Tuesday, 27 November 2018 20:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month Detroit's KATHY KOSINS released a brand new version of one of the tracks on her 'Uncovered Soul' album – her reading of the Neville Brothers' New Orleans classic 'Voodoo'. Kathy and her team loved that song so much that they subtly re-wrote and re-recorded it as 'Put The Voodoo On Me'.

Now they offer that new tune in a new, hard-not-to-move Opolopo remix. The Hungarian mix meister calls his tweak, 'The Miami In Winter Mix' and there is a chill about proceedings but Mr. O's trademark loping bass line and shuffle beats will keep those feet moving and heads nodding... out very soon.

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Monday, 26 November 2018 20:21 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

     altLegendary Bay Area funk and soul aggregation, TOWER OF POWER, return to the UK in May 2019 following their triumphant appearance at the 2018 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. They will play three concerts - in Birmingham (28th May), Manchester (29th May), and London (30th May) - as part of the continuing 50th anniversary celebrations.  

Tower Of Power boast one of the most storied careers in the history of R&B music. They began life in Oakland, California, as a covers band called The Motowns way back in 1968, founded by horn players, Emilio Castillo  and Stephen "Doc" Kupka. By 1969, they had morphed into Tower Of Power, and a year later recorded their debut album, 'East Bay Grease,' for promoter Bill Graham's San Francisco label.  They joined Warner Bros. in 1972, where their career really took off with albums like 'Bump City,' 'Tower Of Power,' 'Back To Oakland,' and 'Urban Renewal.' In 1976, they joined Columbia, where their distinctive brand of horn-led of soul and funk continued to earn them further success and adulation. Since then they have maintained a constant presence in the world of R&B with numerous sold-out tours and critically-acclaimed albums (their most recent being 2018's 'Soul Side Of Town').

The present incarnation of this long-running band is built around the nucleus of charter members Castillo and Kupka and also includes fellow veterans Francis Rocco Prestia (bass) and David Garibaldi (drums). Playing alongside them are some more recent recruits: namely, guitarist Jerry Cortez, organist Roger Smith, saxophonist Tom Politzer, trumpeters Adolfo  Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo. The band's current vocalist is the dynamic Marcus Scott, who follows in a long line of charismatic front men, which have included Lenny Williams, Michael Jeffries, Hubert Tubbs, Rufus Miller, and Rick Stevens.


28th May Birmingham, Town Hall

29th May Manchester, O2 Ritz

30th May London, Royal Albert Hall

Tower Of Power live review, 2018:


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Monday, 26 November 2018 18:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe Aussie soul and jazz contingent are very busy lately ... hot on the heels of the Putbacks, comes a new single from English-born, Australian-raised singer-songwriter DAISY HICKS. Her new song, in its original form, is a pleasant 'When I'm Gone' (NO, not the Brenda Holloway classic!). It's a sweet little acoustic thing.... but here's the good news. There's an ab fab remix from Metlife ( Michael Gray/Jon Pearn) that quite transforms things. The mix is stuffed with all the hallmarks of a modern soul classic and should keep the dance jocks and their punters happy over the coming party season.

We're told there's a Daisy Hicks LP in the 2019 pipeline and an Alex Di Cio mix of 'When I'm Gone' on the way, but young Alex will have to pull out all the stops to top this Metlife mix!



Monday, 26 November 2018 18:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest soul, jazz and funk combo to come blazing of Australia is THE PUTBACKS. I'm guessing that they're the same Putbacks that backed Emma Donovan a few years back. Whatever, right now the band is here there and everywhere promoting their eponymous long player. The quintet are pitching themselves as a kind of "house" band in the style of say, the MGs or the Meters but they don't say what "house" they're the band of.

Musically they describe their sound as "crunchy post soul, post jazz, mystery cinema"... not quite sure what that means but what they offer on this 16 tracker is a set of experimental soul, jazz and funk instrumentals (mainly) that do have a vaguely cinematic feel. We say "mainly" because there is one vocal track.... a rocky, spaced out 'The Ways' which features Bilal.

"Spaced out" is maybe a good way to describe the Putbacks sound so it's a relief to hear something a little mellower – like the string drenched 'No Man' and the cool 'Slowes Slow Dance'.

The Putbacks, by the way, are Tom Martin (guitar), Rory McDougal (drums), Mick Meacher (bass), Justin Marshall (percussion) and Simon Mavin(keys) and 'The Putbacks' album is out now on Hope Street Recordings.

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Monday, 26 November 2018 18:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMy guess is that not many will have heard the name EDDIE HINTON, but many will have heard his songs, his guitar playing and, occasionally, his voice. You see Jacksonville-born Eddie was a key creator of the classic Southern soul sound. After relocating to Alabama,  Eddie soon became an in-demand session guitarist and a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, "the Swampers". Amongst the artists who profited from his input are Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R. B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. He made occasional recordings in his own right and also penned plenty of great tunes for others – the most famous, maybe, being 'Breakfast In Bed'.

And it's the Dusty Springfield version of that song that kicks of this 24 track Ace Records homage to Eddie Hinton, the songwriter. Eddie penned the song with Donnie Fritts and amongst the other Fritts' collaborations here is what can best be described as a salute to obesity... '300 Pounds Of Hongry'... a version by the late Tony Joe White.

Amongst the other featured artists are Oscar Toney Jr, Bobby Womack, Aretha, Lou Johnson, Bonnie Bramlett, Percy Sledge, the Sweet Inspirations , Candi Staton and the UK's own Lulu. Her input is the sweet ballad, 'Where's Eddie' which she cut on her Muscle Shoals recorded 'New Routes'' album. It's a far cry from 'Boom Bang A Bang'! Eddie Hinton himself is at the mic for one included track...a demo of 'It's All Wrong, But It's Alright' – later recorded by both Laura Lee and Percy Sledge.

The copious sleeve notes explain why Eddie didn't record more and why he's not that well-known outside Southern soul circles. His life style was chaotic and he was plagued by mental illness and addiction problems. He died aged just 51 in 1995. Here you can enjoy his legacy.

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