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MOTOWN DIVAS INVADE UK!

Monday, 02 November 2009 02:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN DIVAS INVADE UK!

November witnesses the release of a new Motown double CD, 'DIVAS OF MOTOWN.'
Comprising 50 classic tracks from a wide range of Motown female singers, it's been compiled not only to celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary but also to coincide with the arrival in the UK of revered Motown chanteuses THELMA HOUSTON, BRENDA HOLLOWAY, CHRIS CLARK, MABLE JOHN, SHERRIE PAYNE and LYNDA LAURENCE, who are due to perform a series of concerts in Doncaster (at The Dome) and London (at the Jazz Café, the Borderline and the HMV Hammersmith Apollo). The ladies will be backed up by an incarnation of the legendary Motown session collective, the FUNK BROTHERS, led by percussionist extraordinaire, JACK ASHFORD.

Here's a break down of all the relevant details:

'MOTOWN SESSIONS' AT THE JAZZ CAFÉ:

Tuesday 10th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests Sherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, formerly of The Supremes.

Wednesday 11th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests, Mable John, Chris Clark and Brenda Holloway.

Thursday12th Nov: Thelma Houston & Guests.

'DIVAS OF MOTOWN' AT THE HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO:

Friday 13th Nov: Jack Ashford's Funk Brothers + Thelma Houston + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes).

'ULTIMATE MOTOWN' AT THE DOME, DONCASTER:

Thursday 12th Nov: Jack Ashford's Funk Brothers + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence - Formerly of The Supremes

'JAMMIN' WITH JACK' AT THE BORDERLINE:

Monday 9th Nov: A Funk Brothers night featuring special guests jamming the night away in a soul funk spectacular.
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Tickets for all shows available from ticketmaster.co.uk (Tel: 0844 277 0700)

www.soulandjazzandfunk.com hopes to interview some of the Motown divas very soon - so keep your eyes peeled!

 

MOTOWN AT YEAR'S END ...

Sunday, 01 November 2009 08:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN AT YEAR'S END ...

As 2009 draws to its conclusion Universal celebrate the end of Motown's 50th. Anniversary celebrations with a brand new 100 track, 4 CD box set - 'A Complete Introduction To Tamla Motown'. Packaged in a hardback DVD style case, the four CDs will each have a different focus - namely 'Milestones and Influences', 'British Chartbusters', 'Live In London and Paris' and 'Killer Bs'. The story will be familiar to all soul collectors, of course, but the new presentation - compiled by ADAM WHITE and with sleeve notes from BRIAN SOUTHALL, is bound to offer some fresh insights. Official release date is 7th December 2009.

 

RIGHT ON SOUL BROTHER

Sunday, 01 November 2009 08:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RIGHT ON SOUL BROTHER

London's redoubtable Soul Brother record store has just issued a clutch of collectable albums on their very own Soul Brother label. First there's a trio on GIL SCOTT-HERON and BRIAN JACKSON … 'Bridges', 'Secrets' and the seminal '1980'. Fans of smoother soul will applaud Soul Brother's two BARBARA MASON reissues. 'Give Me Your Love' and 'Lady Love' have both been licensed from Buddah and have been criminally neglected by the reissue specialists till now. Followers of the Funk can enjoy a twofer on MANDRILL - 'New Worlds' combined with 'Getting In The Mood' while WILLIE BOBO also gets the two for one treatment with his 'Bobo' and 'Hell Of An Act To Follow' making an excellent combination. Go to our reviews pages for a previously posted review of 'Bridges'… reviews of all the others very soon on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com. For more information on these and all other Soul Brother albums go to www.soulbrother.co.uk

 

NORAH'S BACK!

Saturday, 17 October 2009 06:33 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NORAH'S BACK!

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter NORAH JONES returns with her fourth album, 'The Fall,' which is released via Blue Note on November 16th. It's Jones' first studio outing since 2007's 'Not Too Late,' and the new 13-track long player reflects a change of musical direction for the 30-year-old New York-born/Texas-raised chanteuse. "I've been hanging with the same group of musicians for a long time," says the singer, "and I thought it was a good time for me to work with different people and experiment a little." Though it's a little edgier than her previous records, www.soulandjazzandfunk.com can reveal that 'The Fall' ranks with Jones' finest work. Her collaborators include legendary session drummer, James Gadson, keyboard player James Poyser, guitarist Marc Ribot and songwriter, Jesse Harris, who penned Jones' debut smash, 'Don't Know Why.' The album's lead off single is 'Chasing Pirates,' which is now available on iTunes.
Read a full review of the album soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

PLENTY OF NEW JAZZ REISSUES FROM UNIVERSAL

Friday, 16 October 2009 12:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

PLENTY OF NEW JAZZ REISSUES FROM UNIVERSAL

Universal music is reissuing a welter of vintage jazz albums this month as part of the label's ongoing 'Originals' digipak series. The range of titles covers the whole jazz spectrum, from free jazz to straight ahead, fusion and jazz-funk.
Devotees of iconic jazz saxophonist JOHN COLTRANE will be pleased to discover that five of his mid-'60s Impulse! albums are back in circulation again - these are 'The John Coltrane Quartet Plays,' 'Meditations,' 'Kulu Se Mama,' 'New Thing At Newport' (with Archie Shepp), and Ascension (Editions I & II).' Also on the Impulse! label are albums by ace arranger, OLIVER NELSON (his 1967 homage to John F. Kennedy called 'The Kennedy Dream'), Coltrane pianist McCOY TYNER (1964's 'Today & Tomorrow'); and 'Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata,' a 1974 album by Argentine saxophonist, GATO BARBIERI (his later more accessible Latin-jazz-infused 'Tropico' album for A&M is also reissued).
Those who prefer big band jazz to cutting edge sounds will prefer COUNT BASIE'S classic 1964 outing for Verve, 'Basie Land.' Another jazz swinger, pianist OSCAR PETERSON, has two classic LPs back in the racks - 'The Original Duo Recordings 1950-1951' and 'Plays The Jerome Kern Songbook,' both on Verve.
Fans of the cool West Coast sound will lap up GERRY MULLIGAN'S and PAUL DESMOND'S classic late-'50s session, 'Blues In Time.' Also, Desmond's collaboration with former boss, DAVE BRUBECK ('1975: The Duets'), is reissued, along with Mulligan's 1990 album, 'Lonesome Boulevard' and fellow sax maestro STAN GETZ'S Latin-infused album 'Apasionado.'
Another revered tenor sax giant is JOE HENDERSON. His 1997 album, 'Porgy & Bess' - which features cameos from Sting, Chaka Khan plus Miles Davis alumni Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and John Scofield - is back in circulation again.
For fans of '70s soul-infused jazz-funk, two titles by vibraphone maestro, ROY AYERS, are out again - 'Virgo Red,' a 1973 Roy Ayers Ubiquity set featuring 'Love From The Sun' and 1975's 'A Tear To A Smile' (featuring '2000 Black'). Also keep your eyes peeled for a couple of GROVER WASHINGTON JR titles: namely the Creed Taylor-produced 'A Secret Place' originally issued on Kudu in 1976 and 1978's 'Reed Seed,' first released by Motown (the latter contains the studio version of 'Santa Cruzin''). Talking of jazz-funk, also check out THE CRUSADERS' 1978 Blue Thumb album 'Images,' which is out again via Verve.
Another soulful jazz set comes from QUINCY JONES. First released by A&M in 1971, 'Smackwater Jack' is an eclectic mix of soul, jazz and funk and includes cameos from Freddie Hubbard, Bill Cosby, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Valerie Simpson and Joshie Armistead. Jones' earlier album, 'Quincy Jones Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini' (1968), is also in the shops again (it contains Jones' interpretations of Mancini classics like 'The Pink Panther,' 'Moon River,' and 'Days Of Wine & Roses').


 

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