Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAtlanta-born BRENDA NICOLE MOORER is a singer and songwriter who debuted in 2011 with 'Songbird'. That album was followed by an EP and very soon the underground soul media were talking about a new talent with a gentle, folksy soul sound mid-way between Minnie Riperton and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Brenda's just released a brand new 10 track long player, 'Brand New Heart' and even a quick listen will make you realise why the above comparisons were made! Produced by Jesse Fischer, the album features a duet with Chris Turner who's worked with Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner II but right now we're loving 'Burgundy And Alcohol. An unusual song (you can guess that from the title), it sums up the essence of Ms Moorer. Gentle yes and not quite soul, not quite jazz nor folksy... but hear elements of 'em all in the intriguing tune!

BRENDA NICOLE MOORER: 'Brand New Heart' is out now

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:01



Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the years reissue specialists ACE RECORDS have done a marvellous job curating the STAX back catalogue.... they've reissued most of the label's iconic albums, issued single artist retrospectives and released countless themed compilations from the Memphis label. Maybe the most impressive release though has been 'The Compete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-68' box set that was issued back in 1991. It was a remarkable piece of work. However hardcore southern soul collectors lodged a complaint. They claimed the box, in fact, was not "complete", since, yes it did contain the A sides of every Stax single from that period, but it only featured a few selected B sides!

To remedy the problem, Ace (via their Kent) imprint released 'The Other Side Of The Trax' which cherry picked a selection of those "neglected" B sides. That's now followed by 'More From The Other Side Of The Trax; Stax-Volt 45 RPM Rarities 1960-1968'. That long winded title heralds a set of another 24 B sides from Stax's legendary "Blue period"... many reissued for the very first time.

The chosen artists come from right across the Stax roster while date wise the whole Blue period is covered. Amongst the Stax stalwarts are William Bell, Eddie Floyd, The Mar-Keys and Rufus Thomas whose 'Fine And Mellow' shows what an accomplished singer he was... it's very different to the novelty dance songs he's best known for!

Amongst the lesser known names are the mixed race group, The Premiers, studio band The Triumphs (led by Chips Moman) and The Four Shells whose 'Reputation' was one of the very few Stax/Volt sides licensed from an outside source. In this case, Jerry Butler's Conlo label. The as-expected excellent sleeve notes will tell you an awful lot more. The album's out now.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGood-time, party band LOS CHARLY'S ORCHESTRA are celebrating their 10th anniversary and to commemorate the milestone the outfit have decided (wisely) to release a brand new tune. For this very important record the boys have chosen to cover OMAR'S anthem 'It's So'.... and who better to bring in for the vocals than Mr Lye Fook himself. Omar takes to the mic for this re-tooling which offers all the usual Charly's signature flavours.... disco, boogie and a hint of the Caribbean.

There is a "Club Mix" of the tune too but we think the soul crowd will stick with the Classic Vocal tweak. And if soul's high on your agenda then the putative B–side, 'History' will tick all your boxes. It's a proper foot tapper and it goes without saying that the Omar vocal is bob on!

Los Charly's Orchestra featuring Omar 'It's So/History' is released on 16th June on Imagenes

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:38 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


It was a busy night for veteran British acts at the Jazz FM Awards last night. At the star-studded event held in Shoreditch Town Hall on the centenary date of Ella Fitzgerald's birth, the ROLLING STONES received two gongs - they grabbed Blues Artist Of The Year while their latest LP, 'Blue & Lonesome,' triumphed in the Album Of The Year category. Mick Jagger,  Ron Wood and Charlie Watts (pictured above) all took to the stage to receive the award - and, CHARLIE WATTS in fact, went home with one more award than his band mates as he walked off Jazz FM's special Gold award for his servcies to jazz, which was presented to him by the UK's avant-garde maven, Evan Parker.

Another veteran who rose to fame in the '60s was GEORGIE FAME, who was the recipient of the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, handed to him by another legend, Van Morrison. Fame then performed two songs -  the Chet Baker-associated ballad, 'Everything Happens To Me' and Benny Golson's 'Moanin'' with a band that included bassist Alec Dankworth and trumpeter Guy Barker. Fellow septuagenarian, singer, NORMAN WINSTONE, also scooped the Vocalist Of The Year prize.

While the awards celebrated some of the UK's most venerable acts, there was room for some of the younger ones too - LAURA MVULA won Soul Artist Of The Year (she also performed a striking version of the Billie Holiday-associated tune, 'The Man I Love'); pianist, NIKKI YEOH beat off Gwilym Simcock and Tim Garland to grab Instrumentalist Of The Year; reed meister, SHABAKA HUTCHINS topped the piubic vote for UK Jazz Act Of The Year; and duo, YUSEF KAMAAL won Breakthrough Act Of The Year- their boss at  the Brownswood label, GILLES PETERSON, also came away with an award for his radio show Worldwide FM, which won in the category of Digital Initiative Of The Year. The public-voted Live Experience Of The Year went to veteran vibraphonist, ORPHY ROBINSON, for his performance of 'The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook' at Church Of Sound.

It wasn't all about the Brits, though - American tenor saxophonist and David Bowie collaborator, DONNY McCASLIN, came away with the International Artist Of The Year gong and also treated the audience to a live performance. Noted record producer, Tony Visconti - who worked with McCaslin on Bowie's 'Blackstar' album,  said via a video message: “Congratulations Donny on winning the International Jazz Artist of the Year Award. When we did Blackstar together you blew our minds because you’re a one take guy… and David and I weren’t quite used to such professionalism. If it wasn’t for you Blackstar wouldn’t be the success that it is, it was so much fun working with you and your band. This is a well-deserved Award.” 

Another American, drummer/music conceptualist, JAMIEO BROWN, picked up Jazz Innovation Of The Year for his work with his band, TRANSCENDENCE. Also, the director of the acclaimed films, Whiplash and La La Land, DAMIEN CHAZELLE, grabbed Jazz FM's Impact award.


Here's a breakdown of all the winners:


BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Yamaha)  

Yussef Kamaal     



Donny McCaslin                                                                  


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by PRS for Music) 

Norma Winstone                                


INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Rathbones) 

Nikki Yeoh                                             


BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by The Piano Bar Soho) 

Rolling Stones                                              



Laura Mvula                                         


JAZZ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya) 

Jaimeo Brown                                                      


DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Pollitt & Partners)  

Gilles Peterson - Worldwide FM                                      


ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE) (Sponsored by Arqiva)  

Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome          


UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR (PUBLIC VOTE) (Sponsored by Grange Hotels)  

Shabaka Hutchings                                                                                             



Orphy Robinson All Stars – The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook  



Recipient: Georgie Fame 



Recipient: Damien Chazelle 



Recipient: Charlie Watts 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:38



Tuesday, 25 April 2017 21:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul folk will have a real soft spot for HI TENSION and their classic slice of Brit soul 'Hi Tension'.

Paul Philips was one of the main men behind Hi-Tension and though he's never really been away, he's right back on the scene fronting THE BRIT FUNK PROJECT.

Their first single is a tight n' funky piece by the name of 'Bless The Funk'. You may recognize it.... it's a 21st century re-working of the aforementioned 'Hi Tension' and it totally works! Infectious and feet friendly with mad horns as a bonus, 'Bless The Funk' is set to be one of this Spring's big tunes!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:30


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