Soul and Jazz and Funk


Monday, 22 July 2019 18:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEverybody's favourite soul-jazz guitar man U-NAM (Emmanuel Abiteboul) has enjoyed great success with his latest long player – 'Future Love', a Billboard top 25 jazz charter no less!

Our man is readying the album for Japanese release and for them he's added an extra, "bonus" track – a groove heavy, foot tapper, 'Soul Walkin''. With a hint of 'Breezin' and a snatch (I'm sure) of the swirling strings from George Jinda's version of 'Just My Imagination', it sounds like a winner!

The good news is that 'Soul Walkin'' will be included in a de-luxe version of 'Future Love' coming very soon!



Friday, 19 July 2019 17:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBritish/Nigerian singer/songwriter OLA ONABULE releases his latest album at the end of August. The 14 tracker that is 'Point Less' is the follow up to Ola's successful 2015 outing 'It's The Peace That Deafens'.

The new LP focuses on issues of social injustice with tracks that deal with issues like violence, immigration, betrayal of dignity and (so relevant, given what's happening right now) xenophobia. At the same time, Ola insists that the LP is a celebration of life. He says that the protagonist in the songs enjoys a joyous, positive life but is beset by events – mainly outside his control. An interesting concept for sure...

Full review here at SJF very soon.



Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Trying To Find My Way Back' is the latest album from veteran (he's 84!) blues man GUITAR SHORTY. Shorty debuted way back in 1957 with the Willie Dixon collaboration 'Don't Treat Me Right' for the Cobra label and he then went on to record prolifically and work with some of the biggest names in the business. His people tell us he's worked with (amongst others) Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard! Legend has it that the young Jimi Hendrix was so enamoured with Shorty's playing, that he often went AWOL from his army base to catch him perform. Shorty let Hendrix borrow one of his wah-wah pedals and the rest is, as they say, history.

The new album is produced by Jerry Williams Jr./Swamp Dogg and features Larry "MoogStar" Clemon, from the legendary funk group Cameo. Between them they cook up a proper old school, electric blues festival. It's bluesy (obviously), funky, gritty. soulful and contemporary and it's out now!



Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGood news for lovers of classy modern soul in general and the wonderful CORNELL CARTER in particular...... CC is readying a new long player – due in September!

In the meantime, he's prefacing it with a sweet, new single – the stomping 'I See Love' (available from August 9th). Lush and soulful, Mr C's vocal is as powerful as ever and... well..... bring on the album!



Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUrban Legends/UMC are reissuing two classic PARLIAMENT albums on black vinyl and in limited special vinyl editions: they are – 'Chocolate City' (released 21st June) and 'Up For The Down Stroke' (out now). The latter LP is also available in a limited translucent red vinyl edition, while 'Chocolate City' is also available in a limited picture disc vinyl edition.

More? Well acclaimed US chef Roblé Ali and cookbook author/blogger/artist Jerrelle Guy have created a 'Chocolate City' inspired recipe video. The video, we're told, shows Roble and Guy exploring some of the legendary album's complex themes, including the African diaspora and chocolate cities, the album's influence on current music and their own music tastes, as well as music's role in elevating the cooking/dining experience. Joining the conversation with Roblé Ali and Jerrelle Guy was Colleen Vincent of Black Food Folks and The James Beard Foundation, bringing her own vantage point of growing up in Brooklyn, her own chocolate city.

Sounds mighty interesting but as we often say its what's in the grooves that count and those two mighty LPs are worth seeking out ... in whatever format!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:16




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