Archive for October, 2013

  • Womack: The Wildest Ride

    By Chris Wells on October 30, 2013
    In August 1994, Echoes Editor Chris Wells flew to Los Angeles to record some interviews. Whilst there he looked up Bobby Womack, whom he’d heard had been working on a new album for Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s Slide Music label. The resulting encounter – including a wild car chase through the Hollywood Hills – became one of our most widely […]
  • Al Johnson Dies

    By Chris Wells on October 27, 2013
    Co-founder of The Unifics and in 1980 the guy who teamed up with Jean Carne on the much-loved duet I’m Back For More, Al Johnson, died on October 26. Carne recently posted this message online: “I received a message and text earlier from Jeff Majors saying that my Friend and favorite Voice, Al Johnson passed away this morning. 
A Fan since […]
  • Day Time

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2013
    Top 10 R&B, Top 40 Pop and international award-winning songwriter, producer, and recording artist James Day has just announced the forthcoming release of Seasons & Reasons, his album for the 2013 holiday season, featuring ace vocalists Audrey Wheeler, Gavin Christopher, Donnie Johnson and more. It’s available from Soul Brother Records in London from early November and elsewhere [and on CD] […]
  • Seek… And Find

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2013
    Dome Records are to release Seekronized: Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret on November 8, a 16-track compilation of the best tracks from Seek’s three albums. Fronted by vocalist Lisa Terry – who co-wrote the songs – and led by Freddy Luster [now a concert promoter in Atlanta], Seek released all their music originally between 2002 and 2004 – Dome issued their […]
  • Quincy Sues MJ Estate

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2013
    Quincy Jones yesterday sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the singer’s biggest hits. Jones’ lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the Jackson estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music in question has been used […]
  • New Warners Originals

    By Chris Wells on October 25, 2013
    Warner Bros’ well-developed habit of gathering together a handful of great albums, bunging them into a box case and issuing them under the Original Albums Series continues. Selling online at around £12, they represent great value to those who need to catch up, replace or just plain discover some new gems for the collection. The latest batch is: GRAHAM CENTRAL […]
  • Eulaulah Hathaway Exclusive

    By Chris Wells on October 24, 2013
    In January 1999, around the 20th anniversary of Donny Hathaway‘s death, Echoes Editor Chris Wells talked exclusively to Donny’s widow, Eulaulah Hathaway. The interview – alongside others with Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack and Leroy Hutson – was intended to form part of Chris’s sleeve note to a proposed ‘Anthology’ of Donny’s music. When, for various reasons, the project fell foul […]
  • Bassekou For Union Chapel

    By Chris Wells on October 23, 2013
    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Thursday 20 March 2014, Union Chapel, 19:30 Tickets £22 barbican.org.uk. Grammy Award nominated ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate will return to London with his band Ngoni ba after the sell-out success of Sahara Soul, the tribute concert for Mali and its rich musical traditions hosted at the Barbican in January 2013. In recent years Bassekou Kouyate has single-handedly propelled his instrument […]
  • They Might Be Giants

    By Chris Wells on October 21, 2013
    Billed as the ‘Giants of Funk Soul Boogie & Jazz’ the already intriguing coming together of Glenn Jones, Steve Arrington and Loose Ends has now been boosted by the addition of Archie Bell & The Drells – for their gig on November 1 at the IndigO2 at The O2, London. The original show, minus Archie and the boys, was due […]
  • Sweet Ambrosius

    By Chris Wells on October 21, 2013
    Playing with her full American band, former Floetry member and now established solo artist Marsha Ambrosius has lined up a date at London’s IndigO2 at the O2 on Saturday, December 21. Her new album Friends & Lovers is slated for a 2014 release. Marsha calls the album an autobiography of her past relationships: “Friends & Lovers is to be listened to […]