Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1085

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ISSUE 1035: Setting our stall out for the coming year in typical B&S fashion, our magazine cover star is one of the hottest prospects on the planet right now. And with 5 Grammy nominations to his name already and plenty of chart action of late, Khalid looks like he will be setting the music world on fire in the coming months. Congratulations Khalid on your first international (print) cover, I’m sure it’s going to be the first of many... How do we follow that? Well, how about an interview with UK Jazz great Courtney Pine and a chat with UK Soul royal, Mica Paris? Pine recently released his critically acclaimed album, “Black Notes From The Deep” with a little help from the godfather of UK Soul, Omar, who’s honey-glazed vocals compliment perfectly. Equally impressive Paris has devoted her considerable talent to performing a show which is dedicated to the late and ever so great, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald...Other standout interview exclusives include dance world’s man of the moment, Mark Kinchen A.K.A. MK, who’s stellar tune “17” has hit the top of charts far and wide. Remember when 90’s R&B vocal harmony groups ruled the world, One Twelve were at the forefront of that revolution and the great news is, they are back with a brand new album, “Q Mike Slim Daron”. Funk faves Crowd Company are also in interview action as they release their cracking debut, “Stone & Sky”. And the Godfather of Soul, James Brown’s righthand women Ms Martha High releases something very special as she teams’s up with authentic Japanese funk & soul outfit Osaka Monaurail for the release of new album, “Tribute To My Sisters”... Our two featured artists to watch out for this issue might be different in style but are very similar in star potential. US artist Jacquees is heavyweight label Cash Money Records latest signing with singles already gracing the chart and new album “4275” rumoured to drop in the spring. UK artist Nyree brings a deft mix of genres delivered with plenty of soul - single “A Brighter Shade Of Love” is about to do good things and her “International Girl” album (due spring) will no doubt be highly anticipated... We have a plethora of tasty live events from current Hip-Hop champs Run The Jewels at Brixton, he’s called the Lenny Kravitz of the Jazz world - blinding upright bassist Miles Mosley was on fire at the Islington Assembly Hall and last but by no means least soulsationally talented SZA and contemporary R&B thriller Bryson Tiller both sizzled at Hammersmith Apollo. There’s also a live review from B&S’ Northern Soul stalwart Frank Elson as he checks out Little Hutton Conservative Club near Manchester... Our all-time Top 500 singles countdown enters its final stages as we rundown (82-51) and review a whole host of outstanding releases from the last 50 years. Other charts include the Grooveyard Essentials dance chart, Smooth Grooves R&B chart and the B&S (get them while they are) Hot chart. Also, Richard Searling looks back/lists his fascinating “Blues & Soul Power” tracks, compiled for his Radio Manchester show... Lastly, as per, our columnists are here to share their knowledge in the genres they love and in this issue, reflect on another event-filled year in Dance (Ben Lovett), R&B (Bigger), Modern Soul (Ralph Tee), Blues (Jon Harrington) and Northern Soul (Richard Searling) as well as look forward to an exciting 2018. Here's to a great year for music and an even better one next year! Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter @bluesandsoul.com

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Tedeschi Trucks

BluesFest at the O2 November 6th-8th

This year's BluesFest goes up a gear to the O2 this november featuring Tedeschi Trucks & Van Morrison and loads more besides, kicking off with a blues and soul evening with Mica Paris,Lisa Stansfield and Imelda May ....

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Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Keb Mo: Hot Pink live Americana Blues anyone?

Four times Grammy-winner and eight times nominated, blues and roots star Keb Mo has played for Presidents in the Whitehouse. But has he ever been asked about his sex life before?

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Broken Witt Rebels: Rebels With A Cause

There’s a great big buzz about this Birmingham band, Broken Witt Rebels. That's Birmingham in the UK, not Alabama. Broken Witt Rebels are as unique as their name. Destined for stardom. No doubt about it.

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Paul Lamb photo

Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown UK Tour

US blues rockers Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown have a growing fan-base here, and itâll get a bit bigger soon when they hit these shores for a 13-date UK tour to make new friends.

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Rorbert Cray: Birmingham Town Hall 7/5/17

Robert Cray: Town Hall Birmingham 7/5/17

Chaz Brooks checks out ultimate blues performer, Robert Cray, who's Birmingham Town Hall set is a mix of fresh, fun, funky and above all believable blues...

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Leon Ware (with de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Leon Ware (with Mark de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Soul legend Ware, celebrating 50 years in music this year, hooks up with tip-top Kiwi producer de Clive-Lowe for this sophisticated new lick, propping up those silky smooth vocals on a bed of sparse but soulful...

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Errol Linton:Hooked On Your Love (Ruby Records)

Errol Linton is a man who is well known on the blues club circuit and on the underground stations in London, where he busks. Apparently paying for this, his debut single and a video, with the proceeds of his busking.

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The Layabouts: Do Better (Reel People Music)

The Layabouts: Do Better (Reel People Music)

Papa Records and sibling Reel People Music have been responsible for some seriously soulful releases over the last six years or so. Coming at the end of March is an album by The Layabouts...

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Melvin Sparks

Melvin Sparks : Live At Nectar's

Melvin Sparks releases his posthumous live album and what a stone cold classic it is.The high intensity never drifts off course.

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chick Corea

Chick Corea : The Musician

The highlights are many fold whether it be joining forces with the terrifically on form and electrifying, John McLaughlin on 'Spirit Rides' or the hysterically comical Bobby McFerrin on 'I’ve Got The World On A String.'

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Norman Connors

Norman Connors : Valentine Love: The Buddah/Arista Anthology

Norman Connors is without doubt a towering figure who merged jazz and soul effortlessly into his own unique style.Sumptuous stuff indeed!

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