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JAZZ DVD NEWS

Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

JAZZ DVD NEWS

DIANA KRALL has a new DVD out to coincide with her critically acclaimed album, 'Quiet Nights' (read the review at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com). It's called 'Live In Rio' and is released by Eagle Vision. Many of the songs from 'Quiet Nights' are featured along with other favourites from the Krall canon. The Canadian singer/pianist is accompanied by bassist, John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Anthony Wilson with the legendary Paulinho da Costa providing percussion. Claus Ogerman's original album arrangements are faithfully reproduced by the Rio De Janeiro Orchestra under the baton of conductor Ruria Duprat. Krall is set to play live in the UK in September.
Talking of jazz DVDs, the recently reformed RETURN TO FOREVER follow up their live album 'Returns' with a DVD of the same name. It captures the fusion supergroup led by Chick Corea at last year's Montreux Jazz Festival and includes performances of the RTF classics 'The Romantic Warrior,' 'Sorceress' and 'Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy.' It's released by Eagle Vision.
Another '70s jazz-fusion giant, guitarist, JOHN McLAUGHLIN, has a new DVD out called 'Live @ Belgrade' released by Mediastarz Monaco. The former Miles Davis sideman is caught performing in the Serbian capital with his group The Fourth Dimension (Gary Husband on keyboards, Mark Mondesir on drums and Dominique di Piazza on bass).

 

TEAM WORK

Thursday, 18 June 2009 13:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TEAM WORK

The TEAM are possibly the hardest working soul band in the UK. Their sound is passionate, big and vibrant and in vocalist ANGELO STARR, they have a front man who ranks with the very best. Formed almost thirty years ago as the backing band for the legendary EDWIN STARR (who'd made the UK his home), they've gigged constantly and their live performances are always memorable affairs. With the sad passing of EDWIN in 2003, his brother ANGELO took over the vocal duties and though the outfit have made occasional forays into the studio they're now set to release a wonderful, full album - 'Keeping The Faith'. The LP's stuffed with all kinds of soul flavours with 'Best Of Everything' drawing favourable comparisons with the mighty TOWER OF POWER. The album's release is heralded by a double A-sided single - 'Freewheelin'/Keep Your Head Up (High)' and both are drawing great dance floor reaction. Watch out for a full album review and interview @ www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

SMOOTH LIVE

Thursday, 18 June 2009 13:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SMOOTH LIVE

www.soulandjazzandfunk.com fan PHIL GREEN has been in touch to remind us (and by extension, you) that there's plenty of live smooth jazz on offer in the coming months. Key venue appears to be the famed Piazza Express in Soho's Dean Street. Over the next few months they've a galaxy of smooth jazzers lined up - including JEFF LORBER, BOB BALDWIN, MICHAEL LINGTON and PAUL BROWN. For fuller information go to www.sky.fm/smoothjazz/events ... for those maybe a bit more adventurous and willing to go further afield, the beautiful city of Munich is hosting a smooth jazz festival between 4 - 6 September (well in advance of the Beer Festival!) . Players already penned in to appear include BRIAN SIMPSON, DAVE KOS, MARCUS JOHNSON, RICHARD ELLIOT and RICK BRAUN. Some of the Bavarian capital's best venues will be hosting the shows and there's more info (in English) @ www.smoothjazzfestival.de

 

DOME UPDATE

Thursday, 18 June 2009 13:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOME UPDATE

That doyen of UK soul labels - Dome - has some exciting new albums lined up over the next few weeks. First up, there's 'Release' from HIL ST SOUL. The singer's last two albums were never officially available in the UK and this set includes the US hits 'Pieces', 'Hey Boy' and the fab cover of 'Until You Come Back To Me'. BRENDA RUSSELL'S 'In The Thick Of It' is another retrospective - a collection of the acclaimed writer/performer's biggest hits, to include the searing original version of 'Get Here'. Finally, August sees the release of ERIC ROBERSON'S 'Music Man First'. ERRO tells us the album title sums him up perfectly … full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon. In the meantime Dome stars, INCOGNITO have lined up a concert at Indig02 for 22 August to celebrate the band's 30th. (wow!) anniversary. Tickets and info from all the usual sources….

 

STONED SOUL

Monday, 15 June 2009 08:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

STONED SOUL

One of last year's best soul and funk albums was 'Side Stepper' from Aussie band The BAMBOOS… and some of that LP's best cuts featured the vocals of KYLIE AULDIST. Those turned on by that music will be delighted to learn that KYLIE unleashes her second solo set in August. 'Made Of Stone' sees the lovely lady backed once again by the BAMBOOS with band leader LANCE FERGUSON (LANU) in the producer's chair. The music's a big mix of soul, funk, and classy pop with a hint of the Caribbean to guarantee a summer flavour. The ear-worm that is 'In A Week, In a Day' is already getting spins from the most discerning of DJs… full review at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

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