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Friday, 20 March 2009 10:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GET CLOSER...

Keen followers of the MOBO awards will know all about YOLANDA BROWN. In 2008, you see, she picked up the 'Best Jazz' MOBO accolade. The award was based around her live work and the acclaimed EP 'Finding My Voice' which she now follows with another mini-album, 'A Step Closer'. This new 7 tracker features more of her innovative sax playing that has already won her gigs playing with artists as diverse as the Temptations and Soweto Kinch. YOLANDA'S jazz is hard to pin down but in it there are flavours of soul, R&B, gospel and reggae and even on the tight grooves of 'Just Say' there's an other-worldliness that may call to mind JOHN KLEMMER. The lady's working on a full album and has a full touring schedule in her diary…. Find out more at - www.yolandabrown.co.uk

 

TRAIN A-COMING...

Friday, 20 March 2009 10:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TRAIN A-COMING...

TV and cinema ads have been responsible for breathing new life into many an old soul chestnut. Latest tune to be revitalised in this way is DON THOMAS'S 1974 recording of 'Come On Train'. THOMAS recorded the stomper for the NUVJ label and on release it did very little - till the good ol' Northern scene espoused it and, latterly, copies of the single have been changing hands for sums approaching £100! The ad men seized the tune to front a Visa ad but first had hot shot mixer IAN PARTON add some 21st century tweaks to it. The result is still infectious and the beats perfectly complement the ad visuals which feature disabled performance artist BILL SHANNON'S crutch-dance shopping spree. Let's hope, en route, he picked up a reissue copy of DON THOMAS' 'Come On Train' (original and remix) … the reissue label is New State, by the way.

 

LEGEND SINGLE

Sunday, 15 March 2009 16:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LEGEND SINGLE

JOHN LEGEND fans (and there are one or two about!) will need to know that the man releases his latest single at the end of March. 'Everybody Knows' is another cut from his acclaimed 'Evolver' album and good though the original version is, the new 'Love To Infinity' Radio Edit is even better. It's tight and very, very crisp with a set of beats that are perfect for the modern soul room.

 

NEW DIANA KRALL ALBUM OUT SOON

Monday, 09 March 2009 12:28 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW DIANA KRALL ALBUM OUT SOON

Canadian jazz chanteuse and pianist, DIANA KRALL - who's also the wife of singer/songwriter Elvis Costello - returns with a new album on Verve in June called 'Quiet Nights.' Her first long player since 2006's 'From This Moment On,' 'Quiet Nights' returns to the lush, introspective, romanticism of 2001's 'The Look Of Love' and features string arrangements by the legendary German maestro Claus Ogerman. Among the twelve songs are Krall's versions of 'The Boy From Ipanema,' 'Walk On By' and 'Every Time We Say Goodbye.' We at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com have had a sneak preview of the album and can confirm it's a classy collection that's right up there with the best of Ms. Krall's work.

 

RARE GROOVES GALORE FROM FUNKY TOWN

Saturday, 07 March 2009 09:00 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

RARE GROOVES GALORE FROM FUNKY TOWN

Northampton isn't a place that most people would associate with soul and funk music but the town is home to a new reissue label, Funky Town Grooves. The label specialises in reissuing rare, collectible and out-of-print '80s funk and soul albums as is putting them out as remastered mid-price limited edition pressings. In just a short time Funky Town Grooves has revived a slew of desirable '80s R&B titles, including many albums originally released on Jerry Greenberg's Mirage label. Below are some of the titles now available - go to www.funkytowngrooves.com for more information. Also, look out for reviews of some of these albums soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com


Blue Magic - 'Magic #'
The System - 'Sweat'
Various - 'Mirage Records Soul & Funk Collection'
Nile Rodgers - 'Adventures In The Land Of Good Groove'
Stroke - 'Stroke'
Kano - 'New York Cake'
Invisible Man's Band - 'Really Wanna See You'
Attitude - 'Pump The Nation'
Ingram - 'Would You Like To Fly'
Ingram - 'Night Stalkers'
T.S. Monk - 'House Of Music'
T.S. Monk - 'More Of The Good Life'
The M-Zee Band - 'Doctor Rhythm'
Louis Johnson - 'Evolution'
Keni Stevens - 'You'
Keni Stevens - 'Blue Moods'

 

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