Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1072

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In this issue we say goodbye to some old friends and say hello to a few new ones...We kick-off with in-demand Jazz chartreuse Melody Gardot, who B&S feels is merely inches from superstardom, as she delivers her highly polished and profoundly beautiful, "Currency Of Man," album. Melody's gives first B&S cover interview, first of many, of that we are sure... Achieving repeated world chart domination, we follow our cover exclusive with a first class R'n'B exclusive in the shape of multi-million seller Jason Derulo.  Soul and funk retronaughts Cool Million drop a decadent offering this month, taking the album of the month crown with "Sumthin' LIke This", while giving B&S readers a typically candid interview to boot... We say goodbye to soul music icon Percy Sledge, who gave his very last official interview, anywhere in the world, to this magazine before his passing. Shortee Blitz remembers Hip Hop icon Guru, who sadly left us 5 years ago this month and dance music monolith, Southport Weekender, calls time on the event after 27 years - we get reaction from artists and DJ’s alike — including B&S columnist Ben Lovett and B&S columnist and Southport DJ, Bigger, plus an interview with producer / label boss / band leader and DJ who is playing the last Southport Weekender, Joey Negro (AKA Dave Lee)... Staying with Southport Weekender, we talk to US soul diva Kenya who performs at the iconic event and has recently hit 1# in the UK soul chart. An exciting soul / funk band of today, which borrows on the sounds and ethos yesterday, as the spirit of Sly Stone, James Brown and Curtis Mayfield and other greats are emulated by Gedeon Luke & The People - B&S is on hand to grab an exclusive interview as Gedeon wow’s a live audience and TV masses as he gets down on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland... B&S columnist Frank Elson celebrates his 50th year of Northern Soul devotion and candid comment. Staying with Northern Soul, columnist Richard Searling gives an insight into his choices which make up Capitol Northern Soul 7s Box Set, which is released this month... There’s just to mention our unmissable festival rundown, as we look at UK festivals, festivals abroad and dance festivals…if you’re attending a festival, you may want to check out our listings as we run down the best festivals to visit this year. We also feature reviews, views and interviews…not to mention competitions and charts + a whole lot more! Till next time. Lee TylerB&S

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Miguel Is Back With Three UK Shows & New Album

Miguel Is Back With three new UK shows & brand new album.

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Melody Gardot: Unchained Melody

B&S Editor Lee Tyler has a breezy chat with jazz starlet in the making, Melody Gardot. With a 4th album full of atospheric wonderment and a very busy year ahead, this interview gives insight into Gardot's musical style and work ethic...

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Jason Derulo: In The Beginning

Pete Lewis interviews 50-million-selling US superstar singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo who releases both his new album “Everything Is 4” and single “Want To Want Me”...

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Cool Million: Cool As Funk

Pete Lewis interviews Frank Ryle of North-European-based soul production/songwriting duo Cool Million. Whose new LP “Something Like This” recalls the danceable grooves of the Eighties alongside some seasoned guest vocalists...

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Gedeon Luke & The People: Inspired soul time!

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to funk n' soul sensation Gedeon Luke (& The People) about his new album, American Idol endurance and a positive ethos of spreading love, peace and soul music wherever he may be...

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Najee: Saxy R&B

It’s a year shy of saxophonist and flautist Najee arriving onto the music scene three decades ago with his platinum-selling major label debut LP, Najee’s Theme, an invigorating fusion of smooth instrumental R&B layered under...

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Wu-Tang Clan: Brixton Academy, London 4/6/15 @bluesandsoul.com Wu-Tang Clan: Brixton Academy, London 4/6/15 @bluesandsoul.com Wu-Tang Clan: Brixton Academy, London 4/6/15 @bluesandsoul.com Wu-Tang Clan: Brixton Academy, London 4/6/15 @bluesandsoul.com

Wu-Tang Clan - 20th anniversary tour: Brixton Academy, London 4/6/15

As the various Wu Tang-ers hit the stage, Method Man, RZA and Raekwon were immediately conspicuous by their absence. The reason wasn’t made clear to the audience...

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Leon Bridges: Village Underground, London 20/5/15

There was a buzz around this small corner of central London before Leon Bridges took to the stage. With his track “Coming Home” gaining momentum and airplay, there was a sense that he might not be doing intimate shows much longer...

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Jose James: (The Music Of Billie Holiday) Ronnie Scott's 19/05/2015

The material came think and fast but the absolute highlight was "God Bless The Child" a tour de force that saw Jose James extemporise beyond belief quoting and channelling Bill Withers and the late great Gil Scott Heron...

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Mobb Deep 20th Anniversary tour: Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London 2/5/15

Mobb Deep were performing at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in a series of shows to mark 20 years since "The Infamous" was released. The record, released when both were teenagers, remains a definitive hip hop LP...

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Monophonics + Crowd Company The Jazz Cafe Camden 16/06/2015

Monophonics steer a more interesting and varied course between funk, soul and US 60's garage and thereby escape being merely nostalgic or generic.They keep everything tight, showing brutal knockout efficiency...

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Brother Strut : Bowery District Reading 11/07/2015

Let's face it Brother Strut is a brilliant concept a bunch of first call guys who saw the writing on the wall i.e. the dwindling demise of the session musician

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