Friday, 29 June 2018 08:00 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                               altNoted UK jazz pianist, JANETTE MASON, has just completed a successful tour of the UK to promote her brand new fourth album, 'Red Alert.'

If you missed this talented keyboard player, arranger, and producer, there's another opportunity to see her live in London at Soho's world famous jazz venue, Ronnie Scott's, on Sunday July 29th, where she'll be playing opposite another British keyboard, Rick Wakeman.

Janette has also just made two videos for Soul and Jazz TV, recording perfromances of her songs 'Pent Up' (from the new album) and 'Din & Tonic.'

Watch Janette perform 'Pent Up' here:

Watch Janette play 'Din & Tonic' here:

For more info go to:

Also, see our earlier news piece:

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2018 12:42



Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPatriarch of the mighty Jackson music clan, JOE JACKSON has died. Family sources report that Mr Jackson died this morning, Wednesday 27th June in Los Angeles. He was 89 and his death comes after a period of ill-health. His grandson, Taj, who was a member of 1990s band 3T, tweeted this evening that the entire family was "in pain". He added "Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness". It thought those comments were a reaction to recent negative social media postings about relationships in the Jackson family.

Joe assembled the Jackson 5 in the 1960s and managed the group as they went from unknown child singers to global superstars. However in the late 1980s, he faced allegations of physical abuse

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2018 13:59



Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year Brooklyn based muso AHMED SIROUR (like many others) was rightly impressed by the lovely 'All The Stars' by Kendrick Lamar & SZA. He was even more impressed by the string arrangement that the Re-Collective Orchestra mix offered. However, he felt it could be even better... so he set to work.

The ever innovative Mr S added some more percussion, some classy fender Rhodes keyboard parts, and sharpened up the orchestra. Then (in his words) he balanced, EQ'd and mastered it "properly" and the result is a lovely, new, summer light imagining. However it seems Ahmed had a few problems with the powers that be getting his tweak out there.... but a diligent and patient search will lead you to it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:10



Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altChicago soul singer LOWRELL SIMON died on Tuesday 19th June at the Bedford Care Centre, Newton, Mississippi. Lowrell will be best remembered for his contribution to harmony group The Lost Generation and for his '79 solo hit, 'Mellow Mellow Right On'. He was aged 75.

Born in Chicago in 1943, Lowrell Simon's first group was The Vondells. He later formed The Lost Generation who were signed to Brunswick Records by producer Carl Davis. There they enjoyed their biggest success with 'The Sly The Slick And The Wicked' – a classic Chicago, group sound very much in the style of label mates the Chi-Lites.

After quitting the group Lowrell worked in and around the Chicago studios as a writer and producer, working most notably with Loleatta Holloway. He also contributed to the Impressions' soundtrack album 'Three The Hard Way'. In 1979 he enjoyed his own hit with ''Mellow Mellow Right On'.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:11



Tuesday, 26 June 2018 07:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

           altLos Angeles cult sister group, the JACKSON SISTERS, were never prolific hit-makers but have achieved immortality due to the enduring popularity of their 1973 single, 'I Believe In Miracles,' which is considered a rare groove classic.  The five siblings - a distaff version of the Jackson 5 - recorded a clutch of singles for the Prophesy, Mums, and Polydor labels in the early '70s. A self-titled album also briefly surfaced - which collected together some of the group's previous 45s - on the Tiger Lily label in 1976.

Long out of print and much-bootlegged, the super-rare album - which is almost impossible to find in its original first pressing - is now officially  reissued by the UK indie label, Mr Bongo, who have licensed the tracks from Universal. As well as 'I Believe In Miracles' - which was titled 'Miracles' on the album release - the LP features the classic tracks 'Day In The Blue,' 'Rockin' On My Porch,' 'Shake Her Loose,' 'Boy, You're Dynamite,' and the ballad, '(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends.' New liner notes contain quotes from the sisters themselves.

More info here:

'Jackson Sisters' is available on both LP and CD and is out now via Mr. Bongo Records


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:49


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