Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Courtney Pine & Juliet Roberts – Life Goes Around

Lost but not least! Courtney Pine featuring Juliet Roberts – Life Goes Around (4th & Broadway)

We most likely know Courtney Pine for his saxophone playing in addition to flute and keyboards. Although he started studying the clarinet at school. We heard of him when he dared breaking the boundaries. Thus melting his Jazz repertoire with elements of Electronic Music and most likely Drum & Bass in the mid-90’s. Although he did way more than this…
We catch him back in 1992 on the mellow and lascivious ‘Life Goes Around’. Sharing the bill with Juliet Roberts who delivered one of her most vibrant vocal performances ever.

Taken from Pine‘s ‘To The Eyes Of Creation’ EP and album of the likes, ‘Life Goes Around’ eventually resurfaced two years after on Roberts‘ ‘Natural Thing’ album.

Probably one of the most underrated jewels ever, ‘Life Goes Around’ is a timeless Quiet Storm manifesto.

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– A London native of Jamaican descent, Courtney Pine, OBE never became an astronaut. He did way better though. This while getting countless music lovers over the moon with his unique blends.

He went to Kingsbury High School where he studied classical clarinet. Eventually teaching himself the saxophone from the age of 14. Then beginning his his music career playing Reggae. And, last but not least, he delivered his debut-album – ‘Journey To The Urge Within’ – back in 1986.
Only aged 22 at the time he brilliantly showed his maturity. This with his cover version of the Chris and Eddie Amoo written ‘Children Of The Ghetto’ along with Susaye Green on vocals. Meanwhile he would contribute giving the foundations to the Jazz Warriors. This along with with Gary Crosby, Ray Carless, Tony Kofi and Adrian Reid.

Never been afraid to push the boundaries of Jazz, the 90’s saw him naturally embracing Drum & Bass and UK Garage. Thus giving birth to manifestos such ‘I’ve Known Rivers’ remixed by 4Hero. But also ‘Don’t Xplain’, by Flytronix. Then the boiling ‘Tryin’ Times’, by Peshay. These three masterpieces seeing the light on Talkin’ Loud.

All in all, Courtney Pine has released a total of 22 albums so far. With his latest offering – ‘Black Notes From The Deep’ – seeing him sharing the bill with Omar on 4 different tracks. Beginning with ‘Butterfly’ which got given a single release. Omar standing as the latest in a list of talented guests Pine has jammed with during his career. From Mica Paris on ‘Like Dreamers Do’ back in 1988. To Juliet Roberts on ‘Life Goes Around’ four years later and Jhelisa Anderson on ‘Tryin’ Times’ in 1997. Then Lynden David Hall on his cover version of Gil Scott-Heron‘s ‘Lady Day (& John Coltrane)’ in 2000 among others…

– A native of London Juliet Roberts originally sung as Julie Roberts before slightly changin’ her name. With the first traces bringin’ us back to 1980. And this with a Reagge /Lovers Rock cover version of The Police‘s ‘The Bed’s Too Big Without You’. She made her first appearance in the British Top 10 back in 1983. This when takin’ the centerstage of Funk Masters‘ memorable ‘It’s Over’. And, during the same year, she signed a recording deal with Bluebird that would result in the release of a handful of singles. Then, the year after, in 1984, she began a four-year stint as vocalist for Working Week

A workaholic, Juliet Roberts became one of the most sought after backing vocalists. With the list of the ones she’s collaborated with pretty much telling about her versatility. From Total Contrast (remember ‘Takes A Little Time’) to Loose Ends. But also Was (Not Was) (‘Spy In The House Of Love’), Paul Hardcastle and Sting to name a few.
The end of the 80’s would see her firing things up on the floors. Contributing to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’ and ‘We Shouldn’t Hold Hands In The Dark’ among others. Then teamin’ up with with D-Mob producer Daniel Kwadwo Addai Poku, better known as Dancin’ Danny D. With the twosome givin’ birth to crackers such as ‘Free Love’, ‘Caught In The Middle’ and ‘I Want You’. These in addition to ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ that saw her sharing the bill with Steven Dante, although on a slower vein. Then the memorable ‘I Needin’ U II’ along with David Morales presents The Face in 2000.

Juliet Roberts also happened to collaborate with British Jazzman Courtney Pine OBE. Thus displaying another facet of her talent on the outstanding although sadly underrated ‘Life Goes Around’, from his 1992 released ‘To The Eyes of The Creation’ album…

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