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SYL JOHNSON GOES MELLOW ...

Friday, 02 July 2010 19:44 Billm Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

mellowd2Soul veteran SYL JOHNSON is about to resurrect his famed Twinight label with an album on Aussie soul singer MELLOW D. SYL first came across the lady (real name MELODY WHITTLE) when she worked as a backing singer on JOHNSON'S last Asian tour and he was so impressed that he decided to record her. There's an album in the pipeline – tentatively (and bravely) titled 'The Rebirth Of Soul' - but in the meantime two tracks are already available via CD Baby. They are excellent versions of JACKIE ROSS'S 'Selfish One' and BARBARA ACKLIN'S 'Love Makes A Woman' - both recorded in glorious analogue and with real instruments. Sharp-eared listeners will be able to pick out SYL on guitar.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 19:53

 

VITAL VINYL

Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

VITAL VINYL

In response to customer demand Ace Records have just released two of their recent CD successes in glorious vinyl. They are GEORGIE FAME'S 'The Mod Years' and DORIS DUKE'S 'I'm A Loser'. The former is a wonderful testament to FAME'S pioneering jazz and soul work in the sixties. The LP features great versions of stuff like 'The Monkey Time' and 'Sweet Thing'. The DORIS DUKE album is different altogether - a stirring tale of loss and despair. Hailed as a deep soul classic on initial release, it remains essential fare.

 

GRAZIN' IN THE LEMONGRASS

Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GRAZIN' IN THE LEMONGRASS

Over the last couple of years Germany's LEMONGRASS label has won a reputation for quality chill out music and quirky dance tunes. The label, headed by top muso, ROLAND VOSS, goes into high summer with a trio of strong albums. First up there's label mainstays LEMONGRASS with 'The 5th Dimension'. The band is a vehicle for VOSS and his clever take on ambient and if that's your bag listen up in particular to some wonderful vocal cuts featuring KAREN GIBSON ROC and SUZY DUFFY. There are more chill out tunes on the label's second set - 'No Place Like Home' from MICHIKO. MICHIKO is a London-based vocalist and this is her second album. A cool but soulful vibe permeates the whole set and on it you'll hear echoes of SADE and GOLDFRAPP... but mixed with homage to the legendary Naked label. The feeling's a good deal more "up" on 'The Paradise Groove' from Sweden's GLAM SLAM AND HIS COMBO. It's the third of Lemongrass' summer releases and it's a mix of disco, soulful house, smooth jazz and Latin. One of the key tracks is 'Staying Home With My Baby' featuring euro jazz vocalist, CARL BELUGA while 'Last Days Of Disco' is already making waves in Ibiza and in California. For more info go to www.lemongrassmusic.de.

 

EXPANSION REISSUE EXPLOSION

Monday, 21 June 2010 11:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

EXPANSION REISSUE EXPLOSION

The ever-dependable Expansion label has lined up a trio of vintage albums for CD reissue. First up is CHAPTER 8's eponymous debut album. Originally released on the Ariola label, the set, of course, featured ANITA BAKER on lead vocals. Ariola soon dropped the band, claiming that Ms. BAKER couldn't sing! Hear now how wrong they were! Second up from Expansion is BOBBY GLOVER'S 'Bad Boy Glover'. GLOVER hailed from Ohio and this was his only album. Released in 1984, it was the brain child of ROGER TROUTMAN for whom GLOVER had provided backing vocals in the ZAPP hey-day. The third Expansion reissue is a twofer from NORMAN CONNORS. The set pairs two of the percussionist's Arista albums - 'Take It To The Limit' and 'Mr. C' ... and CONNORS' aficionados consider them to be up there with his very best. Finally - as a wonderful extra - through a deal with DAVID NATHAN'S soulmusic.com, Expansion are making available THELMA HOUSTON'S marvellous 1969 'Sunshower' album. The set was conceived, largely written and produced by the legendary JIMMY WEBB who was one of music's hottest commodities at the time. All of the LP's 12 tracks are included (naturally), along with a six bonus cuts - including a lovely version of LAURA NYRO'S 'Save The Country'. The album comes complete with apposite sleeve notes from http://www.soulandjazzandfunk.com's CHARLES WARING.

 

INCOGNITO GO TRANSATLANTIC

Monday, 21 June 2010 11:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INCOGNITO GO TRANSATLANTIC

INCOGNITO - currently celebrating their 30th anniversary - are set to release a brand new album ... 'Transatlantic RPM' on the Shanachie label. The LP boasts an incredible guest line up. Featured artists include CHAKA KHAN, MAYSA, URSULA RUCKER, LEON WARE, MARIO BIONDI and AL MCKAY! BLUEY told www.soulandjazzandfunk.com "Being a teenager in 1970's London, you could not escape the music. It was all around you. There was a buzz in every record store. People searching through the crates to catch up on the latest offerings from across the pond. I'd be looking for the names… Harvey Mason, Steve Gadd, Ralph McDonald… I would fantasize about boarding a plane to the USA and strolling into the studio to lay down tracks with Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder & Leon Ware... In regards to this album, three out of four isn't bad for this island boy from Tottenham who several years earlier at the age of five on the beaches of Mauritius had decided that music would be his destiny!" Full review of the album here @ www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon......

 

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