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AT THE CROSSROADS....

Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSmooth jazz trumpeter, RICK BRAUN has just launched his newest long player – the 10 tracker, 'Crossroads'. The title, Rick says, comes from the fact that he sees himself lucky to be at the cross roads of different styles and sounds... comfortable working with people as varied as Sade, Tom Petty and REO Speedwagon- as well as, of course, the usual smooth jazz suspects. And amongst those "suspects" helping out on 'Crossroads' are Peter White, Philipe Saisse, Richard Elliot, Greg Phillinganes and Chris 'Big Dog' Davis.

The album is a mix of eight originals and two covers – Bruno Mars' 'Versace On The Floor' and Stevie Wonder's 'I Wish'. That latter is the set's funkiest and feistiest cut – most of the rest (with the exception of the tight soul groove, 'Around The Corner') are gentle builders allowing Braun to exploit the beauty and potential of his horn with and without mute.

Amongst the highlights are the lovely chill out cut 'The Moment I Saw You' and 'Bahia' – the LP's obligatory Latin track.

RICK BRAUN: 'Crossroads' – out now on Shanachie Records.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:59

 

BORN TO LOVE ... AGAIN

Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon soul man, DON E enjoyed success with his last single..... a positive, modern soul groove – 'Born To Love Ya' which used the bass riff and the atmospheric vibe of Keni Burke's 'Rising To The Top' as its chassis.

Now Don revisits the tune with a "Skank" remix – catchy yes, but I think the soul crowd will stick with the original... if you want to investigate though, it's out now.

 

VAN MORRISON... FIVE LONDON DATES...

Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe now not-so-curmudgeonly VAN MORRISON has just announced that he will be playing five shows at London's famed Palladium in March 2020. The dates are... March 20,21,22,24 & 25 and tickets go on sale 9.00am tomorrow Friday (30 August)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:00

 

STILL FEELIN THE GROOVE!

Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSTONE PAXTON (ex member of Rick James' Stone City Band) is getting plenty of mileage out of his tune 'Feel The Groove' – one of the choice cuts on his current 'In The Key Of Love'' album.

There's been a few mixes of the track floating around and now it's back in a new tweak courtesy of the PB remix team (Phantom Boss)... hard beats and a relentless energy almost takes it into house territory. Out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:01

 

HOW THE HELL DID YOU KNOW?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 06:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'How Did You Know It Was Me' is the latest offering from the honeyed voiced, sometimes Barry White sound-alike RUDI WILBURN.

The Texan soul man (who now works chiefly in Europe) has a very distinctive sound and it shows to great effect on 'How Did You Know It Was Me'... which is a collaborative mix with T Groove and the wonderfully named Auteria Wally Winzer Jr. (honest!). This quirky little, semi Love Unlimited flavour is out now

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 06:54

 

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