Sunday, 26 June 2011 18:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

vaneeseThe lovely VANEESE THOMAS is the daughter of the legendary RUFUS THOMAS and like her siblings CARLA and MARVEL, she's made a career in music. She's worked extensively as a backing singer (gigs with people like LUTHER VANDROSS, MICHAEL JACKSON, ERIC CLAPTON, STEVIE WONDER and PAVAROTTI), she's written and produced, she tutors vocalists and works the music seminar circuit – but, most importantly - she also records as a soloist. Her 2001 album 'Talk Me Down' won critical acclaim and is fondly remembered by soul connoisseurs the world-over.

The good news for the cognoscenti is that VANEESE is currently working on a brand new album – to be called 'Legacy'. As a taster a six track sampler is currently available and it proves what those in the know knew .... Ms T is keeping the Memphis soul tradition alive – preserving its "legacy" if you would.

Amongst the six tracks there's a couple of searing ballads . 'Love's Come And Gone' (featuring a wonderful sax break) is superb by anyone's standards, while 'I Don't Wanna Be Left Out (In The Cold) is one of those classic southern soul songs with just a hint of country about it.

Of the up-tempo material, 'What About Lucille' (with a brass riff borrowed from Joe Tex's 'Papa Was Too') is a great throwback while 'Don't Throw It Away' is hugely accessible pop-soul – though none of the southern soul sensibilities have been sacrificed.

VANEESE'S wonderful 2009 album – 'Soul Sister Volume 1' is also being re-promoted. The album is a 12 track homage to the likes of ARETHA, ETTA JAMES, GLADYS KNIGHT and MITTY COLLIER and there'll be a full review here on SJF very soon. In the meantime you can find out more about the soul of VANEESE THOMAS by visiting . There you can learn more about 'Legacy' and the lady's other great soul recordings.

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Sunday, 26 June 2011 10:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

frankIn 2006 Reprise Records issued a 5CD box set featuring live recordings made by FRANK SINATRA during his many residencies in Las Vegas. The set was pricy by anyone's standards, so now the label has issued a single CD sampler - 'The Best Of Vegas'. 

The 17 tracks distill the "live" essence of the greatest popular vocalist of the 20th century. The recordings were made at either Caesar's Palace or The Golden Nugget and include great versions of 'Moonlight In Vermont' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin' along with a typically laconic Sinatra monologue. QUINCY JONES leads the band on a number of the tracks.

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Saturday, 25 June 2011 10:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

kekeUS label SHANACHIE RECORDS has had a busy few weeks releasing some rather superior soul sounds. First up is a new set from KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL. The husband and wife duo's latest offering's called 'Love Has No Recession' and features guest appearances from URSULA RUCKER, RAHEEM DEVAUGHAN, SNOOP DOGG and CHUCK BROWN amongst others.

'Unbelievable' is the new SHANACHIE album from KEKE WYATT. It's the soulful lady's third album and marks a sort of "comeback" after some turbulent years in her personal life. The songs on the LP cover all kinds of topics – love, sex, spirituality and, more controversially, abuse. The three way track (featuring KEKE, KELLY PRICE and TWEET), 'Mirror', is an honest exploration of abusive relationships.

Gospel wise, SHANACHIE can offer 'Reborn' from LASHUN PACE. It's the powerhouse vocalist's first album in over four years and it's already winning rave reviews amongst the gospel community. The album was produced by RUDOLPH STANSFIELD and was recorded in at Atlanta's Rehoboth Church Of God.

Full reviews of all these album on SJF very soon and be sure to check out our review of another SHANACHIE gospel set – KIM BURRELL'S 'Love Album'.... go to 'reviews'.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2011 10:55



Friday, 24 June 2011 12:40 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

anita_bSoul and jazz fans should keep their eyes peeled for some excellent new titles in Rhino's ongoing no-frills catalogue series, 'Original Album Series,' which reissues classic albums in miniature LP sleeves as part of a mid-price 5-CD pack.

The new batch of titles includes all the Elektra/Asylum studio albums by reclusive Detroit soulstress ANITA BAKER: namely 'The Songstress,' 'Rapture,' 'Giving You The Best I Got,' 'Compositions,' and 'Rhythm Of Love.'

Another artist who seamlessly melded soul with jazz is AL JARREAU – five of his LPs are now available in a single package; 'We Got By,' 'Glow,' 'All Fly Home,' 'This Time,' and 'Breakin' Away.'

For jazz fans – both veterans and novices - collections by the legendary JOHN COLTRANE, ORNETTE COLEMAN and HERBIE MANN are well worth tracking down. The COLTRANE set features the seminal Atlantic albums 'Giant Steps,' 'Coltrane Jazz,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Coltrane Plays The Blues' and 'Coltrane's Sound' while the COLEMAN collection brings together the classic Atlantic albums 'The Shape Of Jazz To Come,' 'Change Of The Century,' 'This Is Our Music,' 'Free Jazz,' and 'Ornette!'

The late flautist HERBIE MANN also recorded some classic albums during a fertile tenure at Atlantic in the '60s – now five of his albums from that era ('At The Village Gate,' 'Do The Bossa Nova With Herbie Mann,' 'Nirvana' – recorded with the BILL EVANS TRIO - 'Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty' and 'Hold On, I'm Comin'') are available in a single package.

Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at SJF.



Friday, 24 June 2011 12:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sessionsOne of last Summer's soul highlights was SOUL UNSIGNED 'Summer Session' compilation. Compiled by DJ MIKE THOMPSON, it was stuffed with goodies from people like DUANE WILLIAMS and CORNELL STONE. For this year's 'Summer Session', label boss PHIL DRIVER takes over the responsibility of picking the tunes and he's come up with some corkers. Immediate stand out is the driving 'Move Into My Groove' from Aussie outfit SOUL CONTINUUM while other featured artists include MAX SEDGLEY, ENOIS SCROGGINS and KYRA SIMONE. With an endorsement from Street Sounds' MORGAN KHAN, SOUL UNSIGNED'S 2001 SUMMER SESSION is set to provide a soundtrack to the Summer ... whatever the weather may throw at us. Full review at SJF very soon .... in the meantime for more details go to


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