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IN THE KITCHEN....

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:33 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altIDA SAND is a Swedish songstress with a passion for jazz and soul and on her latest (fifth) long player she gives herself the opportunity to explore her love for the latter; Ida says:"Always from the heart in my opinion, soul music stands out as the genre that has the best voices on Earth... Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Al Green.... These voices, and others, have kept millions of people spellbound for many decades - , including me!"

So, the 12 tracker that is 'My Soul Kitchen' sees Ms Sand offer her interpretations of several soul classics alongside a selection of her own songs written, she says, from a soul perspective. Amongst the covers are convincing versions of Al Green's 'Take Me To The River', Stevie Wonder's 'Please Don't Hurt My Baby' and Ray Charles' 'I Believe To My Soul' which is given a sort of B B King treatment. Oddly, given the album's mission statement, there's a cover of John Fogerty's 'Born On The Bayou' and a take on Classics IV's pop classic 'Spooky' – but dear old Dusty covered that one which probably explains why its here. Of the original songs, 'I Have Nothing Left For You' is a beautifully bleak ballad that will tug at your soul, especially when Nils Landgren's trombone solo hits home.

Landgren along with rest of the Stockholm Underground (the cream of Sweden's jazz sessioneers) offer huge support throughout and if you're a fan of the Robin McKelle school of soul and jazz you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:50

 

GREAT SCOTT!

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too many female drummers in any genre- never mid jazz, but it looks like rising sticks-woman CAROLINE SCOTT might be amongst the first to challenge the status quo. Her influences growing up ranged from Bill Evans through Stravinsky and on to Radiohead but a masters degree in jazz set out a defined career path for her.

Sadly in 2017 Ms Scott underwent open heart surgery and her growing career (plenty of sessions and live performances with top ensembles) was put on hold. However the enforced break did give her the opportunity to write music and the result of those efforts is about to win release as the 11 track long players that is 'Khoalesce' which hits the sales racks in November.

She says: "The music is subject to controlling atmospheres and moods that have influenced my creative process. Circumstances and emotions clearly shine through". Make up your own mind... Caroline Scott's 'Khoalesce' is released via www.khoalesce.com on November 9th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:51

 

JUST ONCE IN A LIFETIME....

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThose who still follow music charts will have noticed a new(ish) name sitting a-top the current list of soul best sellers, most-played or fave cuts. The name? CARVIN WINANS. Yep, Carvin may not be a totally familiar name.....but that surname should ring bells. Yes, you're right. Carvin is one of THOSE Winans... the brothers who since the 80s have redefined the sound of contemporary gospel music.

Carvin is also an accomplished songwriter and has collaborated with countless "names" in his career so far, but we're told that Carvin has always had ambitions for a solo career. To that end he's working on his first solo album - due early next year. However, he's rush released the first single – the totally soul satisfying 'Once In A Lifetime' and that's the head-nodding, foot tapper that currently tops the charts. The producers on the cut are The Jackie Boys who anoraks will know from their work with Charlie Wilson and those great, recent Wilson cuts are the template here.

Though 'Once In A Lifetime' is a secular song, the original message is a biblical one. CW's people tell us that the opening lines – "He who finds a good woman finds a good thing" – come from the Book Of Proverbs! Whatever, 'Once In A Lifetime' (secular of gospel) is one BIG tune and there'll be more quality singles, apparently, before the album is out.

 

DO ANYTHING?

Monday, 22 October 2018 14:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'I'll Do Anything For You' is the welcome return for the remarkable MARC STAGGERS – a soul man who over the last few years has built a large and steady following on the back of cuts like 'Let Me Be The One', 'Bring It Home' and his delicious cover of 'This Old Heart Of Mine' – that last one explaining why Mr S made such an impact and reputation as the premier Luther Vandross sound-alike. Then of course there were albums like 'The And Now' and 'Cruising' – both of which topped the credible soul charts.

We're told that 'I'll Do Anything For You' is the lead track from a new album.... 'Let's Go Out Tonight' which is due very soon. In the meantime, the single is all set to duplicate the success of Marc's previous 45s. 'I'll Do Anything for You' (written by Marc and brother Reginald and a duet with Nia Simmons) is a classic modern soul groove with an 80s Weekender feel that proclaims its infectiousness from the first bars. As an extra bonus, the tune also comes in a pacey John Morales mix that retains the class of the original mix but then adds a set of beats that just takes it into sophisticated soulful house territory.

MARC STAGGERS – I'll Do Anything for You – released on Mar-Rag Music on 30/Oct /2018

Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2018 14:57

 

ZAPP!!! POW!!! CRASH!!!

Friday, 19 October 2018 09:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWow ... here's a real blast from the past ... a new album from proto, electro funksters ZAPP! It was back in 1978 (!!!) that four Dayton brothers -Roger, Larry, Lester and Terry Troutman formed Zapp and two years later their debut long player (with production input from Boosty Collins and George Clinton) went gold while the classic single 'More Bounce To The Ounce' went on to be one of the most sampled tunes of all times (600 samples, we're told).

Zapp and the Troutmans became quasi hip-hop idols and their music was a treasure trove for sample seekers. Roger T in particular was hugely active in the classic hip-hop era, winning a Grammy nomination for his role in Tupac's 'California Love' in 1997. Sadly two years later, Roger died and the band was stunned. In 2001 Zapp regrouped and released 'Zapp VI... Back By Popular Demand' and started touring again.

Now forty years since their inception Zapp have released a brand new long player – 'Zapp VII... Roger and Friends' – a heartfelt but never mawkish tribute to Roger. The 12 tracker is stuffed with classic Zapp talk box and synth lines. The album has an impressive guest list too – appearing are people like Mr Talkbox, Tuxedo, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and even Roger Troutman. Using old demos and digital trickery, he can be heard on 'Red And Dollars' and the lovely ballad 'Angel' while his spoken voice is heard on 'Zapp And Roger' – explaining his "discovery" of the talkbox.

Lester Troutman Jr says of the new album: "This group has always been about three things... hook 'em, get 'em dancing and keep 'em dancing. And I honestly think the secret to Zapp ahs always been its authenticity. They genuinely want to make you get up and really dance and just forget about all your trouble".

ZAPP; Zapp VII... Roger and Friend is out on October 26t on Leopard Records.

 

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