Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1092

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B&S ISSUE 1042: Making her worldwide cover debut is a Canadian soul star who caused quite a stir with her 2016 debut album, “Soul Run”. Tanika Charles is now back with hot new album release “The Gumption” so it was a no brainer to invite this B&S fave to grace our cover. Congratulations on your cover and (rated 5* by B&S in the previous issue) new album Tanika! The first of many, I’m sure...How do you follow that, well how about soul connoisseur’s choice, Rahsaan Patterson. It’s been 8 years since much-lauded album, “Bleuphoria”. Now, with the release of new long player "Heroes & Gods", Patterson gives a candid interview which includes the tribes & tribulations, heartache & pain that fuelled the contents of a release that may well be regarded as a career-defining album. Also in unmissable interview action this issue... Authentic soul/rhythm & blues star Eli "Paperboy" Reed, who's interview is as enthralling as his electric sound. And for those who don't know, find out why he's called "Paperboy"...Next, a new name in the soulful jazz world, British saxophonist Rico Garofalo, who records under the name Lasperanza, and is gaining plaudits by the score from soul, jazz and R&B worlds - including columnists in this issue - his deft reworkings, delivered with quality vocals from well-chosen artists, enhance the already top draw production...Randy Hall may have been quiet on the release front for more than 30 years but in that time he has worked with some of the biggest names on the planet and helping them to make their names. The one time frontman of funk outfit Pleasure this time delivers in solo fashion on the Six Nine Records release, “How Do You Want Your Love”. So what’s been happening for the last 3 decades and what’s the story behind his new release? Find out in our highly engaging interview with the man himself...Completing our interview lineup are soulful house royals Teddy Jasper and Spen, who once again combine their considerable talents on their third Jasper Street Co. album release, “Rejoicing”...Our standout live reviews this issue include funk/soul must-see The Getup, who absolutely smashed it at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, London. This quality outfit boasted the addition of richly talented soul diva, Ria Currie, who was in absolutely sparking form. We also catch the star-studded Love Supreme festival warm-up event at the Roundhouse in London. Artists included Laura Mvula, Judi Jackson, Kamaal Williams, Melt Yourself Down and Neue Grafix Ensemble. And talking of star-studded events, how about Gods Of Rap, featuring De La Soul, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang-Clan and DJ Premier who collectively blew the roof off London’s SSE Arena in Wembley. If that wasn’t impressive enough, we travel south across London to the Electric Brixton for Big Youth, Eek-A-Mouse, Little Roy and Max Romeo, who together make up the outstanding talent in action at the Legends Of Reggae show...Regular feature The B&S Years visits party year 1999, with 'best of' charts and candid comment, making it another in enthralling read....Richard Searling delivers his “Speed Up!” list of 46 All-Nighter must-haves. Frank Elson checks out the ‘Wrong Crowd’ at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club in Lancaster...We also bring you our annual look at THE best festivals here and abroad - if you’re going to a festival or fancy attending one, read our run down to find one you’ll love… or 2 or more even! Or regular charts include Smooth Grooves R&B chart, Grooveyard Essentials dance chart and our Hot Chart is replaced by returning favourite The Hip List - collated from up to the minute sales and global playlists, I challenge you to find a better combined soul/r&b chart that reflects the current taste and potential must-haves... There’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists, who are on-hand to share their own take on what’s hot and what’s definitely not in the genres they proudly represent. This issue’s columnists include Bigger (r&b), Richard Searling (northern soul), Ben Lovett (dance) and Ralph Tee (modern soul). Till next time! Lee Tyler - Twitter: @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

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Win Mavis Staples tickets + albums

Win tickets to see soul royal Mavis Staples in Innervisions action on July 4 (Independents Day) at The Roundhouse, London + win "Live in London" albums....

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Tanika Charles: Heart & Soul

After the acclaimed debut "Soul Run", Tanika Charles ups the momention with her her superb sophomore album "The Gumption". Find out all about this release and a lot more in our candid interview...

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Rahsaan Patterson: 7th Heaven

B&S Editor Lee Tyler interviews retuning soul superstar Rahsaan Patterson and with an album/singles already nestled at the top of the soul charts, there's plenty to talk about...

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Randy Hall: Rubberband Man

Randy Hall, ex-Pleasure frontman, has produced/arranged/written songs/played guitar for stars/superstars. Now, we are pleased to announce, he's back solo style! Read Hall's enthralling story here...

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Tower of Power 50th Anniversary show at Royal Albert Hall, London 12/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Tower of Power 50th Anniversary show at Royal Albert Hall, London 12/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Tower of Power 50th Anniversary show at Royal Albert Hall, London 12/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Tower of Power 50th Anniversary show at Royal Albert Hall, London 12/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Tower of Power + Incognito: Royal Albert Hall, London 30/5/19

The evenings celebrations started with a 40th anniversary party care of jazz/soul heroes Incognito and finished in style with the sublime soul power of 50th anniversary celebrating, Tower Of Power...

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Eric Gales Band: Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, London 5/6/19

If stardom was based on rave reviews from his contemporaries rather than record sales, Eric Gales would no doubt be a stratospheric megastar...

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Devlon Lamar Trio: Jazz Cafe 10/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Devlon Lamar Trio: Jazz Cafe 10/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Devlon Lamar Trio: Jazz Cafe 10/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Devlon Lamar Trio: Jazz Cafe 10/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio + Skeltr: Jazz Cafe, London 10/6/19

The chemistry between the organist, Lamarr and guitarist Jimmy James is off the chain! They tease each other by egging each other on, trying to outfox one another with rhythmic displacements...

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Robin Nolan Trio: PizzaExpress Soho, London 18/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Robin Nolan Trio: PizzaExpress Soho, London 18/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Robin Nolan Trio: PizzaExpress Soho, London 18/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Robin Nolan Trio: PizzaExpress Soho, London 18/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Robin Nolan Trio: PizzaExpress Soho, London 18/5/19

The open chord lushness of "Something" is breathtakingly beautiful a lovely way to honour his friend George Harrison and so too is "And I Love Her". The Beatles are never far from his heart...

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Adrian Younge: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Loren Oden (@Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad): Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19.jpg Adrain Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hanger, London Fields 17/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com.jpg

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Hangar, London Fields 17/5/19

Adrian Younge has long been one of the most exciting producers around. And there's no doubting Ali Shaheed Muhammad's musical pedigree. A founding member of hip-hop icons A Tribe Called Quest...

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Jools Holland: Hampton Court Palace, London 6/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Jools Holland: Hampton Court Palace, London 6/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Jools Holland: Hampton Court Palace, London 6/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Jools Holland: Hampton Court Palace, London 6/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey 6/6/19

It was party time at the Palace with Good Time Jools, his excellent band and first-class guests...

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Lee Fields: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 4/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Lee Fields: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 4/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Eska: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 4/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com Eska: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 4/5/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Lee Fields + Eska: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 4/5/19

Lee FieldsFew music careers have followed the amazing trajectory of veteran soul man Lee Fields. The success and acclaim enjoyed by latest album "It Rains Love" is testament to his longevity...

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Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed: Dingwalls, London 11/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed: Dingwalls, London 11/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed: Dingwalls, London 11/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed: Dingwalls, London 11/6/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Eli 'Paperboy' Reed: Dingwalls, London 11/6/19

Authentic rhythm & blues showman Eli 'Paperboy' Reed delivered his own brand of sumptuous blues and soul, punctuated by plenty of James Brown style soul screams. Good god! What a show...

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Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def): Forum Kentish Town, London 14/4/19 @bluesandsoul.com Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def): Forum Kentish Town, London 14/4/19 @bluesandsoul.com Ocean Wisdom: Forum Kentish Town, London 14/4/19 @bluesandsoul.com Ocean Wisdom: Forum Kentish Town, London 14/4/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Yasiin Bey + Ocean Wisdom: Forum Kentish Town, London 14/4/19

Recently Yasiin Bey has been something of a mainstay in London, both performing solo and with Black Star companion Talib Kweli. Review wise, it's been something of a mixed bag and tonight was no different...

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The Adventures Of... P.P. Arnold (earMUSIC)

P.P. Arnold: The New Adventures Of... (earMUSIC)

You could say soul legend P.P. Arnold has been there, seen it, done it and had the music world at her feet, then had it taken away from her. If there’s a more resilient artist out there I have yet to read their story...

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