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BERNIE WORRELL DIES...

Saturday, 25 June 2016 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1benBERNIE WORRELL – keyboard player with the various Funkadelic/Parliament collectives – died on Friday 24th June in Bellingham, Washington. He was 72 and he'd been suffering from lung and prostate cancer for some time. His passing was announced on his Facebook page: "At 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.".

Born in New Jersey, Worrell was something of a child prodigy, playing piano aged just 3 before going on to study at the renowned Juilliard Conservatory of Music. One of his earliest pro gigs was working with the Tavares brothers when they were known as Chubby and the Turnpikes. However after a meeting with George Clinton, Bernie was drafted into the Parliament team. Working within the whole Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/ Brides Of Funksentstein/Bootsy's Rubber Band aggregations, Worrell played grand piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hohner Clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, ARP String Ensemble and Moog synthesizer in his own, often idiosyncratic way.

Bernie released his own solo album, 'All The Woo In The World' in 1978, then in the 80s he went onto work with Talking Heads and Fela Kuti. More recently Bernie worked with ex Parliament guitarist DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight and performed with his own group, the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. He also appeared in the movie 'Ricki and the Flash'.

An inductee in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Bernie Worrell will be remembered as a true innovator, a pioneer in bringing electronics into soul and funk music.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:03

 

McARTHUR PARK!

Friday, 24 June 2016 18:45 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

1mcWhen it comes to obscure soul reissues none can be more obscure than the latest release on ever-dependable Soul Junction Records.

Their new 45 features a male vocal quartet called McARTHUR, who were fronted by Willie Cornelius Jones. Willie had previously been in the Royal Jokers and the 21st Century but in 1974 he created McArthur, named for the World War II general! The quartet only lasted for 18 months and they cut just one record, 'It's So Real'/'I'll Never Trust Love Again', for the Mainstream subsidiary, Brown Dog.

Though Mainstream was a New York label, their record was cut in Detroit and soul anoraks will notice the name of legendary sax man Andrew "Mike" Terry on the writing credits of the putative A side, 'It's So Real'. The tune's a soulful, harmonic ballad with sweet strings (from the Detroit Symphony) and a glorious heart-wrenching mild piece monologue. 'I'll Never Trust Love Again' is another ballad... a bit more sombre, and a lot more dramatic.

The original Brown Dog 45 is currently getting lots of attention and commanding big bucks.... now, thanks to Soul Junction all proper soul fans can enjoy it without the eye-watering price tag!

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 18:52

 

JEROME TEASLEY DIES

Friday, 24 June 2016 18:44 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

1jeromeSuper soul session drummer JEROME TEASLEY died on Thursday, June 16th, aged 67. Teasley had lung and liver cancer. He had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona two days before his death.

His pro career started when he was just 16, playing drums for Wilson Pickett but Teasley's probably best remembered for joining Jr. Walker and the All Stars in the late 60s, just prior to Walker's no. 1 hit 'What Does It Take'. The drummer then went on to play sessions for some of soul's top names including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson, and Al Green. Jerome was the drummer on Green's debut album, 'Back Up Train'. Jazz wise, Teasley also worked with Sonny Stitt and he also recorded with Jimi Hendrix.

In the 80s he moved to Phoenix where he continued to play sessions and work live. In 1993 Teasley was inducted into the Motown Hall of Fame.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 18:53

 

GET LIFTED...

Friday, 24 June 2016 18:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1liftedSoul folk of a certain vintage will have fond memories of George McCrae's 1975 outing 'I Get Lifted'. The tune's been regularly sampled (most famously by Luther and Janet on 'The Best Things In Life Are Free') but now it enjoying a complete makeover courtesy of Sheffield DJ SANDY TURNBULL.

Released on his own Galleria Records, Sandy puts a pounding, insistent soulful house spin on the tune and opts to simply call it 'Lifted'. With so much going on (femme vocals, beefy brass, a hypotonic riff) he can keep that title nice and simple!

The B side is a bumpy, 'The Musica' ... big beats and funky, looped disco elements!

'Lifted/ The Musica' will be released on Traxsource promo June 21st / Full release July 5th 2016 on Galleria Records.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 18:53

 

REFUGEE SONG....

Friday, 24 June 2016 18:41 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1refWith the news media focusing on the negative aspects of Brexit and the rise and rise of a certain Donald Trump, it's good to know that artists within the soul, R&B and jazz communities can still focus on compassion.

Socially conscious rapper COMMON has just teamed up with GREGORY PORTER for a song that spells out that the worldwide refugee crisis will not go away while the world debates and discusses what to do.

Their new recording 'Running (Refugee Song)' focuses on the fact that each refuge (and there's an estimated 65 million worldwide) is an individual – not a statistic or a political conundrum. Each one has their own story and this song might allow just some of those stories to be told.

Available to download now and proceeds are earmarked for refugee assistance groups.

 

    

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