Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1096

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OUR PRINT ISSUE boasts a delicious double cover, featuring artists who are masters of their art, firstly, ever-in-demand bassist Michael Olatuja has released his brand new album "Lagos Pepper Soup", featuring a plethora of tasty featured artists. Our double cover delight continues with the immensely talented Dan Penn, who has written some of the biggest hits on the planet - wait to you read which tracks he's written - but this time Dan has penned a new album for himself! Which, after listening to "Living On Mercy", is long overdue... More quality interviews include a catch up with Incognito's charismatic frontman Bluey, as he delivers a brand new jazz/soul-infused Citrus Sun album. Remember Freeez? A.E.I.O.U. and Southern Freeez where such huge hits back in the day… frontman John Rocca has been out of the limelight for some 25-years but now he's back! And giving B&S an exclusive on the enthralling Freeez story. If dance is your thing, then you'll love our chat with legendary house producer/artist, Thommy Davis, with 40-years in the business under his belt and brand new album “Mr Davis” about to drop, there's plenty to talk about. We match that with a new house producer who we think will be making huge house waves in the coming months, as we introduce Hollis Parker. And talking of new artists, we would also like to present a group whose sound mixes jazz with fusion and more than a dash of progressive soul and scintillating keys. Sound interesting? Believe me, JUBE are! Find out all about them in this issue… there’s something else for you to find out about, as we bring you exciting news of a brand new weekender. The inaugural Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender takes place next year and we find out all about it from the event organiser, John Osbourne. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Returning feature, The Blues & Soul Years, visits 1975. A fractured soul scene began a north/south divide, along with the start of the infighting of the northern soul wars, which had started to take centre stage. It's not a story from A Game Of Thrones! It's the soul world in 1975! And another must-read from Duncan Payne as he looks back at this pivotal year for soul music. B&S' Frank Elson also looks back at 1975 in his Checkin' It Out column as he recalls the tracks that were lighting up dance floors at the venues he reviewed and what soul music happenings were hot at that time. Other regular B&S columnists include Ralph Tee, who brings you all the latest in the world of modern soul, Ben Lovett presents a dance music must-read, Bigger names all the latest bangers from the world of R&B, Richard Searling gives the low-down on the northern soul scene, lists his "Down In The Cellar Bar" faves from his radio show and yours truly looks at some of the goings-on in the back music world, which are currently hitting the headlines, in my Eye Of The Tyler column... Chart wise, once again, we prove hard to beat with our Smoove Grooves R&B chart, B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and cherry on the top of a very tasty chart/list offering, the most on-point soul/R&B list on the planet, yep, it's the Hip List. Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is 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! Stay safe and listen to plenty of music! We do! Lee Tyler (Editor) @Leetyler13B&S

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Innervisions Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

London's Innervisions Festival, now in its 3rd year, is fast becoming a yearly must-attend. This year's mouthwatering lineup announcement is no different, with MAZE feat. Frankie Beverley performing...

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Love Supreme Festival 2020 final lineup

Love Supreme Festival 2020 boasts it’s fair share of soul legends, jazz heroes and genre boundary-pushing artists among the 30, yes 30! acts that have been freshly announced...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 announce artists

Previously boasting more than it’s fair share of true jazz/soul and blues greats, this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place May 5-12 and as usual, heralds the start of the festival season in style...

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JUBE interview @bluesandsoul.com

JUBE: Keep Rising!

Editor Lee Tyler talks to B&S one to watch and hotly-tipped jazz/soul/pop/funk act JUBE, who after 12-years in the making, have finally released their debut album As One Door Closes...

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Citrus Sun: New Horizons

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews British jazz/funk legend Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick to discuss his contemporary jazz outfit Citrus Sun’s new album Expansions And Visions...

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Michael Olatuja: Touching Bass

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With his own uber cool brand of Jazz/funk currently impressing on both sides of the Atlantic, it won't be long before our 2019 one to watch, Oscar Jerome, will feature on all our playlists...

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Chris Standring: PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho 27/2/20

Chris Standring is a savvy musician, he saw his opportunity and headed stateside, some years back and decided to carve a niche across the pond...

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Anita Carmichael : Take your time

Throughout the 90's she was a tour de force on the jazz scene on the UK and in Europe in many ways she was our answer to Candy Dulfer

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Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird has the same urgent grace as her musical mentor Nina Simone and she really takes, what is an essentially acapella song and adds her own powerful magic and spirit to proceedings...

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Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie : I Fall In Love Too Easily

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John Coltrane: Giant Steps 60th Anniversary (Rhino) album review

John Coltrane “Giant Steps” 60th Anniversary (Rhino)

John Coltrane's seminal piece of work gets re-released on its 60th anniversary with a whole load of extras that should send jazz lovers into ecstatic realms of excitement...

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Gregory Porter: All Rise (Decca Records/Blue Note) album review

Gregory Porter: All Rise (Decca Records/Blue Note)

Gregory Porter triumphantly returns with an extraordinary album brimming with soul, love and emotion. His sixth album is quality and quantity, featuring many killers and no fillers...

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Synthonic: Do You Remember?

This is an impressive body of work for Synthonic the brain child of multi instrumentalist, Kieron Garrett who has written and produced this flashy,aural tome.

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