Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1091

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B&S issue 1041: Cover stars don’t get more ‘Blues & Soul’ or “best in their genre” than blues superstar Gary Clark Jr. and scintillating soul talent Samm Henshaw. Both are currently in blistering form with outstanding album and EP releases so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome both to their respective covers.... Other first-class interviews include Nervous Records boss Mike Weiss, who reflects on the label’s history and a new Brooklyn Session’s compilation. The life-affirming sounds of Michael Franti take centre stage as the soulrocker gives B&S the inside track on his new album, accompanying film and tells us what it’s like playing live shows in a prison and taking tea with the Dalai Lama. There’s hip-hop historical enlightenment care of genre heroes Rodney P, Blak Twang and Ty as they join forces to form the supergroup, Kingdem. Distinguished modern jazz outfit Us3 co-founder Geoff Wilkinson makes a long-awaited return with the luscious soul/jazz sounds of his new project, YLD (Wild). Last, but by no means least, last year’s end of year issue predicted the rise of reggae one to watch, Koffee, this issue follows-up that prediction as the artist takes her first steps towards stardom and tells B&S all about her new sounds and what it was like working with a pair modern reggae legends.... We bring you the best live action from the inaugural Beat Horizon Festival, jazz great Salena Jones is in vintage form at the Pheasantry in London. We witnessed grime’s finest, Kojo Funds, absolutely slay it at the Forum in Kentish Town. Yet more controversy surrounded rap star Azealia Banks recent visit to the UK and we were there to catch her memorable performance at the Electric in Brixton. And talking of memorable events, Frank Elson check’s out the goings on a The Old Stone Trough in Kelbrook, Burnley... Other must-reads include a playlist from iconic Northern Soul venue, The Blackpool Mecca, chosen by DJ’s Pete Haigh and Colin Curtis, no less. There’s also a list some of Northern Soul’s finest romantic tunes care of Richard Searling. Also, Duncan Payne rewinds and reminds as he takes the helm of The Blues & Soul Years once more and travels back to 1979 and disco’s last hurrah. Miss these crackers if you dare! Lastly, we feature our usual dance, R&B and hot release charts. Plus, regular columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) who are all on hand to share their thoughts and expertise in their respective genres. How do we fit that lot in you ask? It’s a secret! Lol.Until next time. Lee Tyler (Editor) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&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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Samm Henshaw: It's a soul devotion

Soul/R&B singer/songwriter/producer and B&S cover star Samm Henshaw talks influences, lyrical content/themes and the impact the church - as the son of a reverend - made on his youth....

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Neil Pounds: Selling soul from Newcastle

Duncan Payne talks to Neil Pounds about his passion for collecting vinyl and how his hobby turned into a full time occupation as label boss of Six Nine Records...

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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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Roy Ayers: Union Chapel, Islington, London 12/4/19

The Godfather of Neo-Soul may be 78 now, but he's showing no sign of slowing down. His performance at the Union Chapel was the first of two nights at the stunning gothic church in Islington...

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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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Bar-Kays : Definitive Collection

This compilation is a shining a light to the extraordinary musicians shaping their craft across its many forms. These virtuosos have taken their talents to the heights few artists reach

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Charles Earland : Coming To you Live / Earland's Jam / Street Themes

Robinsongs continue their excellent foray into jazz funk releasing three of the best Charles Earland albums on a double CD.It's a bumper issue including the albums "Coming To You Live", "Earland's Jam" and "Earlands'

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Barrie K Sharpe : Rhythm Rhyme Revolution #2

It is his vision of creating a soul/jazz/afro funk hybrid combined with talented musicians who bring the music to the fore and add such depth on the album,lovingly crafted and well thought out.There are many highlights here on RRR#2

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