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SINGULAR SOUL

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 10:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SINGULAR SOUL

Summer's traditionally a slow time for singles (in any genre), but right now there's some decent soul singles around. Biggest of the bunch is a wonderful return from the inimitable ALI WOODSON - though the single's not actually down to the ex-Temptation. ALI is the guest vocalist on keyboardist MO PLEASURE'S 'R U Down?' - the lead single from the smooth jazzer's upcoming LP. The mid-tempo groove sounds like a classic 80s Temptations throw back with just a hint of the unbridled passion of BOBBY WOMACK. Ploughing a similar groove is 'My Shero' from someone who goes under the name BIGG SHADEY. The 'Shero' of the title implies 'heroine' and MR. SHADEY'S velvety voice reminded me a lot of BILLY ECKSTINE. Steppers might want to seek out a lovely light cut from TERRELL HOUSE - 'You're The One'. Gentle, light and unprepossessing, it's a pleasing summer floater. From the UK now - HAYDON - one time the lead singer of ULTIMATE KAOS - kicks off a solo career with 'Get Into You' which should please both the soul and R&B crowds. There are two mixes on the single and both have a real, old school soul feel to 'em. All on indie labels those - diligent internet trawling should let you grab a listen. The major labels are also hoping for some summer success, with RCA pinning hopes on JENNIFER HUDSON . Her 'Spotlight' is a catchy pop/soul sound, while ex DESTINY'S CHILD, MICHELLE WILLIAMS tries for a hit with 'We Break The Dawn' - the lead cut from her first non-gospel solo set 'Unexpected'. With the right support both could get away, though the best major label single at the moment is clearly ROBIN THICKE'S ultra catchy 'Magic' … and magical it is. Could Mr. T have found, at long last, the song that will effect that final big breakthrough? We think so…..

 

SEXUAL HEALING - HOT 8 STYLE

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:14 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SEXUAL HEALING - HOT 8 STYLE

Coming together in 1995, New Orleans' idiosyncratic HOT 8 BRASS BAND have been steadily building up a legion of fans beguiled by their mix of traditional Crescent City brass band sounds, hip-hop rhythms and funk flavours. The group, who regularly march on the customary Sunday second-line parades and who are in demand to lead New Orleans funeral marches, cut a remarkable debut set- 'Rock with the Hot 8'. From that album their version of MARVIN GAYE'S 'Sexual Healing' became an underground classic. Well now the tune's back - bigger and better - in a ME AND YOU re-edit. The new take retains the charming peculiarity of the original but is edited down to a digestible 5 minutes. It's the centrepiece on a new 9 tracker from Brighton's Tru Thoughts label - 'Hot 8 Brass Band …Remixes'. Released to coincide with the eightsome's UK August tour, the songs will be available exclusively on i-tunes for 1 month from 28 July; then direct from www.etchshop.co.uk . Apart from the wonderfully bizarre 'Sexual Healing', there's a tight, funky 'Get Up' (remixed by UNFORSCENE)' , a danceable, jazzy HINT remix of 'Jisten To Me' and 6 other big cuts…. For more info - www.tru-thoughts.co.uk

 

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'


 

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