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Interview: J.D’s TIME MACHINE

Label: IZIPHO SOUL Records
Catalog: ZP56
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Format: 7”

KISS OF FREEDOM: The All Star Indie Soul & Jazz collaboration, fronted by writer/producer J.D’s Time Machine features some of the most currently talked about, new and celebrated artists, including Cleveland P Jones, AgapeSoul, & U-Nam. Within this live arrangement are singers and musicians on loan from amongst the biggest Grammy Award Winners & Nominees today, including Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, and Ledisi. 

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The Words of Wisdom and Truth Review

“Don’t need your love” / “What you do to me”

Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti
Catalog: CBLL034
Release Date: Early March 2021
Format: 7” – 45rpm – Core Black Vinyl – Limited Edition 250 + 20 TP’s

It all started when Herman “Butch” Slaughter whose technical training in music came from being First Chair/First Chair Baritone in a few school choirs. He had several attempts at putting a group together eventually leading to the creation of The Words of Wisdom with Karen Slaughter, Robert “Buck” Vaughn, Rosa Lunderman and Mabel Heart. 

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The Brand New Heavies

Live In Tokyo 1992 Shibuya 357

Acid Jazz presents a dynamic live recording capturing the energy & pure joy of The Brand New Heavies live in 1992.

1991 was a momentous year for The Brand New Heavies. They started it without a singer and were second on the bill to The James Taylor Quartet but by the end of the year they had a Top 3 US hit and were about to embark on a run of 16 Top 40 hits in the UK. N’Dea Davenport was by this point fronting the group as their guest singer, and the brilliant string of singles from their debut album were becoming locked in the minds of an ever-growing fan base.

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Bernard “Pretty” Purdie LP

Label: Tidal Waves Music
Release Date: 16th April 2021

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie is an American drummer that needs little introduction. At an early age he began hitting cans with sticks and learned the elements of drumming techniques from overhearing lessons being given. Considered an influential and innovativesoul-jazz-funk musician, he is known for his precise musical time keepingand his signature/unique drumming techniques… consideredone of the greatest drummers of his generation, in 2013 he was inducted into the ‘Modern Drummer’ Hall of Fame.

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Dean Parrish


“It’s Time – Purple Mountain Majesty”/ “Purple Mountain Majesty”

Catalog: AJX5646
Release Date: 5th February 2021

“10 years since we released his last magnificent northern soul classic the legend (and there’s not really many people who deserve that epithet) Dean Parrish is back with possible the best record of his career. 
Controversial I admit, but listen to it first before you disagree with me!” 
Eddie Piller 

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The Weaver’s of Dreams

“Weavers of dreams” / “We could be a giant”

Label: Carousel Concepts
Catalog: SDE55
Release Date: Per Order

Al Hough was born in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, La. His grandfather was the popular jazz composer and pianist, Eddie Jackson, whose band RCA Victor recorded as its original mobile session in the early 1920’s. Al’s dad – Al Sr.- was a vocalist with the famous ‘Sons of the South’ quartet in the ’40’s. When he was still a child, Al’s family left the Jim Crow south and headed North to New York City, Harlem (that dusky sash across Manhattan -Langston Hughes).

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Jesse James

“(The Girl In) Clinton Park”/ “Just As Long As We’re In Love”

Jesse James rides again!

Label: Soul Junction Records
Catalog: SJ543
Release Date: 25th January 2021

Rejoining the Soul Junction label to bring you his previously unreleased original version of the song “(The Girl In) Clinton Park”
The song is more widely known through the version recorded by the group Masterplan in 1974 as part of their trilogy of 45 releases on the West Coast Fos-Glo label, with this particular release being later picked up and released on The East Coast Delite label.

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Label: IZIPHO SOUL RECORDS
Catalog: ZP56
Release Date: 8th January 2021

IZIPHO SOUL RECORDS are thrilled to collaborate once again with Sound Of Superbad. If you thought ‘I Want ‘Cha’ was great, the bar has well and truly been raised with ‘Vibration’!
We are honoured to welcome Chicago-based singer extraordinaire Robert IMtume Owens. Robert’s rich and mellifluous voice, layered over Sound Of Superbad’s sophisticated production values are a match made in musical heaven.

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JOSIE FALBO

“This is real” / What you do to me”

Label: IZIPHO SOUL RECORDS
Catalog: 57
Release Date: 8th January 2021

Josie Falbo is, and has been one of Chicago’s busiest studio singers for over 35 years. A decade ago, Josie released an album on Southport Records entitled ‘Taylor Street’, named after Chicago’s Little Italy area where she grew up.

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Don Brown –31/12/20

Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.

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