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Issue 1088

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ISSUE 1039: Once again, we bring you another issue which is packed to the rafters with must-read interviews, enlightening columns, up to the minute release news and plenty of retro resplendence... This issue’s delicious double cover issue comprises of the distinct frontman of Nightcrawlers fame, John Reid, who I might add, is sounding better than ever and is producing music which is a must for any soul fan. He is joined on the opposite cover by true reggae greats, Chaka Demus & Pliers. With a back catalogue which seeks for itself, these guys are responsible for some of the best reggae tunes ever made.... Our first class interviews continue with 2 funk stunners, firstly, Gordie fukerteers Smoove & Turrell give their candid take on making their new album in an ever-changing world of funk and soul. We also have Aussie funk giants, The Bamboos, who boast the talents of not only the first man of Australian funk, Lance Ferguson, but also Australian funk royal, Kylie Auldist. Ever busy DJ/remixer DJ Q has worked at 1Xtra, Ministry Of Sound and Kiss to name but few - in this issue, DJ Q gives us the lowdown on his latest exciting project, “Fabriclive 99”. And last, but by no means least, our one to watch this issue is Australian R&B/soul artist, Caiti Baker. We are sure you will be hearing a lot more from this huge talent in the very near future... We feature plenty of live action in this issue, with festival reviews from Manchester’s Parklife, Bath’s Nass, Lewes’ Love Supreme and Holland’s North Sea Jazz festivals. We also review Jimmy Cliff at the Roundhouse, Lalah Hathaway at KOKO and Angie Stone, again, at Camden’s Roundhouse. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Frank Elson presents a classic Checkin’ It Out as he looks back at July 1976 and his visit to the Yellow Lady in Warrington. Frank is not the only contributor looking back this issue, as we excited to announce a brand new regular feature called “The Blues & Soul Years” where Duncan Payne takes a year in B&S’ history and gives a full rundown of music happenings as covered by this magazine in that year... There is just time to mention our esteemed columnists Richard Searling (Blues), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Jon Harrington (Blues), Ben Lovett (Dance) and R&B’s finest, Bigger, who are on hand to share their considerable knowledge on the genres they proudly represent. Till next time! Lee Tyler (Editor, Blues & Soul magazine) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

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Roy Ayres @BluesandSoul.com PHOTO: Dave Burke

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: Reid Aloud

Responsible for 90's dance anthem “Let's Push it", now Nightcrawlers frontman John Reid heads for pastures new, refining his undeniable vocal credentials to take the soul world by storm...

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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Still Floating Like A Butterfly

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-successful Jamaican reggae/dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, who this month undertake their first UK tour in over ten years...

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The Bamboos: Funky Inspirations

Australian funk/soul royal Lance Fergusson talks about The Bamboos hot new project "Night People" which once again features the emense talents of funk diva Kylie Auldist...

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Candi Staton @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Chaz Brooks

Candi Staton: Unstoppable talent

Chaz Brooks interviews southern soul diva Candi Staton about her hit-laden career, her thoughts on the #MeToo movement and new aptly album “Unstoppable”...

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Annabel Williams: Voice activated

Vocal coach to the stars and incredible voice in her own right, Annabel Williams, performs 2 shows + vocal masterclass at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho. B&S gets the lowdown on the shows and more...

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Judith Hill: Pizza Express Holborn 19/07/18 @bluesandsoul.com Judith Hill: Pizza Express Holborn 19/07/18 @bluesandsoul.com Judith Hill: Pizza Express Holborn 19/07/18 @bluesandsoul.com Judith Hill: Pizza Express Holborn 19/07/18

Judith Hill: Pizza Express Holborn 19/07/18

There's not many artists who could pull off a headband and orange culottes but Judith Hill is no ordinary one, believe me, this lady has paid her dues and is developing into a great live act to go and see...

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ADAM GLASSER’S SA & BEYOND : Spice Of Life Soho 20/06/18

Good to see the much loved Spice Of Life run by promoter and singer Paul Pace still thriving after nearly twenty years in business deep in the very heart of Soho. The quality of Jazz and Jazz related acts is still very much in evidence

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George Benson: Royal Albert Hall, London 27/6/18 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson: Royal Albert Hall, London 27/6/18 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson: Royal Albert Hall, London 27/6/18 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson: Royal Albert Hall, London 27/6/18 @bluesandsoul.com

George Benson: Royal Albert Hall, London 27/6/18

Playing a second night at London's Albert Hall, it was little known to members of the crowd, George Benson had picked up a throat infection which would bring the show to an early close...

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Little Simz: Somerset House, London 12/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com The Roots: Somerset House, London 12/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com The Roots: Somerset House, London 12/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Quest Love - The Roots: Somerset House, London 12/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com

The Roots: Somerset House, London 12/7/18

Philly's finest, The Roots, one of the top hip-hop acts of the last two decades set London's Somerset House alight wit their sprawling, jam-like ode to music...

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Faith Evans: Indigo, O2, London 22/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Faith Evans: Indigo, O2, London 22/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Faith Evans: Indigo, O2, London 22/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Faith Evans: Indigo, O2, London 22/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Faith Evans: Indigo, O2, London 22/7/18

Although she took on the moniker of hip-hop's First Lady and found herself at the heart of the beef between Biggie and 2Pac, it's easy to forget that Faith Evens is a celebrated artist in her own right...

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Mavis Staples: Union Chapel, London 9/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mavis Staples: Union Chapel, London 9/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mavis Staples: Union Chapel, London 9/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mavis Staples: Union Chapel, London 9/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Mavis Staples: Union Chapel, London 9/7/18

It was fitting that the Union Chapel was the venue for soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, during her set Staples proceeded to take the audience to church, quite literally...

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Jorja Smith: Somerset House, London 13/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jorja Smith: Somerset House, London 13/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jorja Smith: Somerset House, London 13/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jorja Smith: Somerset House, London 13/7/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Jorja Smith: Somerset House, London 13/7/18

There is a huge buzz around Jorja Smith at the moment. And her performance in one of London's most iconic venues shows that she lives up to the hype...

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Big Boy Bloater: Black Heart, Camden, London 19/9/18 @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: CHAZ BROOKS

Big Boy Bloater: Black Heart, Camden, London 19/9/18

Performing at the Black Heart in Camden, London, UK blues' finest, Big Boy Bloater, gave a highly appreciative audience a night to remember, delivering a magnificent set of good time rhythm & blues...

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