Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJESSE MAXWELL is a new(ish) Canadian-born, Brooklyn-living soul man who pursues two musical careers. He's lead singer in blues-rock band Queens County Roots. He also harbours solo aspirations and to that end he's working on his debut solo long player, due later in the year.

As a harbinger, Jesse's just released the first single from the album. The tune is 'Blade' and once you get past the slow piano meander of an opening, the cut develops into a decent, crisp, neo/nu soul beater. It gets a little too complex in places and Mr. Maxwell's delivery is intriguing. File this under "interesting". The producer is Astral 22 of the famed Trans Phatt Records set up and 'Blade' is good to download now.



Saturday, 23 February 2019 15:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor his latest album (due April 26th) it seems that guitar maestro GEORGE BENSON is taking a change of direction by offering a twin homage to two of his music heroes – CHUCK BERRY and FATS DOMINO.

The new LP, 'Walking To New Orleans' offers Benson's versions of songs by Berry and Domino, including 'Nadine','You Can't Catch Me', 'Blue Monday' and, of course, 'Walking To New Orleans'.

George says: "I'm a great appreciator of the music made by both of those guys. Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit." He adds that on this, his 45th album, "We did have us a ball!".

'Walking To New Orleans' is Benson's follow up to his 2013's 'Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole' and to support the new release, he'll be performing at the Apollo Nights Summer Series on 18th-19th July at London's Eventim Apollo.

The album is out April 26th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and a full review here ASAP.

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 15:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMajor news sources are reporting that R KELLY has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, at least nine of which involve minors. The singer (real name Robert Sylvester Kelly) has constantly countered claims of sexual abuse against women and teenagers below the age of consent. It appears that after an arrest warrant was ordered, Kelly turned himself in to police in Chicago late on Friday, 22nd February.

His lawyer Steve Greenberg said that his client was "extraordinarily disappointed and depressed" by the charges and maintains his innocence. The charges come just weeks after a documentary series called 'Surviving R Kelly' aired. The film contained decades of allegations of abuse against R Kelly, from many women, including the singer's ex-wife.

Prosecutors in Cook County announced that the alleged incidents took place between 1998 and 2010. Documents say at least three of the victims were aged between 13 and 16 at the time of their reported assaults. They added that Kelly could face a maximum of seven years in prison for each count.



Saturday, 23 February 2019 15:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRight at the back end of last year, Japanese soul producer and mix mesiter T GROOVE released his 'Get On The Floor' long player.... an appropriate title.... the set was stuffed with classic invitations to the floor, like the Ania Garvey vocalised 'Let's Feel Good' .

Yuki (Mr T Groove) loved the track so much himself that he's had it remixed by the wonderful John Morales and his M+M mixes of the song will be available from February 26th . What was already a tight, danceable slab of contemporary modern soul has just gotten bigger!

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 09:27 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


The nominees for this  year's much-anticipated JAZZ FM awards, due to take place on International Jazz Day, on Thursday April 30th in London's Shoreditch Town Hall, have just been announced and recognise the idiom's rising stars and its contemporary trendsetters as well as the iconic trailblazers.

Those nominated range from true giants, like jazz legend John Coltrane, whose album 'Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album,' stormed into the UK Top 40 album charts last year, and octogenarian saxophone guru, Wayne Shorter, whose 'Emanon' album - a contender in the Album Of The Year category - has just picked up a Grammy award. Also nominated from the USA are saxophonist Kamasi Washington,  veteran blues maven, Eric Bibb, jazz sage, Charles Lloyd, soul singers, Leon Bridges and Jose James, and rising drummer/composer, Makaya McCraven.

As always, the Jazz FM Awards, despite  being international in its scope , also has a strong British flavour, reflected by the presence of Biriths jazz acts, Sons Of Kemet along with Nubya GarciaEmma Jean-Thackray, Joe Armon-JonesMoses BoydCamilla George, Cassie Kinoshi, Ian Shaw and Rob Luft.  

Hosting the Awards Ceremony with Jez Nelson is Jazz FM’s Head of Music and broadcaster, Chris Philips, who says:“This year’s Jazz FM Award nominees list reflects another tremendous year of growth and interest in the music. In particular it’s fantastic to see some of our formerly recognised emerging talent like Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings sharing nominations with some of the world’s best, testament indeed to a vibrant and strengthening jazz community and industry here in the UK.”

You can have your say by taking part in the public vote here - - but you'll have to hurry because the  closing date is on Monday 12th March 2019.

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