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Issue 1092

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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club : Vol 6

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UK release date 30.11.2018

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 ! Time flies as we see Craig delving into this, his now 6th volume! I remember well the buzz the first one caused, with the likes of the Bamboos (also featured here with the bright and sparkly,horn heavy,'Golden Ticket') and northern soul belters such as 'The Snake'. This is a bumper edition aimed to set the xmas dance floors alight and it's just as deadly.This is quality programming bringing you 17 modern cuts and two stone cold classics such as The Mighty Ryeders 'Evil Vibrations', a slice of jazz funk blessedness coupled with the newly rejuvenated Brian Auger following hot off the heels from his fab new jazz album 'Full Circle Live At Bogie's,sees the gifted keys player offering up 'Foolish Girl' which is taken from the 1975 album 'Reinforcements'. Double groovy indeed Craig!

Good to see those lovable geezers The Get Up on this sterling platter too,Deep Purple's Hush get a funkified work out as does the Grant Green classic'Ain't It Funky Now' by The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. A brace of chunky,heavy hammond and I'm anybody's! Good to hear Alun Evans new driving outfit Matador Sounds too the softer,sassier vocals add the ying to the organ bands yang! Good to see a few Jalapeno acts included as well Gizelle Smith's piano driven''Scared Of Something' sits well in the mix as does the mighty Smoove & Turrell featuring a towering duet with John and Izo FitsRoy in the shape of their excellent single 'You're Gone'.All corners are covered but standout newbie has to be Courtney Pine's 'Rules' featuring Omar
from their excellent pairing 'Black Notes From The Deep'.A heavy whirling piano riff tees up Omar's sumptuous vocals to devastating effect and great to hear the master on tenor sax too! Talking about piano ( it's featured heavily on this comp) let's not forget The New Master Sounds who seem to go from strength to strength 'Tantalus' sees Joe Tatton's ivory excursions swing like a barn door - exciting stuff!

There seems to be no letting up you can really feel the energy and love put into this fine selection - bravo Freestyle,bravo Mr Charles ,it's all totally bang On!
Words Emrys Baird

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