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RADIO FRIENDLY GEORGE

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 06:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RADIO FRIENDLY GEORGE

Funk meister GEORGE CLINTON will issue his latest album in September and by all reports the LP is a wonderful return to the funkster's first steps in the music business. Those with long memories will know that CLINTON began his career with soul harmony vocal group THE PARLIAMENTS whose 'I Wanna Testify' and 'I Can Feel The Ice Melting' rival anything by the acknowledged super groups. Since those heady 60s days GEORGE'S career path twisted and turned in all kinds of weird and very wonderful directions, but now he's going back to his roots. "I've been waiting for years to do this record. I knew that real funk would come back. I knew that Motown would come back… and I knew eventually doo-wop would come back. I just felt I should be the one to usher it back in!" enthused GEORGE. The new album's called 'Radio Friendly' and along with some new songs, it features covers of classics like 'Pledging My Love', 'Ain't That Peculiar' and 'Never, Never Gonna Give You Up'. What's more the man's roped in a stellar line up of musicians to help him out. Dubbed 'The Gangsters Of Love', they include SLY STONE, CARLOS SANTANA, THE RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, EL DEBARGE and gospel star KIM BURRELL. Label for the release is Shanachie and there will be a full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

OFFICIAL. THE WAIT'S OVER

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 13:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

OFFICIAL. THE WAIT'S OVER

As previously reported in www.soulandjazzandfunk.com legendary producer/ writer/ performer/ entrepreneur and all round muso JIMMY LEVINE has been busy building a new label - Mo-Philly Music Group. Now the organization is set to make its first official release, a single - 'It's Over Now' from new soul chanteuse SHANTEL. Passionately delivered, the song rides a classic medium tempo groove and perfectly marries 21st century sensitivities with old school soul emotion. It's the lead single from SHANTEL'S debut album, 'Arize… It's Time To Shine,' which will be available very soon. In the meantime 'It's Over Now' is in stores (real and virtual) from the end of July and distribution is via Active Media Distribution/Universal Media Operations Ltd UK.

 

NEW DAVID SANBORN ALBUM DUE IN SEPTEMBER

Friday, 20 June 2008 05:57 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW DAVID SANBORN ALBUM DUE IN SEPTEMBER

With his raspy, blues-based attack, DAVID SANBORN possesses one of the most recognisable saxophone sounds in jazz. The 63-year-old Florida-born altoist is back with a new 9-track album out on September 1st via Decca entitled 'Here & Gone.' In many ways, the album represents a return to Sanborn's Hank Crawford-influenced R&B roots and features the saxophonist's own interpretations of songs like 'St. Louis Blues' and 'Basin St. Blues.' It also includes striking vocal cameos from Eric Clapton, Joss Stone (on a tremendously soulful revamp of Ray Charles's 'I Believe To My Soul'), Derek Trucks and Sam Moore. The album was produced by the legendary mix-board meister, Phil Ramone. Look out for an interview with David Sanborn at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon...


 

DO YOU WANT IT...

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 13:49 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DO YOU WANT IT...

The name might be new but the voice sure isn't. The warm, soulful tones of VULA MALINGA have graced tracks by MC COLE and BASEMENT JAXX, while more recently she's toured with BEVERLY KNIGHT and NATE JAMES. Now VULA steps into her own solo spotlight with her first single - 'If You Want It'. The cut, written and produced by VULA and partner BEN JONES, is a shifting mid-tempo mover with a catchy melody and authoritative vocal. For those who like their soul with a house edge there's also three dances mixes with the WOOKIEFIED tweak coming up tops. Label for this one is Diva Geek Records.

 

SPIRITUAL SOUL...

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 13:43 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SPIRITUAL SOUL...

Penryn in darkest deepest Cornwall is the surprising source of a new and never-less-than-interesting album from KYM FRANKLIN and THE CLEFT WAY. Ms. FRANKLIN is an acclaimed US session vocalist and has worked with people like the O'JAYS, AL GREEN and R KELLY. Thought the lady's roots are in gospel, this new album - 'SPIRITUAL SOUL GODDESS' - isn't an overt gospel set. Yes, it does feature gospel songs - like the traditional 'Give Me Jesus' - but, as the title implies, it's more about spiritual consciousness and self-awareness. Supported by BB MAYES and MARK BURLESON - collectively THE CLEFT WAY - KYM'S vocals are powerful and inspiring throughout. For more details go to www.aardvarkrecords.co.uk

 

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