Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1097

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In issue 1049 we feature yet another heady mix of music of black origin artists. First up, proudly adorning our cover this issue, international soul superstar Aloe Blacc releases his most personal, candid and spiritually uplifting album yet. Also, we have an exclusive interview with jazz icon Gregory Porter. Complimenting those two must-read interviews, it’s been 5 years since his last studio album, as we welcome back jazz/soul connoisseurs favourite Jarrod Lawson as he gives us the lowdown on his new project. We have a candid chat with the high priestess of Aussie soul, Kylie Auldist. Highly lauded jazz/soul artist Jordan Rakei gives us an exclusive on his dance music alter ego, Dan Kye, and if you like your soul music sunny side up with a side order of rhythm & blues then you’ll love our interview with Samantha Martin who is continuing to impress with her band Delta Sugar... After a 6 month break due to the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome back live events to our pages with open arms... all events we covered were socially distanced and we have to commend the artists, promoters and venues for their determination to put on live events once more. The shows we reviewed included Centreforce Radio’s Pineapple In The Park and 2 shows at London’s Jazz Cafe where we were lucky to catch the talents of Tony Momrelle and Reuben Richards & the Jezebel Sextet. With the hope of more live event normality in the not too distant future, we plan to bring you as many live reviews as possible when it is safe to do so. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Duncan Payne’s regular feature The B&S Years travels back to 1985 and the fascinating chart tug-of-war between r&b/soul stars Freddie Jackson and Alexander O’Neil plus, the rise of Whitney Houston and the other chart stars who made headlines that year. 1985 also saw the advent of hip-hop mixed with scratch DJ’s and electro, memorable live shows from a whole host of soul superstars and the UK club scene was as vibrant as ever. This feature also includes the B&S poll winners and charts from this year... Charts in the print issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Bigger’s R&B Smoove Grooves Chart, Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and probably the coolest chart on the planet, the r&b and soul finger squarely on the pulse, Hip List. This issue also includes Richard Searling’s Collector’s Special list and his Jazz FM Soul Weekender Playlist A.KA. Richard Searling’s “Soundtrack To My Life!” B&S columnist Ralph Tee brings you all the latest modern soul news and releases, Ben Lovett delivers a dance music must-read, Bigger shares all the shakers and movers info in the world of R&B and Richard Searling gives the latest low-down on all things northern soul. Talking of northern soul, B&S’ Frank Elson provides an absorbing read as he revisits a classic Checkin’ It Out column from February 1981... These is just to mention our Soulfully Social page where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Till then, stay safe and don’t forget to listen to plenty of music! Lee Tyler (Editor) Twitter/Instagram @LeeTyler13B&S

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John Legend plays Blues Fest 2019 in October @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq plays the Indigo2 as part of Blues Fest 2019 @bluesandsoul.com Rickie Lee Jones completes the Blues Fest 2019 lineup @bluesandsoul.com Blues Fest London 2019 @bluesandsoul.com

Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter @bluesandsoul.com

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Marcus King: Royal Blues

Karen Lawler grabs an exclusive interview with guitar god/blues hero, Marcus King. In this rare interview, King gives an insight on touring, working with some true greats and his latest and follow-up albums...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com

Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Keb Mo: Hot Pink live Americana Blues anyone?

Four times Grammy-winner and eight times nominated, blues and roots star Keb Mo has played for Presidents in the Whitehouse. But has he ever been asked about his sex life before?

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Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Ron Artis II: Blue Note Club, New York City 16/2/20

Hawaiian soul and blues artist Ron Artis II played the late show at Manhattan’s Blue Note Club, three days before appearing with Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks at a star-studded concert in tribute to BB King...

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Angel-A: True Tio Myself (LDF Recordings)

Angel-A: True To Myself (Ft. Rahaan and Karizma Mixes) LDF Recordings

American singer/songwriter Angel-A has teamed up with top Chicago producer Rahaan on the stunning soulful groover "True To Myself"...

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Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook

Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook "Because I Knew" (Guess Records)

Mark Bamford), Est8 and vocalist Emily Cook on the menu, then you know you’re in for some audible bliss! Their new collaborative single "Because I Knew" is a fresh, deep house groove with Afro vibes...

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Leon Ware (with de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Leon Ware (with Mark de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Soul legend Ware, celebrating 50 years in music this year, hooks up with tip-top Kiwi producer de Clive-Lowe for this sophisticated new lick, propping up those silky smooth vocals on a bed of sparse but soulful...

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Kaz Hawkins

Kaz Hawkins: Memories Of (Self Published)

Northern Irish blues star Kaz Hawkins has served up a tremendous album of songs made famous by Etta James. This album will get you dancing round the kitchen, wanting to see her live...

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Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO) album review

Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO)

When Jacob Collier does shine on his new album" Djesse Vol. 3" he is superb. The neo-soul vibe is strong on this release with featured artists bouncing off this this undoubted talent in an emphatic and sassy way...

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Peter Green : The End Of The Game

Well I must say Green certainly fulfilled his side of the deal and produced a riveting piece of work that has since become a classic. The guitar work is stupendous and filled with heavy wah wah.

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