Friday, 26 August 2016 16:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1msIt's official. One of this year's biggest modern soul anthems is 'Let Me Be The One' from MARC STAGGERS. A collaboration between Marc and master mixer Nigel Lowis, the Philly favoured, sophisticated dancer hit the top spot on all credible soul charts within just two weeks of release.

Now the infectious tune is available in a brand new mix, courtesy of "Mont Plonc". This new tweak begins dramatically before the sweetest beats kick in. It's not quite soulful house, but the Mont Plonc team cook up quite a different vibe, though there's still great Philly style strings and a guitar solo straight out of the Bobby Eli text book... oh, and of course, they keep Marc's soulful, Vandross-inflected vocal right up there in the mix.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 16:13



Friday, 26 August 2016 16:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1stNew Orleans' own SARGENT TUCKER has just enjoyed a #1 soul smash with his lovely Drizabone mixed 'I Need Your Love'. Lazy and languid, it was/is a perfect, hypnotic summer groove. The cut's about to win a vinyl release on DSG Records and to make investigation more essential, the disc boasts a new mix on the B side.

The new tooling is dubbed "Sargent's 7" 2016 mix" and if anything, it's even more laid back than the mix the modern soul crowd have come to know and love. Complete with some lovely harmonica, the whole arrangement seems geared to highlight Mr T's appealing soul tones.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 16:13



Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Rudy_VG_1It was announced yesterday that the legendary recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder - who revolutionized the recording of jazz in a studio environment - has died. He was ninety-one.

An optometrist by trade, New Jersey-born Van Gelder was also a jazz fan who had learned the trumpet at school and then developed a passion for perfecting audio sound which grew from his interest in amateur radio. He started to accumulate audio equipment in his parents' house in Hackensack, New Jersey, and from there he developed his own recording studio set up in their living room. He came to the attention of Blue Note records' co-founder, Alfred Lion, in 1952 and began recording some of the label's artists. He gained a reputation for his clear sound and faithfully reproducing the sound of instruments so that they sounded realistic. In 1959, he moved his studio to a purpose built building at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which was a domed, chapel-like structure whose futuristic interior was inspired by the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and made from wood.

As well as working on countless sessions for Blue Note between 1953 and 1971, Van Gelder's stature in the jazz world also meant that other labels were keen to use his services, which included Prestige, Riverside, Impulse! (John Coltrane's 1964 magnum opus, 'A Love Supreme,' was recorded under Van Gelder's supervision at Englewood Cliffs), Verve and in the '70s, he engineered much of the output by producer Creed Taylor's company, CTI Records.

In more recent times, Van Gelder remastered most of Blue Note's catalogue on CD in the label's acclaimed RVG series and performed a similar role for Prestige's archival material.


Ten Classic Blue Note jazz albums engineered by Rudy Van Gelder:

John Coltrane - Blue Train

Hank Mobley - Soul Station

Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe

Miles Davis - Volume 1

Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off

Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch

Dexter Gordon - Go

Larry Young - Unity

Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 08:43



Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

CORNELL_CARTER_Sunshine_Soulful_House_Remix_Cover_1500It was way back in January that we told you all about a great modern soul album from C. C. (CORNELL CARTER). Mr C is a top session singer working in and around San Francisco. His CV boasts work with people like Ray Charles, James Brown, The Whispers, The Temptations, the late Natalie Cole, Kool and the Gang and Narada Michael Walden and his long player 'In The Moment' won him loadsa friends in the UK soul community.

Since then, the release of a series of singles has kept Cornell's name out there and early September sees the release of what is possibly his strongest single yet... 'Sunshine'. As the title suggests, it's a great summer vibe and maybe when our Indian summer arrives, the cut will become a perfect accompaniment, especially in the new, big, optimistic DJ SPEN/GARY HUDGINS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:20



Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

1gbGRAHAM BLEASDALE is a Canadian singer/songwriter who now works out of London. As a youth, Graham says his musical influences were Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles but at college in Vancouver he studied jazz piano. His debut album was 1986's 'One World' while his follow, up 'Lookin' For Love' betrayed considerable country influences.

Now Graham is a regular on the South London music circuit, performing regularly in local churches and with community groups. In October he'll be releasing some new music ... a 6 track EP, 'I Believe'. Produced by Derek Nash, the album has a blue-eyed soul feel enhanced by Gospel harmonies which fit perfectly with the messages in the songs, Occasionally too you'll hear traces of Graham's jazz roots as on the piano parts on 'I Miss You', which, we're told, is one of the EP's key songs... an autobiographical piece, if you would.

Musicians on the mini album include bassist Geoff Gascoyne, drummer Darby Todd, guitarist Al Cherry and pianist Neil Angilley - from Down To The Bone.

Graham will launch the EP at St Alfege's Church in Greenwich on Friday 7th October followed by a concert at the Pheasantry, Chelsea on Monday 31st October.

Graham Bleasdale's 'I Believe' is released on 7th October and you can find out more @

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:21


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