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DOME AT THE DOME

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOME AT THE DOME

Saturday 4th October sees the old Millennium Dome play host to a trio of Dome Label artists. The Greenwich venue - now known as the O2 - has an intimate performance space, indigo2, and it's there that you can enjoy the combined talents of ANTHONY DAVID, ANGELA JOHNSON and ERIC ROBERSON. Tickets are available on 0844 844 002 or from Putney's Soul Brother Records. For more details go to www.theindigo2.com or www.domerecords.co.uk

 

SOUL TREASURE FROM SOUL BROTHER

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL TREASURE FROM SOUL BROTHER

Putney's redoubtable Soul Brother Records are set to release a wonderful, in-demand album from HANK BALLARD. BALLARD was a star way back in the fifties, and is maybe best known for the original version of 'The Twist'. In 1968 the 'ole twister found himself pacted to King Records where none other than label-mate, JAMES BROWN produced an album on him. Entitled 'You Can't Keep A Good Man Down', the set, in its original vinyl incarnation, is extremely rare, but Soul Brother have managed to secure licensing rights and are re-issuing it on CD. The set contains the whole of the original LP along with a slew of bonuses including material that BALLARD and BROWN worked on together for the People and Polydor labels. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

BOSSA NOVA BONANZA...

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 09:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

BOSSA NOVA BONANZA...

The sensuous rhythms of the Brazilian bossa nova sound found a wider audience in the early 1960s thanks to the pioneering work of ethereal-voiced singer Astrud Gilberto, singer/songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim, and US jazz saxophonist, Stan Getz. Classic albums by this trio are about to hit the shops again as part of Universal's 'Originals' series.
There are three Astrud Gilberto albums - 'The Astrud Gilberto Album' (1965, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim and arrangements by Marty Paich); 'Look To The Rainbow,' (also from 1965, featuring arrangements by legendary Miles Davis collaborator, Gil Evans); and 'A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness' (a 1966 collaboration with organist Walter Wanderley and his trio).
Of course, Gilberto rose to fame as a featured singer on the Jobim-penned 'Girl From Ipanema' recorded for an album project combining the talents of her then husband Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz. Getz did a further collaboration with Joao Gilberto, 'Getz/Gilberto #2,' which is being reissued along with the tenor saxophonist's 1963 pairing with Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida entitled 'Stan Getz With Guest Laurindo Almeida.'
Another noted Brazilian bossa nova guitar player, Luiz Bonfa, has his collectable albums 'Luiz Bonfa & Maria Toledo' (1965) and 'The Brazilian Scene' (1965) reissued by Universal. The final album in the series is 'Rio Revisited,' a 1987 live album by Antonio Carlos Jobim and female singer Gal Costa. Included are striking versions of Jobim's bossa nova classics 'Wave,' 'Dindi,' 'Corcovado' and 'Desafinado.'
And if that wasn't enough, for those wishing to delve deeper into the roots of the bossa nova phenomenon and aiming to get acquainted with the idiom's less celebrated practitioners, there are thirteen collectable Brazilian titles reissued on EMI Odeon. One of the most significant albums in the collection is the 1956 opus, 'Orfeu Da Conceicao,' which kick-started the bossa nova movement some 52 years ago. It features songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, who composed the music to Vinicius De Moraes's play 'Orfeu Da Conceicao,' which was filmed as 'Black Orpheus,' a movie that took bossa nova to a wider, international, audience. Other EMI Odeon albums released to celebrate 50 years of bossa nova music include 'Ideias,' an early album by keyboard player Eumir Deodato, who later found success as a jazz-fusion artist at CTI in the 1970s. Also noteworthy is the eponymous album from 1964 by Quarteto Nova, a Brazilian group featuring two future Brazilian luminaries, Airto Moreira and Hermeto Pascoal.

Also reissued are the following albums:
Joao Donato e seu Conjunto - 'Cha Dancante'
Luiz Bonfa - 'O Violao e o Samba'
Marcos Valle - 'Samba "Demais"'
Milton Banana Trio - 'Milton Banana Trio'
Walter Wanderley - 'Samba no Esquema de Walter Wanderley'
Perry Ribeiro/Leny Andrade - 'Gemini V (Show da Boite Porao 73)'
Perry Ribeiro + Bossa 3 - 'Encontro'
Elizeth Cardoso e Cyro Monteiro - 'A bossa Eterna de Elizeth e Cyro'
Doris, Miltinho e Charme - 'Doris, Miltinho e Charme'
Elza Soares - 'Elza Pede Passagem'


 

JAZZ SAX LEGEND JOHNNY GRIFFIN DIES...

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 02:10 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

JAZZ SAX LEGEND JOHNNY GRIFFIN DIES...

JOHNNY GRIFFIN, the diminutive Windy City-born tenor saxophone player who was nicknamed the 'Little Giant' died suddenly at his home in the village of Mauprevoir, France, on Friday 25th July. He was 80. Born in Chicago in 1928, Griffin - whose rapid-fingered hard bop style earned him the title 'the fastest saxophone player in the west' - rose to fame in the ranks of Lionel Hampton's band in the 1940s. In 1957 he recorded a famous album for Blue Note alongside fellow tenor sax titans John Coltrane and Hank Mobley called 'A Blowing Session.' After spending some time with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the late-'50s, Griffin decamped to France in the 1960s, where he stayed until his death. In May this year, Griffin celebrated his eightieth birthday by performing two concerts at Ronnie Scott's in London.


 

NEW EXPANSION RELEASES...

Thursday, 24 July 2008 03:32 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW EXPANSION RELEASES...

One of the UK's leading independent soul music labels, Expansion, releases three new titles in the first half of August. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited of the bunch is the first ever UK reissue of LAMONT DOZIER'S 1981 album for Columbia, 'Working On You,' which was only previously available on CD in Japan as a limited edition item. It features the sought-after rare groove, 'Starting Over.'
Released the same day - 11th of August - is a sterling 15-track collection devoted to soul man, TYRONE DAVIS. The tracks are drawn from his '70s tenure with Columbia Records though the collection's bonus track, the in-demand 'Do You Feel It,' first appeared in 1985 on the indie Future label. The set includes the soul gems 'In The Mood,' 'Never Stop Loving Me,' and the Beyonce-sampled, 'Ain't Nothing I Can Do.'
Expansion also releases a 2-CD compilation on August 4th called 'New Soul Woman.' The 30-track set features some of the best distaff names in contemporary soul - ranging from Maysa Leak and Adriana Evans to Ebony Alleyne, N'dambi, LaToya London and Ledisi. The compilation features exclusive songs by Gianna, Tonia Smith and Eleana Young.


 

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