NICOLE HENRY - AT THIS MOMENT
Following up on her 2013 Centric Soul Train Award for Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” Nicole Henry, one of today’s most acclaimed female vocalists, releases her new single “At This Moment”, digitally on August 5, 2013 on Banister Records and distributed by Entertainment One. Recorded at Squat Sound Studio in London, the single showcases Ms. Henry’s soulful interpretation of the 1980’s classic hit by Billy Vera and the Beaters. Accompanying the single, Ms. Henry debuts her first official music video. "Hearing Billy Vera's performance of this song was fascinating to me because it was a live recording, which was and is, a rarity to hear on the radio. I loved that you could feel more of its heartfelt soulfulness because of that fact," says Henry. "I had a great time creating my own version of it while I was in London during a writing and recording session, and was honored to perform it for Billy in Los Angeles earlier this year." Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma have earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz CDs, and rave reviews by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more. Hen ry’s accompaniment ranges from a jazz trio to a full big band with a repertoire that includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.
KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION 2: MORE INDEPENDENT JAZZ SOUNDS FROM THE SEVENTIES & EIGHTIES
Kev Beadle dips into his private collection, and comes up with a stunning batch of jazzy tracks in the process! The grooves here aren't as locked up as the cover might imply – because some of these cuts are ones the global scene has dug for years – but they're definitely the kind of tracks that really need reviving, especially in a wonderful collection like this – where each new cut seems to bring out the best of the others! All tracks are nice and long, and most have some sort of vocals – blended with modal rhythms, Brazilian touches, and strong soulful solos throughout. Titles include "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Music In My Heart" by Kathryn Moses, "Yours Is The Light" by Paz, "Dreams Can Be" by Janet Lawson, "He Loves You" by Seawind, "I'm Tryin To Find A Way" by Stanley Cowell, "Ferrovias" by Grupo Medusa, and "Bamba" by Dimenzio. ~ Dusty Groove
SALT - LA SOLUTION
A really lovely set from this enigmatic duo – a mix of the sweet French vocals of Myra Maud and the keyboards of Lutz Krajenski – then agumented by lots of warm jazzy touches! The record's got a voice that's all its own – French language lyrics, bossa-tinged backings, and soulful undercurrents that make us think that Myra might be a hell of a jazz singer if ever turned strictly towards that format! There's nothing salty about the sound – as it's warm, sweet, and very appealing right from the start – beyond the bounds of language, especially if you dig soulful sounds as much as us. Titles include "L'Homme Au Vacoa", "Je Ne Sais Pas", "La Solution", "Soley", "Un Peu De Ci", and "Poutji". ~ Dusty Groove