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NEW ALICIA ...

Friday, 09 October 2009 08:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

NEW ALICIA ...

'Doesn't Mean Anything' - a new single from ALICIA KEYS, heralds the artist's new album which is set to hit the shops at the end of November. The self-penned and self-produced single is a crisp mid-tempo beater that features ALICIA'S passionate signature vocals. The new album is called 'The Elements Of Freedom' and ALICIA will be in the UK in November for live dates to promote the set.

 

IT'S PHUNKY UP NORTH ...

Thursday, 08 October 2009 10:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IT'S PHUNKY UP NORTH ...

Musically, one of the most interesting developments over the last twelve months has been the number of new, young bands embracing funk. Recently, new age MAMA'S GUN started to make major waves with their album, 'Routes To Riches'. Now, with a sound that's more classically funky come the aptly named PHUNK. Currently a five piece working in and around the North West, the band have a four track demo on offer with the lead cut 'Why Do We Do' standing out, though dyed-in-the-wool soulsters might want to pass on the POLICE sound-alike 'Walking On The Beach.' Vocalist LEE CAPIE cites the band's influences as STEVIE WONDER, SLY STONE, JAMIROQUAI and er… THE POLICE. Other band members are - Guitar: COLIN FOSTER, Bass: GARY CHAMBERS, Drums: JIM LEWIS and Sax: NICKY SUFFELL. PHUNK formed during autumn 2007 almost by accident - when different band members got together in an Ormskirk studio and discovered a mutual love of all things funky... since then they've gigged hard and put together a number of demos and even recorded a live DVD. For more information or to make contact with PHUNK try - www.phunkgroove.com , www.myspace.com/phunk2008
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MASSIVE MILES DAVIS BOX SET ON ITS WAY...

Saturday, 03 October 2009 07:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MASSIVE MILES DAVIS BOX SET ON ITS WAY...

There have been quite a few alluring MILES DAVIS box sets over the last decade or so but the forthcoming 'The Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection' beats them all. A veritable behemoth of a boxset, it contains every single long player that the iconic jazz trumpeter released for Columbia Records during the 1950s, '60s, '70s and early '80s - that adds up to a whopping 52 LPs spread over 70 CDs with each album housed in a mini replica LP sleeve. Some of the albums have rare bonus tracks appended to them while Miles' legendary performance from the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival - a single 40-minute track that the trumpeter titled 'Call It Anything' - receives its first official audio release. The collection also contains a DVD featuring previously unseen footage of the Miles Davis Quintet performing in Europe during 1967. Add to this an 11,000 word essay, rarely seen photos together with detailed discographical information and you truly have a box set to end box sets. The monster package is unleashed by Sony Music's Columbia/Legacy imprint on November 30th and will retail in the UK at around £160 - better start writing that Christmas list now then!

Talking of MILES, there's also a French exhibition dedicated to the trumpet maestro called 'We Love Miles.' Chronicling Davis' life and times, it opens at the Museé de la Musique in Paris on October 16th and runs until January 17th 2010. Catch it if you can….

 

SOUL SIZZLERS HOT OFF THE PRESS FROM...WAKEFIELD

Monday, 28 September 2009 03:26 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL SIZZLERS HOT OFF THE PRESS FROM...WAKEFIELD

Garry J. Cape's Wakefield-based Soulscape label - which specialises in cult, vintage, and hard-to-find Stateside soul - continues to add to its already impressive catalogue with a new collection from Florida-born soul man, TOMMY TATE, this month. 'When Hearts Grow Cold' is a massive 20-track CD that brings together sides that the Mississippi-raised singer cut at Malaco and Muscle Shoals in the '80s and '90s and includes Tate's ultra-soulful-interpretations of songs previously cut by the likes of CANDI STATON, BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND, OTIS CLAY, DOROTHY MOORE and LITTLE MILTON.

Also recently out on Soulscape is a superb retrospective called 'Malaco Soul Brothers' featuring the mid-'70s work of soul men, CHUCK BROOKS, JOE WILSON and ace tunesmith, GEORGE SOULE. It features rare 45s from the trio plus a wealth of previously unissued material unearthed from the Malaco vaults. Aficionados of deep and obscure Southern soul should also look out for 'Nobody Has To Tell Me,' a terrific collection by the raw-voiced LATTIMORE BROWN, which features his seminal Stax-like '60s recordings for the Sound Stage Seven, Seventy Seven and Renegade labels.

For more information on these and other releases by Soulscape, go to: http://www.garryjcape.com

 

INTRODUCING DIONNE BROMFIELD ...

Saturday, 26 September 2009 06:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INTRODUCING DIONNE BROMFIELD ...

London-born singer DIONNE BROMFIELD releases her debut album on October 12 through Lioness Records/Island. 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield' is the first album issued by Lioness, the new label created by AMY WINEHOUSE. AMY is also godmother to the 13 year-old and she says of her protégé, "She's so much better than I was at her age." The album features covers of 12 classic songs that reflect DIONNE'S love of vintage soul music and '60s girl groups. Tracks include 'Mama Said', 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'Foolish Little Girl' and 'Am I The Same Girl'. It was at the age of ten that DIONNE started to think seriously about singing, after an aunt recognised her potential and referred her to a professional vocal coach. Speaking about the songs chosen for the album DIONNE explains: "Mostly I listen to Motown - that's proper music. And these songs I've chosen, I just grew up around them. My mum had lots of old Motown LPs, and when you're brought up listening to something you start singing the way these people are singing. My favourite singer is MARVIN GAYE, and ARETHA FRANKLIN is amazing as well - she has such a big voice! I also like NE-YO very much, I like BEYONCE, but I don't want to go R&B or pop or anything like that. I want to keep it soul."…. Full review of 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield' on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

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