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BAMBOOS TO THE FORE

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BAMBOOS TO THE FORE

THE BAMBOOS are everybody's favourite Aussie soul and funk combo. Their first three albums saw them build up a huge fan base - now set to expand further with the March release of their fourth full LP. Seemingly, all the creativity went into the music since the 13 tracker is simply called '4'… but don't let that put you off. The music is a stirring mix of soul flavours and loose funk workouts. Once again the lovely KYLIE AUDLIST adds vocals to a number of cuts (well, seven in fact) with 'Never Be The Girl' and 'Keep Me In Mind' already picking up the plaudits. First single is 'On The Sly' and there'll be a full review of the LP right here on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

COOL MILLION BACK FOR MORE

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COOL MILLION BACK FOR MORE

Top Euro modern soulsters COOL MILLION will soon be releasing their second full album - 'Back For More' - on their own Sed Soul Records. As an appetite wetter, they've just unleashed the title cut as a single. Featuring the vocals of EUGENE WILDE, the big retro groove is destined to become one of 2010's first big floor fillers. WILDE, of course, is best-known for tracks such like 'Gotta Get You Home Tonight', 'Don't Say No Tonight', 'Lately' and 'Personality'... now with Europe's coolest millionaires behind him, his career's set to bounce right back.

 

SHARON'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SHARON'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

UK soul singer SHARON MUSGRAVE is possibly best known at the moment for her collaborations with JULIAN JOSEPH and WILLIAM ORBIT though she's also been an in-demand sessions singer and live backing vocalist listing gigs with, amongst others, DURAN DURAN and SIMPLY RED. Now working chiefly out of Canada, the lady is busy promoting her own solo career with two cuts available through i-tunes. 'Out Flow' reveals her penchant for the organic and acoustic, while 'Beautiful Music' is a very smooth soul number with just a hint of JILL SCOTT about it. Built around a great mid-tempo groove, modern soulsters could do worse than check it out - find out more at www.sharonmusgrave.com

 

KEKE KNOWS ...

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

KEKE KNOWS ...

Shanachie Records get into 2010 with a brand new album on KEKE WYATT. The lady first broke through duetting with AVANT on 'My First Love' and she enjoyed major success with her debut album. But events conspired to hold back her career… till now that is. On February 23 KEKE will release her Shanachie Entertainment debut, 'Who Knew?' Like most modern soul/R&B albums the set boasts a long list of producers - including THE UNDERDOGS and TROY OLIVER. The first single will be the album's title cut while another highlight is a remake of RACHELLE FERRELL'S 'Peace On Earth'. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

TEDDY PENDERGRASS R.I.P.

Friday, 15 January 2010 05:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

TEDDY PENDERGRASS R.I.P.

The soul community is mourning the death of TEDDY PENDERGRASS, whose death from colon cancer was announced on Wednesday 13th January.
Born in Philadelphia, Pendergrass - who began his career as a drummer - rose to fame as the husky-voiced lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in the early 1970s. He fronted the group's huge Philadelphia International hits 'If You Don't Know Me By Now,' 'Wake Up Everybody,' and 'Bad Luck.'
In 1976, Pendergrass made his exit from the group to begin a solo career, which succeeded in transforming him into a sex symbol and yielded a slew of hits in the late '70s and early 1980s, including 'Close The Door,' 'Turn Off The Lights,' 'Love T.K.O.' and 'You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration.' In 1982, however, the singer's career suffered a seemingly catastrophic blow when he was paralysed in a car accident. But two years later, a determined Pendergrass - though confined to a wheelchair - made a miraculous return to the recording scene and US charts with a new label, Elektra/Asylum, which culminated with the US chart topper, 'Joy' in 1988.
Pendergrass stayed with Elektra until 1994 and three years later returned, albeit briefly, on Surefire Records for the US chart entries 'Don't Keep Wastin' My Time' and 'Give It To Me.'
From 1998 onwards, the singer affectionately dubbed 'Teddy Bear' by his fans, ceased recording and performing and in 2006 officially announced his retirement from the music business.
In 2009, it was revealed that Pendergrass was suffering from colon cancer and despite undergoing surgery he eventually succumbed to the disease.

 

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