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ALEX GOES D. I. S. C. O.

Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ALEX GOES D. I. S. C. O.

The UK's top Latino piano man, ALEX WILSON has temporarily eschewed the cha cha cha and the rumba for disco! The unassuming salsa specialist was recently invited by top library music specialist West One to record an album of disco tunes and our boy's risen to the task. Prosaically-titled 'Classic Disco', WILSON has skilfully recreated the sparkling, zipping sounds of those fondly-remembered glitter ball days. The beats and flavours are authentic and the slamming vocals (from top session singers) really do reel in the years. West One's music is, of course, aimed at the media industry - advertisers, TV and radio stations use their music for themes, stings, trailers and fillers - but the album can be bought by the general public too… most directly via i-tunes music store. Tantalisingly ALEX also tells us that he's currently working on a 60's Motown and Soul set.

 

ROD'S ROOTS ....

Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ROD'S ROOTS ....

Soul superstars and top session players and singers abound on ROD STEWART'S new album, 'Soulbook'. For the 15 tracker the veteran Scots rocker returns to the sounds that inspired him in his youth when he was, first part of LONG JOHN BALDRY'S HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN and then, the legendary STEAMPACKET. Here ROD offers his own takes on songs first made famous by the FOUR TOPS, SAM COOKE, JACKIE WILSON, BROOK BENTON, the TEMPTATIONS and more. To add real soul spice ROD is joined by MARY J BLIGE on 'You Make Me Feel Brand New', by SMOKEY ROBINSON on 'The Tracks Of My Tears' while on 'My Cherie Amour' STEVIE WONDER adds his distinctive harmonica. Amongst the standouts is a take on the JERRY BUTLER/BETTY EVERETT hit 'Let It Be Me' with JENNIFER HUDSON recreating BETTY'S part. Two more BUTLER songs - 'Never Give You Up' and 'Only The Strong Survive' round off the album on which featured players and backing vocalists include RAY PARKER JR, BOB BABBITT, TOM SCOTT, GEORGE BOHANON, CHUCK FINLEY, DEAN PARKS, CHARLES HODGES, WAYNE JACKSON, WILLIE MITCHELL, DARRYL TOOKE, WILL WHEATON, NATHAN EAST, RICKY LAWSON and LYNN FIDMONT. The album's out now on J Records.

 

ROZALLA BREAKS FREE ....

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 15:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ROZALLA BREAKS FREE ....

Anyone familiar with the heady dance days of the 90s will know the name of ROZALLA MILLER. In the early years of the decade the big-voiced Zimbabwean enjoyed a string of chart and club hits of which 'Everybody's Free' became her anthem. Now - some ten years later - the lady's back with a new album and a new sound - gentler, jazzier, yet just as soulful. The LP - 'Brand New Version' - has been put together in collaboration with Jazz FM and features ten original songs recorded in an acoustic, organic way. The set includes a wonderful, lazy, stripped down version of that hit, 'Everybody's Free'. Full review of the album on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

CORINNE BAILEY RAE DOES IT AGAIN

Monday, 16 November 2009 13:54 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CORINNE BAILEY RAE DOES IT AGAIN

CORINNE BAILEY RAE is currently putting the finishing touches to her new album, 'The Sea', which will be released at the start of February. In the meantime, the first single is on the way - 'I'd Do It All Again' .The song will get its first airing when CORINE appears on BBC 2's 'Later With Jools' performing an acoustic version of the track. This will be broadcast on both Tuesday 17th and Friday 20th November.
CORINNE has also just confirmed a very special guest appearance as part of Mencap's Little Noise Sessions. These are hosted and curated by JO WHILEY and feature artists presenting stripped-back sessions at the Union Chapel, Islington. CORRINE will be performing an acoustic set - supporting RICHARD HAWLEY - on Thursday 19th November. Tickets are priced at £40 and are available at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk
This will be followed by her first full concert in well over two years on Monday 23rd November. This instantly sold-out gig at The Tabernacle in London will see CORINNE unveil her brand new band and showcase a full range of songs from 'The Sea'. More details at www.corinnebaileyrae.net

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER RAY

Monday, 16 November 2009 13:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER RAY

You know Christmas is imminent when record store racks start to groan under the weight of Christmas albums - old and new. Amongst the best of this year's crop is 'The Spirit Of Christmas' from RAY CHARLES. The album (released on Decca) was originally released in 1985 but has long since been deleted. The new issue has been digitally remastered and features one track that has never previously been available - 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - a CHARLES duet with BETTY CARTER. Other featured songs include BROOK BENTON'S 'This Time Of Year', the classic 'Winter Wonderland' and an unusually soulful version of 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'! This was the only Christmas album that RAY CHARLES recorded and with sidemen of the calibre of FREDDIE HUBBARD, KEVIN TURNER, RUDY JOHNSON and the RAELETS, this might be the only Christmas album you need.

 

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