Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

jack-juke-aint-nobody-feat-sharlene-hector-coverThe lovely Leeds-based First Word records are busy little bees at the moment. Their HAGGIS HORNS combo (see our reviews pages) are doing the business for them, while the ARIYA ASTROBEAT ARKESTRA are making big waves too (review soon). In the meantime the label is re-promoting the first single from their very own dynamic duo – JACK AND JUKE.

In another life "JACK" led the JACK BAKER TRIO (even though he was the drummer!), while "JUKE" was the semi-legendary TM JUKE. The pair came together to work on a blistering cover of the CHAKA KHAN/RUFUS club classic 'Ain't Nobody'. And it's that cut that's being (rightly) re-promoted by the First World people. It's proper down and dirty and in vocalist SHARLENE HECTOR the boys have secured a singer who doesn't try to emulate CHAKA (who could?), but who's still self-confident enough to stamp her own mark on it.

The B-side is an equally quirky 21st century take on the past. '9th Wonder' is a SOS BAND style instrumental that grinds out a solid soul groove against choppy synths and retro electro effects... interesting. The duo are currently working on their first album for First World and in the meantime you can discover more at

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ruffin_and_kReissue specialist Superbird have a whole bunch of wonderful releases lined up in the next two months. First up there's a twofer on KASHIF. The sometime BT EXPRESS man and producer of people like EVELYN KING and WHITNEY HOUSTON sees his 1983 self-titled set and '84's 'Send Me Your Love' on one December Superbird CD. From the same era comes MICHAEL HENDERSON'S 'Wide Receiver' set. Back in the day, the LP was well-received and was stuffed with the bassist/vocalist's cool mix of soul and funk, with the title cut becoming a major US hit. 

Followers of the funk can look forward to a Superbird reissue of BOOTSY COLLINS' 1988 set, 'What's Bootsy Doin'?' The album featured all the usual suspects and alter egos and yielded the popular 'Party On Plastic' and 'Love Song'. From more or less the same stable the Superbird people have also secured reissue rights to GEORGE CLINTON'S 'T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.' . Originally released in 1996, many at the time saw the LP as a grand reunion of the old FUNKADELIC/PARLIAMENT gang and, by coincidence, the following year both bands were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

The fifth upcoming SUPERBIRD reissue is possibly the most collectable. In 1988 TEMPTATIONS' legends, DAVID RUFFIN and EDDIE KENDRICK(S) were enjoying a new lease of musical life thanks to their work with HALL AND OATES. The result was an album deal for the duo with RCA and on release it kind of just slipped away without too much impact despite cracking songs like 'One For The Lonely Hearts Club' and 'One Last Kiss'. .. don't miss it this time around.

Full reviews on SJF soon.



Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ministryIconic dance music institution, MINISTRY OF SOUND is releasing an epic 60 track, 3 CD disco compilation at the start of November. The album is stuffed with good time, glitter ball classics representing the whole spectrum of the glitzy, funky sounds that took us to boogie wonderland and back. Amongst the featured tunes are CHIC'S 'Good Times', THE O'JAYS' 'I Love Music', GWEN McRAE'S 'Keep The Fire Burrning' and THE FATBACK BAND'S 'Bus Stop'.

Even better is the news that here at SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK, we have five copies of this wonderful confection to give away. As ever (befitting the web's premier soul site) we're posing a really hard question (we write with a touch of irony) and all you need to do is fire the answer back to us at our normal e-mail contact address. The first five correct respondents pulled from out of the mythical bobble hat will win the prizes.

So here's that toughie! One of the key cuts on the compilation is 'Going Back To My Roots' by ODYSSEY.... which famous soul man wrote this epic song? Just e-mail your answer before the closing date – November 15th... and we'll do the rest.... full review of the album here at SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:56



Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

james_brownHip-O Select have just released the ninth volume in their epic cataloguing of JAMES BROWN'S singles output. This new 35 track double CD, covers the years 1973- 1975 and the music includes 'The Payback', 'Stoned To The Bone' and 'Funky President', which could well be the most sampled tune of all time!

The album also features music from LYN COLLINS, and FRED WESLEY and the JBs as well as a smattering of cuts that, though scheduled as singles were never officially issued, like 'I Got A Good Thing' which is an early version of 'Stoned To The Bone'. BROWN collectors will be delighted that the duet with LYN COLLINS, 'Let It Be Me' is also here. BROWN had previously recorded the old EVERLY BROTHERS' song in 1970, but here he imbues it with the Latin rhythms that were fascinating him at the time. Equally intriguing is the B-side of that single –a quirky version of the IMPRESSIONS' 'It's All Right' – included – naturally.

The album comes complete with a deluxe booklet, full of evocative archive pictures, full track annotations and a thoughtful essay from ALAN LEEDS – a BROWN staffer who supplied the bulk of the pictures too. As ever Hip-O Select show the way in how reissues should be handled!

JAMES BROWN; 'THE SINGLES, VOLUME 9' is released on November 1st.



Monday, 25 October 2010 09:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

quanticThe latest release in the Nascente label's 'Funk Experience' series is a life-affirming 16 tracker of rare Latin American music. 'Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience' – as is obvious from the titling – has been put together by top DJ/producer/all-round muso QUANTIC (aka WILL HOLLAND). HOLLAND who now lives in Colombia, where he has his own studio, has recorded prolifically, most notably as QUANTIC and THE QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA, and working with NICKODEMUS he constructed 'Mi Swing Es Tropical' which was used successfully as a world–wide iPod advert in 2007.

This new compilation focuses on rare and vintage70's sounds from (chiefly) Columbia and Panama and the rhythms are irresistible throughout. Soul collectors will readily identify and enjoy three cuts in particular. 'Soul Cucaracha' from THE SOUL FANTASTICS is a lazy, loping tune, with hints of Memphis and New Orleans about it; LITTLE FRANCISCO GREAVES' 'Hiko Iko' is a wonderfully rustic treatment of 'Iko Iko'; and 'Getting It Together' from MAURICE SMITH sounds like WAR – only funkier ... with the bonus of some fine sax work.



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