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TOOT THAT FLUTE!

Friday, 18 August 2017 19:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe flute was never really accepted in jazz circles until the great Herbie Mann came along; and even then the sound of jazz flutes remained something of an acquired taste. Now Swedish top jazzer, MAGNUS LINDGREN does his best to reinstate the flute as lead instrument on his latest long player, 'Stockholm Underground'. The 12 tracker is an unashamed homage to the music of Mann, though eagle eyed jazz buffs would have guessed that. The title of Lindgren's album plays on the title of Herbie's seminal 1969 set 'Memphis Underground'.

Nine of the dozen tunes here are originals and they include the obvious 'Mr Mann' and a lovely ballad 'Theme For Laura'. The covers are 'Chain Of Fools' (a song that Mann featured on 'Memphis Underground' , here with Ida Sand on lead vocals), 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' and Eric Bibb's 'Good Stuff' on which Mr B himself handles the vocal. He also takes to the mic on the album opener, 'Fluting'.

MAGNUS LINDGREN'S Stockholm Underground' is released on Act 25 on August 25th

Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 19:47

 

TIGER TIGER...

Friday, 18 August 2017 19:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Tigre' is the latest album from BANDA MAGDA, the musical brainchild of MAGDA GIANNIKOU, the Greek-born composer and multi instrumentalist who now works chiefly out of New York City.

The 12 tracker that is 'Tigre' melds Magda's signature sounds (Latin and Greek roots music) into a luxuriant, cinematic soundscape... Ms G studied Film Scoring at Berklee Music College... and it shows. Hear her sound at its best on the lovely, gentle 'Chanson Lev' – shades of classic Audrey Hepburn films!

Ms G says that, "'Tigre" is a vessel of many things... the need to share my own fears to my fans, the work that we do as a band melding global musical traditions, my passion for string writing, my duty to be involved in education and communities".

Makeup your own minds when the album is released on September 15th

Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 19:48

 

MEDICINE MAN...

Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA J CROCE is the son of music legend Jim Croce. Croce senior died aged just 30 in 1973 having seen his songs – like 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' and 'Time In a Bottle' becoming US music standards. A J (Adrian James) suffered a difficult childhood. He was just two when his famous father died and after abuse from his mother's boyfriend he was partially blinded. But music was in his genes and motivated by his father's memory and inspired by people like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, he made music his career.

AJ has eight albums under his belt and he's just released his ninth – 'Just Like Medicine', and though he's not a soul man per se, soul collectors might want to investigate when they learn that the 10 tracker has been produced by Dan Penn and features input from people like David Hood, Steve Cropper, the McCrary Sisters and The Muscle Shoals Horns. Recorded down in Nashville you'd be right in guessing  that the long player has a Southern soul feel to it; there's a garnish of country about things too.... there's a guest spot from Vince Gill.

Most soulful of the offerings is the moody ballad, 'Move On' (tremendous input from the MS Horns) while most poignant song is AJ's version of his father's 'Name Of The Game'. It was the last song Jim Croce wrote and he never got round to recording it.

AJ CROCE'S 'JUST LIKE MEDICINE' is out now on Compass Records

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:13

 

BLACK IRISH....

Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNew York born SHANNON McNALLY debuted way back in 2001 with 'Jukebox Sparrows' and since then she's become an in-demand fixture on the US Americana circuit where her blend of country, blues, rock and Irish shadings have won her a throng of faithful fans.

Those fans have been delighted with her newest album – 'Black Irish' ... a 12 track collection that offers three originals and a slew of well-chosen covers. Of most interest, maybe, is the country flavoured version of Stevie Wonders 'I Ain't Gonna Stand For It'. You can also enjoy a rollicking take on the Staple Singers' 'Let's Go Home', a stately twist on the Band's 'It Makes No Difference' and a lively, enthusiastic cover of Muddy Waters' 'The Stuff You Got To Watch'.

Amongst the guests are soul singer Wendy Moten, country legend Emmylou Harris and Americana veteran Rodney Crowell who has also produced the album.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:13

 

VAN: TOUR…

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn support of his upcoming 'Roll With The Punches' album (see our news archive), SIR VAN MORRISON has announced a series of live dates. His official web site www.vanmorrison.com will furnish full details.

However, if you want to catch the man up close and personal, he's also announced two very intimate shows at Belfast's Europa Hotel. In an honest effort to boost tourism to his native Northern Ireland Morrison regularly plays at some of the country's hotels. There, he says, he can replicate the feelings he enjoyed when he was starting out playing small jazz and soul clubs.

The Europa Hotel shows take place on December 4th and 5th and follow the two recent hotel shows he played at County Down's famed Slieve Donard Hotel where the small audience were treated to a selection of Morrison classics and songs from 'Roll With The Punches'.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:40

 

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