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FANCY FREE....

Monday, 30 July 2018 18:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDetroit chanteuse KATHY KOSINS is a very busy lady! She's still doing rather well with her album 'Uncovered Soul' and singles (several remixed) have kept her name up there where it rightly deserves to be.

Ms KK has also found time to add her vocals to a brand new track.... a new version of the Donald Byrd 1970 classic 'Fancy Free' and the jazzy smoulderer has just won single release on her own label. The cut is a collaboration with rising Afro-Cuban singer Dayme Arocena who adds her svelte tones to the percussive chorus. The legendary Hubert Laws takes the sinuous flute parts that were laid down by Jerry Dodgion on the original Byrd recording. The new lyrics, by the way, come courtesy of another key member of the current Detroit soul and jazz mafia – Paul Randolph

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2018 18:21

 

ALL CHANGE!

Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altToronto's MARK PELLI may be a new name to most but Mr Pellizzer (for that's his "real" name) has a five star CV. He co-wrote the 2014 Billboard no 1 hit, the  reggae-flavoured 'Rude' for the band Magic for whom he played keyboards and guitar. He's also written and produced music for people like Chris Brown, Shakira, Anthony Hamilton, Trey Songz and Marsha Ambrosius.

Right now Mark's striking out as a solo performer and he's just released his first single –a gentle, unprepossessing tune, 'You Changed Me'. Without doubt, it has 21st century vibe but there's also a genuine retro feel to the song, its arrangement and production. Don't know why but it reminds me, in places, at least, of 'You Send Me' by the great Sam Cooke. Surprise, surprise.... Mark tells us that Sam is one of his all-time musical heroes!

'You Changed Me' proves that good music doesn't need to be over-complicated and clever.... nothing wrong with a strong song, a great melody delivered with conviction and love. Investigate @ www.markpelli.com

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:26

 

LOVE IS BLIND....

Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was spring, I think, when we first heard of JAYAR MACK, a Chicago soul man who now works out of Florida. The multi instrumentalist, we were told, has something like 1200 published songs to his credit and was working on a "best of" long player and he was promoting a single – 'You Make Me Feel So Good', a decent little modern soul beater that went all the way to #1 in Brazil, #2 in Montreal and #7 on the best UK soul charts.

That performance is set to be at least equalled as Mr. Mack releases a new single – a pacey 'Blind Love' that comes in three pleasing mixes including one from an old friend, Tom Glide. Right now we're liking the "1 AM Club Mix" – spot on the current modern soul vibe! All mixes are out now on Jacoda Records.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:26

 

I WENT DOWN....

Friday, 27 July 2018 18:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKUVER RECORDS is a brand new label – a subsidiary of blues specialists Black and Tan Records. The aim of the new imprint is to release new, refreshing cover versions of well-known blues classics... and the tune they've chosen for the first release is certainly that – 'St James Infirmary'.

The artist chosen to present this new take is veteran blues guitarist JAN MITTENDORP and he gives the familiar a fresh, electro instrumental treatment that complements the sadness and despair inherent in the tune and its message.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2018 18:45

 

IT’S MY TIME....

Friday, 27 July 2018 18:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJERRY BARNES might not be a name that immediately jumps out – but the producer/bassist has an enviable track record. He's a long-time collaborator with Nile Rodgers – he's played on numerous Chic hits – and worked with Chaka Khan, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera.

His latest project is developing music with young pop/soul singer MELISSA SANLEY. Ms Sanley has just released her new single – produced by Barnes - a pacey, Euro pop -flavoured confection, 'My Time'. It's the first single from an album that Melissa and Barnes are currently working on and it's currently available via all the usual download platforms.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2018 18:45

 

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