Friday, 23 August 2019 18:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altToday (23 August) prolific piano man DAVID BENOIT releases his latest album – an incredible 36th in a storied, award-winning career. To mark the milestone David has brought in some very special, friends – hence the title – 'David Benoit And Friends'.

Amongst the collaborators on the 11 tracker are Dave Koz, Peter White, Marc Antoine and Lindsey Webster. The lovely Lindsey fronts the album's big vocal – a gentle 'Make It Real'... a gentle smooth jazz builder with a touch of Latin shuffle about it. 'Feel It Still' is another album highlight. Very different, it recalls those great soul jazz albums of the 60s from people like the Ramsey Lewis Trio. 'Sly Fox' has a touch of the Lewis's about it too –though, in this case. latter period.

The album also sees David offer homages to several more of his heroes. 'Dave G' is a tribute to Dave Grusin; a fan of Coldplay, Benoit offers a cover of their 'Viva La Vida'; 'The Ballad Of Jane Hawk' is in honour or writer Dean Koontz – Hawk is his fictitious rogue FBI agent; guitarist Kenny Burrell is the focus on a version of his 'Moon And Sand' (Marc Antoine takes the guitar part); while the pianist's love of Italy is manifest in the cuts 'Vernazza' and 'Sienna Step' – both classic "Benoit sounds".

Indeed the whole album is classic Benoit and it's out 23 August via Shanachie Records.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2019 18:41



Friday, 23 August 2019 18:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNorthern soul fans of a certain vintage will know the tune 'Don't Pity Me' by SUSIE LYNNE. It was one of those not particularly soulful cuts which seemed to have the right beats at just the right time. My guess is that not too many of those Northern collectors know too much about 'Susie Lynne".

Back in the day, Ms. Lynne – now known as SUSIE VANNER – was an aspiring singer and actress. Indeed she featured in the 1979 Bond movie 'The Spy Who Loved Me' before going on to appear in numerous movies and TV shows.

Now though she's going back to music and working on what will be her debut album. In the meantime, she's about to release the first single – a version of Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' which comes in a number of mixes.

Her reading is fairly faithful to the original and won't bother soul fans too much – but we can file it under "interesting" – especially as it seems that Susie won the right to record the album after her then husband outbid rivals in an auction to win sessions with sometime Sting producer Kipper Eldridge!

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Friday, 23 August 2019 10:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNew(ish) label EXPRESSIVE RECORDS is set to release its second single – a wonderful soulful dancer that will appeal right across the spectrum. Produced by label boss BEN SMETHURST and featuring a classy vocal from BARBARA TUCKER, the cut is an irresistible foot tapper - 'Don't Wanna Lose Your Love'.

It's a big tune and Mr S has thrown in everything - live strings, piano, driving Latin percussion and a full live horn section. We need to mention that those fab strings are masterminded by a certain Larry Gold – the maestro behind countless Philly soul classics and a key member of MFSB. And let's not forget Ms Tucker - known as "The Queen of House" for obvious reasons! Ben says: "When I heard Barbara's vocal on the demo, it was clear that we had a really special track on our hands and we had to go all out with the very best musicians, arrangers and engineers to provide an exceptional backing band to support her amazing vocal performance."

True to his word, apart from Larry Gold, Brian brought in bassist Robin Lee (Faze Action), horn man Trevor Mires (Jamiroquai, Incognito) and commissioned mixes from industry "unknowns" (!!!) - David Morales, DJ Spen and Toni Economides.

Quite a line up – and it all works perfectly! 'Don't Wanna Lose Your Love' will be released on Traxsource promo today (August 23rd). Full release September 6th 2019 on Expressive Records.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2019 10:33



Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year we were treated to a fab single from the THE PENDLETONS (a soul and funk duo working in and around San Francisco.... E da BOSS and TRAILER LIMON). The single paired 'You Do You' with 'Life To Me' and the former (featuring Howard Johnson from Niteflyte) won the band lots and lots of friends.

We were told that the single was from an "upcoming" LP - '2 Steps Away', well it's still not here, but there is a new single – an insistent 'Running Away', a classic 80 soul sound which augers well for the album which is due "soon" (honest) on the Bastard Jazz imprint!



Monday, 19 August 2019 18:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThough no one's counting, Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' is one of the most covered songs of all time! My i tunes library shows 15 versions – Sam's, of course, and Otis Redding's too!

Latest artist to tackle the classic is JUNIOR GISCOMBE. His new version (a single) has been released on the historic, re-launched Solar Records. Solar Records began life as Soul Train Records founded by Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey in 1975 before being renamed as Solar in 1978. Without too much info or fanfare, it seems the label is being re-launched.

We don't have too much info about this one ... is it from an album.... is it a one off... we don't know! All we can say is that it's a good version ... faithful and respectful. Out now!

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 18:39


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