Archive for October, 2015

  • Thomas, No Doubt

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Texan-born New York-based trumpeter, vocalist and composer Leron Thomas is to play London’s Jazz Café on November 5, in support of his brand new album Cliquish, upcoming on Nov 9. Thomas made his mark with contributions to projects from the likes of Bilal, Jason Moran, Guts, Meshell Ndegeocello and of course the stunning vocal on Zara McFarlane’s Angie La La. […]
  • TLC For Ronnie’s

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Superb drummer, producer and songwriter Terri Lyne Carrington is heading to Ronnie Scott’s club in London at the end of November for a two-night stint. Catch her there on Monday, Nov 23 and Tuesday, Nov 24. She’ll be performing tunes from her brilliant The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL album, and featuring vocalist Chareneee Wade, plus Helen Sung on piano, […]
  • Got The Cure

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
      Rebuilding his career after nine years in jail, Jah Cure is making his best music ever. John Masouri takes his medicine.   After resisting the temptation to travel all the way to Paris for a 15-minute interview, I caught up with Jah Cure on the phone as he relaxed with a Polish family he’d just met, and who’d invited […]
  • Lemar: Letter Perfect

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Lemar’s sixth album, The Letter is just out, via BMG Records. Mainly a covers project, it was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Larry Klein [who has overseen albums by such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and, more recently, Lizz Wright]. Tunes given a new Lemar-style makeover include Al Green’s Love And Happiness, The Box Tops’ […]
  • Motown The Musical

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Motown The Musical is set open at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in February. Based on a book by company founder Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show tells the story of Detroit’s legendary label and, of course, features lots of Motown classics. Many of the lead parts have been cast, but auditions are still ongoing for more performers. Cedric […]
  • WILTON FELDER: SOULFUL SAX PERSONIFIED.

    By Chris Wells on October 8, 2015
      By Malcom Prangell [partner at Soul Brother Records] Sublime, beautiful, warm as a summer breeze and as close to the human voice as an instrument can be… is how you might describe Wilton Felder’s tenor sax playing. It defined, at least in part the classic ‘70s Crusaders sound, which in itself, epitomised jazz-funk [alongside Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd and […]