Monday, 02 August 2010 16:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ruffinsThough it didn't quite make the expected ripples on its initial release in 1970, the collaborative album from JIMMY and DAVID RUFFIN – 'I Am My Brother's Keeper' has long been an in-demand collector's item. The good news is that September sees the album gets its first ever CD release from Universal/Motown. JIMMY and DAVID RUFFIN need no introduction to SJF readers, who, we're sure, will be delighted at the opportunity to have what has become something of a soul Holy Grail. The original album contained 12 cuts and - as was the way with Motown at the time - they comprised covers of soul/pop hits (including an obvious 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother') along with a selection of Motown originals. The new, remastered issue comes with a pair of bonus cuts – a hard driving 'You're What I Need' and an undubbed version of 'Stand By Me'. (The original, issued version features over-dubbed "live" effects). As with all Motown archive reissues, the album comes with extended liner notes, atmospheric photos and full track annotations.

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Monday, 02 August 2010 16:14 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

natalie_williams203London's RONNIE SCOTT'S club is currently playing host to the BRITISH JAZZ FESTIVAL... lots then going on down in Frith Street. Here are some highlights of the festival and other upcoming shows...

August 7th: Brit Jazz Fest - JASON REBELLO QUARTET featuring PINO PALLADINO ... Pianist Rebello's quartet tonight features electric bass star PINO PALLADINO

August 8th: Brit Jazz Fest - SOUL FAMILY SUNDAY WITH NATALIE WILLIAMS (pictured)             

August 15th: RONNIE SCOTTS BLUES EXPERIENCE .......The Blues Experience is led by TONY REMY and specializes in blues music from Chicago to Delta to West Coast to British,

August 16th – 18th: TERRY CALLIER ......CALLIER, of course, is an underground soul hero... with two new albums coming out soon, 'Welcome Home' and 'Hidden Conversations'.

August 19th – 21st: INCOGNITO .......check out SJF's interview with BLUEY and full review of INCOGNITO'S latest album.

August 22nd: FUNK AFFAIR ....Regular night of deep funk grooves from some of the UK's best loved funk heavyweights, including alumni from JAMIROQUAI and singer LOUISE POLLOCK

August 27th – 29th: AIRTO MOREIRA & FLORA PURIM ... The Brazilian husband and wife duo ...deservedly recognized for their individual talents;


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Friday, 30 July 2010 19:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

al_goodmanVersatile soul vocalist AL GOODMAN has died aged 67. GOODMAN is best known for his work with THE MOMENTS. Born in Mississippi, baritone GOODMAN moved to New York when he was just 19 and recorded with the VIPERS and the CORVETTES before joining forces with the MOMENTS with whom he recorded some of their best known songs including 'Love On A Two Way Street' and 'All I Have'. The MOMENTS, of course, morphed into RAY, GOODMAN and BROWN and continued to enjoy moderate success particularly with 'Special Lady'. Family members say Goodman died on Monday (July 26) from complications during surgery at Hackensack University Medical Centre, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife HENRIETTA and five children. A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 2, at the Bergen Performing Arts Centre in

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Friday, 30 July 2010 19:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

al-jarreau-10French news sources are reporting that 70 year old jazz star AL JARREAU has become seriously ill with his condition described by the treating hospital as "critical". JARREAU fell ill just before he was due to go on stage at a festival concert late on Thursday (29 July) in the southern Alpine town of Barcelonette. Reportedly he had an unduly rapid heartbeat. He was treated on the spot for a couple of hours but was later flown by helicopter to a hospital intensive care unit in nearby Gap where he was admitted with respiratory problems. The Milwaukee-born singer has enjoyed a lengthy career and he's won Grammy Awards in the genres of jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues and released more than 20 albums between 1975 and 2009.

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Friday, 30 July 2010 12:52 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sinclarFrench dance music maestro BOB SINCLAR is set to release a greatest hits set... but, as you'd expect from Monsieur S, he's decided to do it a little differently. To create the 13 tracker BOB decamped to Jamaica – more specifically to the legendary Anchor studio in Kingston – the hangout of the even more legendary ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE and SLY DUNBAR. The duo were enlisted to provide the rhythms to brand new reggae-flavoured versions of all of BOB'S biggest tunes, including 'Love Generation', 'Peace Song' and 'Kiss My Eyes' while the album's featured vocalists include SHAGGY, CAMILLE LEFORT, QUEEN IFRICA and GARY PINE who takes lead on the LP's most soulful cut 'Give A Lil' Love'. SINCLAR'S legions of dance fans will be surprised and, we're sure, delighted at the new twists on old favourites. 'BOB SINCLAR with SLY and ROBBIE – MADE IN JAMAICA' is out now on Yellow Productions.


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