Monday, 09 August 2010 17:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lee_rLong known as the guitarists' guitarist, LEE RITENOUR lives up to that nickname with his brand new recording project – '6 STRING THEORY'. The album (out August 23rd on Monster Music) sees LEE join forces with 20 other guitarists on a remarkable cross-genre celebration of the world's most popular musical instrument. The LP features players like GEORGE BENSON, BB KING, SLASH, STEVE LUKATHER, JOHN SCOFIELD, ROBERT CRAY, JOE BONAMASSA and TAJ MAHAL.

Alongside all the star names though, RITENOUR gives valuable recording experience to some new and up and coming players – like SHON BOUBIL (the 16 year old winner of a Yamaha-sponsored guitar competition) and JOE ROBINSON (the 18 year old winner of Australia's Got Talent).

Depending on individual tastes, everyone will have their own highlights. Here at SJF we liked the GEORGE BENSON solo 'My One And Only Love' and his soul-jazz collaboration with Hammond maestro JOEY DEFRANCO on 'Moon River'. Also of note is BB KING'S swinging new version of 'Why I Sing The Blues' and TAJ MAHAL and KEB' MO'S take on 'Am I Wrong'.



Monday, 09 August 2010 17:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

drifters2It will come as no surprise to learn that the legendary DRIFTERS are returning to the UK for another lengthy tour. This time, though, the tour is a little different because for the first time in a long time the group will be promoting new material. In September Sony Music are releasing a new greatest hits collection... but the set will include two new tracks recorded by the current line-up - MAURICE CANNON, DAMIAN CHARLES, MICHAEL WILLIAMS AND RYAN KING. The two new cuts are 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Do You Dream Of Me'

The 14 date tour kicks off at Wentworth on September 4th then goes on to venues all across the country. Go to  for precise details. Though, through the years over 60 vocalists have featured in the DRIFTERS, the group's heritage, values and traditions have been sympathetically handled by the TREADWELL family who have been involved with he group since their inception in 1953. As ever, the TREADWELLS are keen to point out that their DRIFTERS are the only performers with any official links to the great line ups of the past. In every way the new foursome are carrying the flame borne by the likes of CLYDE MCPHATTER, BEN E KING,  RUDY LEWIS and JOHNNY MOORE


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Sunday, 08 August 2010 18:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Roy-Ayers-PicROY AYERS, the hardest working vibes player in show business, re-enters the recording fray with a brand new collaboration with JULIAN BENDALL'S BAH SAMBA outfit. The new recording 'Positive Vibe' is an uplifting slab of modern soul dominated by ROY'S optimistic lyrics and warm dancing vibes – the set of vibes used on the recording, by the way, is the very instrument used on BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Add to that some tasty guitar licks and upbeat backing vocals from the BAH SAMBA crew and you have a great late summer groove. The original mix comes in both 7" and 12" formats and watch out for mixes by ASHLEY BEEDLE, ANDY WARD, SEAN McCABE and the SUPER-PHONICS.

ROY AYERS and BAH SAMBA'S 'Positive Vibe' is out now on Favouritizm Records.




Friday, 06 August 2010 08:22 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

ben_e_kingRhino is about to unleash a second batch of titles in their ongoing back catalogue campaign, 'Original Album Series.' Each collection – which retails between £12 and £15 in the UK - comprises five classic albums housed in replica LP sleeves. Of interest to soul fans are collections by WILSON PICKETT, BEN E KING, and MARGIE JOSEPH, while funk fanatics will gravitate to a 5-CD collection of CHARLES WRIGHT'S work. For jazz junkies, sets dedicated to the early work of saxophonist DAVID SANBORN and the 1990s Warner tenure of keyboard wizard GEORGE DUKE, should also set pulses racing.

Here's the full album rundown:

WILSON PICKETT – 'In The Midnight Hour,' 'The Exciting Wilson Pickett,' 'The Wicked Pickett,' 'The Sound Of Wilson Pickett,' and 'I'm In Love.'

BEN E KING – 'Spanish Harlem,' 'Sings For Soulful Lovers,' 'Don't Play That Song,' 'Seven Letters,' and 'What Is Soul?'

MARGIE JOSEPH – 'Margie Joseph,' 'Sweet Surrender,' 'Margie,' 'Hear The Words, Feel The Feeling,' and 'Feeling My Way.'

CHARLES WRIGHT & THE WATTS 103RD STREET RHYTHM BAND – 'The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band,' 'Together,' 'In The Jungle, Babe,' 'Express Yourself,' and 'You're So Beautiful.'

DAVID SANBORN – 'Taking Off,' 'David Sanborn,' 'Heart To Heart,' 'Hideaway,' and 'Voyeur.'

GEORGE DUKE – 'Illusions,' 'Snapshot,' 'Is Love Enough,' 'After Hours,' and 'Cool.'

Look out reviews of some of these titles soon at SJF



Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:14 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

jEAN_CARNJust released on the Netherlands' reissue label, Vinyl Masterpiece, is a tantalising clutch of collectable '80s albums that have been out of print for many years.

Best of the bunch is JEAN CARN'S 1982 Motown album, 'Trust Me' (pictured), an 8-track set helmed by Norman Connors which includes the Philly singer's versions of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' and Minnie Riperton's 'Completeness.'

Fans of vocal trio THE MAIN INGREDIENT (featuring the lead vocals of CUBA GOODING) will be pleased that the group's long-deleted RCA album 'Ready For Your Love' (1980) is back in circulation. Its highlights include 'Think Positive' and 'Spoiled.'  The group's 1981 Patrick Adams-produced album, 'I Only Have Eyes For You,' is also available via Vinyl Masterpiece (it was previously reissued as part of a twofer by Expansion).

Oregon funk group PLEASURE were famed for their Wayne Henderson-helmed albums for Fantasy in the '70s. The group's final release, 'Give It Up,' came out on RCA in 1982 and comes to CD for the first time via Vinyl Masterpiece's new reissue. It includes the US R&B chart entries 'Sending My Love' and 'Give It Up.'

For something obscurer, collectors should check out 'Arrival,' the 1982 album by Mississippi aggregation, WYND CHYMES. The nine-piece band's original vocalist was Alexander O'Neal but he left before they recorded this one-off album for RCA. For those that like brassy funk mixed with sweet, sophisticated soul, then Vinyl Masterpiece's reissue of this rare set shouldn't be ignored.

For more information on the above releases go to


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