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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:41 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Beautiful Thing' is the latest single from New York music entrepreneur BEY BRIGHT and his Bright Vision Entertainment team.

The cut boasts a heavy old school bass line and features vocals from Washington DC's indie soul vocalist Donae ((pronounced Dah-Nay). It's available now via all the usual portals.

 

KEEP ROCKIN’

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altROCKIE ROBBINS made a magnificent comeback in March with live shows and the acclaimed album, 'Good Life'.... destined to be tagged one of 2019's best LPs. One of the set's key cuts – the jaunty 'A Night To Remember' (not the Shalamar oldie) is getting plenty of airplay right now – and rightly so. It ticks all the modern soul boxes and it comes highly recommended from this quarter. Available now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:48

 

IN MY HEART

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:38 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altNew(ish) Canadian singer JORDAN JOHN made plenty of friends in the soul world with his early 2019 singe 'Get In The Groove' – a pacey, energized soulful dance tune. We learned at the time that Mr John has quite a pedigree. You see, he's the son of sometime Lou Reed bassist Prakash John and has worked with Prince and Aretha as well as playing on countless sessions – he plays drums, guitar, bass and B3 Hammond organ but right now he's focusing on his latest solo release - a seven track mini album 'My Heart'.

The collection shows the versatility that his CV indicates... the immediate attention grabber is the mid-tempo groove that is 'I Keep falling In Love With You'. A lovely confection that reminds me of the best of Daryl Hall. Like Hall, Jordan's vocal is more of a sweet caress than full frontal soul attack! That voice impresses on the socially aware 'What's Wrong With The World' that seems to draw inspiration from latter period Marvin Gaye – no bad thing! While we're talking influences the gritty 'Everyday With You' betrays JJ's brief time with Prince; then for something different try the country flavoured 'Tonight' and the folksy 'Is He Still On Your Mind'.

Earlier in the year with the release of the single 'Get In The Groove' we opined that Jordan John was certainly one to watch. 'My Heart' hasn't changed that opinion!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 12:13

 

DOWN TO THE BONE ... TRIPLE

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRecord store browsers (yes, they still do exist – browsers and stores!) will have noticed a trend over the last several years for labels to re-package old albums in multi packs. The leader, I think, was Atlantic/Rhino with their "original album series" – five single artist albums in one neat little set. Lots more followed, giving collectors the opportunity to catch upon stuff they've missed or just want to update.

Latest artists to come multi-packaged are DOWN TO THE BONE. The soulful instrumental combo (what a lovely old-fashioned word that is!) first came into our consciousness in 1997 with their lovely 'Manhattan To Staten' and since then the Stuart Wade produced and mentored team have offered plenty more classy soul-led grooves.

Now their label Trippin N Rhythm are offering three of the Bones' best in one neat pack. The three LPs are the aforementioned 'Manhattan To Staten' LP, 'The Urban Grooves' and 'Spread The Word'. There are also several bonus tracks to keep collectors happy and it's all good to go now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 12:14

 

SOUNDS OF DENMARK RETURNS TO LONDON

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 07:18 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

           altSince 2016, London has hosted a successful short festival called Sounds Of Denmark that showcases rising stars of the Danish jazz scene. It's due to return this year - as Sounds Of Denmark Revisited 2019 - and is scheduled to take place between Wednesday October 16th and Saturday 19th.

This year, Londoners will be able to get acquainted with  Morten Schantz Godspeed, an ultra-modern piano trio that embrace funk and synthesisers; the Makiko Hirabayashi Trio, led by a Japanese-born Copenhagen-residing pianist whose group features former Miles Davis percussionist, Marilyn Mazur; Hess Is More, whose sound has been described as nu jazz electronica; jazz trio Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab; drummer/composer Snorre Kirk and his quartet; and award-winning pianist/composer, Kathrine Windfeld, who returns to the festival for the second year running (though this time, she'll be heard with a sextet).  

All the concerts will take place at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street.

For more info and tickets, click this link:

https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/sounds-of-denmark

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 15:52

 

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