Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSerious music collectors know all about "Library Music" – recordings that are not commercially available but have been specially composed and recorded for use on radio, TV and advertising outlets. Much of it is recorded speculatively, some is commissioned, but almost all of it is written and performed by some of music industry's top backroom specialists – writers, arrangers and session players. Over the years Library Music has earned a certain cachet with collectors but it's normally hard to get hold of... till now!

The EMI subsidiary, KPM is perhaps the most established name in Library Music and by way of celebrating its achievements the label is bringing together a raft of its top players to perform at a special concert at the British Library on October 6th. The "KPM All Stars" will feature people like Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, Brian Bennett and Alan Parker. Between them they've played on hundreds of hits (Bennett was one of Cliff Richard's Shadows, while Parker taught Bowie guitar!) and countless Library tunes.

To tie in with the show Be With Records are releasing a set of classic Library albums which includes a groove heavy, 'Full Circle'. This is credited to Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett and features 12 tracks that offer a classy smooth jazz, jazz/funk vibe. None of the tunes will be familiar – but production is faultless and the playing (as you'd expect) is blemish free! The album also comes in the iconic KPM green livery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:54



Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Hustler' is the latest single from Sheffield (South Yorkshire, that is) new age soul man YOUNG ARTZ (real name Artwell Manunure). Driven by a mix of electro UK Afro beats and hip hop flavours, it's edgy and all engulfing and features an odd sample taken from an old I-phone recording! Experimental and adventurous, little wonder it's winning airplay on BBC 1Xtra! The usual internet searches will lead you to it! It's on Primera Records, by the way.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:16


The Sounds of Denmark Coming To London In September...

Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                 altNow in its third year, Sounds of Denmark is a UK jazz festival celebrating Danish jazz in all its diversity and will be returning to London's Dean Street Pizza Express Jazz Club this September. The participating musicians range from noted solo singers - Live Foyn Friis and Janne Mark are both scheduled to appear - to groups that range from the critically-acclaimed Girls In Airports to the hip-hop-influenced, Atlantic Progression,  and the neo-fusion group, Quadrillion, led by harmonica maestro, Mathias Heise. Pianist and composer, Kathrine Windfeld, will also be performing with a 15-piece ensemble that will feature the trumpet of British jazz man, Gerald Presencer.

The festival will be running from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd of September.

For more info and tickets go to:

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGreat Yarmouth's DOGGETT BROTHERS (Greg and Carl) have been mainstays of the UK soul scene for some years now... think I first came across 'em on a 2010 'Soul Unsigned' album. Then a few years back they broke through big-time with their 'Colours' album. Some tasty singles, a remix project and collaborations with people like HD have kept Greg and Carl's name out there.

The good news is the Doggetts are on their marks and getting set to release a brand new long player – 'Get High'. The ten tracker is set for UK release at the end of September but as a taster the boys have just released the album's title cut as a single... and it's a proper little modern soul corker!

The melody's strong and sweet, the beats are tight and the vocal from the too long neglected Nate James is bob on! The tune rides a solid groove but there's a whiff of edgy electronics too which maybe indicates a subtle change of direction for the boys.

We'll wait and see but we're told that amongst other album contributors are Jarrod Lawson and Coco Malone. We look forward to bringing you a full review just as soon as we have our copy. In the meantime.... 'Get High'!



Monday, 13 August 2018 15:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS new sources are reporting that the Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN is "gravely ill". The 76-year-old Aretha is believed to be surrounded by her closest family and friends at her bedside in Detroit.

Detroit TV Channel 4 news anchor Evrod Cassimy said this morning in a tweet: "I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time." Earlier a family friend Roger Friedman confirmed that Aretha was seriously ill.

In March the singer cancelled two concerts scheduled in New Jersey. Her most recent performance was Nov. 2, 2017 at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York and her final public performance was at Philadelphia's Mann Centre in August 2017.

Aretha last performed in her native Detroit in June 2017. She ended the performance with a then-cryptic appeal to the hometown crowd: "Please keep me in your prayers."


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