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JACKIE MOORE DIES....

Saturday, 09 November 2019 16:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThough few details are available, it seems that Florida-born soulstress JACKIE MOORE died yesterday, Friday, 8th November. She was aged 73.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she moved to Philadelphia as a teenager where she was signed to Shout Records. A move to Atlantic generated Jackie's biggest hit 'Precious Precious' and though 'Sometimes It's Got To Rain' was also a hit, real success eluded her and by the 80s she retired from music to raise her family.

In the UK and Europe, Ms Moore will be fondly remembered for her 'Both Ends Against The Middle' and 'Sweet Charlie Babe' both of which combined Philly sass and style with Southern passion and soul.

 

A MAN LIKE CURTIS!

Friday, 08 November 2019 16:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe soul world was devastated in August 1990 when CURTIS MAYFIELD suffered a horrendous accident at a Brooklyn open air concert. The devastation was multiplied when 9 years later the Gentle Genius passed on. Since then most of Curtis' solo canon has been reissued while there are plenty of lovely Impressions' album out there too. At the sad time of his passing there were a couple of interesting tribute albums specially recorded to celebrate his genius (remember Bruce Springsteen's version of Gypsy Woman?).

Now Australia's Playback/City Hall Records are all set to issue a new celebratory tribute. The 20 tracker that is 'Move On Up... The Songs of Curtis Mayfield' is slightly different though. You see the album is a comprehensive compilation of Mayfield songs that have been out there for some time.

Some of the music comes from those active with Curtis in the Curtom days ... stuff like Baby Huey's 'Hard Times' and the Five Stairsteps' 'Baby Make Me Feel So Good'. Some of the cuts like Aretha's 'Look Into Your Heart' are Mayfield productions but the bulk of the material comes from artists who just knew a good song when they heard one!

The compilation is filled with loads of lovely and interesting stuff – like Willie Wright's Terry Callier-flavoured 'Right On For The Darkness', Julian Joseph and Sharon Musgrave's take of 'The Other Side Of Town' and a reggae version of 'Move On Up' from Devon Russell. Thankfully there's a Curtis cut too... a 1990 re-work of his 'Here But I'm Gone' with extra input from Lauryn Hill.

The album comes complete with comprehensive sleeve notes which conclude with "Curtis had a unique genius that always lent itself to being carried forward by fellow artists and new generations. Hopefully this compilation can help show the enormous impact and lasting spell cast by Curtis's songs".... AMEN!

 

SIMPLY SIMPLY RED...

Friday, 08 November 2019 15:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNo matter how hard he tries MICK HUCKNALL cant's hake off the SIMPLY RED imprint. A few years ago he tried a few solo things (remember 'American Soul' and the tribute to Bobby Bland?) but Simply Red refuse to go away... thank goodness, many would say.

Now Mick and the band are all set to release their latest album, 'Blue Eyed Soul' and the concise ten tracker is stuffed with the band's signature sound... "blue eyed soul" if you would! You'll probably be familiar with the lead single, 'Thinking Of You' while the new single the ultra sweet 'Sweet Child' is winning max airplay on mainstream radio.... a full review of 'Blue Eyed Soul' here very soon.

 

TRIPPIN’

Friday, 08 November 2019 15:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBritish jazz icon CHRIS BARBER was (indeed is) a true pioneer...bringing jazz, blues, skiffle and gospel to the jaded post war UK music scene. Indeed a certain John Lennon and his first band, the Quarrymen owe more than just a little to the trombonist and band leader. Chris Barber has enjoyed a successful 65 year career and he's just (maybe reluctantly) announced his retirement. To celebrate the man's huge achievements The Last Music Company have just released 'MEMORIES OF MY TRIP' a 2 CD, 31 track which collects together a set of Barber's rare collaborations with artists like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Eric Clapton, James Cotton, Ottilie Patterson, Lonnie Donegan, Keith Emerson, Andy Fairweather Low, Rory Gallagher, Edmond Hall, Jeff Healey, Jools Holland, Paul Jones, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Dr. John, John Slaughter, Albert Nicholas and Muddy Waters.

The album is named for the opening track which features acoustic blues man Brownie McGhee and tells how in the 50s Barber and his band along with guests like McGhee would criss cross the country spreading the blues and jazz gospel. Other highlights include the Muddy Water's led take on 'Kansas City' and the Van Morrison/Dr John/Chris Barber sombre version of the traditional gospel song 'Oh Didn't He Ramble'.

 

DATE NIGHT!

Friday, 08 November 2019 15:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Date Night' is the title of a new four track EP from NEICE KNIGHT (yes, her spelling!)... a still youthful, US music biz veteran. In her career Ms Knight has worked with Evelyn "Champagne" King , been a key cast member in a Blues Brothers Revue but now she's the choir director of the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles... and that gospel background shines through on 'Date Night' most notably on the ballad 'Anything'. Elsewhere 'WGYD' is a bassy, old school funk workout, 'How Do I' is a bumpy R&B outing, while 'In The Beginning' is another sweet ballad.

NeiCe Knight - Date Night With Neice Knight EP - Out Now

 

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