Friday, 25 October 2019 13:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Poetry In Motion' was a huge 1960 pop hit for Johnny Tillotson. It also happens to be the title of a new soul album from New Orleans band, THE SOUL REBELS. The 12 tracker is the outfit's first release for over seven years and, coming from New Orleans, it is, as you'd expect, a mix of flavours and styles- soul, jazz, R&B, funk, hip-hop, Latin .... all set in a brassy, percussive framework.

The set features an impressive guest list. Amongst the contributors are Robert Glasper, Branford Marsalis, PJ Morton and Trombone Shorty.

Soul Rebel Julian Gosin says: "This new album reflects our sound and style and challenges and expands upon the perception of a new Orleans brass band. We are breaking stylistic and artistic boundaries of what it means to be a brass group from New Orleans".

The album is out today (25th October) on Artistry/Mack Avenue.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2019 13:28


Rising To The Top - Reuben James

Friday, 25 October 2019 10:48 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


The super-talented singer, songwriter and pianist, REUBEN JAMES, who grabbed a Rising Star gong back in 2014 at the British Jazz Awards, has been on the radar of discerning jazz and soul aficionados for some time now but looks certain to break out into the mainstream after signing a worldwide deal with Warner/Chappell Music.

After successful sideman stints for UK pop artists Sam Smith (he co-wrote the title track on the singer's 'The Thrill Of It All' album), Little Mix and Olly Murs, James now gives us a tantalising taste of what he can do via a superb 7-track digital EP called 'Adore.' The material is an allusive blend of jazz, soul and R&B flavours and ranges from sensual dreamy ballads ('If You're Not There,' featuring US saxophonist Braxton Cook) to stomping neo-disco numbers ('I Know You Too Well') and mellow slow jams ('What A Thing'). The latter features noted US drummer, Chris Dave, while his countryman, acclaimed trumpeter Keyon Harrold, guests on 'Burn,' a jaunty slice of hip-hop soul.

The EP precedes a concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on November 17th. James also plans to release another EP in the early new year.

Reuben James' 'Adore' is out now via the usual download and streaming platforms.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2019 14:11


Acclaimed US Jazz Singer Vanessa Rubin To Appear At London's EFG Jazz Festival Next Month

Friday, 25 October 2019 09:57 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


After a long hiatus, Ohio-born jazz chanteuse VANESSA RUBIN is back with a critically-acclaimed new album, 'The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron.' She'll be singing songs from her current project during her keenly-anticipated three-night stint at The Pheasantry as part of this year's London Jazz Festival. She'll be performing at the Chelsea venue between Thursday November 21st and Saturday November 23rd where her accompanist will be pianist Danny Grissett.   

One of the finest singers of her generation, Rubin has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Pharoah Sanders, Barry Harris, Lionel Hampton, Cedar Walton and Grover Washington Jr. She first emerged in the 1990s, recording four albums for RCA's Novus imprint  - including 1993's brilliant big band LP 'Pastiche' - and later cut two albums for Telarc. Though her latest opus, 'The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron,' is only her second album in eighteen years, it vividly demonstrates that the Cleveland singer is still a force to be reckoned with.

See Vanessa Rubin at The Pheasantry from Thursday November 21st to Saturday November 23rd

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2019 13:27



Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWithout too much fuss or bother, UK soulstress DEBORAH BELL has recently enjoyed plenty of chart success with her lovely 'Love Won't Pay The Rent'. The song topped all the credible UK soul charts!

Now it looks like Ms B is set to repeat that feat with her new single – 'Stop Getting In Your Own Way' - a catchy, sophisticated modern soul foot tapper that in best ear worm tradition just gets right inside your head... sensible message in the music too!

The original song was co-authored by Deborah and Georgie B who also uses all his experience and knowledge to add some lovely soul flourishes.

You can find out more @

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:25



Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:57 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altThere's no question, CAROLE KING is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th century. Albums like 'Tapestry', 'Wrap Around Joy' and many more are true classics of the genre. Why, there's even a hit stage musical detailing her achievements.

That show, 'Beautiful', also chronicles her song writing prowess during the 60s. Working at New York's famed Brill Building, chiefly with her then husband, Gerry Goffin, Carole turned out pop hit after pop hit and for a while she was a hit making pop singer herself. In 1962 she enjoyed a worldwide hit with her song 'It Might As Well Rain Until September' – a classic Brill Building teen soap saga. Though she was reluctant to continue as a performer (she never thought she could sing!), she released five more pop singles, including 'Oh Neil' – her answer song to Neil Sedaka's 'Oh Carol' . None of the singles had the same commercial impact as 'September' and Ms K went back (very successfully!) penning songs for others to have the hits with.

Collectors will be delighted to know that all those six singles (A&B sides) have been collected together by Jasmine Records and released under the album title, 'It Might As Well Rain Until September'. What makes the album so wonderful (and essential) though is the treasure trove of "bonus tracks"... 20 in total. What they are are Carole's demo versions of some of her biggest songs like 'Crying In The Rain', 'Sharing You', 'Go Away Little Girl' and 'When My Little Girl Is Smiling'. Presented simply – mostly just voice and piano, the beauty of the melodies and the innocence of the lyrics shine through! In short, those bonuses make this release one of the most important collectors' reissues of 2019.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:06


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