Thursday, 08 September 2011 15:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

new-front-coverThere's an album doing the rounds that's already making waves on the underground soul scene and those in the know are tipping it to go massive. The album is 'Lap Dancer' from the enigmatic SOULPERSONA.

Little is known about SOULPERSONA, save he's a musician, producer and arranger from North London and 'Lap Dancer' is his second full album. The first – 2009's 'Soulcoaster' – established his name and in between making his own recordings Mr. SP has also worked with the likes of OLIVER CHEETHAM and JOCELYN BROWN. Leading the DIGISOUL BAND (Digisoul being the man's label), he was Musical Director for LEON WARE, JEAN CARNE, THE VALENTINE BROTHERS and SHEREE BROWN at last year's Giants Of Rare Groove sell-out show at the O2 Indigo and he's currently working with JOCELYN B on her new album which will be released on Digisoul at the end of the year.

There'll be a full review of 'Lap Dancer' here @ SJF very soon. In the meantime SOULPERSONA is currently offering a cross-section of his music absolutely free – all you need to do is go to

And for those who like big retro sounds, SOULPERSONA has just recorded a new track – 'You Did It Again'. This is a great slice of modern soul and features vocals from PRINCESS FREESIA who features throughout 'Lap Dancer'... and for those who need to know these things, the tune's bass line is nicked straight from KLEEER.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 10:23 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

trumpetNew Yorker, JUDITH CHRISTIE McALLISTER has been at the forefront of praise-based gospel music for almost 20 years and she's just released her fourth solo album – 'Sound The Trumpet'. Interestingly the long player was recorded three years ago – live at the Allen A. M. E. Church in New York City, but personal and professional problems have delayed its release till now.

The new album – released on the ever-dependent Shanachie label - is produced by MICHAEL BEREAL (of MARVIN SAPP fame) and the songs range from the rocky-edged 'I Will Sing' to the Caribbean-flavoured 'Fire' (both JUDITH'S parents hail from the islands). The big ballad is 'Just Who You Are' and the set features a number of guest vocalists including NANCY JACKSON JOHNSON and MICHAEL PUGH.


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Monday, 05 September 2011 14:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

bbeUK-based indie label bbe Records (Barely Breaking Even) are currently celebrating their 15th anniversary... quiet an achievement in these precarious times!

The label launched in the Autumn of 1996 with the first in their 'Stop And Listen' compilations and since then they've never really looked back 'cept, of course, when it comes to reissuing some great vintage music.

The label now boasts a catalogue of 160 albums and to celebrate bbe have just issued a two CD anthology that cherry picks the very best of that extensive list. The music has been seamlessly mixed by CHRIS READ and he's chosen cuts by the likes of MARLEY MARL, ROY AYERS, MILLION DOLLAR ORCHESTRA, PETE ROCK, DJ VADIM, JAZZY JEFF and KING BRITT. All in all there's a dazzling variety of sounds and styles - from funk and soul to disco and Latin as well as house and hip hop and beyond. It's a great reflection of what the little label has achieved. "Real music for real people"... learn more at

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Monday, 05 September 2011 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

harveyDAVID NATHAN'S label has just reissued three fine albums on legendary drummer HARVEY MASON. MASON has enjoyed a long and illustrious career – playing with anyone and everyone who is anyone and, of course, he's now a mainstay of FOURPLAY.

In the mid '70s he was signed as a solo artist by Arista Records – where he recorded five albums and it's three of those that have just hit the racks again. They are – 1976's 'Earthmover', '77's 'Funk In A Mason Jar' and 'M.V.P.' from 1981. They all feature MASON'S distinct brand of jazz fusion and soul-based dance grooves and –as ever with albums – the three CDs all include in-demand bonus tracks.


Read SJF's review of 'Funk In A Mason Jar':

Also, SJF hopes to speak to Mr. Mason about those reissues very soon so keep your eyes peeled for an in-depth feature on one of jazz-funk's finest drummers.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:14



Monday, 05 September 2011 13:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sedakaThe latest in Ace Records' "songwriter" series turns the spotlight onto two doyens of the famous Brill Building music factory – NEIL SEDAKA and HOWARD GREENFIELD.

SEDAKA, of course, was – indeed is – a hit-making artist in his own right but in the late fifties and early sixties, working with HOWARD GREENFIELD, he penned an incredible number of hits... and good 'ole Ace have assembled a generous 25 here.

Soul fans will be interested in cuts from LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS, DIONNE WARWICK, CLYDE McPHATTER, BEN E KING, THE COOKIES, NANCY WILSON and PATTI DREW whose original recording of 'Working On A Groovy Thing' was re-worked by the FIFTH DIMENSION into a huge hit. There's also a lovely early DEE DEE SHARP recording –a take on 'Calendar Boy'.

Other featured artists include CONNIE FRANCIS, BOBBY DARIN, THE MONKEES, TOM JONES, LESLEY GORE and GENE PITNEY... an essential slab of pop music history, this!


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