Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFans of cool jazz in general and CHET BAKER in particular will be delighted to learn that CRAFT RECORDINGS are set to issue a deluxe five-LP box set and digital release of Chet's 'The Legendary Riverside Albums' .

This new collection presents the man's output as a leader for the renowned jazz label Riverside Records recorded and released between 1958 and 1959. Albums included are '(Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You', 'Chet Baker In New York', 'Chet', 'Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe', plus a bonus LP with outtakes and alternates.

The recordings feature jazz greats like Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Griffin, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones while the LPs have been cut from their original analogue master tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Also included are a collectible photo print and a 16-page booklet filled with photos and insightful new liner notes by jazz historian Doug Ramsey.




Monday, 14 October 2019 18:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe Isley Brothers' 'For The Love Of You' is one of soul's most enduring and endearing love songs. The 1975 masterpiece (from 'The Heat Is On' album) has been covered dozens of times – most notably by the sadly missed Whitney Houston. Now, we're so glad to report, the song is with us again –this time courtesy of its original creator and sometime Isley Brother, CHRIS JASPER.

It seems that Chris' son, Michael got himself married in September and (as you do!) he asked his dad to perform this very special song at the wedding. Dad duly obliged and the result was so good that the Jasper family label, Gold City Music, has decided to release this beautiful slow dancer as a single and there may be more "re-works" in the pipeline!

For information, song credits will list all six "1975 Isleys" as authors of the song. In fact the song was a CJ original. As was the way back then, for business reasons, all 6 members of the group took the writing credits.

CHRIS JASPER; For The Love Of You is released October 15th

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Monday, 14 October 2019 18:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was back in September that we enthused about 'I Know What I Want' from ERROL HENRY'S THE SOUND PRINCIPLE outfit. The cut was a re-work of an old track and featured a wonderful vocal from CHRIS BALLIN. It was a lovely piece of work and rightly scaled all the credible soul charts.

In September, we were promised a house mix, and lo and behold... it's here. Fast, of course, but not frantic with a touch of Latino about it, it's certainly different and different too to what we've come to expect from Chris B (he has a new album on the way). In the meantime the "Epic" soulful house mix of 'I Know What I Want' is available now - on Errol's i2 label imprint.

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Monday, 14 October 2019 18:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Don't Hold Back' is the latest single from Italian multi instrumentalist ALEX PUDDU. Signor P tells us that he was aiming to create a soulful 70s/80s feel and to help him achieve just that he's drafted in a certain GENE ROBINSON Jr to handle the vocals.... the brainy ones out there will know that Gene was/is the lead singer with Philly group, Breakwater... and indeed Puddu's 'Don't Hold Back' has a real Breakwater flavour... do you remember their 'No Limit'?

The track was recorded in Copenhagen (vocals, we think, in New York) and apart from those vocals, Puddu's Ernie Isley style guitar is another highlight. Bassist, by the way, is Paul Westwood who's worked on plenty of sessions with David Bowie and Elton John.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2019 18:33



Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's a little under a year since WILL DOWNING issued his last album, 'The Promise' but now he makes a welcome return to the fray with the first of two EPs...both entitled 'Romantique'. The idea with the mini albums is that Mr D will offer his tributes to the great romantic crooners who have gone before him.... people like Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Barry White and Jon Lucien.

For starters, Will is treating us to his own version of an Isaac Hayes song, 'Déjà Vu' (originally recorded, of course, by Dionne Warwick). Will's re-work is actually a duet with Avery Sunshine, inspired by a live recording of the song by Hayes AND Ms.W. In truth this new take doesn't stray too far from the original concept... but it's such a great song and Will's honeyed voice is always worth a listen... little Ms Sunshine is top notch too!

Other songs on the two EPs (we believe) include 'You'll Never Find Another Love like Mine', 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and Will's own 'If She Knew'.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:20


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