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SOMETHING JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT ...

Friday, 03 July 2009 10:57 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOMETHING JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT ...

Seekers of the more esoteric forms of soul, jazz and funk will already know about German label LEMONGRASSMUSIC. The label, helmed by ROLAND VOSS, has an enviable reputation amongst discerning European clubbers and tracks from the label's albums have become staples in the Ibizan chill-out zones. LEMONGRASSMUSIC is just becoming known in the UK and the USA via three new releases which between them show the range of the music which the label makes.
First up is 'Palm Beach' from WEATHERTUNES. It's the perfect summer, jazz chillout album - languid and lazy yet still vibrant. It has echoes of BURT BACHARACH'S 'At This Time' -though it's more varied. Highlights are the delightful electro-Brazilian tune 'Sugar Loaf' and the soporific 'Sex Is The Place'. With KAY DEE on vocal, the song's not as raunchy as the title suggests - more like ASTRUD GILBERTO for the 21st. century.
Different again is 'Groovy' from GLAM SAM AND HIS COMBO. GLAM SAM is the alter ego of Swedish muso MATS SAMUELSSON and his 15 tracker is a fun album that combines elements of dance, lounge, jazz and funk. In places it will remind you of Aussie combo COOKIN' ON THREE BURNERS but elsewhere it's totally different. Tracks like 'The Concept Of Being Hip' and 'Dig The New Breed' will delight broad-minded jazzers, while 'Mind, Body And Soul' is a tremendous mid-tempo modern soul jam that should set sophisticated feet tapping.
Third album in the new LEMONGRASS trio is 'On The Road' from FIVE SEASONS… essentially the solo project of DANIEL VOSS, brother of label boss ROLAND. The 13 tracker is warm and atmospheric and garnished with Latin flavourings. Tracks from the LP (notably 'In Your Town') have already been featured on Sony's series of lounge and chill out collections.
For more details on these albums and more go to www.lemongrassmusic.de

 

WIN BABYFACE TICKETS ...

Thursday, 02 July 2009 05:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WIN BABYFACE TICKETS ...

In a relatively short space of time www.soulandjazandfunk.com has established itself as one of the leading internet soul news and review websites. Read and respected not just by soul fans but by music biz insiders (including many top artists), it's won a reputation for comprehensive and independent coverage of the whole soul scene.

To celebrate, www.soulandjazzandfunk.com is giving away a pair of tickets for the exciting upcoming concert featuring soul legend BABYFACE and rising Brit soulstress NATALIE WILLIAMS. The show takes place at London's Indigo2 on Saturday 11 July and it promises to be a great night. To win a pair of free tickets just answer this simple question -


At which top London jazz club does NATALIE WILLIAMS host a monthly soul show?

E-mail the answers to our usual e-mail address - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

…and the first correct answer out of the hat will win the tickets.

Remember to include your name and address and don't forget that the concert takes place in London and that the prize DOES NOT include travel or accommodation. Good luck!

 

FAYETTE PINKNEY DIES

Thursday, 02 July 2009 04:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

FAYETTE PINKNEY DIES

An official announcement was made yesterday (1 July) that FAYETTE PINKNEY - an original member of the THREE DEGREES had died aged 61. Ms. PINKNEY, who had been working as a patient counsellor at the Medical College Of Pennsylvania, died of acute respiratory failure at the Abington Health Lansdale Hospital near Philadelphia on Saturday 27 June. FAYETTE, SHIRLEY PORTER and LINDA TURNER formed the THREE DEGREES at High School and over the years she remained the group's only original ever-present. She was there during the group's most prolific period when they enjoyed a strong run of chart hits - even winning the dubious accolade of becoming PRINCE CHARLES' favourite group!
She left the group in 1976 to pursue an academic career (though she did record one solo album) - eventually winning a Masters Degree and going on to work in medical administration and counselling. She continued to sing with the Intermezzo Choir Ministry and she's survived by her brother NATHANIEL.

 

NATALIE AND BABYFACE TOGETHER...

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 09:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

NATALIE AND BABYFACE TOGETHER...

Top British soulstress NATALIE WILLIAMS is to support KENNY 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS for an exclusive concert at the Indigo2 on Saturday 11 July. The concert is BABYFACE'S only UK date on his European tour and NATALIE is delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a legendary artist. BABYFACE, we're told, will be performing a selection of his own hits along with special medleys of songs he's written for others - including WHITNEY HOUSTON, BOYZ II MEN, MARIAH CAREY, TONI BRAXTON, ARETHA and, of course, MICHAEL JACKSON.
NATALIE'S not fazed by the challenge of appearing alongside an icon and she's convinced that her soulful mix of jazz and R&B will be a perfect hors d'oeuvre for the main event. NATALIE already hosts a monthly residency at Ronnie Scott's London and in-the-know UK soul folk will attest to her credentials. She has a new album pencilled in for later in the year and the lead single 'Lil' Wiser' will be available very soon….


Ticket details are: -
Saturday 11 July - IndigO2, London
Price: £35 plus limited premiums
IndigO2 - 0844 844 0002 / www.theindigo2.co.uk
Ticketline - 08448 889 991 / www.ticketline.co.uk
See Tickets - 0871 2200 260 / www.seetickets.com
Ticketmaster - 0844 847 2450 / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Watch this space for an exclusive competition with the opportunity to win special tickets to this unique soul concert.

 

STRANGE ARRANGEMENTS ...

Saturday, 27 June 2009 11:43 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

STRANGE ARRANGEMENTS ...


2009's been a vintage year for retro soul albums - now stand by for what those in the know are saying will be acclaimed the best of the lot! MAYER HAWTHORNE hails from Ann Arbour, Michigan - a soulful shimmy from Detroit, where as a white kid he immersed himself not only in the sounds of his own Motor City but also the magical music of Curtom and Stax. The 29 year old began making his own music and he soon came to the notice of the wonderfully named PEANUT BUTTER WOLF (honest!) head of the Stone's Throw label. The achingly-fragile-voiced HAWTHORNE was signed and his debut set is almost with us. Called 'A Strange Arrangement' the music has big echoes of Motown and the inspired feel of the Impressions, the Esquires, the Notations, the Natural Four, the Mad Lads and Leroy Hutson. Add to all that some tight J Dilla inspired modern beats and - in places - Beach Boys style harmonies and you have a hugely intriguing album. The set's first single - 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' - is available from August while the album is out in September. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.


 

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