Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1096

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS...

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OUR PRINT ISSUE boasts a delicious double cover, featuring artists who are masters of their art, firstly, ever-in-demand bassist Michael Olatuja has released his brand new album "Lagos Pepper Soup", featuring a plethora of tasty featured artists. Our double cover delight continues with the immensely talented Dan Penn, who has written some of the biggest hits on the planet - wait to you read which tracks he's written - but this time Dan has penned a new album for himself! Which, after listening to "Living On Mercy", is long overdue... More quality interviews include a catch up with Incognito's charismatic frontman Bluey, as he delivers a brand new jazz/soul-infused Citrus Sun album. Remember Freeez? A.E.I.O.U. and Southern Freeez where such huge hits back in the day… frontman John Rocca has been out of the limelight for some 25-years but now he's back! And giving B&S an exclusive on the enthralling Freeez story. If dance is your thing, then you'll love our chat with legendary house producer/artist, Thommy Davis, with 40-years in the business under his belt and brand new album “Mr Davis” about to drop, there's plenty to talk about. We match that with a new house producer who we think will be making huge house waves in the coming months, as we introduce Hollis Parker. And talking of new artists, we would also like to present a group whose sound mixes jazz with fusion and more than a dash of progressive soul and scintillating keys. Sound interesting? Believe me, JUBE are! Find out all about them in this issue… there’s something else for you to find out about, as we bring you exciting news of a brand new weekender. The inaugural Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender takes place next year and we find out all about it from the event organiser, John Osbourne. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Returning feature, The Blues & Soul Years, visits 1975. A fractured soul scene began a north/south divide, along with the start of the infighting of the northern soul wars, which had started to take centre stage. It's not a story from A Game Of Thrones! It's the soul world in 1975! And another must-read from Duncan Payne as he looks back at this pivotal year for soul music. B&S' Frank Elson also looks back at 1975 in his Checkin' It Out column as he recalls the tracks that were lighting up dance floors at the venues he reviewed and what soul music happenings were hot at that time. Other regular B&S columnists include Ralph Tee, who brings you all the latest in the world of modern soul, Ben Lovett presents a dance music must-read, Bigger names all the latest bangers from the world of R&B, Richard Searling gives the low-down on the northern soul scene, lists his "Down In The Cellar Bar" faves from his radio show and yours truly looks at some of the goings-on in the back music world, which are currently hitting the headlines, in my Eye Of The Tyler column... Chart wise, once again, we prove hard to beat with our Smoove Grooves R&B chart, B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and cherry on the top of a very tasty chart/list offering, the most on-point soul/R&B list on the planet, yep, it's the Hip List. Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Stay safe and listen to plenty of music! We do! Lee Tyler (Editor) @Leetyler13B&S

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John Legend plays Blues Fest 2019 in October @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq plays the Indigo2 as part of Blues Fest 2019 @bluesandsoul.com Rickie Lee Jones completes the Blues Fest 2019 lineup @bluesandsoul.com Blues Fest London 2019 @bluesandsoul.com

Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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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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Marcus King: Royal Blues

Karen Lawler grabs an exclusive interview with guitar god/blues hero, Marcus King. In this rare interview, King gives an insight on touring, working with some true greats and his latest and follow-up albums...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com

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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Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Ron Artis II: Blue Note Club, New York City 16/2/20

Hawaiian soul and blues artist Ron Artis II played the late show at Manhattan’s Blue Note Club, three days before appearing with Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks at a star-studded concert in tribute to BB King...

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Angel-A: True Tio Myself (LDF Recordings)

Angel-A: True To Myself (Ft. Rahaan and Karizma Mixes) LDF Recordings

American singer/songwriter Angel-A has teamed up with top Chicago producer Rahaan on the stunning soulful groover "True To Myself"...

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Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook

Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook "Because I Knew" (Guess Records)

Mark Bamford), Est8 and vocalist Emily Cook on the menu, then you know you’re in for some audible bliss! Their new collaborative single "Because I Knew" is a fresh, deep house groove with Afro vibes...

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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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Kaz Hawkins

Kaz Hawkins: Memories Of (Self Published)

Northern Irish blues star Kaz Hawkins has served up a tremendous album of songs made famous by Etta James. This album will get you dancing round the kitchen, wanting to see her live...

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Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO) album review

Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO)

When Jacob Collier does shine on his new album" Djesse Vol. 3" he is superb. The neo-soul vibe is strong on this release with featured artists bouncing off this this undoubted talent in an emphatic and sassy way...

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Peter Green : The End Of The Game

Well I must say Green certainly fulfilled his side of the deal and produced a riveting piece of work that has since become a classic. The guitar work is stupendous and filled with heavy wah wah.

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