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Cornell CC Carter – Next Life | Album Of The Day

Cornell CC Carter has understandably built up a good following after a string of strong contemporary Soul albums. Carter possesses a nice soulful voice, and his music is current whilst always having a link to the past. ‘Next Life’ builds on his previous albums and contains a mixture of modern soul dancers, steppers and slow jams. ‘Upside Down’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Not Possible’ are 80’s influenced Modern soul dancers and ‘I’m Here’ a nice stepper.  ‘The Moment’ has a funky groove, and ‘Experience’ a nice mid tempo song. ‘Don’t You Love it’ is a beat ballad/Slow Jam, ‘Sho Nuiff’ and ‘Real’ are old school sweet...
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Gelson Oliviera & Luis Ewerling – Terra | Album Of The Day

Debut album by the influential gaucho musician Gelson Oliveira, in partnership with the  drummer Luiz Ewerling, released independently in 1983, with minimal resources. In spite of all this, they made a unique and very album, with a spectacular musicality, a mix of sounds, ranging from jazz, funk and fusion. Check out some of our other Mad About Records stock, ranging from superb Mexican Jazz Fusion, Las Vegas based private press Funk and Soul rarities, West Coast Jazz and possibly the best Brazilian Boogie / Disco Compilation to have ever graced UK shelves. Their output continues to impress and thankfully we...
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Walter Bishop Jr.’s 4th Cycle Keeper Of My Soul | Rudolph Johnson – The Second Coming

Walter Bishop Jr - Keeper Of My Soul Keyboardist Walter Bishop, Jr. recorded the second album released by the Black Jazz label, Coral Keys, a masterpiece of Blue Note-style atmospherics infused with '70s soul-jazz. But a mere two years later, Bishop, Jr. brought a whole new sound and a whole new band into the studio for 1973"s Keeper of My Soul. Contrary to the album title, the name of the band was not The 4th Cycle; instead, as the liner notes put it, the name reflected 'Bishop's composition and improvisational techniques based on the Cycle of 4ths and his various...
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Paprika Soul – Album Of The Day

Paprika soul—comprised of a collaboration of musicians from the UK, US and Europe—release their first CD of 2021, “Soul On Jazz”. As the title suggests, the album is made up of some mellow, groovy Soul and Jazz cuts with some interesting covers—an interesting take on the Lonnie Liston Smith Columbia classic Journey Into Love stands out as one of the album highlights, a mid-tempo groover with female vocals substituting for Donald Smith's dulcit tones. The leading track of the album Standing Right Here is a bright and upbeat track, peppered with playful bouts of percussion and soulful keys, with Jackie...
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Can I Be A Witness – Stax Southern Groove (Kent) – Album Of The Day

Can I Be A Witness - Stax Southern Groove is a great new CD compilation from Kent Records introducing no less than 11 previously unreleased tracks from the Stax vaults plus a further 9 rare or obscure upper tempo tracks. Highlights include eddie Floyd funky soul 'Can We talk This Over', the funky tracks Nightingales 'Burning Both Ends'  and Jean Knight 'Helping Man' plus the modern Soul dancers Mel & Tim 'Forever And A Day' , Jeanne & The Darlings 'Changes' and Major Lance 'I Wanna Make Up (Before We Break Up)'. Frederick Knight 'Passin Thru/World KeepsTurning' is an unissued extended 11...
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Anthony Hamilton – Love Is The New Black | Album Of The Day

Anthony Hamilton returns with his first album in a few years with a strong album 'Love Is The new Black'.  We have missed his rich tones, he has undoubtedly one of the best contemporary male soul voices. 'Love Is The New Black' ft Regina McKoy on background vocals  and 'Threw It All Away' (which samples Tom Brock's 'I Love You More and More') are both slinky semi funky mid tempo tracks, steeped in early to mid 70's Soul.  'Real Love' ft James Poyser on keyboards gives a nod to De La Soul and Ahmad Jamal whilst the ballad 'White Hennessy' samples...
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Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series) | Album Of The Day | Thursday, 23rd September 2021

The opening phrase of ‘Maiden Voyage’ is as an evocative piece that Jazz has ever produced. It reflects the ebbing of tides and the gradual launch of a vessel. By the time ‘Maiden Voyage’ was recorded, Herbie Hancock had acquired an impressionistic quality to his writing, so much so that you can visualise the pictures he is painting with his music. Freddie Hubbard’s Coltrane inspired solo sets the scene on ‘Maiden Voyage’, which Hancock builds on eloquently. This is genius at work. Alongside the album’s closing track the sublime ‘Dolphin’s Dance’ ‘Maiden Voyage’ provided Jazz with two of its finest...
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James Brown – There It Is | Album Of The Day

James Brown recorded this great album 'There It Is' in 1972. It is one of his best albums, including the long versions of the funky 'There it Is'  , 'I'm A Greedy Man'  and the best version of the incredible 'Talkin' Loud Sayin' Nothing'  clocking in at nearly 8 minutes plus his version of Bobby Byrd's 'I Need Help ( I Can't Do it alone)'. In addition there are the message songs ; the incredible 'King Heroin' plus 'Public Enemy No1'. Superb album. Buy the CD HERE Check out the tracks below James Brown - There It Is (Parts One...
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Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul | Album Of The Day

Lady Blackbird finally releases her debut album 'Black Acid Soul', albeit on limited edition Lp and Cd for the moment. . Her distinctive voice is steeped in the history of Jazz and Soul, with hints of her influences: Billie Holiday, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Chaka Khan. The album was recorded in Studio B (Princes room) at Sunset Sound .L.A., and is produced by Chris Seefried mastered by Bernie Grundman. The eleven mainly down tempo tracks include the Jazz standard 'Blackbird', and Voices of East Harlem/Hypnotics 'Beware The Stranger', culminating with the dramatic evocative string laden choral 'Black Acid Soul'....
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Thomas Motter – Time | Album Of The Day

German Keyboardist and producer Thomas Motter returns with another strong album, a mixture of Soul and Jazz, and as always featuring some great singers. Le Nora Jaye's powerful soulful voice fronts the funky strutting 'Closer', which has some nice horn riffs. Karl Frierson sings on the equally funky up-tempo soul 'Eternity' , and Princess Freesia fronts the bright upper mid tempo 'In Time'.  Ty Causey smooth soulful tones graces the down tempo 'New Morning'. Menoosha Susung sings and speaks on the melodic funky jazz tinged 'Time' , Vanessa Holmes and Shawn Faye Stevenson combine for the excellent mid tempo 'Nite Shift' and Fatma...