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SOUL SIZZLERS HOT OFF THE PRESS FROM...WAKEFIELD

Monday, 28 September 2009 03:26 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL SIZZLERS HOT OFF THE PRESS FROM...WAKEFIELD

Garry J. Cape's Wakefield-based Soulscape label - which specialises in cult, vintage, and hard-to-find Stateside soul - continues to add to its already impressive catalogue with a new collection from Florida-born soul man, TOMMY TATE, this month. 'When Hearts Grow Cold' is a massive 20-track CD that brings together sides that the Mississippi-raised singer cut at Malaco and Muscle Shoals in the '80s and '90s and includes Tate's ultra-soulful-interpretations of songs previously cut by the likes of CANDI STATON, BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND, OTIS CLAY, DOROTHY MOORE and LITTLE MILTON.

Also recently out on Soulscape is a superb retrospective called 'Malaco Soul Brothers' featuring the mid-'70s work of soul men, CHUCK BROOKS, JOE WILSON and ace tunesmith, GEORGE SOULE. It features rare 45s from the trio plus a wealth of previously unissued material unearthed from the Malaco vaults. Aficionados of deep and obscure Southern soul should also look out for 'Nobody Has To Tell Me,' a terrific collection by the raw-voiced LATTIMORE BROWN, which features his seminal Stax-like '60s recordings for the Sound Stage Seven, Seventy Seven and Renegade labels.

For more information on these and other releases by Soulscape, go to: http://www.garryjcape.com

 

INTRODUCING DIONNE BROMFIELD ...

Saturday, 26 September 2009 06:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INTRODUCING DIONNE BROMFIELD ...

London-born singer DIONNE BROMFIELD releases her debut album on October 12 through Lioness Records/Island. 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield' is the first album issued by Lioness, the new label created by AMY WINEHOUSE. AMY is also godmother to the 13 year-old and she says of her protégé, "She's so much better than I was at her age." The album features covers of 12 classic songs that reflect DIONNE'S love of vintage soul music and '60s girl groups. Tracks include 'Mama Said', 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'Foolish Little Girl' and 'Am I The Same Girl'. It was at the age of ten that DIONNE started to think seriously about singing, after an aunt recognised her potential and referred her to a professional vocal coach. Speaking about the songs chosen for the album DIONNE explains: "Mostly I listen to Motown - that's proper music. And these songs I've chosen, I just grew up around them. My mum had lots of old Motown LPs, and when you're brought up listening to something you start singing the way these people are singing. My favourite singer is MARVIN GAYE, and ARETHA FRANKLIN is amazing as well - she has such a big voice! I also like NE-YO very much, I like BEYONCE, but I don't want to go R&B or pop or anything like that. I want to keep it soul."…. Full review of 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield' on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

EXPAND YOUR...RECORD COLLECTION!

Friday, 25 September 2009 11:19 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

EXPAND YOUR...RECORD COLLECTION!

One of the UK's leading independent soul labels, EXPANSION, has a varied batch of new releases out this autumn. Reissued on CD for the first time are the late-'70s albums 'I'm On My Way,' and 'With Your Love' by Southern soul siren, JACKIE MOORE. Both LPs - which are now available on a single CD - were originally issued by Columbia and produced in Philadelphia by Bobby Eli, who gave Moore a slick, mirror ball makeover. Included is Moore's anthemic disco version of the O'Jays' 'This Time Baby.'
Also reissued for the first time are a couple of long players by the Windy City-based tunesmiths-turned-performers, (Zane) GREY & (Len Ron) HANKS. The duo's RCA albums 'Prime Time' (1980) and 'You Fooled Me' (1979) can be found on a new Expansion twofer that features the hits 'Dancin' and 'Now I' Fine.'
Talking of duos, contemporary soul twosome KLOUD 9 (aka twin brothers Kendall and Kelvis Duffie) have a retrospective out called 'Everything Is Good 2Nite.' The 16-song collection features their biggest and most popular tunes - like 'Can't Stop Thinking About You' - alongside some previously unissued cuts and remixes.
Kloud 9 are also featured on Expansion's new modern soul compendium, 'Soul Togetherness 2009.' A beguiling mixture of new and vintage cuts, the 15-song set includes noteworthy songs by KYLIE AULDIST, CHAKA KHAN - whose non-album flipside from '81, 'Lover's Touch,' gets its first run out on CD - THE IMPRESSIONS, TYRONE LEE, JOVONNIE, PAPRIKA SOUL, VICTOR HAYNES, TAVARES and ROOT SOUL.
More stellar names from the soul world are present on a new 2-CD compilation, 'The Soul Of Smooth Jazz.' The set includes killer tunes from the likes of LONNIE HILL, GEORGE DUKE, JAMES DAY, LEDISI, FRANK McCOMB, LESETTE WILSON, ADRIANA EVANS, ANGELA JOHNSON, BOB BALDWIN, MIKELYN RODERICK and RAHSAAN PATTERSON. Tasty!

Go to www.expansionrecords.com for more info.
Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

MORE AUTUMN JAZZ

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 15:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE AUTUMN JAZZ

Here's our second round-up of some of this Autumn's best jazz releases…

ALEXANDER ZONJIC; 'Doin' The D' (Heads Up)
Maybe we wouldn't normally feature an album by a classically trained Canadian flautist, but this album has a lot to recommend it. First of all, Zonjic works out of Detroit (his home for the last three decades) and he's a key part of that city's vibrant jazz and soul scene. His status is such that he can call on star names to help put his music together and 'Doin' The D' features Jeff Lorber, James K Lloyd, Kenny G, Lenny Castro, Bob James, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg and a mighty horn section that brings real vitality to 'Passion Island' and 'Good as Goldie'. His other principal guest is Maysa Leak whose vocals feature on a cover of the Guess Who's 'Undun'. Between them, Leak and Zonjic transform the rock song into a soul winner. The album's other standout is a cover of Freddie Hubbard's 'Little Sunflower'.

PETER WHITE; 'Good Day' (Peak)
Luton-born Peter White's acoustic guitar sound has become a smooth jazz staple and on this, his new album, it's used to showcase ten brand new, original songs. Fans coming to White albums don't expect fireworks so they won't be disappointed here, though they might be surprised by the keener edge brought to the material by French keyboardist Philippe Saisse. 'Just Give Me A Chance' is particularly snappy with some nifty horn work from Shannon Kennedy and Dan Savant. 'Mission To Mars' is pacey while 'Ramon's Revenge' is a bright Latin piece. White is touring the UK in November … check the usual sources for details.

J. DEE; 'Smoove On The Move' (Nu Groove)
J. Dee (Bolden) is a sax player who does most of his own music programming and also fancies himself as a bit of a singer … though it's not always successful. On the odd 'Too Hip Fa Seafood' (whose lyrics hint at 'Be Thankful) he comes on like a poor man's Johnny Guitar Watson. Claude J Woods Jr, though, adds his gruff tones to the equally odd 'Boom Ba Boom Boom'. The oddest cut, however, is 'Let's Walk'. Essentially a steppers' tune, it has a great soul groove but the rap style instructions make it sound a little like the kiddies' hit 'Cha Cha Slide'! On the instrumentals Mr. Dee does a passable Kenny G/ Najee impression.

JESSY J; 'True Love' (Peak)
Jessy J hails from Oregon but works out of California, though her heritage is Mexican and Texan. A jazz studies graduate, her sax playing has been an integral part of the Temptations' road band for a couple of years and 'True Love' is her second full album. It's essentially a Latin album though many of the cuts have a strong soul undertow - notably 'Mr Prince' - a glowing tribute to the Purple One! The album's main vocal is a take on the classic 'Morning Of The Carnival'. Jessy takes it at a swift pace and her vocal has the touch of Astrud Gilberto. She sings in Portuguese on 'Llegaste Tu' and the romp that is 'Baila!', while the gentle 'Brazilian Dance' has its writer, Sergio Aranada, on vocal.

BRIAN BROMBERG; 'It Is What It Is' (Artistry)
'It Is What It is' is star bassist Brian Bromberg's seventeenth album! Like most of them, this album is a mix of Bromberg originals and covers - the two here being 'Love Shack' and 'Sanford And Son' - a Quincy Jones-composed classic US TV series theme. Unlike Bromberg's previous sets, this new one boasts a huge horn section. The core, led by Nathan Tanouye, is drawn form the top Las Vegas show bands and augmented by guests like Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliott, Gerald Albright and Rick Braun. If that's not enough the 13 tracker also features input from George Duke and Patrice Rushen. The funky burner, 'Excuse Me' sums up the album's feel.

 

THE FIRM ON FILM

Monday, 21 September 2009 11:49 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

THE FIRM ON FILM

Fans of eighties soul need to know that ALAN CLARKE'S 1989 TV drama, 'The Firm' has just been adapted for the big screen and will be at a cinema near you very soon. The story focuses on the world of the football casuals and naturally the soundtrack reflects that tribe's particular musical passions. The film therefore features tunes from KOOL AND THE GANG, DONNA SUMMER, YARBROUGH AND PEOPLES, The GAP BAND, RENE AND ANGELA, ZAPP and The FATBACK BAND. The soundtrack album is available now on Universal Music

 

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