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MAKING RESOLUTIONS...

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRESOLUTION 88 is a UK-based soul/jazz/funk band. They were put together by Cambridge keyboardist Tom O'Grady who cites his main influences as Don Blackman and Herbie Hancock. It was back in 2012 that Tom decided to form a band in an attempt to "give life to the creative ideas that lie within". He'd always been moved by music that was built around beautiful harmonic changes – the music of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan... even, yes, Ravel and Chopin! Early in his career he'd also realized that instruments like the Fender Rhodes were ideal to help him deliver his ideas on those "beautiful harmonic changes".

The five piece are currently promoting their latest album... the 9 tracker that is 'Revolutions'. The LP represents lots of firsts for the band. For the first time they use special guests to help them deliver; the first time they've used real strings and real brass and, in the modern way, the first time their work will be available in vinyl!

Indeed the band work hard to make the whole thing sound like classic vinyl. On 'Pitching Up' you can hear the track "pitching" from 33rpm to 45rpm (as a DJ would do); on 'Out Of Sync' you can hear attempts at beat matching; while 'Runout Groove' speaks for itself.

Amongst the album highlights is the soul groove, 'Sample Hunter' and the Guru style rap that is 'Dig Deep (rhymes from guest Marcus Tenney)

RESOLUTION 88; 'Revolutions' out now on Legere Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:28

 

WELCOME!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul and funk legend RANDY MULLER has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late. The man who gave us bands like Brass Construction, Skyy, BT Express, and and First Circle had been off the radar for a while. A couple of years back he re-emerged mentoring a band called Brooklyn Soul Biscuits, and then we learned he was tied up in all kinds of production work. Then in January this year he was back with an outfit called Brooklyn Groove Machine whose 'Disco Holiday' was well received. Then in August we were offered a wonderful double A sided single from another Muller creation..."Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang.". The single coupled a glorious Angela Johnson vocalised 'Joy In Da Rain' alongside the disco romp 'Groovin' U'. We were told that that latter was from a previous Boom Chang Bang album from way back in 2007 but that album seemed to have slipped past us!

Whatever, the good news is that Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang is back with us and the new album that is 'Welcome To My Life' is every bit as good as we thought it was going to be from the evidence of that LP heralding single in August. 'Joy In Da Rain' still sounds good and there are plenty more soulful romps like it... try 'So Happy' (featuring GQ vocalist Raheim Le Blanc) or 'Slip N Slide'.

'Welcome To My Life' though is an album of many moods amongst them Brazilian bossa ('Brazilian nights' and 'Something Simple'), smooth jazz ('Over And Over' and 'Summer Luv'), funk ('Booty Bump') and dramatic ballads ('I Cry'). Right now I keep coming back to the simple and innocuous 'Pimms And Lemonade (London Nights)'... a sort of cross between 'Walking In Rhythm' and Light of the World's 'London Town'. It's a classic summer sound – and that's my only criticism (and not really a criticism). 'Welcome To My Life' is a BIG summer album – full of optimism and positive vibes, so maybe its release is a wee bit too late. On the other hand – I can guarantee, though, that if you listen in it will brighten up and add considerable cheer to your life as those nights draw in and the heating gets switched on. Welcome to Boom Chang Bang!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:15

 

BAKER BOY!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFans of cool jazz in general and CHET BAKER in particular will be delighted to learn that CRAFT RECORDINGS are set to issue a deluxe five-LP box set and digital release of Chet's 'The Legendary Riverside Albums' .

This new collection presents the man's output as a leader for the renowned jazz label Riverside Records recorded and released between 1958 and 1959. Albums included are '(Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You', 'Chet Baker In New York', 'Chet', 'Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe', plus a bonus LP with outtakes and alternates.

The recordings feature jazz greats like Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Griffin, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones while the LPs have been cut from their original analogue master tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Also included are a collectible photo print and a 16-page booklet filled with photos and insightful new liner notes by jazz historian Doug Ramsey.

CHET BAKER'S THE LEGENDARY RIVERSIDE ALBUMS ...OUT NOVEMBER 15th ON CRAFT RECORDINGS

 

FOR THE LOVE OF YOU....

Monday, 14 October 2019 18:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe Isley Brothers' 'For The Love Of You' is one of soul's most enduring and endearing love songs. The 1975 masterpiece (from 'The Heat Is On' album) has been covered dozens of times – most notably by the sadly missed Whitney Houston. Now, we're so glad to report, the song is with us again –this time courtesy of its original creator and sometime Isley Brother, CHRIS JASPER.

It seems that Chris' son, Michael got himself married in September and (as you do!) he asked his dad to perform this very special song at the wedding. Dad duly obliged and the result was so good that the Jasper family label, Gold City Music, has decided to release this beautiful slow dancer as a single and there may be more "re-works" in the pipeline!

For information, song credits will list all six "1975 Isleys" as authors of the song. In fact the song was a CJ original. As was the way back then, for business reasons, all 6 members of the group took the writing credits.

CHRIS JASPER; For The Love Of You is released October 15th

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:16

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Monday, 14 October 2019 18:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was back in September that we enthused about 'I Know What I Want' from ERROL HENRY'S THE SOUND PRINCIPLE outfit. The cut was a re-work of an old track and featured a wonderful vocal from CHRIS BALLIN. It was a lovely piece of work and rightly scaled all the credible soul charts.

In September, we were promised a house mix, and lo and behold... it's here. Fast, of course, but not frantic with a touch of Latino about it, it's certainly different and different too to what we've come to expect from Chris B (he has a new album on the way). In the meantime the "Epic" soulful house mix of 'I Know What I Want' is available now - on Errol's i2 label imprint.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2019 18:23

 

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