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2 New Jai Alai 7" Releases - Sir Wick & Elaine Stepter


2 New Jai Alai 7" Releases - Sir Wick & Elaine Stepter magazine cover

2 ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—๐—”๐—œ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ!

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Seal My Heart / I Love You (๐—๐—”๐—ฅ04)

๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ

Come See About Me / What Am I To Do (๐—๐—”๐—ฅ05)

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Continuing with the theme of finding and releasing quality 21st century CD-only tracks on to 7โ€ vinyl, Jai Alai now are proud to present their fourth release which showcases the stand-out tracks from the only two albums released under the name Sir Wick.

Chad โ€™Sir Wickโ€™ Hughes is probably best described as a musician (trombone, piano, percussion), composer, teacher, adjudicator and clinician, but somehow that doesnโ€™t seem quite enough to describe such a unique musical talent. Born in Detroit, and graduating from the same High School as Diana Ross, Paul Thompson, & Ron Carter, he went on to study composition and arranging, and holds regular clinics around the north and mid-west US states sharing his expertise.

The topside on this limited edition release is the lead track from his debut album โ€œAn Interpretation Of A Universal Languageโ€ (2007 Sir Wick Entertainment LLC) which features the sublime vocals of Sedalia Marie, a beautiful mid-pacer, whilst the other side โ€œI Love Youโ€ features the mellow vocals of Anthony Saunders on a track from Chadโ€™s opus work โ€œA Tale Of Two Foolsโ€, which he began in 1996 but only finally orchestrated and released as his second album in 2017 - a soundtrack featuring a full orchestra comprising eight woodwind parts, full strings, big band brass, and seven-piece rhythm section.

Originally intended as an operetta, it was evolving into something bigger; an opera, musical or stage play maybe, but he finally referred to it as a โ€˜novicalโ€™ (a musical novel), which best describes this story of a young musician falling in love for the first time. A biopic, maybe?

One could easily take these two fabulous tracks at face value as simply just another great double-sider, but isnโ€™t it nicer to know the full story?

Steve Hobbs (Solar Radio, Totally Wired Radio)

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Jai Alai is different from sister label Soul4Real in that this imprint focuses on 21st century releases that were either CD only, or totally missed, and there is a very exciting programme of future releases already lined up. But before we get into my favourite release so far, the correct pronunciation of the label is โ€œhi-uh-lieโ€ which is a Basque version of the court ballgame pelota - no more mis-pronunciations please!

It would be fair to say that we could have done with a few more releases from this immensely talented โ€œSongbird Of Loveโ€ over the years, but maybe your purchase might help that. I fell in love with her voice on the wonderful stepper โ€œIโ€™ll Always Be A Part Of Youโ€, released on the short-lived New York label 1800 Records in 1986, so I was surprised to learn that Elaine was Los Angeles born and bred, particularly as her 1990 follow up dancer โ€œThe Sweetness Of Your Loveโ€ was on Miami label Never Stop Productions, which further enhanced her underground following in the UK & European soul scenes.

In 1993 her โ€œGood Loveโ€ was included on the Meteor Man film soundtrack (starring amongst others, Luther Vandross), but it would be a while before she returned to the studios having toured as background then lead singer in Rose Royce from 1997-2007.

She finally released her own CD album โ€œThe Woman I Amโ€ on Eee Project in 2007, from which these two killer cuts have been released for the first time on vinyl: โ€œCome See About Meโ€ is an infectious floor-filler pitched just below mid-pace, but โ€œWhat Am I To Doโ€ is the most sublime kneetrembler, taking you straight to a late night smoky jazz room with Ella or Billie on stage. Worth it for this side alone.

Steve Hobbs (Solar Radio, Totally Wired Radio)

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Label design by Jordi Durรณ.

๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช!

๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€ + postage as it follows:

1 to 5 copies: 6,90 euros UK & Europe

1 to 5 copies: 2,70 euros Spain

1 to 5 copies: 10,55 euros USA & rest of the world

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ & ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†:

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Check previous releases: www.soul4real.es

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