Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:43 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altWe've heard lots this year from Detroit soul man PAUL RANDOLPH. Sophisticated soulsters loved his collaboration with Kathy Kosins while his own long player - 'In the Company of Others' found lots of favour amongst soul collectors with adventurous ears. Yep, it was a complex, complicated affair but one cut really hit home; it was 'Heavy' a homage to Gil Scott Heron and in its "heavy" mix (that's right) it won plenty of radio plays.

Well if you liked that one you may wish to check out a new set of 'Heavy' mixes courtesy of Ashley Beedle and Ramrock Records. There are plenty to choose from each with an eerie spaced-out vibe that brings a certain attraction. Mr Scott Heron would approve of them all!



Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in March we were mightily impressed by the album 'Everything Here' from old school soul band THE SUFFERS. The band describe themselves as "a contemporary version of the great R&B/funk bands of 70s and 80s....Rufus, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang" and on the evidence of 'Do Whatever' nobody could argue.

Key track was the gorgeous 'Do Whatever' but running it a close second was 'What You Said' – an urgent little soul outing that showcased the feisty vocal prowess of lead singer Kam Franklin. That cut has now been issued as a single in a brand new 'Boogie Back' mix and it really works – driving, energized and up for anything! Its available to download from wherever right now!

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 13:04 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                             altAs a sideman, Ohio fretboard master, JOHN SCOFIELD, has played with some of jazz's greatest names - namely Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan - but has also enjoyed an illustrious solo career that to date has earned him three Grammies, his most recent in 2017 for Best Improvised Jazz Solo (on the track, 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Die' from his 'Country For Old Men' album).  

Always one to frame his distinctive guitar sound in new musical contexts, Scofield's forthcoming long player, 'Combo 66,' finds him in a straight ahead jazz setting  leading a quartet that features pianist, Gerald Clayton (who also doubles on organ), bassist Vincente Archer, and drummer, Bill Stewart. The veteran guitarist is especially enamoured by having Gerald Clayton on board: "Guitar and keyboard is not always the easiest match. Because of its percussive nature, piano is very similar to the guitar. But Gerald (Clayton) has a beautiful touch and though he is quite modern, his touch reminds me of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan. And that really is a beautiful legato sound that works well with the guitar. Even though he's got super roots in traditional jazz, he can do everything. I'm just thrilled to play with Gerald."  

John Scofield's 'Combo 66' is released on September 28th via Verve Records.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:33 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                      alt'Lean On Me' is JOSÉ JAMES' tribute to acclaimed singer/songwriter, Bill Withers, who celebrated his 80th birthday last month. Helmed by Don Was, it's the 40-year-old Minneapolis-born singer's eighth album of his career (and his fifth for Blue Note), following in the wake of 2017's acclaimed 'Love In A Time Of Madness.'

Well-versed in jazz, soul, hip-hop and rock, James puts his own unique spin on a dozen Withers' classics, ranging from the anthemic title song to 'Lovely Day' - featuring the dulcet tones of Lalah Hathaway -  and 'Use Me.' Also joining James is a top-notch band comprising bassist Pino Palladino, keyboardist Kris Bowers, guitarist Brad Williams, drummer Nate Smith and cameos from Blue Note horn men, Marcus Strickland and Takuya Kuroda. Explaining his approach to the album, James says: "I didn't want to put hip-hop beats under his music or deconstruct it with 10-minute bebop solos. There was only one right move here: show up with a killer band, run the tape, capture the vibe. We just played the songs."

'Lean On Me' is released on 28th September 2018.

Catch José  James at London's Union Chapel on 10th September.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:06



Monday, 27 August 2018 12:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month the soul world was mightily impressed by the Anita Baker-inflected sound of MIRACLE THOMAS. The Virginian soulstress was busy promoting her five track EP, 'Expect A Miracle' from which the gorgeous ballad 'You Take My Breath Away' drew the Ms Baker comparisons while 'Love Me' won plenty of plays on the modern soul circuit.

Believing that it's good to strike while the iron's hot, Ms Thomas is set to release a brand new single at the end of this week – a dreamy, mid-tempo floater 'Why Have I Lost You.'. Though she's adamant that she has her own special sound, 'Why Have I Lost You' is bound to keep the Anita Baker comparisons coming... not a bad thing in my book!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:03


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