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OH LORI.....

Saturday, 08 September 2018 18:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altThough she's new name to us (and I guess to most of you) LORI WILLIAMS is something of a music biz veteran with a range of skills -acclaimed international Jazz vocalist, educator, songwriter, producer and musical theatre actress.

Ms Williams is not bothered for us to know that she's just celebrated her 50th birthday and she's celebrating the milestone with a new album – a lovely collection of proper grown up music that she's called 'Out Of The Box'... named for one of the LP's key songs and a statement that with the album she's showing  she can work "out of the box" that people often pop her in... In her case the jazz "box". Sure on the album there are plenty of classy jazz workouts – like the versions of ''Round Midnight' and 'Little Girl Blue'... the title cut is a cool jazzy offering too. However, the album bristles with plenty of sophisticated, elegant modern soul music that will recall the very best offerings of people like Anita Baker.

Indeed the album was heralded by a single that paired two such cuts – the groove-laden 'I Like The Way You Talk To Me' and a great cover of the Isaac Hayes-penned Dionne Warwick hit, 'Déjà Vu'. That latter is currently garnering plenty of air play on the best soul and jazz stations. Little wonder, it's a mini masterpiece of sophisticated soul with fab interplay between Lori's sensuous vocals and album collaborator Bob Baldwin's sparkling keys. The slinky ballad, 'Our Love Is Real' is another album highlight. Watch out too for the big collaboration that is 'Where's That Smile' with vocal cameos from amongst others Will Downing and Maysa

'Out Of The Box' is Lori Williams' fourth solo long player and it comes highly recommended. Of the set, the singer says: "When you reach the milestone of 50, many things begin to cross your mind. 'Out Of The Box' is a deliberate breakaway from me being stereotyped as 'Lori only does this' – this being Straight Ahead Jazz. For me to be recognized and respected within that music has been quite an accomplishment; but there is more to me. 'Out Of The Box' is a Neo-Soul Jazz project. When I hear my voice on these new songs, it's a sound I really like. It's feel good music with catchy lyrics that people can remember and walk away singing."alt

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 September 2018 18:19

 

FEEL THE CHILL!

Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altERICK GREY is a US soul singer who's working on an upcoming album on which he's trying to fuse smooth jazz, R n B and neo-soul. Erick calls his hybrid "Rhythm and Chill". You can check if he's succeeded when he releases the album's first single at the start of November and true to the "Rhythm and Chill" tag, the new song is called 'Ice Cold'.

Erick says: "This song is a "true to life" composition of how my wife and I met, and subsequently wed. As a youth, I used an expression, "cold blooded", to describe something that was "nice", desirable, pleasing to the eyes, "cool", etc. As the expression goes, "What's cooler than cool?" "Ice Cold!" So, that was the inspiration behind the song."

You can find out more @ www.erickgrey.com

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:18

 

IN THE NOOK....

Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in April we were introduced to Philadelphia jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer VINCE TAMPIO via his 'Sound Plan' album . The six tracker was an ambitious attempt to fuse jazz with psychedelic rock and electronic dance music and some of the more adventurous jazz stations out there played out the epic 'Slimery'.

For his newest album Vince offers something very different – you see, 'The Nook' (released on September 18th) is a straight-ahead jazz album with not an electronic instrument in sight! The band on the long player comprises Vince Tampio (trumpet), John Swana (trombone), Brian Baker (tenor sax), John B Hedges (piano), Ben Basile (upright bass) and Charlie Heim (drums). Hear them swing at their best on the cover of 'Dear Old Stockholm' on which the band use their experiences to bring in a number of other jazz classics.... count 'em if you can!

The album's title cut is a blues based workout named for a famed Philadelphia bar while the intriguing 'Two Dollar Breakfast' (this is the cut that features veteran Swana's valve trombone) owes its title to the menu at New York's Mains Street Bistro.

Vince says his aim with 'The Nook' was to try to create the feel of early Miles Davis albums... see if he's succeeded by visiting www.vincetampio.com

 

INTRODUCING CHRISTOS...

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about fusion guitarist, songwriter, and producer Christos Tambouratzis save that his track 'Loves Got Me' is getting plenty of attention across the soul airwaves and in the best dance emporia. The tune's a proper old school sound.... latino, funk, soul ...a touch of the Santana... intriguing. The vocal, by the way, comes from Bill Kalantzakos.

The putative B side is a different kettle of fish – a slow and sultry Bacharach flavoured 'The Promise' with vocals from Nassia Gofa... both worth checking!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:14

 

MORE VALERIE!

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe Zutons' 'Valerie' is one of modern pop's most enduring tunes. The Liverpool band penned and recorded the song (replete with imagery of the great River Mersey) in 2006 and since then it's been covered countless times – most famously of course by Mark Ronson and dear old Amy Winehouse.

Now the song's with us again, this time courtesy of San Francisco blue eyed soul man JACK MOSBACHER who impressed us earlier this year with his 'Whynot' EP – a heartfelt tribute to one of his heroes.... the mighty David Ruffin.

Jack's new version of 'Valerie' doesn't stray too far from the Ronson/Winehouse template but young Mr M fairly lets rip, particularly towards the end. He says: "It's my favourite song to sing and perform, and I'm so proud of our Motown-style recording produced by the incomparable Michael Eisenstein."

JACK MOSBACHER; 'Valerie' ... is out on Sept 7th

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 19:41

 

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