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Soul Brother Records’ “Day of Jazz Room” with Paul Murphy, Saturday 01st October 22′

On Saturday the 1st October we’re thrilled to be hosting the official launch of @jazzroomrecords forthcoming release and cult 1982 jazz-funk rarity Johnny Walker Advent with Jazz Room honcho and all around font of musical knowledge Paul Murphy - Insta handle @paulmurphyjazzdj . We’ll be having a Q&A about the release, dance floor jazz and it’s history/legacy and about Paul’s life in music and career to date. It’s a free event so come down and grab a copy of the album: we’ll be the first to have them and it goes without saying that it comes recommended. The last time we saw...
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Blue Mitchell – Blue Mitchell (New Land x Mainstream) | Album of the Day

Blue Mitchell’s self titled 1971 album on Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records—often referred to as Soul Village—sees a reissue on Newland Records, a 180g package remastered by man in-demand Kevin Gray and pressed at the Pallas in Germany. The album features a tight core unit, comprised of Blue on trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr. on keys, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, Larry Gales on bass and Doug Sides on drums. The date was recorded in one take, telling of the quality of the musicians at Mitchell’s disposal, a short-lived quintet that lasted less than a year brought together after Blue’s move to Los...
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Kim Tibbs – The Science of Completion Volume 1 | Album Of The Day

Kim Tibbs has produced an exceptional new soul album for 2022 in the style of 70's Memphis Soul but with a contemporary feel. Kim Tibbs proudly presents the highly anticipated album The Science of Completion Vol 1. Recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, USA and co-produced by Lawrence Boo Mitchell, son of the late great Willie Mitchell. Twenty five musicians played their part on this project and have created the most authentic 70s soul you will ever hear in 21st century music, attention to detail even went as far as retrieving Al Green’s microphone from the original Hi...
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Ramsey Lewis – An Obituary

It was with great sadness that we at Soul Brothers learned of the passing of Jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis.  He was 87.  Born in Chicago, Lewis learned to play the piano from the age of four.  After playing with various groups in and around his home city, he formed his own trio with bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac ‘Red’ Holt.  In 1956, the trio recorded its debut album, ‘Ramsey Lewis and His Gentle-Men Of Swing’ for Argo Records, the Jazz subsidiary of the legendary Chicago based label, Chess.  Lewis would go on to record over thirty albums on Argo...
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Lindsey Webster – Reasons | Album of the Day

Lindsey Webster returns with another strong album. Her music bridges Soul and Jazz very effectively. Lindsey's beautiful voice is accompanied by some great musicians throughout, including long term associate Keith Slater on keyboards and T.O.P. percussionist Lenny Castro. The uptempo  'I Didn't Mean It' really swings along and unusually features Brian Culbertson on trumpet and trombone. 'Love Of Your Life' is a mid tempo song ft Nathan East on bass and vocals. 'Wish You Well' is a nice horn backed mid tempo. 'I'm OK' is a good mid tempo stepper ft Nicholas Payton on Trumpet. There are two versions of...
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Leon Thomas – Blues and the Soulful Truth

Jazz and Blues vocalist Leon Thomas recorded Blues and Soulful Truth for Flying Dutchman in 1972. The album features a strong line up of musicians arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis. ‘Let’s Go Down to Lucy’s’ is a slinky funky number with strong horn riffs. ‘Love Each Other’ is a lovely bustling brassy shifter that has become popular on the Modern Soul scene. ‘China Doll’ is an enchanting mid tempo track with a unique keyboard riff from Neal Creque, the last two numbers featuring great backing vocals from Carl Hall amongst other Soul vocalists. ‘Gypsy Queen’ is a long...
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The Whole Darn Family Has Arrived – The Whole Darn Family | Album Of The Day

The Whole Darn Family were a funk band who recorded their only album 'Has Arrived' in Atlanta in 1976 for the Soul International label. Drummer and lead singer Tyrone Thomas leads the 13 piece band that includes Tommy Stewart on trumpet. 'Seven Minutes Of Funk'  is their most famous track, a seven minute instrumental funk opus that has been sampled many times. 'You  Know That You  Lied'  and 'New Yorking' are further funk tracks, There is also a great horn backed mid tempo modern soul cut 'Fly Away Love Bird'. Leave Me Alone' is another mid tempo soul cut. Strong album Buy the...
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Khari Cabral & Jiva – 5 | Album of the Day

Atlanta's Khari Cabral Simmons and Jiva return with the first Jiva album in 13 years '5'. Their blend of Bossa nova soul and Funk still sounds fresh. There are covers of two James Mason tracks 'Good Thing' ft Brenda Nicole Moorer and a nice percussive bossa version of 'Sweet Power Your Embrace' ft Lizz Wright. Lindsay Webster features on the upper mid tempo 'Heaven's Design'. Up and coming vocalist Cleveland Jones provides a good contrast on the dancer 'Show Me The Way' and the more contemplative 'Hard Times'. The groove oriented instrumentals  'North Node' , ' I Believe' and 'Capricorn...
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Jas Kayser – Jas’ 5ive | Album Of The Day

Jas Kayser features in the latest album in the Jazzre:freshed series Jas 5ive, following on in the footsteps of Ashley Henry and Kaidi Tatham with a rhythmically-flowing and expertly measured set that plumbs the rich rhymical traditions of West African, Latin and Jazz, distilled through the filter of contemporary London Jazz. The Dorset raised 26-year-old has been making a name for herself as one of the finest young drummers on the UK circuit, after attaining her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Berklee. Having performed with homegrown talent ranging from Alfa Mist, Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, her touch is well...
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Jack McDuff – Live at Parnell’s (Soul Bank) | Album Of The Day

Jazz organist ‘Brother’ Jack McDuff (born Eugene McDuffy in 1926 September 17, 1926 – January 23, 2001) was second only to the infamous Jimmy Smith in terms of fame and the impact he made with the King of keyboard instruments – the Hammond B-3 Organ. Self-taught on the organ, he recorded with Willis Jackson & Roland Kirk in the late ’50s and early ’60s, cutting high calibre souljazz dates for Prestige Records, and later Argo / Cadet. Blue Note and Verve Records. McDuff can also take the credit for launching the career of a particularly gifted young jazz guitarist when...