Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1014



Editorial STUFF

In this humdinger of an Issue of B&S online we have interviews with ROBIN THICKE, AL GREEN, LINDA LEWIS, THE TEMPTATIONS, TQ, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, we say happy 40th to the STYLISTICS and remember the FOUR TOPS with interview form 92. We look forward to the LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL care of the inimitable MELODY GARDOT. We give away TRACY CHAPMAN goodies, R&B Collection cds (containing a mix dvd by DJ Semtex) and the No1 JAZZ FM 2008 cd. In our try before you buy hmv B&S selection page, we have NE-YO, JOHN LEGEND, JENNIFER HUDSON and ROBIN THICKE albums for you to listen to and then purchase at rock bottom prices. So give it a click!!!! We bring you daily updated NEWS, REVIEWS and OPINION from the cream of music writing from not to be missed columnists - SOUL'S ANDY DAVIES and the JAZZ WORLDS - SNOWBOY who are at the ready to share the months news, reviews and opinion in their respective genres. And now we save the best till last as we remind you to look out for one of the best columns in the whole wide world! (Not too much pressure then) With the return to our pages of B&S MOTOWN writing legend SHARON DAVIS who returns to Blues and Soul this month to write the MOTOWN TRACKING COLUMN that so many of you have missed - roll on Motown's 50th. So don't forget to contact our columnists with stories, reviews and gig news. We'd like to reminds you that Blues and Soul is.... ONLINE ONLY.B&S

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John Legend

Win John Legend tickets

John Legend has confirmed he playing three dates in March 2009 at three venues, where he will be performing hits from his recently released third studio album - Evolver. You can win a pair of tickets to each venue...

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Seal Soul

WIN Seal Soul album

Soul is the sixth album from the multiplatinum selling, Grammy-winning, critically acclaimed Seal and you can win a copy!

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Tracy Chapman Our Bright Future

WIN Tracy Chapman's new album 'Our Bright Future'

We have 5 copies of Tracy Chapman's eighth full-length recording 'Our Bright Future' in our clutches. To win one, all you have to do is answer a simple question and a copy is yours!

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R&B Collection 2009

WIN R&B Collection

Win a copy of the number one ultimate 'R&B Collection' - for the biggest and best hits of the year with an exclusive DVD Video Mix by DJ Semtex

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Robin Thicke Robin Thicke Robin Thicke Robin Thicke

ROBIN THICKE: In the Thicke of it

Having become the first white male solo artist to top the US R&B singles chart since George Michael, Grammy-winning Robin Thicke goes for a sexy, classic R&B vibe with his album, ‘Something Else’ and single Magic.

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AL GREEN: Soul Deep

As Al Green plays UK dates and with the re-issue of recent critically acclaimed album 'Lay it Down' - We remembers an interview earlier this year with David Nathan as Al Green literally Lays it Down for B&S readers...

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Melody Gardot Melody Gardot Melody Gardot Melody Gardot


Hailed by some as “The brightest jazz star of the 21ST Century”, 23-year-old singer/songwriter Melody Gardot this month brings her simple-yet-poignant blend of jazz and folk to London, as one of the headlining stars...

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Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs The Four Tops The Four Tops


Following the recent sad death of Four Tops iconic frontman Levi Stubbs, Pete Lewis fondly recalls talking to the legendary, world-conquering quartet in their Central London hotel back in October 1992.

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Jazzie B Jazzie B Jazzie B Jazzie B


WIth a live appearence at the Arches ‘BULLEIT ORIGINALS’ gig just around the corner & the twenteth year of the massive Soul II Soul on the horrizon-Lee Tyler and Dj/ producer Jazzie B OBE have just a few things to talk about...

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The Temptations Otis Williams Temptations Topping the B&S Readers Pole in 1972 The Temptations


The Temptations have enjoyed more hit singles on the R&B charts than any other soul music group in history (ninety chart appearances). We COVER EVERYTHING FROM 'BACK TO FRONT' WITH The Temptations OTIS WILLIAMS...

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Linda Lewis: Songbird

Before embarking on dates at London's Jazz Cafe and a trip to her beloved Japanese fanbase, Blues & Soul Editor Lee Tyler sits down with UK songbird, Linda Lewis...

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Raphael Saadiq: Everything old is new again

David Nathan talks to Joss Stone producer and former Tony!Toni!Tone artist Raphael Saadiq about creating his new album 'The Way I See It,' Stevie Wonder guesting and creating a great soul sound reminiscent of late 60's and early 70's..

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Known globally for West Coast gangsta anthem ‘Westside’, Compton, California-raised Terrance ‘TQ’ Quaites has a new album ‘Paradise’. Boasting guests Krayzie, Jagged Edge plus Bone, Thugs & Harmony..

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Supernatural:  Rock The Bells - Indigo o2, London 09/11/08 Supernatural:  Rock The Bells - Indigo o2, London 09/11/08 DJ Scratch: Rock The Bells - Indigo o2, London 09/11/08 Nas: Rock The Bells - Indigo o2, London 09/11/08

Rock The Bells: Nas, EPMD, The Pharcyde & Supernatural Indigo o2 09/11/08

Was I looking forward to this one or what? After the initial confusion over whether this concert was gonna be in Birmingham and Manchester only and then ending up in London – Oh BTW Indigo o2, sort your s*#t out!

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