Friday, 22 May 2015 16:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Samuel_D_Sanders_2_FacebookSouth Carolina's SAMUEL D SANDERS won lots of friends with his debut single.... 'Make You Mine'. Released on DSG Records, the catchy, Philly-flavoured tune scaled the heights on all the credible soul charts and heralded the emergence of a very real new talent.

Next month, DSG will be releasing the much-anticipated follow up to 'Make You Mine'. The new song is called 'Thinking Out Loud' and though different in tempo to 'Make You Mine' it retains all the quality and passion of that particular tune.

In its original format, 'Thinking Out Loud' is a moody, gospel tinged number fronted by some good old school, store front church piano, but it's the Nigel Lowis remix that, we're guessing, will win the hearts of the modern soul community. Lowis, of course, is a big fan of the classic Philly sound and his remix channels everything that was good about the ballads that came out of Sigma Sound courtesy of Gamble, Huff, Bobby Martin, Dexter Wansell and the rest of the team.

SAMUEL D SANDERS' 'Thinking Out Loud' will be released on the 22nd June on DSG Music...

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 16:14



Friday, 22 May 2015 15:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LJ1Internet reports are suggesting that bass maestro LOUIS JOHNSON died on Thursday 21st May.

Born in Los Angeles in 1955, Louis, of course, will be best remembered for his pioneering work with guitarist brother George in the Brothers Johnson. Throughout the 70s and 80s the duo scored hits with a distinctive take on soul/funk. Amongst their best achievements were 'Stomp', 'Get The Funk Out Ma Face', 'I'll Be Good To You', 'Ain't We Funkin' Now' ,'Streetwave' and , of course, 'Strawberry Letter 23'. All those tunes, and more, featured Louis's very particular style of bass playing. He is generally accepted as having perfected the "slap style" of bass playing, earning himself the nickname 'Thunder Thumbs".

Louis was also one of the most in-demand of session players. Maybe his most famous sessions were for Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album but he also featured on Jacko's 'Off The Wall' and 'Dangerous' sets as well as George Benson's 'Give Me The Night' and Herb Alpert's 'Rise'. He worked with numerous other soul and jazz artists – people like Stanley Clarke, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Earl Klugh, George Duke, Jeffery Osborne and Quincy Jones. Indeed it was Q who helped the Brothers secure their deal with A&M records. After successfully working in the Billy Preston band, the pair had toured with Jones and the uber-producer recommended them to the A&M execs... the rest is history

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 16:11



Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Bruce_LSJF is sad to announce the death of one of the music industry's most popular movers and shakers, former Blue Note boss, BRUCE LUNDVALL, who passed away aged 79 in New Jersey following an operation for Parkinson's disease (from which Lundvall had been suffering with for some time).

An avuncular figure who was liked and respected by myriad musicians, Lundvall is best known for his work at Blue Note, although he first made a name for himself at Columbia in the 1970s when he helped to build an impressive jazz roster. A switch to Elektra in 1982 saw him create the jazz-oriented Elektra Musician imprint before a move to EMI in '84 resulted in him birthing the Manhattan label. But Lundvall's biggest achievement was waking Blue Note Records out of a long slumber. The dormant label had became part of EMI in 1979 when they acquired the United Artists label (then Blue Note's parent company) but in 1984, Lundvall, a lifelong jazz aficionado, resurrected Blue Note and oversaw its rebirth that witnessed the company regain its footing in the contemporary jazz world. Among Lundvall's many signings for the label were Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and more recently, Norah Jones, Anita Baker, Al Green and Amos Lee.

Lundvall stepped down from his role in 2010 due to ill health, replaced by Don Was, who told SJF last year: "Bruce ran it beautifully and he's a real hero of mine."

R.I.P. BRUCE LUNDVALL  1935-2015

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 07:20



Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

obCommunity activist and Detroit soul singer ORTHEIA BARNES died on Friday 15th May. She was aged 70 and died in the US Virgin Islands where she was scheduled to perform. Cause of death was reported as congestive heart failure and it was known that Ms Barnes had suffered two strokes in recent years.

Ortheia was born in Detroit in 1945 – her older brother J J Barnes went on, of course, to become a Northern soul legend. In the 60s she recorded for a number of local labels including Mickay and Coral and though she was never signed to Motown she regularly performed with many artists from the Motown stable. Several of Ortheia's tracks are available on Ace/Kent Records' series of albums on Detroit guitarist Dave Hamilton's productions. Ms Barnes also worked as a backing vocalist for Aretha Franklin. She was with Aretha at her White House performance in 2002 and appears in Aretha's videos for 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'Another Night'.

Though she never enjoyed major recording success she was a regular performer on the Detroit club theatre circuit and she was often called on to perform at special civic occasions, including events attended by Pope John Paul II, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

In 1990, she opened Ortheia's Place nightclub at Eight Mile and Stout in Detroit, but Ms Barnes saw it as much more than a club; she called it a "full-service arts venue" and put on jazz, blues, comedy, poetry readings and plays. Around the same time she found work with the Michigan Council Of Arts and after being ordained a minister became a community activist. Her husband Robert Kennerly was also a minister.

Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly was never bitter about her lack of music success. Her aim – both in her music and her ministry she said was to "reach people"; In a 1990 interview she said, "I love doing my music, but mostly I love making people feel good. The music has been good to me. I've had furs, cars and diamonds and all that without the million-seller. But it's more to it than that for me. There's a higher consciousness that lets me know I'm a part of this universe with a gift to share, and when I'm sharing that gift, I'm happy. I want to let people know that someone cares, someone understands."




Saturday, 16 May 2015 14:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

bb-kingSJF is very sad to announce the death of blues legend, B. B. King, who passed away aged 89 in his sleep in Las Vegas yesterday, Friday 15th May.

Born Riley King in Bena, Mississippi in 1925, to parents who were sharecroppers, King acquired the nickname 'Blues Boy' in the 1940s when he moved to Memphis and hosted his own radio show. But it was as a guitar player and singer that truly brought him fame. Equipped with an expressive voice and a distinctive bittersweet fretboard sound (which he played the guitar he named 'Lucille'), he proved to be a consistent hit maker and between the years 1951 and 1992 he racked up a phenomenal 76 chart entries on the US R&B charts, including four number ones in the early 1950s (they were '3 O'Clock Blues,' 'You Know I Love You,' 'Please Love Me,' and 'You Upset Me Baby,' all recorded for the RPM label).

King was a hugely influential musician and those who fell under his spell included rock axe deities Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Peter Green.

R.I.P.  B.B. King 1925-2015


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