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UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Thursday, 03 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Fans of quality indie soul will be delighted by the recent release of a four track EP called 'Soul Unsigned'. The collection is the brainchild of long time soul fan PHIL DRIVER who some may know via his Solar Radio shows. The EP (sub-titled EP: 001) kicks of with a very bright 'Blow Your Mind' from GROOVE'S BACK PRODUCTIONS feat. AMARIM. Loose and spacey, its rides a real summery vibe and is followed by 'Tonight Alright' from the EXCELLENT GENTLEMAN whose sound recalls prime time BRAND NEW HEAVIES. The third cut comes from Londoner FELIX who slows the tempo down a little with 'Leave It All Behind'. There's a real 80s feel on that one, but loose-limbed, bass-heavy rhythms are the order of the day on the closer - HARAMBE'S 'In The Bone'. So, four great cuts on what PHIL hopes will be the first in a long-running series. Indeed our man's already working on the next EP and a ten track album. In the meantime you can catch his Solar Shows on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 14:00-16:00 UK time and PHIL occasionally sits in for Bob Semple on a Sunday morning. 'Soul Unsigned EP: 001 is currently available through Crazy Beat Records, CD Baby and via the web site www.soulunsigned.com... Well worth investigating.

 

NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

Thursday, 03 April 2008 03:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

A year after grabbing a Grammy for her last album 'Turn To Blue' - and 52 years on from her recording debut for Dot Records back in 1956 - the legendary jazz chanteuse NANCY WILSON suffered a collapsed lung on Monday 31st March. The 71-year-old singer was hospitalised as a result and has had her lung re-inflated. Between 1962 and 1994, Ohio-raised Wilson enjoyed a string of US R&B hits, including 'You're As Right As Rain,' a Top 10 smash on Capitol Records in 1974. It's hoped that she will make a full recovery.


 

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

The run of sad news for the LEVERT family continues with the announcement of the death of SEAN LEVERT at the age of 39. SEAN, it seems, had just begun a jail sentence for non-payment of child maintenance for his three children. He was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio when on Monday, 31st April and known to be suffering from high blood pressure, he began hallucinating. He was rushed to Cleveland's Lutheran Hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy was inconclusive, but foul play has been ruled out and toxicology reports are currently being carried out. It is alleged that SEAN had been a marijuana addict since his early teens. His passing comes in the wake of the premature death of his brother GERALD in 2006. With GERALD and MARC GORDON and performing as LEVERT, SEAN had enjoyed hits in the late 80s, the best known possibly being 'Casanova' though soul fans will probably remember 'Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop Goes My Mind' with more affection. GERALD and SEAN, of course, were sons of the legendary O'JAYS' vocalist EDDIE LEVERT who is said to be devastated by the news. On behalf of the family a spokesperson issued a statement thanking people for their condolences and stating that Sean was "a man of strong character with a real zest for life". Prior to his imprisonment, Sean was trying to revive LEVERT with new partners.

 

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 07:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

LALAH HATHAWAY - the 39 year-old daughter of legendary soul singer, DONNY HATHAWAY - releases her fourth solo album, 'Self Portrait,' in June on Stax Records. The follow-up to 2004's well-regarded long player 'Outrun The Sky,' it comprises twelve self-penned songs and features cameos from singer, Rahsaan Patterson, and ex-Miles Davis bass player, Marcus Miller.
Fans of Lalah's father, Donny, might be interested to know that there's a new book out focusing on the singer's life and music. It's not a standard biography though - rather, it's an ambitious collection of prose poems by ED PAVLIC entitled 'WINNERS HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED - A SONG FOR DONNY HATHAWAY.' It's published by The University of Georgia Press and priced at $19.95.

 

IMPRESSIVE DVD

Tuesday, 25 March 2008 12:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IMPRESSIVE DVD

It's an incredible fifty years since the fabulous IMPRESSIONS first came together, and to celebrate, award-winning DVD company Reelin' In The Years Productions are releasing a wonderful collection highlighting some of the veteran group's most memorable moments. Entitled 'Movin' On Up - The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield' , the set features over twenty archive clips showing first the IMPRESSIONS, and then MAYFIELD as a solo artist performing a host of their classic titles including 'It's All Right', 'I Need You', 'We're A Winner', 'Superfly' and 'The Makings Of You'. What's more, the performances are linked with exclusive interviews with remaining IMPRESSIONS SAM GOODEN and FRED CASH, the group's producer JOHNNY PATE, MAYFIELD'S widow ALTHEIDA and - most tellingly - Civil Rights Leader ANDREW YOUNG who relates how important the music of MAYFIELD was to the whole Civil Rights Movement. PUBLIC ENEMY'S CHUCK D is also featured talking about the contemporary relevance of the IMPRESSIONS, and to complete the package there's a 28 page booklet which includes rare photos and extensive essays. For a comprehensive review, go to our REVIEWS pages.

 

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