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BLUE EYED SOUL

Monday, 19 August 2019 18:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Blue Eyed Soul' is the appropriately titled new album from SIMPLY RED. The long player is prefaced with the single 'Thinking Of You'.

Mick Hucknall says: "At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age. But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time."

'Blue Eyed Soul' (all original songs) is the band's 12th album – reportedly "inspired by classic funk and soul: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Tower of Power."

It's out November.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 18:12

 

NEW O’NEAL...

Monday, 19 August 2019 18:02 Bill BN E-mailPrintPDF

altOur US sources are telling us that ALEXANDER O'NEAL has some new music on the way.... the track is 'Think Of Who Loves You'. It's a big, danceable tune with a hint of all that might remind you of his Jam and Lewis classics.

Also doing the rounds right now is an O'Neal duet with long time collaborator Cherelle. It's a 1997 version of the Quincy Jones/Patti Austin /James Ingram classic 'Baby Come To Me'. It's getting plenty of plays....

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 18:16

 

MILES DAVIS: “NEW” MUSIC?

Monday, 19 August 2019 17:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMILES DAVIS' first Warner Brothers album 'Rubberband' was controversial from the very start – eventually shelved by label execs in favour of 'Tutu'. Now with the full co-operation of all the various copyright holders, producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles, as well as Vince Wilburn, Jr., (Davis' nephew and drummer on the session) have revisited the album, adding what they call some "additional musical elements." The main additions are vocals from artists like Lalah Hathaway who fronts the project's first single 'So Emotional'. Out September.

Find out more here: http://www.soulandjazzandfunk.com/news/6302-lost-miles.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:05

 

STAY POSITIVE!

Friday, 16 August 2019 13:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf you've been listening to the top soul stations lately you can't not have heard a classy, ear-worm of a modern soul groove from D.C.R. – 'Positive Vibes'.

Seems that D.C.R. is the working name of Dawn Claudette Rose - a singer / songwriter of Jamaican parentage born in Manchester but raised in London. Growing up, Dawn was surrounded by music – the sounds of people like Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley and Janet Jackson... all big influences on her. From an early age she played around with recording machines, putting her voice over her favourite tracks. Drawn to hip-hop in her teens, she became a top street dancer before signing on at Westminster College to study Fashion and Design. Then she transferred to a performing arts course, moving to Canada to further her ambitions. However, after some modeling and TV work she finally realized that music was her true passion and she returned to London and her first single – the aforementioned 'Positive Vibes' is showing that she made the right decision!

'Positive Vibes' is one of those rare cuts that epitomizes everything that's good about modern soul. As the title suggests it's big on optimism and though it does remind me of an old classic groove (can't pin it down though!), it's a wonderful piece of work that demands your investigation!

 

AL BROOMFIELD DIES...

Friday, 16 August 2019 13:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altSinger Al Broomfield died on Tuesday 13th August. Details are sketchy but his brother, saxophonist Vincent Broomfield posted: "Today became one of the worst days of my life, I lost not only my beloved brother Al Broomfield but also one of my biggest musical influences who put me on some of my first gigs at age 14, I learned so much of my jazz R&B style from him and I will miss him terribly!! Pray for our healing, RIP Big Bro !!"

Born in Florida, Al Broomfield was one of a large musical family who all had their grounding in the church. Apart from sax man, Vince, he was also brother to Dee Dee Wilde and Eugene Wilde. A talented musician - Al could play drums, saxophone, and guitar - he began his solo career after playing in bands Shades of Brown and The Chevrons. His biggest achievement was the acclaimed LP 'Broomfield' in 1987 from which the single 'Don't Cover Up Your Feelings' enjoyed some success.

Broomfield retired in the 90s but after the loss of his son in 2008, he returned and began performing again. In 2010 he sang on the Cool Million album, 'Back For More'. His track was 'Stay Close' which showed that his voice had lost none of its soulful charm.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2019 13:40

 

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