Friday, 04 August 2017 18:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRight at the death of 2016 soul fans were delighted by 'Soul Family Affair' – a wonderful Brit soul set from GROOVE ASSOCIATION.... the London band led by the redoubtable GEORGE BROMFIELD (Georgie B).

To keep fans satisfied, George and his team have remixed two of the album's key cuts – 'One For The Money' and 'Slow Dance'. The former now comes in a "Gold Diggers" mix and to be honest it's not that different to the original. It's still sweet and lovely with a hint of EWF about it. The latter, as you've probably guessed, is a slow jam and the new tweak ("Love Affair" mix) gets away from the original's electro backing track to crank up the soul quotient. The song's a duet with lovely Deborah Bell and both new mixes are out now on GAB Records.

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Friday, 04 August 2017 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEverybody's' fave Celtic soul man – SIR VAN MORRISON – releases his 37th studio album in September. 'Roll With The Punches' is, we're told, a 15 tracker that offers five new Morrison songs and ten covers of blues and soul standards associated with people like Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sam Cooke.

Helping Sir Van deliver his unique soul sound are jazz and soul luminaries Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

The album will be available on CD and deluxe 2 LP double gatefold vinyl.

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Friday, 04 August 2017 18:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt2017 sees soul diva PP ARNOLD celebrate her 50th anniversary in the music biz! Arriving in England in the mid 60s as an Ikette, she was quickly signed as a solo star to Immediate Records and scored with 'First Cut Is The Deepest' and 'Angel Of The Morning'. Sadly Immediate Records was more about creativity than business plans and the label (the brain child of Rolling Stones' manager, Andrew Loog Oldham) quickly folded leaving Ms A in a musical limbo.

Then a chance meeting with Bee Gee, Barry Gibb helped secure PP a deal with the RSO label and Barry and Pat (PP) went into the studios to work on an album. The pair cut eight songs together before Bee Gee work pressures took Gibb away. RSO then brought in Eric Clapton to finish the long player but again luck wasn't with Ms Arnold.

Music biz politics meant that the album was never actually released and over the years it has achieved an almost mythical status on the UK soul collectors' circuit. Now, at last, the set – 'The Turning Tide' – is to be made available.

However, the collectors will need to wait till October – but the wait will be worth it. The 13 tracker includes songs by Van Morrison, Steve Winwood and, of course, Barry Gibb as well as blistering covers of 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' and 'Spinning Wheel'. Featured musicians include Eric Clapton while featured backing singers number Rita Coolidge and Doris Troy.

THE TURNING TIDE will be released on October 6th on Kundalini Music.

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Friday, 04 August 2017 18:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTop smooth jazz sax man NAJEE releases his latest album, 'Poetry In Motion' later this month. His people tell us that the set is dedicated to two of his musical heroes – both sadly now passed on – Prince and Al Jarreau. Najee says: "Both artists in their own way have changed the culture of music forever. Whenever I have worked with people of their calibre of artistry, I have always walked away with something that helps to shape my musical conversation."

Helping Najee deliver his tribute are people like Will Downing, Maysa, Eric Roberson, Barry Eastmond, Bobby Lyle and Bluey of Incognito who's there on the album's feature cut, 'Let's Take It Back' – the ultimate cool summer groove!

Full review here @ SOULJAZZANDFUNK very soon

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 19:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLAURA RAIN AND THE CAESARS hail from Detroit and later this month they release their fourth long player, 'WALK WITH ME '. Stateside, the long player is being hailed by critics as the band's best album to date.... "A delightful trip through funky dance tunes, hard-hitting vintage R&B, and lowdown Detroit soul and blues."

Laura, who was raised in downriver Detroit, works in collaboration with her husband George Friend and in 2016 the duo won their first Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Blues Songwriters." For this new album the band decamped to Magnetic Recording in Pontiac Michigan and using analogue equipment they've worked hard to create a sound that's vintage R&B, mixed with hard-hitting soul and garnished with modern juke-joint blues... think Sharon Jones meets authentic, early Northern soul with a tough funk undertow. Sounds good to us.... watch out for a full review here @ SOULJAZZANDFUNK very soon.

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