking new ground. 'Lust, Love And Lies' (subtitled 'An Audio Novel') is described by WILL as a CD soap opera. You'd be right in assuming the concept is built around a love story – the initial encounter, flirtation, first dates, escalation, passion... even confusion; then - commitment and eternal devotion or betrayal and sadness? At this stage Mr. D   refuses to reveal all and he won't say if the tale is based on fact or fiction.

WILL says, "This record had actually been coming together in my mind for five years. I just didn't know how to go about it at first. Then when I first started writing the songs, it started to make sense as a story. I'd never made a record like this before. I had always sort of erred on the side of caution and safety when making records. This was the first time I said, 'You know what? Let's just do something completely different.' " 

Musically DOWNING describes the sound as soulful with a hint of jazz and amongst the tracks there's a cover of BILLY VERA'S 'At This Moment' – recently recorded by MICHAEL BUBLE. Co-producer on the set is REX RIDEOUT and DAVE HOLLISTER is one of the guest artists

 WILL DOWNING'S Lust, Love and Lies (An Audio Novel)is released on September 27, 2010 on Peak Records.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:26



Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:52 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


On September 6th, the Harmless label – which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year – unleashes a second batch of titles in its 'Backbeats' series. There are ten fresh new compilations in this latest clutch, which draws on the Demon Music Group's extensive catalogue and focuses on various types of soul, funk and disco music. Each set is expertly compiled and annotated by renowned crate diggers like Dean Rudland, Ian Dewhirst and Sean Hampsey.



For all ten titles and the full tracklistings go to 'Read More' link.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 20:39



Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Leroy_Hutson_camera_shots010LEROY HUTSON LIVE AT INDIG02 AUGUST 19TH 2010

Leroy Hutson doesn't cross the Atlantic very often – the last time he did it was 21 years ago back in 1989 when the Rare Groove scene was exploding in UK soul clubs. But after a two-decade hiatus, the sweet-voiced New Jersey-born soul man - who recorded some classic albums for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label in the '70s - returned to the UK for a couple of keenly anticipated concerts.

After performing at the Vintage At Goodwood festival on August 15th, Hutson and his large band (including a four-part brass section) headlined at North Greenwich's Indig02 venue on August 19th as part of The Giants of Rare Groove concert. Preceded by singer Greg Perry (Jeffree was also billed to appear but failed to show up, having apparently missed his flight to London) and jazz-funk keyboard maestro, Don Blackman – who turned in a solid, enjoyable performance with his band and included all the cult tunes from his eponymous 1982 Arista album – Hutson brought the venue to its feet with amazing versions of his classic Curtom tunes: the arrangements reproduced those on the records, down to the last, minute, musical detail.

The mellow, jazz-infused, instrumental, 'Cool Out,' kicked off the show and when Hutson walked out on stage towards the end of the song, the crowd went hysterical and became even wilder when the track segued into the distinctive drum break that opens 'All Because Of You.'

Looking elegant in a waist-coated light blue suit with matching reversed Kangol hat, Hutson – also sporting opaque shades - stood behind a couple of keyboards at the front of the stage, singing and playing along with the songs. His voice sounded in excellent shape and he and his superlative 11-member band, the Third Degree, performed a crowd-pleasing set that included many of Hutson's most memorable sides, including 'Lover's Holiday,' 'Lucky Fellow,' 'It's Different,' 'Never Know What You Can Do,' 'So In Love With You,' and 'Love The Feeling.'

This was an amazing concert and one that far exceeded expectations – let's hope soul maestro Leroy Hutson doesn't leave it another 21 years before he returns to these shores.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:23



Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:37 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

abbey_lincolnSJF is sad to report three recent deaths in the world of soul and jazz.

Legendary jazz chanteuse, ABBEY LINCOLN – a unique singer who was married to drummer Max Roach and who became associated with the free jazz movement in the early 1960s – passed away aged 80. She was born in Chicago in 1930 and unlike most other jazz singers, preferred to write her own material and forge a distinctive musical path that veered away from jazz standards. Those influenced by her include Cassandra Wilson.

Also from the jazz world, renowned photographer HERMAN LEONARD, has died aged 87 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Described by former US president Bill Clinton as "the greatest jazz photographer in the history of the genre," Leonard was famed for his iconic black and white photos of musicians like Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and many others during the 1940s and '50s. Leonard – who lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 where the flood waters destroyed many of his prints – was due to have a new book of his classic photographs called 'Jazz' published in December by Atlantic books.

From the soul/R&B world, the death of ROBERT WILSON, bassist with the GAP BAND, has been announced. The 53-year-old musician had recently been on tour with the band in the USA. The band scored big UK hits in the 1980s with 'Oops Up Side Your Head,'  'Party Lights,' 'Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),' and 'Big Fun.'

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:42


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