Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1095

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ISSUE 1046: We bring you not one but two outstanding cover interviews, firstly, the enthralling story behind the UK’s premier gospel label, Zoe Records, via head honcho Isaac Odeniran. Our double cover interview comes from Geordie soul and funk heroes Smoove & Turrell, who venture in a more ’90 dance/chilled Balearic direction with their new album, Stratos Bleu... How do you follow that, well, how about an interview with one of the best blues acts on the planet, singer/songwriter/blues guitar god Marcus King. We have a chat with Defected Record’s main man, ex-Blues & Soul contributor, DJ/producer/label boss, Simon Dunmore. He’s written some of the most well-known songs ever, now Memphis soul singer/songwriter Don Bryant steps away from his 154, yes, 154 song catalogue! To release his own album, “You Make Me Feel”. Last, but by no means least, The Allergies are back with their 6th long-player in 4 years! Wow! Delivering their now trademark mix of infectious samples, on-point dance breaks, deft rap rhymes and killer hip-hop style scratching, you won’t want to miss our catchup with this dynamic duo... There may be no live events to report on at the moment and we are all looking forward to the day they return, in the meantime, we have given you more of your favourite pages as all columnists have increased their contributions including Northern Soul’s Richard Searling and Frank Elson, R&B favourite Bigger, Dance expert Ben Lovett, Modern Soul’s finest Ralph Tee and B&S Editor focuses on the Black Lives Matter movent... Duncan Payne takes us back to the year 2000 with his not to be missed regular feature the Blues & Soul Years. This was a time when Jill Scott, Dynasty’s Child, Craig David and Eminem were making their mark. As usual, the year’s best releases and poll winners accompany this feature.... Charts this issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, on-point soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his Leeds Central All-Nighter and Soul Bowl Records late owner John Anderson’s Soul Discoveries lists... Don’t forget! Our Soulful 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, Lee Tyler (@LeeTyler13 socials)B&S

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Innervisions Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

London's Innervisions Festival, now in its 3rd year, is fast becoming a yearly must-attend. This year's mouthwatering lineup announcement is no different, with MAZE feat. Frankie Beverley performing...

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Love Supreme 2020 final line-up announced @bluesandsoul.com

Love Supreme Festival 2020 final lineup

Love Supreme Festival 2020 boasts it’s fair share of soul legends, jazz heroes and genre boundary-pushing artists among the 30, yes 30! acts that have been freshly announced...

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Bebel Gilberto set for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 @bluesandsoul.com

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 announce artists

Previously boasting more than it’s fair share of true jazz/soul and blues greats, this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place May 5-12 and as usual, heralds the start of the festival season in style...

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Oscar Jerome: Cool as...

With his own uber cool brand of Jazz/funk currently impressing on both sides of the Atlantic, it won't be long before our 2019 one to watch, Oscar Jerome, will feature on all our playlists...

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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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Kathy Koskins: Naturally Inspired

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-acclaimed US jazz/soul singer-songwriter Kathy Kosins around the release of her sixth album, the Kamau Kenyatta-produced “Uncovered Soul”...

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Mica Paris: From Paris With Love

British soul royal Mica Paris talks to Chaz Brooks about her music-infused upbringing and her new Jazz/Soul project, 'Mica Paris Sings Ella Fitzgerald'...

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Chris Standring: PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho 27/2/20

Chris Standring is a savvy musician, he saw his opportunity and headed stateside, some years back and decided to carve a niche across the pond...

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Anita Carmichael : Take your time

Throughout the 90's she was a tour de force on the jazz scene on the UK and in Europe in many ways she was our answer to Candy Dulfer

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Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird has the same urgent grace as her musical mentor Nina Simone and she really takes, what is an essentially acapella song and adds her own powerful magic and spirit to proceedings...

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Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie : I Fall In Love Too Easily

This all augurs well for the impending album,'Weathering The Storm' due out in May on Lateralize. Expect more of the same plus some Tom Waits and Randy Newman interpretations.

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Roy Ayers: JID 002 (Jazz Is Dead)

Ayers is known as The Godfather of Neo-Soul and the vibraphone legend is back after 18 years with a new album unveiling a fresh, modern approach to his classic 70’s style...

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The Brecker Brothers : Live And Unreleased

There's plenty of audaciousness to savour as great musicians don’t just keep playing, they constantly evolve and this is the distilled maturation caught at this particular moment in time.A band at the height of its creative powers.

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Malcolm Strachan : About Time

Just The Thought Of You' sees this scorching unit take it down a notch with this summery ballad adorned with virtuosic flugel and choice yet plaintive piano.A fantastic piece of writing that reminds me of Donald Byrd and The Blackbyrds.

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