Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSTONE FOUNDATION are a hard-working UK soul band created by Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones who shared a mutual love for all things soulful and like the rest of the team they put together they knew that the real route to success was live work... not the yellow brick road of the TV talent show. So, the Stones gigged consistently round the London circuit and in 2011 the effort paid off when they were invited to open for the Specials on their comeback UK arena tour.

Several long players later the band have built a solid fan base that's set to grow as they prepare to release a brand new album, 'Street Rituals'. There's a real buzz about the new album as it's revealed that the set is being produced by self-confessed soul boy, Paul Weller. That special buzz has been heighted by the just-released single, 'Strange People', which features a cameo vocal from a certain William Bell.

The Stax stalwart says: "It was an absolute pleasure working on "Strange People" with Stone Foundation and Paul Weller for the band's brand new album!"

The Foundation's Neil Jones adds: "'Strange People' was written from the viewpoint of a child growing up in today's society, surrounded by a changing city and an uncertain future. Children never have any preconceptions of race, religion or creed. That's imprinted on their minds by the strange people surrounding them struggling to survive within a society divided by media driven stories and political lies".

The soundscape of the single adds to the urgency of that message. There are hints of classic 60s soul, a garnish of that special Paul Weller sound, even a feel of the great Steely Dan. It all bodes well for the album.

That Stone Foundation's album 'Street Rituals' is released on 31st March via 100% Records... the same day that the band support Paul Weller at his Teenage Cancer Trust headline show at London's Royal Albert Hall. From there, the group go on an 8 gig UK tour... dates below.

The single 'Strange People' featuring William Bell is out now and you can catch the video @

Thu 27 April Bristol, The Fleece

Fri 28 April Manchester, The Ruby Lounge

Sat 29 April Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre

Fri 05 May Coventry, The Empire

Sat 06 May Brighton, Concorde 2

Fri 12 May Leeds, The Wardrobe

Sat 13 May London, Islington Assembly Hall

Thu 18 May Newcastle, The Cluny


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS news agencies are reporting the death at age 73 of jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. It seems that Coryell died in his sleep "of natural causes", on Sunday 19th February.

Born in Galveston, Texas in 1943, Larry played with many jazz greats in his long career. More recently he was planning an extensive tour with The Eleventh House, a band he formed back in the 70s and regarded as pioneers of jazz-fusion.

Larry is survived by his wife, Tracey, four children and six grandchildren.

A full appreciation of Larry Coryell's career here at SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK tomorrow.



Monday, 20 February 2017 15:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soulstress SHAILA PROSPERE won friends with her first long player, 'In My Shoes' and right now she's working on the follow-up. To get us all ready, the album is heralded by a sweet single, 'Let Me Be Your's'.

The song was penned by Shaila in tandem with Everis Pellius and Phil Phillo (Full Crew/Soul Syndicate) and the whole thing is a heartfelt throwback to the 80s. The special "Soul Syndicate Remix" is even more 80s than the original. Listen in and you should hear little bits of Cheryl Lynn's 'Encore' and Curtis Hairston's 'Morning After'.... a tasty, potential floor filler.

SHAILA PROSPERE: 'Let Me Be Your's' released on Rhythm Records, March 10th

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Monday, 20 February 2017 14:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul instrumentalist CHRIS KINGDON has enjoyed one of early 2017's big soul hits with his haunting jazz-funk tune, 'Cuba'. Various mixes have kept the tune fresh and vital and, believing in striking while the proverbial iron is red hot, Mr K is getting set to release a brand new single.... 'Travelling Light (Homeward Bound)'

Wisely, 'Travelling Light (Homeward Bound)' offers a very different flavour to 'Cuba'. It's lighter and gentler and the veteran soul crowd will hear the influence of the Blackbyrds in one of their less funky moments. Listen hard and you may not quite "walk in rhythm" but you definitely will "travel light"!


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Monday, 20 February 2017 14:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the past 18 months or so, MISTER COTTON has won loads of friends with his floor friendly singles. Stuff like 'Get On The Dance Floor', 'Turn This Party Out' (based on Keni Burke's 'Risin To The Top') and 'Whip It Real Good' saw plenty of action and ,sure, Mr C himself would be the first to admit that his music isn't the most cerebral, but it's not meant to be!

Mister Cotton sees his music as fuel for the feet and now, fresh from his work with Ed The Red on 'Summer Is The Coldest Season', he's all set to unleash another dance epic. This time around his message is simple.... 'Dance, Move Something'. It's big and brash and built around 'Pump Up The Jam'. Guest vocalist, by the way, is the lovely Shanice.

The usual diligent internet search will bring you to it!

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