Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1052

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Firstly, a few words on the passing of dear Whitney Houston... After the devastatingly sad loss of this iconic household name, myself and those who contribute to B&S would like to offer condolence to those who love her and respect Whitney as much as we do. Whitney Houston’s voice and her songs will live on forever, no matter how she chose to live her life in the end and I am quite sure she will continue to influence decades of new singers to come. She was an incredible talent, a troubled icon. But in the end; it is all about her music. That is what she should be remembered for. Her achievements, her attributes and her vivaciousness which lit any room she inhabited, will be sadly missed.... ****** ISSUE 1004****** ...You will notice a slightly different looking Blues & Soul magazine this month, as spring is coming, we thought we would have a bit of a spring clean and spruce-up our cover design while adding to our expert columnists… In this issue, and many issues to come, we have been graced with the talents of soulful house aficionados Bobby & Steve. Experts don't come more so, as Richard Searling gives us the full SP on the ever busy Northern Soul scene. We give a high-five to a stand-out Shortee Blitz hip-hip column. And last, but by no means least, it gives me the great pleasure to welcome back one time B&S assistant editor and now boss of Expansion Records/one Jazz FM's finest, Mr Ralph Tee. Welcome to you all. That takes the number of B&S columnists up to an unbelievable 10! I will not name you all because I will run out of space. But a HUGE thank you to all our ladies and gentlemen for helping B&S set the pace once more ...Artist interviews this issue include Labrinth, Estelle, Maverick Sabre, Speech Debelle, Dot Rotten, Sylenna Johnson, Lamar Thomas, Robert Glasper, Black Ivory and Michael Kiwianuka to name but a few ... we also celebrate 20 years with Dome Records and 40 with Philly International... top that with standout reviews, news and up to the minute comment on the musical genres you love and we think we have just about cracked it this issue! lol. In fact, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Lee (ED)B&S

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Gregory Porter tour news

Gregory Porter Adds More UK Shows

New UK shows have been added to rising jazz/soul-star Gregory Porter's concert dates in June. A welcome return for Grammy nominee Porter after a string of sold-out Pizza Express shows and the release of his second album, "Be Good."

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Mostly Jazz funk and Soul festival

George Clinton, Fred Wesley & Family Stone Among Mouth-Watering 3 Day Moseley Festival Bill

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Roots Manuva, Family Stone and Fred Wesley and the New JBs are all booked for the three day "Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival" in Birmingham.

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Andrew Love R.I.P.

Andrew Love of The Memphis Horns R.I.P. 1941 – 12th Apr 2012

Andrew Love, the soulful tenor saxophonist - who as one half of the Memphis Horns graced many classic hit records over several decades - has died at his home in Memphis at the age of 70...

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Labrinth: Ready for the launch

Pete Lewis meets 22-year-old North London-based singer/songwriter/producer/musician Labrinth, who this month releases his hugely-anticipated, musically-eclectic debut album ‘Electronic Earth’

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Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre: Maverick in the making

Pete Lewis chats to London-born, Irish-raised Maverick Sabre. Whose unique blend of hip hop-inspired, haunting vocals and soul/folk songwriting is currently being showcased on his debut album "Lonely Are The Brave"

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Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick

Incognito: Rebirth of the cool

Pete Lewis reacquaints himself with Incognito founder/leader Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, as the seasoned London-based jazz/funk/soul collective release their new, 15th studio album "Surreal"

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Estelle: Stylish Moves

There is definitely something about the Estelle story that smacks of the fairy tale. After signing to John Legends label HomeSchool and releasing the single "American Boy", Estelle was catapulted to international stardom...

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Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell: Soulsational

Pete Lewis interviews eclectic Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Brenda Russell, who this April returns to London for her first UK show in over two decades as part of Dome’s 20th Anniversary celebrations

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Sly & Robbie

Sly & Robbie: Sly Speaks............

Reggae royalty. Drum and bass superstars Sly & Robbie have played on an estimated one million records during almost four decades together. Sly Dunbar takes a breakfast-time call from Blues & Soul’s early bird Simon Redley...

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Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet: New horizons

The New Portico Quartet album certainly sent me into a right old panic. They seemed to have forsaken their signature sound, the Hang (pronounced Hung), and embraced electronica - which took this particular hack totally by surprise!

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Khari Cabral Simmons: Hot prospects

Pete Lewis interviews Atlanta, Georgia bass-player/producer Khari Cabral Simmons about his current solo album "Clementine Sun" and its uplifting fusion of soul, bossa nova and jazz flavours

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Andy Kerhsaw (skateboarding on the Isle of Man)

Riding the Hurricane with Andy Kershaw

Cue Mr Andrew Kershaw. Unlike your average radio DJ, AK is a cracking inquisitor. One of the country’s most decorated radio broadcasters, not only for his music shows, but also for his intrepid journalism...

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Jeff Lorber

Life Really Is A Gift For Jazz Fusion Star Jeff Lorber

Journalist Simon Redley chats with jazz fusion innovator Jeff Lorber about life (and how precious it is), love (of jazz and blues) and Galaxy, (that’s his new CD, not the chocolate bar!)

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Neil Cowley Trio: Queen Elisabeth Hall 15/3/12

The Neil Cowley Trio: Queen Elisabeth Hall 15/3/12

Things seem to be on the up for this enterprising bunch. Their latest opus "The Face Of Mount Molehill" seems to have rocketed them out of the clubs and onto the big stage and a packed audience on the Southbank...

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