Friday, 14 December 2018 12:57 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


It has been announced that legendary jazz singer NANCY WILSON has passed away at the age of 81. According to her manager, Devra Hall Levy, the much-garlanded triple Grammy winner "died peacefully at home after a long illness."

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson - the eldest of six children - was drawn to music at an early age, listing singers Dinah Washington, LaVerne Baker, and Ruth Brown as early influences. After triumphing in a talent show at 15 that was sponsored by a local TV network, Wilson appeared regularly on the small screen in her home state but unsure of dedicating herself to music, started a college course with the aim of going into teaching. But the gravitational pull that music exerted on her could not be denied and she left college before graduating to join and tour with saxophonist Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Band. That was in 1956 and two years later, she was urged by saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, who recognised her formidable talent, to relocate to New York. Following his advice, she soon took the Big Apple supper club scene by storm and in late 1959 was offered a contract by Capitol Records. Her debut single, 'Guess Who I Saw Today,' showcased her cool, inimitable delivery and opened the first chapter in a long and storied career.

She remained with Capitol for twenty full and fruitful years, leaving in 1980 with forty-one albums under her belt before hooking up with Columbia where her career took another direction. During that time she was successfully able to straddle the worlds of  jazz, pop and soul, forging an illustrious career as a sophistcated song stylist.  Her biggest hit for Capitol was 1964's '(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am,' which also garnered her the first of three Grammy awards.

Wilson's final LP, 'Turned To Blue,' was her seventieth and came out in 2006. It won her third and final Grammy. Five years later, the singer hung up her microphone for good and retired, spending her remaining years at home in Pioneertown, California.

NANCY WILSON  February 20th 1937 - December 13th 2018

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2018 17:11


UNDER HER SPELL - Esperanza Spalding Announces New Album For 2019

Friday, 14 December 2018 11:53 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Award-winning composer, singer, songwriter and bass player, ESPERANZA SPALDING, is set to unleash a new album called '12 Little Spells,' which will be available as a physical release via Concord in March of next year.  Comprising a dozen new songs, the set is the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed album 'Exposure,' whose recording sessions were streamed live on social media. The new album was conceived in Italy and recorded in Brooklyn and finds the super-talented jazz polymath exploring the healing capacity of music and its effects on the human psyche and body.

Spalding - who you can also hear on John Legend's new 'Legendary Christmas' album - has already premiered the songs on Facebook and a digital version of the album is already available to buy and stream. Her website offers limited edition versions - signed albums, CDs, USB sticks, and even vinyl test pressings - which can be pre-ordered now prior to the March 2019 release.

Explaining the genesis of the new album, on her website, Spalding wrote: "I wanted to release one more song-ey album/tour project to tide us over before I disappear into the belly of developing the next full thing. Then, all the sudden, this 12 Little Spells idea just started taking shape in my imagination all quick-like… and made various parts of my body tingle: hands, legs, solar-plexus, ears, feet, arms… This tingling had a kind of healing sensation, and I wondered: Can I harness these 12 little sensation-revelations into sounds, words, imagery, and performance that activates this healing, tingling effect in others?"

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Read SJF's 2018 interview with Esperanza here:

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2018 12:02



Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'We Are One' is a new single that brings REELSOUL together with sometime Soul II Soul heroine, ROSE WINDROSS. Rose has been perfecting her craft for something like 30 years and it shows on this classy slab of soul of dance. The tune comes in effective 9 minute John Morales M+M mixes and is out now on DJ Spens' Quantize label....

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2018 20:05



Monday, 10 December 2018 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRight at year end the ever-reliable and hard gigging NOEL McKOY has just released a brand new and rather tasty new single. The song is a McKoy original, 'My Lady's Gone' – a rough and tough modern soul groove that ticks most boxes. But such is Mr Mc's status is that he can call on some top mixers to add different shadings to his music... and there's none "topper" than Cool Million's Rob Hardt. Here Mr H gives the tune his usual, irresistible retro flavoured make over but keeps the Benson-esque scatting and the lovely, lovely keys break to create a mini masterpiece.

Noel, though, likes to cover all bases so he also offers a couple of house mixes – one from the Willesden Sound System, the other via Masters of the Universe. Both will find favour in their own arenas but the Rob Hardt tweak takes some beating. McKoy fans, of course, will know the song from our man's '7' EP.



Monday, 10 December 2018 18:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Lights Down Low' is the new single from much-talked about Canadian blue eyed soulstress ERIN COSTELLO. The single heralds her upcoming 'Sweet Marie' album and if 'Lights Down Low' is anything to, go by that long player will turn out to be a corker.

'Lights Down Low' is an ab fab mellow and lazy groove with some unusual harmonies, quirky lyrics and a real make-you-smile quality... Erin Costello, - another to watch for in the New Year!

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2018 19:03


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