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WHERE THERE’S A WILL

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBeen a while since I've heard of WILL WHEATON. I think it was something like 2005 when his litany song 'Old School Soul' set the modern soul world alight. Over the last few weeks though a new Wheaton tune has been getting plenty of airplay on stations like Mi-Soul, Sonic Soul and Starpoint.

Cut in question is a lovely Latin-tinged dancer, 'How Do You Do (The Things You Do)' which is actually a duet between Mr Wheaton and BRIDGETTE BRYANT who, I believe, steps up from the rank of backing singer (she's worked with people like Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder and Jeffery Osborne!) to help front the song.

Bridgette sounds tremendous on 'How Do You Do (The Things You Do)' while Will comes on as a hybrid Will Downing/Luther Vandross/Isaac Hayes.... but if you remember his 'Old School Soul' you'll know that!

'How Do You Do (The Things You Do)' will be officially available on Indieloungewest Records from April 1st.

 

JUST FIONA...

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFIONA ROSS is a musical all-rounder. She could play piano when she was just 6 and two years later she was on the West End stage (in 'Annie'). By 14 Fiona was singing in London clubs (a fib here and there got her in) and she eventually ended up as Head of the British Academy of New Music where she tutored (amongst others) Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Jess Glynne! En route she worked as a session musician, choreographer, composer, dancer, actor and model... oh, and she released one album.... 'A Twist Of Blue'.

Fiona's now set to follow that one up with a new long player.... 'Just Me (And Sometimes Someone Else)' – a double album that features 20 self-penned tracks that cross all kinds of genres. There are tales of love and loss, plenty of introspection, thankfully upbeat moments too and lashings of musical creativity.

The soundscape is as varied as the themes. 'Let Me Go', for instance, channels a jazz flavour while '27 Reasons' offers first, indie pop and then Latin rhythms. Let's explain that duality. The first CD in the set is Ms Ross sometimes solo and sometimes with a small band; the second CD sees her accompanied by a bigger band. So that aforementioned '27 Reasons' first time out is a small combo affair while on CD 2, it gets the full (Latin) band treatment. That's the only song that comes in two versions by the way; for all the rest, you get just the one shot. Right now we're loving the gentle but building ballad 'Reach Me' which showcases the purity of Fiona's vocal.

Find out more@ www.fionaross.co.uk

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:54

 

LINDSEY IN THE MIX....

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLINDSEY WEBSTER'S 'Back To Your Heart' long player was one of the real delights of the tail end of 2016... a clever, sophisticated modern soul set that built on her previous album' You Change'. Both sets kind of snuck up on you becoming almost addictive in their subtle sincerity.

And one of the more subtle and sincere tracks on 'Back To Your Heart' was the lazy, soul ballad 'Fast And Slow' . With Lindsey due in the UK very soon (next week in fact!), her people are putting out a remix of said 'Fast And Slow' and the man at the controls is Ronnie Herel. Big Ron doesn't do anything too radical... he keeps thing lazy and languid and in truth there's not a lot too choose between the two versions.

Lindsey we're told will be appearing at Ronnie Scott's and Pizza Express Maidstone and Birmingham. Local press and/or the web will furnish all the details while if you want more of the lady's gorgeous voice she takes lead vocal on a cut on an upcoming Rick Braun album

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:10

 

KEEP SMILING....

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast summer dear WILL DOWNING treated us to 'Black Pearls' – a collection of his takes on classic songs originally made famous by some of soul's top divas. One of the less well known of Will's selections was 'Your Smile' – originally recorded by Rene and Angela; and to keep the pot boiling, as it were, a new remix of that track has just been released.

This "Boogie Back" mix takes the pace up little and generally tightens up the overall sound, creating a perfect confection for the more stately, sophisticated modern soul dancers. Will's gorgeous vocal, though, remains, rightly, at the very front!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:10

 

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC....

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:52 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altWhen it comes to a musical pedigree, CHINA MOSES has got real form. She is the daughter of jazz multiple Grammy award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater while dad is theatre, film and television director Gilbert Moses. Little wonder music and performing have been with China right through her life!

Ms Moses debuted back in 1997 with 'China' and quickly became an attraction on the Parisian live music scene (she's resides in the City Of Light). In 2008 she showed her jazz roots with 'This One's For Dinah' – her tribute to Dinah Washington which was followed by 'Crazy Blues' in 2012.

For her latest album China is offering something quite different. 'Nightintales' is, in old fashioned music parlance, a "concept" album. For the first time all songs on the 11 tracker are her own and through China, the narrator, we're taken on a journey through the night. A night that brings romance ('Hang Over'), rejection ('Whatever), vices ('Nicotine'), reckless passion ('Put It On The Line') and finally self awakening ('Running'). In between there are pleasurable moments in smoky jazz clubs ('Blame Jerry') and intrigue in bijou hotels ('Lobby Call')

Musically, China and producer Anthony Marshall have conjured up myriad moods that range from the mournful piano led ballad that is 'Ticking Boxes' through to the fun-filled jazz homages (the aforementioned 'Blame Jerry'... but don't ask who Jerry is).

Vocally Ms Moses has an odd, unique voice.... odd and unique in the way that Macy Gray's voice is. And as with Macy, with China you can expect the unexpected!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:11

 

    

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