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Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 2016 we spotlighted Texan soulstress K.AVETT (pronounced "kay uh vet") and her debut album 'K.Avett: Revelations' from which the single – the double A side 'Show Me'/'Alone' won plenty of support for its kind of Jill Scott meets Conya Doss jazzy/neo soul flavours.

Right now the singer is preparing for the release of her sophomore album, 'Lioness' from which the lead single 'Feelin' Good' / 'The Matter' has just become available. 'Feelin' Good' is lazy jazz-soul ramble very much in the mode of the aforementioned Jill Scott while 'The Matter' has a more complex, layered sound to it. Both, though, have a summery vibe – most welcome at this still chilly time of year!


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:17



Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRICARDO BACELAR is a noted Brazilian pianist/composer/arranger. He began his music career in rock band Hanoi Hanoi but in 2001 he jumped ship, embraced jazz and released his first solo album, 'In Natura'. Then he returned to his trained profession.... he's a fully qualified lawyer – and devoted his energies to working on copyright and intellectual property cases. Music, though, beckoned and in 2016 he "cameback" with 'Concerto Para Moviola'.

Ricardo has now released his most ambitious project - 'Sebastiana' – a 15 track set that celebrates the whole gamut of Latin American music from a Brazilian perspective. That said, the long player was actually recorded in Miami, a city that Senor Barcelar calls "the centre of Latin music". There he assembled a team to create a music that honours the roots of Brazilian music yet incorporates each individual player's culture and musical heritage.

Produced by Brazilian bassist Cesar Lemos, the players on 'Sebastiana' include Venezuelan Anderson Quintero (drums), Cuban percussionist Yoel del Sol ,Colombians Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet) and American pedal steel guitarist Steve Hinson while vocalists number Brazilians Ros Max and Ramatis Moraes and Americans Maye Osorio .

The album boasts two tunes penned by Bacelar and Lemos with the remaining 13 tracks coming from the catalogues of some of Brazil's most celebrated composers.... amongst them Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Flora Purim, Lo Borges, Tom Jobim, Victor Martins and Milton Nascimento whose lovely 'Nothing Will Be As It Was' is the album's lead focus single. The track has a haunting, ethereal quality heightened by Hinson's pedal steel and Osorio's sensual vocal.

Bacelar says: "When I recorded this album, I wanted to pay homage to Brazilian music presenting distinct performances of Latin American musicians who put elements of their own cultures into the fusion of influences. That fusion of elements of cultures and influences in a recording turns the music into a transmission vehicle of knowledge." You can read more of Bacelar's music philosophy in the lavish booklet that accompanies the album.



Friday, 16 March 2018 16:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGreat news for all proper soul fans! The mighty, mighty TEMPTATIONS have announced that they'll soon be releasing a brand new studio album –their first in over eight years!

'All The Time' hits the sales racks on May 4th and we're told that the set marks a subtle change of direction for the Emperors of Soul. You see the bulk of the tracks are covers of songs from leading contemporary artists like Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. There are also songs originally recorded by Maxwell and someone called Michael Jackson! There will also be three new, original Temptations songs.

The producer is Dave Darling known for his work with, among others, Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and Janiva Magness and the Tempts current lineup is Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene.

The album's digital format includes two tracks available for immediate download and streaming today (Friday 16th March) with album preorder, as well as two bonus track remixes.

Full review here at SJF just as soon as we have our copy!



Friday, 16 March 2018 16:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSometime Heatwave lead singer, DONOVAN BLACKWOOD impressed all comers with his lovely 'Never Gonna Let You Go' and 'All My Life' from last year. The in-demand Donovan, fresh from work with the British Collective, is now set to release a new single that couples 'Everybody But Me' with 'Break My Back'. 'Break....' was previously available on Donovan's 5 track EP. In fairness neither song is as immediately impressive as 'Never Gonna Let You Go' but they repay continued plays.

'Everybody But Me' is an insistent groove that rides in over a bubbling bass line; 'Break My Back' is tougher... ponderous even , but on both the Brit soul quotient is high.

Right now Mr B is getting ready to support Shalamar and Hot Chocolate on tour while he also has a cameo role in Steven Spielberg's new movie 'Ready Player One'. Donovan plays a gospel singer..... excellent casting!

Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2018 16:30



Friday, 16 March 2018 10:51 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altVarious media sources are reporting the recent deaths of two artists – CLAUDIA FONTAINE and CRAIG MACK.

Ms Fontaine was a London born singer who died aged just 57. She began her music career working in the reggae/lovers rock idiom. In 1982 she joined the group La Famile which also featured Caron Wheeler. They enjoyed a disco hit with 'Dancer', followed by the acclaimed 'All Night Long'. The following year Claudia joined Raymond Simpson in Raymond and Claudia; then she was part of the Afrodiziak collective – an in-demand backing group. Claudia then went on to work with people like The Jam, Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Betty Boo, Dusty Springfield, Claudia Brücken, Julia Fordham, Marilyn, Pink Floyd, Madness, Neneh Cherry, The Specials, Heaven 17, Hothouse Flowers and Howard Jones. She also sang on 'Free Nelson Mandela' and was the lead vocalist on The Beatmasters' hit singles 'Warm Love' (1989) and 'Deeper Into Harmony' (1992).

altRapper Craig Mack, one of the artists who laid the foundation for Bad Boy Records, has died aged just 46. Former marketing director of Bad Boy, Michelle Joyce, confirmed his passing, adding that Craig had been ill for some time. Mack's death comes just days after the 21st anniversary of the death of his label mate Christopher Wallace, the rapper known as Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.)

Born in Queens, New York, Craig Mack will be best remembered for his 'Flava In Ya Ear' – the first single on Bad Boy. Former president of Bad Boy, Kirk Burrowes opined,"It's not only one of the greatest debut singles in hip hop history, it launched a label." Bad Boy did, of course, go, on to huge success with people like Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112 and Total.

Craig eventually retired from music and appeared to renounce his old lifestyle. In a video posted on You Tube in 2012 he is seen being asked during a church service what he used to do when he was in the world:"Wickedness and rap," Mack said. In answer to the question "What are you doing now?" Mack responded, "Righteousness."

Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2018 11:00




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