ELLA FITZGERALD WITH THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
2017 is Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial year. This new album features Ella’s vocals paired with new symphonic arrangements and accompaniment by the peerless London Symphony Orchestra. Classic tracks People Will Say We're In Love (featuring Gregory Porter);Someone To Watch Over Me; They Can't Take That Away From Me (featuring Louis Armstrong); Bewitched; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Misty; Makin' Whoopee!;These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You); Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (featuring Louis Armstrong); What Is There To Say; Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love); and With A Song In My Heart. Someone to Watch Over Me is part of Verve’s celebrations of Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary; the First Lady of Song was born on April 25, 1917.
FRANCESCO BUZZURRO & RICHARD SMITH – HEART OF THE EMIGRANTS
Since their initial meeting in 2005, the two have strived to create a presentation that combines their unique musical backgrounds into an anthology of tunes enjoyable and appreciated by the masses. Their first recording, 2011’s Un Mondo, Due Chitarre takes its audience on a musical journey outside each respective player’s genres to explore new dimensions in the sound of two guitars. The opening piece, an original composition from Buzzurro, “Paisaje” sets the tone as the music weaves through arrangements of both Buzzurro and Smith, as well as Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and The Who. On the surface, the two seem like an unlikely pair. If you delve further, within each musician, there is a very deep love for not only the guitar, but for the unique music they create together. Smith is an American born guitarist, best known for his numerous chart topping hits and achievements. Sicilian virtuoso Buzzurro is best recognized as an award winning classical guitarist. He is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sicilian folk music. His knowledge is so commanding that he is recognized by the Italian government as one of it's Ministers of Culture.
DIESLER FT. AFRIKA FUENTES - RED LIGHT
Having just returned from another successful songwriting trip to Nashville, the Manchester based, Madrid born songstress Afrika Fuentes lends her soulful tones to the infectious Red Light. On remix duties is Athens based house producer George Kelly bringing a Classic US House Rub to proceedings - a DJ in constant demand on the continent, being also the label owner of Chopshop and Our RecordsDiesler is Jonathan Radford from Burnley near Manchester. He's a producer and DJ that's been long affiliated with Tru Thoughts and Freestyle Records, in addition to being label manager for A Little Something Recordings. He presents his new single "Red Light" featuring homegirl Afrika Fuentes here. It is a groovy serving of deep and soulful nu-jazz with Fuentes amazing vocals taking centre stage. The remix up next by Greek nu-disco hero George Kelly (from Chopshop) is more streamlined for the dancefloor on this straight-up deep house makeover, with some strict garage rhythms to get the message through. It also comes with a handy dub version for those of you less keen on the vocals, plus an instrumental version of the original.