Wednesday, 27 April 2016 19:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Prophets-and-Outlaws-VPROPHETS AND OUTLAWS are one of Texas' most popular live bands. Their latest release is the simply titled 'V'.... V, the roman numeral for five, and, surprise surprise, the five tracker is the group's fifth release!

Musically Prophets and Outlaws peddle old school, Southern soul with a touch of rock – the rock most apparent on 'Party Like This' which rides in on a classic rocky guitar riff.

The soul fraternity will find much more connection on the opening 'Show Me'. The tune has a simplicity that is endearing and the vocal from Matt Boggs is a delight... rooted, like the whole production, in southern soul. 'Outlaw Like Me' is more countrified but with an old school soul undertow.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 20:03



Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:47 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Gambimi_-_WaterBorn in Africa and now based in Birmingham,  20-year-old singer-songwriter, GAMBIMI, has just released his debut single, 'Water,' via a joint venture between Warner Bros and 6 Music. Featuring Gambimi's silky, soulful vocals, which are framed by a lush, atmospheric and seductive production sound, 'Water' is a tantalizing taster for his forthcoming EP, which will be released later in the year.

Originally from Brazzaville, the Congo, Gambimi came to the UK when he was six. Addicted to music and performing at a young age, he's appeared with Maxi Priest, Session Boyz and JHus and has amassed quite a following in his adopted hometown of Birmingham. His softly sensuous, hypnotic vocal style has drawn comparisons with US singers like Trey Songz and Miguel but judging by 'Water,' the young singer/songwriter looks set to forge his own distinctive style in the R&B arena.

Listen to 'Water' on Soundcloud:

Watch the video here:

The single is available on iTunes and all download platforms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:16


And the winner is... 2016 Jazz FM Awards results announced.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:24 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

jazz_FM_Awards-1_Binker_and_MosesHeld last night in London's Bloomsbury Ballroom and hilariously hosted by the inimitable Scottish Sikh comic, Hardeep Singh, the annual Jazz FM Awards was star-studded event that saw drum and saxophone duo, BINKER and MOSES (pictured left) scoop a stunning two awards - as Breakthrough Act and UK Jazz Act Of The Year. GREGORY PORTER - who was scheduled to perform but was whisked away at the last minute by Jools Holland to appear on Later - won the Impact Award while his compatriot, trumpeter and music app designer, CHRISTIAN SCOTT, picked up a trophy  for Jazz Innovation Of The Year. Scott was nominated for best album but lost to Australian quartet, HIATUS KAIYOTE, for their LP, 'Choose Your Weapon.' The group appeared in person to collect the award and then performed the ethereal ballad, 'Borderline With Your Atoms,' where singer/guitarist Nai Palm delivered a magnetic vocal. Other musical performances came from rising Blue Note starlet, singer/pianist KANDACE SPRINGS who performed 'Soul Eyes,' the title cut of her debut album scheduled for July. Springs had an enthusiastic supporter in the late Prince Rogers Nelson, who also nurtured the career of singer, LIV WARFIELD, who appeared at the show, demonstrating her amazing vocal prowess on a version of her song 'Blackbird.'

The full list of winners is below:

Instrumentalist of the Year

Winner: Mark Lockheart

Soul Artist of the Year

Winner: Jill Scott

Breakthrough Act of the Year

Winner: Binker & Moses

Blues Artist of the Year

Winner: Gary Clark Jr.

Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Lauren Kinsella

International Artist Of The Year

Winner: Kamasi Washington

Album Of The Year – Public Vote

Winner: Hiatus Kaiyote

UK Jazz Act of the Year 

Winner: Binker & Moses

Digital Initiative of the Year 

Winner: Jacob Collier

Jazz Innovation of the Year 

Winner: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Live Experience of the Year – Pubic Vote

Winner: Ice-T and Ron McCurdy – The Langston Hughes Project at the Barbican

Impact Award

Winner: Gregory Porter

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Quincy Jones

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 12:42



Monday, 25 April 2016 18:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1_bpIn an already tragic year for music biz deaths, it's now been confirmed that veteran soul and jazz singer BILLY PAUL died yesterday, Sunday April 24th. He was aged 81 and died at his home in Blackwood New Jersey. Reports suggest that he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and he had been admitted to the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia a week ago.

His website posted the following message: "We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered today's R&B music. Billy will be truly missed. Please share you thought s, messages and stories of Billy as we remember this legendary artist, family member and friend."

Billy Paul was born Paul Williams on 1st December 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he grew up in a jazz loving family. After attending Temple University and Granoff Music School, he became a professional singer and though he'd often perform pop, jazz became his first love. By the late 50s he'd appeared with people like Charlie Parker and Nancy Wilson and his first recording was 'Why Am I?' recorded for Jubilee Records. In the 60s he became friendly with Kenny Gamble with whom he recorded a live jazz album before recording the more soul-oriented 'Ebony Woman'.

Billy became one of the first signings to Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records and his first album there, 1972's '360 Degrees Of Billy Paul', spawned the song that was to define him.... the timeless 'Me And Mrs Jones'. When released a single the song became a worldwide number 1, going on to win the Grammy. Everything about 'Me And Mrs Jones' was perfect and it was going to be a hard act to follow it!

Sensibly Paul and Gamble and Huff chose something very different, the controversial 'Am I Black Enough For You?' and few were surprised when it failed to crossover. It enjoyed R&B success though as too did other memorable Billy Paul singles.... 'Thanks For Saving My Life', 'Be Truthful To Me', 'Let's Make A Baby', and a cover of Paul McCartney's 'Let 'Em In'.

Through the 80s and 90s Billy Paul flitted from label to label without too much success and he continued to perform right up to the time of his death. With a sad irony he'd been part of David Gest's soul revues (Gest, of course, died earlier this month) and 'Me And Mrs Jones' was always the show stopping highlight.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 18:32



Sunday, 24 April 2016 16:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1_fdaFRANK D'ANGELO (no, no relation to you know who!) is a new name to us, but in his native Canada he a leading light in their soul and R&B scene where his own YOUTUBE channel has scored over four million hits. He also fronts a late night TV show - 'The Being Frank Show' – where guess have numbered Al Pacino and Tony Bennett.

Frank began his musical career in the 80s fronting a band called Toronto which peddled soul an R&B across the States and Canada. His current band is a 15 piece and his shows, we're told, are sell-out affairs.

His latest project is the theme tune to a new movie, 'Sicilian Vampire' which stars James Caan, Daryl Hannah and someone called Frank D'Angelo. The song is lovely four minutes worth of retro-flavoured soul, appropriately called 'I Want To Live Forever'. The tune sweeps along briskly allowing Frank to show off his sweet and soulful falsetto... shades of Ron Tyson!

Frank D'Angelo's 'I Want To Live Forever' is available to download now.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2016 16:23


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