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BRAZIL FEST....

Friday, 30 March 2018 17:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKAREN LANE is an Australian-born jazz singer/songwriter who is now based in London where she is a regular performer on that city's jazz scene. She's released a number of well-received solo albums – of which 2004's 'Taste' won Karen plenty of accolades. The set was a bossa nova collection and next month she releases another set of Latin tunes.... or more specifically Brazilian.

'Passarim' is a 13 tracker that comprise music from the catalogues of some of Brazil's top composers.... including, naturally, Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose lovely 'Passarim' gives the album its overall title.

Karen sings in both English and Portuguese and the band on the long player is Graham Harvey (piano), Rob Luft (guitar), Graham Lockrane (flute) and Andrea Trillo (drums). On several of the tracks the band is augmented by Brazilians Aneselmo Netto (percussion) and Ricardo Dos Santos (bass). There's a very special guest too.... violinist Saskia Horton. Ms Horton features on 'If You Wanna Be A Lover' and she just happens to be Karen's daughter.

Lovers of all things Brazilian will find plenty of treasures here – notably the title track (arguably Jobim's most beautiful song) and a lovely medley of 'Poinciana' and 'I'm Glad There Is You'.

KAREN LANE: 'Passarim' is out on April 27th on 33 Jazz

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2018 17:56

 

MORE JAM!

Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast autumn the soul and dance worlds were thrilled to have some new music from the wonderful ANN NESBY. She was guest vocalist on a huge slab of optimism by the name of 'Jam'. The cut was the work of music entrepreneur EmKayBe..... aka Merrick Buckingham who describes himself as "vocalist/dancer/choreographer/music producer hailing from Gary, Indiana".

Out on DJ Spen's Quantize label, the tune was a huge success and to take it a few extra miles for Miami Music Week 'Jam' has been remixed.

First up is a tweak from Will 'Reelsoul' Rodriquez who keeps the tempo well up while allowing Ms Ann's vocal to shine. The same goes for the "All Nite" mix with Spen at the controls. Big surprise though is the Reelsoul 'Throwback" mix. Here Mr Rodriquez slows the tempo right down and adds a Loose Ends 'Hanging On A String' vibe. This ticks all the old school soul weekender boxes and looks like being one of 2018's first big floor fillers.

EmKayBe Featuring ANN NESBY – 'JAM' The Remixes - released 6th April on Quantize Records

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:47

 

INTRODUCING KAREN LINETTE

Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about KAREN LINETTE. It seems she hails from Maryland and has been in the business for almost 20 years. She performs worldwide and has shared stages and studios (as session singer) with people  including Norman Connors, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, Sybil, Howard Hewett, CeCe Peniston, Anthony David, Miki Howard, Tom Browne, Marion Meadows, Regina Belle, and Dexter Wansel.

Right now she has her own double A sided single out and it's winning plenty of support Stateside. One of the tunes is the lady's version of Stevie's 'Another Star'. Karen's take is a gentle jazz shuffle, quite different to the original. However, the other song is the one that's proving more popular on the soul scene. 'Couldn't Love You' is a sweet ballad that samples the piano riff from Love Unlimited 'Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love' and it really is effective. Ms Linette delivers the vocal with proper soul conviction that betrays her 20 years in the business.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:47

 

DANNY BOY!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDANNY KUSZ is a Minneapolis based sax man who's been around for something like ten years. With three albums under his belt young Dan's won a slew of awards (they include two Los Angeles music awards, and multiple Minnesota Music Award nominations). He's played with plenty of big names too – people like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Stokley, Jellybean Johnson, Joey DeFrancesco, Althea Renee, N'Dambi, Anthony David, Selina Albright, Bobby Lyle, Morris Day & The Time, Stanley Jordan, and Harvey Mason but right now he's getting ready to promote his latest release – an eight track mini album, 'Pink!'.

Released on Innervision Records, the long player was prefaced by the single 'Can't Stop The Groove'. Produced by Darren Rahn, the tune does just what it says on the tin and little wonder it hit the top ten on the Groove Jazz singles chart. There's plenty more of the same on the album. 'Arrival Of The Lotus' is another tough groove garnished with tight funk and with a whiff of Clinton madness about it. Then there's 'Funky Flamingo' – funkier than any bird I've ever seen, flamingo or otherwise.

Highlight though is the slightly (only slightly) lighter 'Bubble Gum Love' – it's offers a sweet melody and is passionately delivered... little wonder that some savvy commentators have dubbed Danny "the next generation David Sanborn". There's a definite Sanborn feel to the whole album though you'll hear an awful lot more.... notably that unique, classic Minneapolis sound . Other pundits have noted that "Danny is rejuvenating smooth jazz."... well maybe.... but be certain 'Pink!' ain't smooth jazz like I know it!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:53

 

SUFFERIN’ CITY ....

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:41 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE SUFFERS are an eight piece old school soul band who made waves in the US three years ago with a blistering performance on David Letterman's late night TV show. The eponymous album that followed won the Suffers more friends and that friendship coterie is set to increase as the band prepare to release a brand new long player, 'Everything Here' on Shanachie Records.

The album is prefaced by the just-out, feel-good single, 'Do Whatever' . The cut rides on a thumping bass line and features full on soul horns underlying the simple, up-beat message in the music.... "Do whatever feels right all night, alright, alright!" which is delivered with passion by lead singer Kam Franklin.

The Suffers describe themselves as "a contemporary version of the great R&B/funk bands of 70s and 80s....Rufus, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang" and on the evidence of 'Do Whatever' we wouldn't argue.

Oh, by the way, the name "The Suffers" is a reference to the 1978 Jamaican film 'Rockers' that starred Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Jacob Miller and Burning Spear... so there you go!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:54

 

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