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MORE MORRISON

Thursday, 03 July 2008 08:28 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE MORRISON

Polydor/Exile have just released the latest batch of albums in their 2008 VAN MORRISON re-issue programme. This time around they're bringing back eight MORRISON albums - all fully remastered and each featuring bonus tracks. The eight are 1974's 'Veedon Fleece', 1980's 'Common One', 'Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart from 1983, 1984's live set recorded at the Belfast Grand Opera House, 1986's 'No Guru, No Method, No Teacher', 'Enlightenment' from 1990' , a second live set - 94's 'A Night In San Francisco'' and 'The Healing Game' which was originally issued in 1997. No one single album, let alone a single track can ever reveal the true spirit, soul and creative genius of the Ulsterman, though if you listen carefully to 'Rave On John Donne' from the magnificent 'Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart' you might just make a small start. Review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

BLUES FOR THE BOYS IN BLUE

Thursday, 03 July 2008 08:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BLUES FOR THE BOYS IN BLUE

Those who like rustic soul tempered with the blues might want to investigate GRADY CHAMPION'S 'Policeman Blues' single. The song, cut live, is a real 60s throwback and sounds like something JOE TEX might have recorded. Blues man CHAMPION hails from Florida but actually began his musical career as a rapper with the moniker MC GOLD. In 1993 he "found the blues" and he now gigs extensively throughout the South. His single, 'Policeman Blues', however, is more subtle and has more soul nuances than the traditional blues he usually plays. It's currently available via CD Baby along with his live album 'Back In Mississippi… Live At The 930 Blues Café'.

 

STEPHANIE MCKAY: Telling It Like It Is...

Wednesday, 02 July 2008 07:39 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

STEPHANIE MCKAY: Telling It Like It Is...


The Afro-topped Big Apple singer/songwriter STEPHANIE McKAY - who was featured to good effect on jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove's RH Factor album 'Distractions' in 2006 - releases her third solo set 'Tell It Like It Is' on July 14th. It's the follow-up to her 2006 long player, 'Stephanie McKay.' Fusing thoughtful, intelligent lyrics with old school-style funk and soul workouts - think Sly Stone meets Stax via Prince - the singer's new 12-track CD is released on the Muthas Of Invention label. A single, 'Jackson Avenue,' is released prior to the parent album on July 7th.


 

MIKI HOWARD Returns...

Wednesday, 02 July 2008 07:25 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MIKI HOWARD Returns...

Grammy-nominated Chicago soul and jazz siren, MIKI HOWARD - the former lead singer of Side Effect and who scored two Billboard R&B chart toppers for Atlantic Records in the late '80s and early '90s - is back with a new album, 'Private Collection.' The 10-track long player for Branicka Records is her eleventh album and follows in the wake of her 2007 set for Shanachie, 'Pillow Talk.' The album's available in CD and MP3 format from www.miki-howard.com

 

Communicating digitally...DAVID McALMONT

Monday, 30 June 2008 11:52 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Communicating digitally...DAVID McALMONT


Just reissued in digital download format via Virgin/EMI is DAVID McALMONT's critically-lauded 1998 album, 'A Little Communication,' which is bolstered by seven bonus tracks (among them remixes of the album's title cut and 'Lose My Faith'). The 41 year-old singer/songwriter - who in 1997 famously recorded a sensational version of the James Bond movie tune 'Diamonds Are Forever' with arranger/composer David Arnold that rivalled Shirley Bassey's original - will perform the complete album live as part of the London Jazz Festival on 16th November at the capital's Jazz Café venue.

 

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