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MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

The Shanachie label has developed a great knack of persuading classic soul stars into the studio and right now they've just achieved a real coup by getting PHIL PERRY to record a whole album with MELBA MOORE. The LP - 'The Gift Of Love' - gets a late September release and it really is an old school soul classic, featuring covers of 'Optimistic', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and the SPINNERS' 'Sadie'. MOORE - who recently has been focusing on acting and recording her gospel albums - is delighted to be back to secular recording and is thrilled to be working with someone of PERRY'S calibre. Full review of 'The Gift Of Love' on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon


 

JOHNNY CARTER DIES ...

Saturday, 22 August 2009 05:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

JOHNNY CARTER DIES ...

JOHNNY CARTER, lead tenor with the DELLS, died on Friday 21st August - he was 76. CARTER passed away at the Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey Illinois and cause of death was given as lung cancer. Born in 1933, CARTER joined the DELLS in 1960 - replacing JOHNNY FUNCHES. Since then, the line up of the DELLS had remained constant and since CARTER'S diagnosis with cancer last August, the veteran group have refused to perform. By general consent, JOHNNY CARTER truly possessed one of soul's most distinctive voices and he was one of only a handful of artists to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice. He was honoured not only for his work with the DELLS but also for the role he played with seminal do-wop group the FLAMINGOS. TERRY STEWART CEO of the Hall Of Fame said "We have lost an incredible voice that graced two of the most significant vocal groups of all time". CARTER is survived by five daughter and several grandchildren

 

GEORGE BENSON - SPINNING SOME TALES

Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:45 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

GEORGE BENSON - SPINNING SOME TALES

GEORGE BENSON has a new album out on 21st September called 'Songs And Stories' via Concord. The first album in three years from the 66-year-old Pittsburgh-born singer/guitarist, 'Song And Stories' is a star-studded affair produced by the redoubtable Marcus Miller - it features contributions from guitarists Lee Ritenour, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown as well as assistance from singers Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright, keyboard maestro Greg Phillinganes and ex-Rufus drummer, John Robinson. The material includes soul-infused covers of James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,' Christopher Cross's 'Sailing' and Donny Hathaway's 'Someday We'll All Be Free,' and also features three new songs penned by veteran tunesmiths Lamont Dozier ('Living In High Definition'), Bill Withers ('A Telephone Call Away') and Rod Temperton ('Family Reunion').

Go to George Benson's website (www.georgebenson.com) to see video clips of 'The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories.'

Look out for a full review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

MICHAEL MIXED ... OR NOT

Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:24 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MICHAEL MIXED ... OR NOT

The MICHAEL JACKSON cash-in continues unabated with a new Motown release featuring 11 "new" mixes of JACKO faves - both solo and with the eponymous FIVE. "Mixed", though, isn't quite the best way to describe the new tracks. In actuality, what the engineers have done to stuff like 'I Want You Back' and 'Got To Be There' is to strip away much of the instrumentation from the well-known, released songs to leave a limited backing track and little MIKE'S sweet voice. The idea, we're told, is to make that voice the star - not the pop productions… but I guess MJ fans knew that all along anyway. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TRU ...

Friday, 14 August 2009 09:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TRU ...

Though it's not yet quite achieved the status of Motown, Brighton's TRU THOUGHTS label is celebrating a very special anniversary this year - its 10th! The label was launched in September 1999 by ROBERT LUIS and PAUL JONAS and their idea was to issue music that chimed in with their celebrated Brighton club nights. The first release was a 12" - 'Alarming Frequency' by STEADY. Now 199 releases on, the label celebrates with a triple CD box set - which comes in real premium package, including a 24 page booklet giving the low down on the label. Two of the set's CDs offer a "best of" of what the label offers and soul and jazz and funk fans will thrill to cuts from people like ALICE RUSSELL, LIZZY PARKS, QUANTIC, THE BAMBOOS and KYLIE AUDLIST. The third CD throws up a dozen real exclusives including 'Turn It Up' from the BAMBOOS and an acoustic version of KYLIE AUDLIST'S 'No Use'. For full details of the release and associated anniversary celebration go to www.tru-thoughts.co.uk


 

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