Sunday, 06 January 2013 17:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

izziIZZI DUNN is an in-demand cello player. She's also a dab hand on other instruments too and her vocals have won her praise from right across the musical board. She's worked with people like DAMON ALBARN, MARK RONSON, ROOTS MANUVA, BUGZ IN THE ATTIC, SOUL II SOUL and even BOBBY WOMACK and GEORGE HARRISON. She's already released two solo albums with the second – 'Cries And Smiles' making some waves with discerning soul and jazz people who were weaned on bands like ROTARY CONNECTION.

IZZI'S just released a new four track EP – 'Visions' - on her own Idunnit label and if you like your music jazz-tinged and soul-flecked you could do worse than to investigate. The title cut is edgy and invasive and carries on the feel that stuff like her 2010 winner , 'Nothing But Love' started.

Find out more @

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Sunday, 06 January 2013 17:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

markProducer/keyboardist/composer/ DJ , MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE is nothing if not prolific. The New Zealander has deployed his various talents on over 250 releases – both on his own and in collaboration. February sees the release of his latest project and it's one of his most ambitious.

Last year MARK was playing at an improv festival in Rotterdam and when Dutch trumpeter, ROB VAN DE WOUW heard him play he immediately asked if he'd guest with his band – THE ROTTERDAM JAZZ ORCHESTRA. They teamed up and eventually decided to record an album – where the aim was to mix big band sensibilities with club music and experimentation. The result is the collaborative effort 'Take The Space Trane'.

The 8 tracker features seven DE CLIVE-LOWE compositions (two written specifically for the project) and a cover of the DUKE ELLINGTON classic 'Caravan'. One of the original tunes is the album's title track on which composer and band try to meld the feel of 60s COLTRANE and McCOY TYNER with 21st century rhythms. The result is interesting and when first played to a live audience it divided opinions – with older jazz fans walking out and the younger ones simply revelling  in it. Its title, by the way, is a play on the ELLINGTON standard 'Take The A Train' ... but "with the modal jazz influences a la John Coltrane and undercurrent of beats and electronic elements, it just made sense to be 'Take The Space Trane'"


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Friday, 04 January 2013 18:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

purliePURLIE is the alter ego of young German singer/songwriter MARGRET SCHWEND and working with Norwegian producer HAVARD ROSENBERG she's just released her debut album – the laid back and relaxing 'Summer Revolution'. Yes, summer may well be a long way away but the pleasing little 11 tracker might just help you through those dark and cold winter nights.

Reordered in ROSENBERG'S Stavanger studio, the sound of the album is electronic pop but, especially in PURLIE'S beguiling vocals, there's a definite soul undertow. The most soulful cuts are 'Again', 'Behind The Scene' and 'Dreaming Of' while the album's title cut has a great, uplifting optimistic summer vibe ... as you'd expect from the title.

'Summer Revolution' is available from all the usual internet portals and you can find out more @



Friday, 04 January 2013 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

black_box'Black Box' is the new album from French guitarist/producer/composer/DJ NICOLAS REPAC . REPAC works out of studios in Montmartre, Paris and ' Black Box', is his fifth album. It's also his most ambitious –being an electronic interpretation of the blues and similar musical formats that have been born out of hardship and pain.

As source material REPAC'S worked from the 30s recordings of blues archivist ALAN LOMAX, from the music of Angolan singer BONGA, from archive sound sources of Serbian gypsies, from Haitian story tellers and much more ... why even the great BO DIDDLEY is referenced!

We won't pretend that 'Black Box' is an easy listen. It isn't ... but what it does is reintroduce the music of trauma into a contemporary setting. REPAC calls it a "journey into the source of the mother of all music" and serious students of proper soul might be minded to investigate.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:28 BILL B E-mailPrintPDF

DavidGestFurther to our recent news story about DAVID GEST'S star-studded soul specatcular in LIverpool, we're sorry to report that the show has been cancelled. The music producer/celeb has returned to the States for surgery on a neck tumour. The medical condition and treatment has also meant that GEST has had to pull out of a Christmas show in Liverpool. The play, 'Nightmare On LIme Street', was to feature GEST as the monster. That show is going on with an understudy taking the part of the monster.

In the meantime we wish DAVID a speedy recovery and the venue (Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre) tells us that they're hopeful that the soul show will take place later in the year.

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