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SADE SOLDIERS ON ...

Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SADE SOLDIERS ON ...

2010 sees a major comeback from the ever lovely SADE. In February we can enjoy the lady's sixth studio album, 'Soldier Of Love' . Produced by MIKE PELA, the album features SADE'S regular collaborators - ANDREW HALE, STUART MATTHEWMAN and PAUL SPENCER and the LP's moody title cut will be the first single from the set. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

WILLIE MITCHELL DIES

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WILLIE MITCHELL DIES

Legendary record producer (and, of course, recording artist in his own right), WILLIE MITCHELL, has died. He was 81. News came via his son, LAWRENCE MITCHELL, who said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.
MITCHELL, who was born in Ashland, Mississippi in 1928, is best known for his work with AL GREEN but he was a celebrity musician way before his involvement with GREEN. He began playing trumpet aged just 8 in Memphis, the city where his family had settled in the '30s and after a spell in the army he became a popular Memphis band leader. In 1959 he joined Hi Records as a studio arranger and producer though he continued to play live with his band throughout the Southern states. He recorded numerous Hi albums with his band, then in 1970 - when label boss JOE COUGHI died - he found himself in charge of the studio and took control of producing a young AL GREEN, whom he'd bought to the label the previous year. At Hi MITCHELL also worked with ANN PEEBLES and SYL JOHNSON and continued to make his own recordings. Ever-busy, he also owned Memphis's famed Royalty Studios and he worked with many of the great Southern soulsters. Musically active till very recently, he received a Trustees Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008 and a Memphis boulevard was named in his honour. Yet in his biography, he often refers to the New Year's Eve parties at ELVIS PRESLEY'S house (where his band provided the music) amongst his greatest moments.

 

BADU'S BACK

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BADU'S BACK

ERYKAH BADU will release her fifth studio album, 'New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh', on February 23, 2010. The new album is the singer's follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2008 disc, 'New Amerykah, Part I: 4th World War'. The LP features full live instrumentation and the music deals with romance and relationships rather than politics and social issues. One of the key cuts which gives the album that special romantic flavour is 'Fall In Love', featuring a sample from EDDIE KENDRICKS' 'Intimate Friends'. Guest producers and artists include 9TH WONDER, JAMES POYSER, BILAL, and the late J DILLA. "We used a lot of analog instruments—harps, strings, drums, piano, and even a Theremin—to give the album that sonic feel," said BADU. "There's a strong undercurrent of bottom, a rumbling to these songs that feels good to me. It feels like a hug." Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

ANGIE ... LIVE

Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ANGIE ... LIVE

With ANGIE STONE'S new album 'Unexpected' set to drop in February, the lady has just announced dates for a mini UK tour to support the Stax set. The dates so far announced are -
Tues 2-Mar Edinburgh, UK Picture House
Wed 3-Mar Manchester, UK Academy
Thu 4-Mar Birmingham, UK The Drum
Fri 5-Mar London, UK Hammersmith Apollo
Check with venues for more details … album review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

GETTIN' PLUNKY

Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:28 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GETTIN' PLUNKY

Soul and dance fans of a certain vintage will remember with fondness 'Every Way But Loose' from the intriguingly named PLUNKY AND ONENESS. In the early 80s the song was on every decent club's playlist… but few knew too much about PLUNKY and his ONENESS and it seemed that the band subsequently dropped off the radar. Well nothing could be further from the truth as a new, mammoth five CD box set reveals. 'Plunky & Oneness 2012 Collector's Box Set' is a retrospective of the best of J PLUNKY BRANCH'S work over the last 20 years. Known for his versatility, saxophonist-producer PLUNKY has organized the album into genre-specific CDs: Urban Groove, Cool Jazz, Love Songs, P Phunk and Afro World… and though it sounds like a cliché - there really is something for everyone. For more information go to www.plunkyone.com and www.cdbaby.com/cd/plunky13

 

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