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Issue 1090

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ISSUE 1040: In this issue, we say goodbye to 2018 with our annual review of the best releases, the artists who made/are making their mark in the genres we love and comment on the music which lit 2018, along with plenty of charts to back it all up. Also in this issue, we identify those artists who we feel have real star potential and will could grab our listening tastes in 2019... First off the bat is our uber talented cover star, James Taylor - JTQ are known for high-quality funk and super stylish instrumentals, these pioneering acid-jazz funkerteers have joined forces with a full orchestra to bring music fans an unmissable experience, as they deliver essential new album, “Soundtrack From Electric Black”. Other star interviews this issue include: Authentic soul’s finest St. Paul & The Broken Bones. She was 20 Feet From Stardom in the Academy Award-winning documentary but exceptional talent, Judith Hill, is front stage centre in this issue and carrying one of our ‘ones to watch’ in 2019 banners. As does another hot prospects, Oscar Jerome, who makes his interview debut and impressive soul diva Tami, who also lends a candid first interview to our pages. Last, but by no means least, FYI Chris, who are currently picking up heat in clubland show their interview credentials via our essential Grooveyard dance pages. Not only do we have a look back at THE best live events in 2018 this issue but there is also live reviews from a whole host of more recent events, including: Lauryn Hill, who was in great form as she delivered her 20th anniversary “Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” show at London’s O2, Leon Bridges in not to be missed action at the O2 Academy Brixton, reggae shooting stars Chronixx and Protoje perform to a packed Alexandra Palace, Noel McCalla & The Derek Nash Band deliver stylish Steve Wonder tunes at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn in the heart of London and maybe Pete Tong’s finest hour, as he tops last year’s shows with Jules Buckley & The Heritage Orchestra, with 2 more sold out shows this year, at London’s O2 arena... Other articles this issue include our look at UK Drill, vilified by the media, rightly so, or has been misunderstood? Also, Richard Searling lists the best Northern Soul, only available on album, tracks... B&S columnists Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Frank Elson (Northern Soul), (Richard Searling (Northern Soul) and R&B’s finest, Bigger, are here to give their views on the happenings of the last 12 months in their respective genres with ‘best of’ lists and charts, plus they also mention who they think will set 2019 on fire! Phew! There’s loads more but only so much space… so enjoy discovering the rest! It just remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming year, I hope your yuletide is full of cheer and thank you for supporting our perpetual efforts to bring you the best magazine we possibly can. Till next time. Lee Tyler (Editor, Blues & Soul magazine)B&S

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JTQ announce new album and special show

November heralds a new album from the James Taylor Quartet plus, as part of the London Jazz Festival, the JTQ show of shows! With the quartet being joined by a full orchestra at London's Cadogan Hall...

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Roy Ayers 3 special London dates this November

At the grand age of 78, Roy Ayers remains one of the most compelling soul acts on the modern-day circuit and in recent years he's delivered excellent shows at venues across London...

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John Reid: Nightcrawlers Soul Sessions (Rosina Records)

John Reid sets CD album release date

The wait is over as John Reid announces CD album release date...

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James Taylor Quartet: Taylor Made

Pete Lewis interviews UK Hammond maestro James Taylor, whose Quartet this month release their orchestral and cinematic new album “Soundtrack From Electric Black”...

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones: The Saints go marching

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to authentic soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones' charismatic frontman Paul Janeway about their influences, new album "Young Sick Camellia" and accounting!??

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Paul Carrack: Soul Is Where The Heart Is

B&S' Pete Lewis meets multi-million-selling British blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Paul Carrack, who releases his superb seventeenth solo album “These Days”...

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Mario Biondi: Super Mario!

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to Italian soul star Mario Biondi about his career, influences and new album "Rio" which sees the artist move away from his soulful roots and move more in a Latin direction...

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The Boom Yeh : Elgar Rooms RAH/ EFG Festival 20/11/18

The group’s intricate balance of individual musicianship and sense of fluid dynamism combined with taut ensemble work was evident tonight

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Oscar Jerome: Do You Really (Au Contraire Music)

Oscar Jerome's new single reminds of one of those russian dolls (small dolls inside bigger dolls and so on) it's many layered that's what I'm trying to say.....

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Kizzy Crawford: Progression

New Soul-Folk sensation Kizzy Crawford gifts us with her debut single on Freestyle Records to dazzling effect. Kizzy possesses an evocative melodic and smooth as cream voice with a very stylish persona to boot...

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Judith Hill: The Pepper Club

"Pepper" is no potboiler either,slinky guitar,crisp beats,some decent slap bass and a stonking horn section make this a goose necking floor filling and fun party banger - five feet from stardom!

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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club : Vol 6

Seems like Santa's got a brand new bag and Freestyle and their wonder elves have bought you their best possible selection even better and more nourishing than a Kellogg's mini 12 pack

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Thelma Houston : The Devil In Me Three cd compilation

This exhaustive compilation focuses on her work in lieu of the international success of her smash hit 'Don’t Leave Me This Way’, which launched Thelma to worldwide superstardom

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The Staple Singers: For What it's Worth 1964-1968

Lose yourself in Pop Staples' beautiful languid guitar,Pervis's golden tone and Mavis' super-soulful lead vocals. Soul Music Records must be applauded for bringing these six sought-after albums back into the fold...

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