Friday, 20 March 2020 19:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'No Risk No Reward' is the upcoming long player from acclaimed US gospel star Isaac Carree. The set is Carree's first album in a long seven years. In that time he's published his first gospel service book and toured with people like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

First single from the album is a sweet, R&B tinged ballad, 'Her' - a tribute to his wife. Odd for a gospel album? Well not really. The singer tells us that whilst touring in the past few years he came to the opinion that God wanted him "see and experience some things that I would have never have seen or experienced had I not stepped out on those tours".

In fact, he adds that over half of this record is dedicated to women and love, though there is a gospel undertow to those songs too. In the meantime, Carree's 'Her' comes recommended for lovers of sensual, contemporary balladeering.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 19:26



Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest offering from UK soul/jazz guitarist DAVE MASCALL is a remix of a remix! You may remember his recent rework of a tune from his 'Acid Lounge vol 3' album... 'Reading My Mind'. Featuring the soulful vocal of Julia Quinn, it was a jazzy and intriguing affair.

Now House music producer and remixer Franklin D has got his hands on the track and given it a real makeover... tempo @ 110 bpm underpinning a solid soul/jazz groove with a moody hypnotic bass line rumbling all the way through. Wisely, he keeps the lovely vibes. Out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:15



Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:49 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altFor some time now the best soul stations and a gaggle of switched on club jokcs have been playing out a cute little song, 'The Art Of Love' credited to a certain L J . We learned that "LJ" was actually LEEE JOHN and helping him deliver, is master percussionist SNOWBOY. The song is a slow, romantic builder but after about four and half minutes it all kicks off. The tempo takes flight as Snowboy does what Snowboy does best – hits you with all his best shots!

Investigations revealed that the 90s cut only existed in test pressings; then late last year it was set for official release... well, it's been a while – but now 'The Art Of Love' is ready to go!

IZIPHO SOUL is issuing it on a special limited edition 7" single, and, as was the way in days of yore, the song is spliced into parts 1 and 2 across the A and B sides and that makes great sense. It comes packaged in a picture sleeve with the label revealed by a circular cut-out, housed in a re-sealable bag.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:16



Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFew details are available but US soul sites are reporting the death at age 71 of MICKEY ATKINS, original keyboardist for Funkadelic. Atkins played keys in the first Funkadelic – the backing band for George Clinton's Parliaments. The two units eventually merged to craft their own kind of soul – a mix of rock, R&B and all kinds of everything. Atkins played on the band's 1970 eponymous album but he was eventually replaced by Bernie Worrell who passed away himself in 2016.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:07



Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:37 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2020 have just been announced in celebration of jazz, soul and blues music, recognising emerging new talents, established stars and classic icons.

This years nominees include several US veterans: US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, Earth Wind & Fire singer, Philip Bailey, saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis, and blues troubadour, singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’. Also nominated are realtive newcomers: rising US jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn along with a cluster of new Biritsh starss: Four-time Grammy-winner Jacob Collier, Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, togegher with Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Yazz Ahmed, Binker Golding, Xhosa Cole and Ashley Henry.  

There will also be the PPL Lifetime Achievement AwardGold Award and Impact Award which will be given to recipients whose identity will be announced ahead of the ceremony.A new category, Venue of The Year, launches this year with Church of SoundLove Supreme Festival and Manchester’s Band On The Wall amongst those in contention, which in addition to Album Of The Year and the PRS For Music UK Jazz Act Of The Year will be decided by public vote. (Public voting is open now at and will close on Wednesday 15th April at 23:59).

Said Andrea C. Martin, CEO, PRS for Music: “I am delighted that we are once again supporting the Jazz FM Awards, celebrating the brightest stars in the jazz, soul and blues community. The UK Jazz Act of the Year award is always hotly contested and we’re looking forward to seeing who the public vote as the winner. Congratulations to everyone nominated across all the awards, your creativity, innovation and vision continues to inspire us.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:44


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