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AL JARREAU ILL

Friday, 30 July 2010 19:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

al-jarreau-10French news sources are reporting that 70 year old jazz star AL JARREAU has become seriously ill with his condition described by the treating hospital as "critical". JARREAU fell ill just before he was due to go on stage at a festival concert late on Thursday (29 July) in the southern Alpine town of Barcelonette. Reportedly he had an unduly rapid heartbeat. He was treated on the spot for a couple of hours but was later flown by helicopter to a hospital intensive care unit in nearby Gap where he was admitted with respiratory problems. The Milwaukee-born singer has enjoyed a lengthy career and he's won Grammy Awards in the genres of jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues and released more than 20 albums between 1975 and 2009.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 19:23

 

BOB SINCLAR DOES IT DIFFERENTLY

Friday, 30 July 2010 12:52 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sinclarFrench dance music maestro BOB SINCLAR is set to release a greatest hits set... but, as you'd expect from Monsieur S, he's decided to do it a little differently. To create the 13 tracker BOB decamped to Jamaica – more specifically to the legendary Anchor studio in Kingston – the hangout of the even more legendary ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE and SLY DUNBAR. The duo were enlisted to provide the rhythms to brand new reggae-flavoured versions of all of BOB'S biggest tunes, including 'Love Generation', 'Peace Song' and 'Kiss My Eyes' while the album's featured vocalists include SHAGGY, CAMILLE LEFORT, QUEEN IFRICA and GARY PINE who takes lead on the LP's most soulful cut 'Give A Lil' Love'. SINCLAR'S legions of dance fans will be surprised and, we're sure, delighted at the new twists on old favourites. 'BOB SINCLAR with SLY and ROBBIE – MADE IN JAMAICA' is out now on Yellow Productions.

 

BGP ... FUNKIER AND JAZZIER

Friday, 30 July 2010 12:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

side_effcetAce's BGP imprint have just unleashed the latest batch of albums in their 'Classic Funk And Jazz Series'. Soul collectors will probably be most interested in SIDE EFFECT'S 1976 set 'What You Need' Produced by CRUSADER, WAYNE HENDERSON, it contains the original vocal version of 'Always There' and a scintillating take on HENDERSON'S 'Keep That Same Old Feeling'. The MIZELL BROTHERS were in the production chair for ROGER GLENN'S rare 'Reachin' album , the second of BGP's funk 'n' jazz newies . Other releases in the series are – NTU (feat. GARY BARTZ) with 'Singerella', BILL SUMMERS' 'Feel The Heat' and FLORA PURIM'S 'Stories To Tell'.

 

LEROY HUTSON ...LIVE

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 18:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Leroy20HudsonFollowers of the rare groove need to know that soul hero LEROY HUTSON is coming to the UK for two very special shows. Then one-time Impression and creator of a whole raft of sublime solo sets plays Vintage in Goodwood on August 15th and London's Indigo2 on August 19th. At both venues HUTSON will be supported by THIRD DEGREE and will be backed by a superb 11 piece band, which – for the Goodwood gig, will be augmented with a string section. As ever, check with the venues for precise details.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 July 2010 18:44

 

IT'S BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER - PULP FUSION!

Monday, 26 July 2010 20:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Pulp_FusionIt's been 15 years since Harmless Records first unleashed the inaugural volume of the hugely successful 'Pulp Fusion' series and to mark and celebrate said occasion, on September 6th the company are putting out a new volume, subtitled 'The Return Of The Original Ghetto Jazz & Funk Classics.' The new 2-CD set features 28 cuts (compiled by ace crate digger, Dean Rudland), including rough, tough, funky ghetto grooves from the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Yellow Sunshine (their self-titled classic funk jam), Dexter Wansel, Norman Connors, Lonnie Smith, Milt Jackson, Deodato, Pleasure, Patrice Rushen, Nathan Davis, Eddie Russ (his flute-led rare groove classic, 'Lope Song,' as sampled by the Young Disciples), Reuben Wilson and Gene Ammons. A surprise inclusion is Don Ellis' powerful driving groove, 'Theme From The French Connection.' A great set – be sure not to miss it. The release date is September 6th.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2010 20:55

 

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