Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe last time we heard from the lovely LYNNE FIDDMONT was a few years back when she was promoting her version of Lou Rawls' 'Groovy People'. Well, St Louis born Lynne is now back with another great single... 'Daylight'. It's a steady mid-tempo beater on the cusp of soul and pop but the lady's soulful presentation proves why she is one of THE top session singers Stateside. There are few big soul names who haven't benefited from having Lynne doing backups whether in the studio or onstage. We're told there's a Lynne Fiddmont LP on the way but in the meantime we recommend 'Daylight'.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Age Of Blame' is the latest album from Boston-born singer/songwriter JEN KEARNEY. Her people say that the music on the concise 8 tracker is an amalgam of musical styles but when you pop it into I-tunes it comes up as "contemporary pop"... and that's a good description.

The title track, for instance, is a rocky power ballad while 'Sanctuary In Sabotage' is another rocky meander. But there are other flavours too. 'Better' for example mines a salsa vibe and on tunes like 'What If' and 'Too Far' there is a soul/funk undertow.

Jen's current band by the way are The Lost Onion and consist Peter MacLean on drums, Aaron Bellamy on bass, Amy Bellamy on clavinet and B3 organ, Jason Yost on guitar, Mark Mullins on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jared Sims on saxophone, and Yahuba on percussion.

Ms Kearney says: "'Age of Blame' offers deeply personal and hopeful perspective on a myriad of subjects—the main theme being the importance of maintaining balance and love in an ever-evolving world where blame, fear, self-sabotage and deflection are all too easy to succumb to as human contact has receded". Investigation will allow you to see if you agree... the album's out now.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the last few years genial Scouser CRAIG CHARLES has reinvented himself! From soap and comedy actor, our man is now a hugely respected soul and funk DJ – regularly filling clubs up and down the land and hosting his own always intriguing radio shows. As part of this new career trajectory CC has curated and complied an excellent series of albums for Freestyle Records... and, hard to believe, he's just launched volume 6 in the series!

Like the previous five, this new 19 tracker is stuffed with classy, quality indie soul and funk.... jazz too, though the album titling.... 'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club' ... omits the jazz tag. Is the label frightened that "jazz" might put people off? Whatever, there are plenty of jazz grooves here – like the Lewis Express' homage to the golden age of soul-jazz. Their 'Brother Move On' recalls the spirit of Ramsey Lewis and Young-Holt. We recommended their album when it was released this summer. Amongst the other jazz grooves are the cool 'Rebel No. 23' from Chip Wickham and Courtney Pine's Omar-vocalised 'Rules'. Latin flavours are represented by Orquesta Akokan's 'Mambito Rapidito' and Grupo Magnetico's fiery take on 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone'.

Soul highlight is the Bamboos' 'Golden Ticket' and speaking of the Bamboos, their main man, Lance Ferguson is featured with his brand new take on the Googie Rene classic 'Smokey Joes La La'

Not all the music is new ... rare grooves are represented by The Mighty Ryeders' 'Evil Vibrations' from '78 (the building block, you'll remember for De La Soul's 'A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturday's') and Brian Auger's 1975 outing 'Foolish Girl'

Craig reckons that this new album is his best yet – well he would say that wouldn't he? However, I'm not going to argue; there's plenty of everything here - something for all soul, funk and, yes, jazz fans.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was back in 2015 that we were introduced to the talents of gospel reared US soul singer CANDACE WOODSON . Her 'Free' (not the Deneice Williams' classic) impressed lots of people and mixes by Tom Glide kept up the interest in Candace. There followed a couple more singles – 'The Answer Is No' and 'My Heart' –both UK chart riders, and now in time for the Christmas sales rush Ms W has released a brand new single 'Just A Dream' – a "dreamy" (!), insistent lazy, groove. Producer is Buddy Wilke and I'm guessing his is the male voice we can hear. Out now.



Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTIFFANY BYNOE is a US soulstress who's part of that very special breed who've won the famed Amateur Night three times at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. A deluge of deals followed but her mother insisted she finished school, whereupon she signed with Electra where she recorded as Tene Williams and the single 'Give Him A Love He Can Feel' hit the Billboard Hot 100.

After marrying gospel singer Kyle Bynoe, Tiffany retired from the business to raise a family in her hometown – Akron, Ohio. The Bynoes worked together in the Christian ministry and Tiffany also started to work the gospel music circuit. En route she founded the non profit organization called Gabby's Heart, which advocates for families dealing with children's heart conditions like her own daughter's. She also returned to the studio to make new music which, though not specifically Gospel, carried positive messages.... this year she's been busy promoting her latest endeavour, the 'Tiffany' EP.

The mini album's USP is the song 'All Things New' which is a duet with her uncle a certain Howard Hewett. There's a touch of 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' about this one and good to hear Hewett on a new recording. Of note too is Tiffany's cover of Deniece Williams' 'Free'. Bob Baldwin is on hand too offering production advice and playing his usual slick keys on the lead single, the slinky, atmospheric 'Love Like Waterfalls'.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:46


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