Whilst reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, Los Angeles-based Lady Blackbird (aka Marley Munroe) possesses a style and emotional intensity that is very much her own. Her debut album Black Acid Soul presents a wholly fresh take on the jazz vocal idiom from an artist blessed with a bold, unmistakeable voice.
The highly reputable and influential jazz drummer and record producer Paul Tillman Smith noted that the ‘Sounds of Oakland’ CD was inspired by a comment made by a former President of the United States, who called Oakland the worst city in America. “He said it twice on national TV,” said Smith. “Hearing those words from a sitting President was unbelievable to me.” The comment prompted Smith to share the truth as he knows it: “Oakland has been a creative hotbed for beautiful, original music for decades.”Continue reading
Label: Kent Records
Release Date: 29th October 2021
It’s been almost three years since Sean Hampsey and the Southern (California) Soul Spinners created “This Is Lowrider Soul” for Kent Records, and the ensuing acclaim and enjoyment have made this second volume essential.Continue reading This Is Lowrider Soul Vol 2
Mickey Gynn began his career with his hometown club, Peterborough United, where he scored 39 goals from 188 appearances in all competitions, before joining First Division club Coventry City for a fee of £60,000.He spent ten years and accumulated almost 300 appearances at the club, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1987. Mickey then moved on to Stoke City in August 1993 where he played in 29 matches in the 1993–94 season before retiring.He became a postman in the Coventry area, and works as a match statistician for the Press Association.In 2005, Gynn held his testimonial match at Coventry City’s former ground of Highfield Road, the penultimate game played there before its demolition.
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Kariza “Magic lady” / “Will you dance with me” (FRP Records) 7’
Another outstanding Midtempo 45 from Austin Texas from 1984.Outstanding vocals on this tough to find record. The plug side is a big tune in France,which is where I got my copy from back in the 90s. The side we are talking about is just stunning. Just love this !!This is the only record they ever released, having originally been called Trace Of Smoke, which included their superb Modern tune Treasure Mind, another 45 well worth finding.
Frankie Zhivago Young “Somebody stole my heart” (Ultra) 7′
This is very much a mellow choice from me. Don’t know anything about the artist and it looks obscure. Just floats along with fantastic backing from the musicians. A tough one find.
This quarter from Washington D.C. formed while students at Francis Cardoza High Schoolwhere they used sing their sweet style around the school corridors, honing their craft until a faculty member spotted them.Continue reading
Was born 9/29/1960 and I started singing in church in the choir around the age of 10. I also played drums, clarinet and saxophone in school. I served 5 years in the United States Air Force. I am the father of 2 amazing daughters. I started singing professionally in 2011 in local venues in Nashville.Continue reading
Label: CDC Productions & Izipho Soul Records
Release Date: 8th October 2021
CDC Productions & Izipho Soul Records are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated album by Cornell CC Carter! It is amazing what CC and his team have accomplished on this project, especially during the big lockdownContinue reading Cornell CC Carter
Label: Soul4Real Records
Release Date: Sept 2021
Bettye Swann’s heart has been broken lots of times; we know this because we’ve heard it break on many of her records. Bettye’s voice captures these moments perfectly, her delivery is soft and sensitive, almost country, giving it a realness that you can almost touch.Continue reading
“Give It All I Got”/ “Do You Understand”
Label: Soul Junction Records – Catalog: SJ545 – Release Date: 27th Sept 2021 – Format 7’
Blind, Chicago soul singer Willie Williams was first discovered performing in clubs in and around the Windy City. He was signed to ABC records by their A&R Director for the Midwest Johnny Pate a former Jazz bassist, independent producer, arranger and songwriter in his own right.Continue reading Willie Williams
“Um Brilho Novo / Rua Nova Barão”
Release Date: 1st October 2021
Acid Jazz are excited to share with you the new 7” by our subsidiary label Fingier Records. So far The Kevin Fingier Collective (Argentina) has sold out the first three singles they’ve released (Last one sold 1500 copies in just one month) and we’re very excited with this new one which is with the Brazilian singer Josi Dias. Um Brilho Novo is available for radio play if of interest. Please do let me know what you think.Continue reading Josi Dias and The Kevin Fingier Collective