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JIMMY McGRIFF DIES

Wednesday, 28 May 2008 11:08 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

JIMMY McGRIFF DIES


On Sunday 25th May, the Philadelphia-born blues/jazz organist, JIMMY McGRIFF, died aged 72 after battling with multiple sclerosis for several years.
Although McGriff (born April 3rd 1936) learned to play the piano as young as five years old in his local Baptist church, he did not initially pursue music as a career - in fact, he served in the US army in Korea, and upon his return, went on the beat as a policeman in his native Philadelphia for two years. However, his passion for music eventually got the better of him and he gave up law-enforcement to study music at New York's Juilliard School of Music. Turned on to the Hammond B-3 organ by its use in gospel music, McGriff broke into the US R&B Top 10 in 1962 with his blues-soaked instrumental reading of Ray Charles's R&B classic, 'I've Got A Woman' on Sue Records. He also had US chart entries in the '60s with 'All About My Girl,' 'Kiko,' and 'The Worm.' In the late-1970s, McGriff experimented with jazz-funk-fusion before returning to bluesy organ jazz in the 1980s and '90s. His final album was last year's 'Live At Smoke.'


 

PHILLY TREASURE TROVE

Friday, 23 May 2008 07:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

PHILLY TREASURE TROVE

Legendary Philly label Jamie-Guyden has some wonderful material lined up for release in the coming months. First up is a 2 CD, 32 track retrospective on the wonderful BARBARA LYNN. Essentially a southern soulstress, between 1962 and 1966 BARBARA found an outlet for her recordings at Philadelphia's Jamie label where she scored the hits 'You'll Lose A Good Thing' and 'Oh Baby We Got A Good Thing Going'. They're at the heart of this collection along with her other Jamie singles, her 1962 album and two previously unissued cuts. Jamie is also working on a BARBARA MASON retrospective, and bringing things right up to date, July will see a new release on JOHN ELLISON. ELLISON, of course, was the founding member of the SOUL BROTHERS SIX and this new collection will feature a re-recording of their 'Some Kind Of Wonderful'. All the other songs on 'Back' are brand new and with mixing and mastering by TOM MOULTON, it looks like it'll be one of 2008 big albums.

 

GET FUNKATIZED

Friday, 23 May 2008 06:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GET FUNKATIZED

Those who feel the funk could do worse than check out German band FUNKATIZED. The outfit's a duo - DEE GEE and EN BEE and they share the same mission - to keep the funk alive. Based in Berlin, the pair have married old school funk feeling to 21st century technology and created a hybrid that has elements of Acid Jazz, Electro, and Soulful House. They describe their self-titled album as "a rather unique mix of anachronism and zeitgeist" … We don't know about that, but it's certainly a foot-tapper. Check out the review on our reviews pages and for more info go to www.funkatized.com.

 

IT'S TRUE ... SYLEENA'S BACK

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 15:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IT'S TRUE ... SYLEENA'S BACK

After eight years with Jive Records, SYLEENA JOHNSON is about to launch her own label - Aneelys Records (Syleena backwards, get it?). First product on the label will be the soulful lady's newest album - 'Chapter 4: Labour Pains' . Pencilled in for release on September 2nd , 2008 - SYLEENA'S birthday, by the way, the album celebrates the fact that she's become a wife and mother. "My husband is an excellent man, I couldn't ask for a better one and my son is my best work yet," Syleena says. Naturally, this experience lent a hand in Syleena writing 'Chapter 4: Labour Pains', as she describes the pain of having a baby as the worst pain in life, but rewarding in the end. Syleena's life principle is that you reap what you sow: "Nothing good comes easy. All the struggle, strife, work and pain we go through, that's the price you have to pay to reap the benefits in the end." First single from the set is the deeply soulful 'It Is True.' The cut's a heavenly love ballad about new found, true love with her husband and the product of that love. Enthusiastic SYLEENA adds : "It is everything I felt about my husband when we first met, and now the love of my son follows suit." 'Is it True' and 'Chapter 4: Labour Pains' will be available on Aneelys Records (via Federal/Universal Music Group) from September. For more information go to www.myspace.com/syleenajohnson

 

BLUE NOTE BONANZA

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 11:52 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

BLUE NOTE BONANZA

Four mouth-watering themed jazz compilations from Blue Note Records are about to the hit the shops. Each 2-CD set in the 'BLUE NOTE EXPLOSION' series was compiled by renowned DJ and groove spotter, Dean Rudland, who digs deep into the vaults of the Big Apple-based label that German-Jewish émigrés Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff established in 1939.
The first set in the series, 'AFRICAN RHYTHMS,' explores Blue Note jazz influenced by the 'motherland' - featured artists include the redoubtable Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Jackie McLean. By contrast, 'NEW YORK IS OUR HOME' focuses on the practitioners of '50s and '60s Big Apple hard bop while 'THE FUNK JAZZ BROTHERS' is devoted to funkafied soul-jazz grooves from the likes of Jack McDuff, Ronnie Foster, Grant Green and Lou Donaldson. The final set in this commendable series is 'ON THE CORNER,' a 2-CD snapshot of Blue Note's fusion exponents with tracks from Bobby Hutcherson (his jazz take on The Stylistics' 'People Make The World Go Round'), Alphonse Mouzon, Donald Byrd, Bobby Humphrey and Eddie Henderson. Whatever your favourite tipple is jazz-wise, one of these collections is bound to satisfy your needs. Release date is June 2nd.

That's not all from Blue Note. Preceding the above compilations is a set of five limited edition titles in the label's ongoing Connoisseur series, released on May 26th. Perhaps the rarest and most coveted is a CD containing two obscure big band albums by trumpeter ART FARMER, entitled 'Brass Shout' and 'Aztec Suite,' which were originally released on United Artists in 1959. Also available is 'Return Of The Prodigal Son' by tenor titan, STANLEY TURRENTINE; 'Head On,' an abstract, exploratory 1971 session by vibraphonist, BOBBY HUTCHERSON; 'Smithville,' a sterling hard bop session from horn man, LOUIS SMITH; and a self-titled set from GIL GULLER and the MONTEREY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA featuring DIZZY GILLESPIE & JAMES MOODY.

Looking to the future, another raft of RVG reissues is expected in September from Blue Note, among them two sought-after HANK MOBLEY titles.

 

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