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BLUE NOTE REISSUES

Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:08 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

BLUE NOTE REISSUES


The iconic jazz label set up in New York in 1939 by German Jewish émigrés Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff releases another batch of titles in its ongoing series the 'RVG Remasters' this month. All the titles have been remastered by the legendary engineer and studio boffin, Rudy Van Gelder - who's 84 and still going strong - at his famous Englewood Cliffs studio in New Jersey.
Here's the full list of titles:

GRANT GREEN - 'Street Of Dreams'
GRANT GREEN - 'Grant's First Stand'
HORACE SILVER - 'The Tokyo Blues'
JACKIE McLEAN - 'Bluesnik'
JACKIE McLEAN - 'One Step Beyond'
LEO PARKER - 'Rollin' With Leo'
PAUL CHAMBERS - 'Quintet'
STANLEY TURRENTINE - 'Chip Off The Old Block'
HORACE PARLAN - 'Up & Down'
BABY FACE WILLETTE - 'Stop & Listen'
GRACHAN MONCUR III - 'Some Other Stuff'
TONY WILLIAMS - 'Spring'

Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com
For more information go to: www.bluenote.com


 

NEW CASSANDRA WILSON ALBUM OUT

Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW CASSANDRA WILSON ALBUM OUT

Smoky-voiced jazz diva, CASSANDRA WILSON, has a new album out on Blue Note this month - it's called 'Closer To You: The Pop Side' and cherry picks tracks from the singer's extensive Blue Note canon. As the title implies, the compilation focuses on Wilson's interpretations of songs taken from the pop and rock world - it includes material penned by redoubtable songwriters like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Neil Young as well as songs scribed by Sting and Irish rock band, U2. The album is available in download format as well as conventional CD mode.

 

GOSPEL INDA SOUL

Thursday, 23 April 2009 04:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GOSPEL INDA SOUL

Most real soul seekers know that more often than not the best place to find it these days is in the catalogues of the US indie gospel labels and Sheffield's MIKE WARD'S Inda Soul set up is currently promoting three gospel sets that amongst them boast some fine modern soul music. First up is 'The Cries Of A Sinner' from INDIANA NORFLEET, which though suffering, in places from underproduction, offers one great modern soul tune in the shape of 'I Can't Do Without You Lord'. The young Chicagoan has a fine, warm, emotive soul voice and the tune's one that could cross over. For more information go to www.myspace.com/indiananorfleet. Second set is the sophomore album from JOHNNY SANDERS. 'God Said' probably proffers too much testifying for the average soul fan, but the young TV Gospel show host has a great voice - heard to best effect on the sweet ballad 'I've Been Redeemed' while the uptempo ' If God, Be God' might set feet tapping despite the heavy lyric. Investigate more at www.digstation.com/johnnysanders . Finally there's 'Truth Is The Light' from the BLESSED ONES - a gospel choir from North Carolina. Again the ensemble's enthusiasm makes up for the underproduction. The reflective 'Why Is The World Like This' is the cut that stands out while anoraks should know that group founder WILLIE D FEASTER was/is WILLIE from the All Platinum band, WILLIE AND THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS.

 

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Monday, 20 April 2009 13:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED


This year's CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL, which runs from Tuesday 28th April until Monday 4th May, features a veritable cornucopia of performers from the world of jazz and beyond - ranging from virtuoso violinist NIGEL KENNEDY (who performs with his jazz quintet on Monday 4th May) and veteran South African fluegel horn maestro HUGH MASEKELA (Friday 1st May) to Bohemian jazz chanteuse MADELEINE PEYROUX (Saturday 2nd May). Other acts featured include jazz-meets-rockabilly singer IMELDA MAY (Wednesday 29th April), ex-Miles Davis drummer JACK DEJOHNETTE (who performs with Jerwood Artists on Sunday 3rd May), saxophonist DAVE LIEBMAN (who performs with the BBC Big Band on Saturday May 2nd), US clarinet doyen DON BYRON (Sunday 3rd May) and Big Apple trumpeter DAVE DOUGLAS (Sunday 3rd May) as well as the highly touted UK-based contemporary groups, GET THE BLESSING ((Friday 1st May) and PORTICO QUINTET.
For the full line up and more details go to: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com
The Box Office number is: 0844-576-7979

 

BRAND NEW DAY

Tuesday, 14 April 2009 14:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BRAND NEW DAY

Award-winning songwriter, producer and arranger JAMES DAY has his brand new album - 'Natural Things' - released on Expansion in mid May. The 12 tracker is the follow-up to DAY'S acclaimed last collection, 'Better Days'; like that one, 'Natural Things' is destined to make huge waves on the modern soul scene. The LP is a tight collection of danceable grooves and sweet ballads and as before DAY has assembled a stellar cast to flesh out his musical ideas. Album guests include JEFF RAMSAY, U-NAM, IAN MARTIN, TIM OWENS, WALTER BEASLEY, GAVIN CHRISTOPHER, KAREN BERNOD and MICKELYN RODERICK who takes lead vocal on 'Speak Love' - a cut certain to be one of 2009's top modern room anthems. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

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