Paprika Soul - Into
Soul are Andy Spiller and Alan Barnes (Soft Sugar Productions). The
London-based group is active in this musical community most of you
will know as the creators of Acid Jazz. Incognito, Chris Bangs, Gilles
Peterson, The Brand New Heavies are names of these scene with a
high publicity. To say it straight ahead: Latin influenced Acid Jazz
is the style of Paprika Soul and they are just perfect. Their second
and new album "Into the Light" was released in U.K. and in
Japan in 2002. The Japanese release has a bonus track to justify the
higher prize on the Japanese music market. The US-version will be
published on February 25, 2003. Their music is very audible and a
smooth mixture of Latin Jazz, Acid Jazz, Dance floor and Pop Music.
The tunes are real charters on radio stations around London as Solar
Radio, JazzFM, BBS London and Worldwide Radio One.
Love Makin' is featuring the singer Jacki
worked closely with the band Matt
Bianco, touring Japan, Indonesia and Europe with them and appearing on their albums "Gran Via", "Another Time : Another Place" and a re-recording of their greatest hits called "A Collection".
She can also be heard on albums of Shakatak ("Under
Your Spell") as backing singer and saxophonist or Beatifik ("The
Blue Window"). Recently she published the solo-project "Spellbound".
The song was originally recorded by Gloria Scott in 1974 produced by
Barry White. In Germany we call such a tune an "Ohrwurm"
that means a hooking dance floor-hit.
Matt Bianco, Incognito and the James Taylor Quartet will love Xiababa.
A Latin Jazz influenced tune with a nice Hammond B3 organ
interpretation and the typical Latin rhythm, we know from these
groups. It's a cover originally performed by Airto
Purim in the late seventies. The scatting vocals are presented by
Day is a propulsive Electric Jazz/Dance/Chill Out tune with
awesome guitar riffs of Malcolm
MacFarlane. All other instruments were played by Andy Spiller. If you
like this style of music, I suggest the albums Monsieur Charles
(Mission De Luxe), Electro Jazz Session, Jazzland Remixed or NoJazz as
starting point for further explorations.
of the Condor was
composed by Andy Spiller and inspired by The Simon Harris Orchestra
Composition “Windchant”, which featured Michael Brecker. (Mr.
Brecker is a favourite among the band members). Poli Coussee is the
creator and performer of the woodwind arrangements.
of Life was
originally written and performed by Cerrone on his album Cerrone IV -
The Golden Touch (1978). It was a disco hit in Europe in the dance
genre. The vocal interpret of this intriguing cover version is Christine
Sunset starts with some Latin flute tones. A Bossa styled
jamming tune with sampled vocals of Rita Campbell.
was originally released by the group Tamba 4, a Bossa Nova group of
the '60s. It was a re-formed band previous known as Tamba Trio. The
song is taken from a CTI-album called "Samba Blim". Slick
was composed by Herb Alpert/Pisano. Pisano was the guitarist in Herb's
group Tijuna Brass. Slick keeps up the Latin mood of this fabulous
Baby And Me is a dance floor vocal song featuring Gayle
Spinner, who has also written this song. Malcolm
MacFarlane adds catchy guitar chords. She
performs regularly as part of the duo "Topaz" with Andy
Spiller combining her own songs with a variety of contemporary music.
Latin flavored music presents Samba
Recife. This tune
was inspired by Cal Tjader's Samba Sueno. Cal Tjader was one of the
most famous non-Latino leader of Latin jazz bands. It's a good example
of the crossover effects between the traditional Latin Jazz and Acid
was originally composed by Antonio Carl Jobim and Astrud Gilberto. The
original was released in 1965 on the "Astrud Gilberto
Album". This cover is influenced by Janet Lawson's cover,
available again on the sampler "Capitol Rare: Funky Notes from
the West Coast" (1999). Andy has accelerated the tempo to make
the tune more vivid. Jacki Hicks' voice is fitting to the original
For Hervé is
inspired by "Rio Funk", a song from Lee Ritenour's album
"Rio". The song is written
for and dedicated to the memory of Herve Gamelin who unfortunately
passed away in 2001. Ian Ellis' jazzy improvisations on
soprano say show a variety of astonishing variations.
Light" is one of those album one shouldn't miss this year. To
make the buy easier you find links to sellers below.