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Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Robin_McKelle1415American soulstress ROBIN McKELLE is all set to release an EP of Christmas songs. Backed by the ever-reliable FLYTONES, the mini-album will feature two Christmas soul classics and a great Southern soul song, given a seasonal twist.

The two Christmas songs are Charles Brown's 'Merry Christmas Baby' and Donny Hathaway's 'This Christmas' while the third song is Robin's version of William Bell's 'Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday'.

All three tracks were mixed in Memphis and they'll be available in early November from the usual download sites and via Robin's own website.... we'll let you know when!

More good news? Well, Robin will be visiting the UK in March. At the moment she's booked in at the Jazz Cafe on March 19th... hopefully more gigs will follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:41



Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

lisa_boxThe renaissance of LISA STANSFIELD continues apace with Demon Music Group's release of all of the Rochdale songstress' Arista back catalogue.

Lisa's classic albums – 'Affection', 'Real Love', 'So Natural', 'Lisa Stansfield' and 'Face Up' will all be available as deluxe 2CD +DVD editions , while a further 3 CD pack – 'People Hold On; The Remix ' Anthology ' - pulls together all the big club tunes that made Ms S such a big favourite through the 90s.

Each package includes the remastered album plus rare tracks, 12" remixes, live footage, interviews and a 28 page booklet stuffed with memorabilia, lyrics and new sleeve notes... all bringing a new perspective to old favourites.

The 3 CD remix pack offers a plethora of real collectors' gems – including all the iconic remixes from the giants of the art – Frankie Knuckles, Masters at Work, David Morales and Ashley Beedle. You also get the long in-demand, full length disco mix of the Coldcut tune 'People Hold On'!

For proper Lisa Stansfield fans the collection also comes as one 18 disc box set – presented in a lavish slipcase and for those who pre-order the box via the D2C store there's an extra big bonus..... a signed and limited edition bonus 12" single featuring two of the late Frankie Knuckles remixes of a pair of Lisa's best – 'Change' and 'Never, Never Gonna Give You Up'.

In the meantime Lisa's last album 'Seven' is now available with a whole host of extras (see our reviews archive) and the single from the album – 'There Goes My Heart' - is already becoming a radio and soul club staple... especially in the wonderful Soul Talk remix.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:42



Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

hdhOne of this year's best archive soul collections was 'Holland-Dozier-Holland: The Complete 45s Collection'. The set was released to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the mighty triumvirate's labels - Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant. Issuing label, Harmless were so pleased with reaction that in December they'll be issuing a box set of rare H-D-H singles from the Invictus/Hot Wax/ Music Merchant era.

The set is succinctly titled 'HOLLAND-DOZIER-HOLLAND: RARE 45S BOX SET' and offers 10 x 7" vinyl discs. Most of the music has never been released before; previously existing only in acetate or test pressing format.

The collection will feature tracks from the likes of Chairmen of the Board, the Barrino Brothers, Honey Cone and Eloise Laws and the whole project has the complete blessing of Holland, Dozier and Holland.

The box set features some very special bonus cuts too - Tom Moulton remixes of the vocal and instrumental versions of Chairmen Of The Board's 'Give Me Just A Little More Time'/'You've Got Me Dangling On A String' and Freda Payne's 'Unhooked Generation'.

Full review to follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:42



Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:41 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Dianne_1It's eight a.m. on a damp and rather dismal autumn day in London and for American jazz singer, DIANNE REEVES - who, the previous night, performed two sets at a sold out Ronnie Scott's jazz club in the heart of Soho - there's no time for a well-earned lie-in. Instead, being a real trooper, she answers the call of duty and graciously gives time to SJF's Charles Waring, who's interviewing the chanteuse during her three-day residency this week at the UK's most famous jazz venue.

Reeves' voice - which has graced over twenty albums in her own name since the early '80s - has a sleepy huskiness to it and though occasionally during our conversation she audibly stifles a yawn, the singer proves to be warm and loquacious interviewee and, happily for this writer, is seemingly unaffected by her previous night's exertions. "It went very well," she says matter-of-factly, reflecting on her opening night at London's legendary jazz club. "I don't really do any clubs so it's really cool because I love the vibe in it. It's like a little theatre that's very intimate and the people come to hear the music. The sightlines in are there very good for everybody so it's great...and I'm not saying this just because I'm here at Ronnie Scott's. I like the atmosphere of it because it reminds me of the atmosphere that I came up in. I love the closeness of the audience and there's an intimacy that happens that just can't happen in great big venues. It's very unique in and I guess you can feel the history of the club as well..."

The 58-year-old Detroit-born/Denver-raised singer - who's worked with bona fide jazz giants such as Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Stanley Turrentine - is undoubtedly considered one the greatest jazz singers working today. In a fascinating in-depth interview she talks at length about her life and music...


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:13



Monday, 27 October 2014 16:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

blues'THE LAST SHOUT' is the latest archive release from specialist oldies label Fantastic Voyage. Sub-titled 'Twilight Of The Blues Shouters', the 3CD, 97 track album focuses on the legendary, so-called "Blues Shouters" (like Joe Turner and Jimmy Witherspoon) who plied their trade in the Juke Joints and Speakeasies of the States in the years following World War II. Their music was quickly labelled R&B by the media and music students will tell you that the sound eventually became one of the key components in 60s soul.

The biggest names on the album include Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson. Soul collectors, though, will recognize lots of other names too – notably the great Titus Turner who offers a remarkable version of 'Have Mercy Baby' and a great take on 'Get On The Right Track Baby'. Other featured artists familiar to the soul crowd are Smiley Lewis, Ivory Joe Hunter, Roy Brown, Jimmy Liggins and Roy Milton. Lesser luminaries include the wonderfully-named Crown Prince Waterford, Stomp Gordon, Little Caesar and H-Bomb Ferguson whose throwaway 'No Sackie Sack' is every bit as relevant to the genre as the input from the big names.

The album comes with a 20 page, fully illustrated booklet courtesy of R&B specialist Dave Penny, but as someone much more eloquent than me said "it's what's in the grooves that counts".... and here you have some magnificent, rustic, honest, passionate music that magically combines the passion of the blues with the urgency of rock and roll; not Soul – but soulful!




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