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Will Fox

23/06/2022

  • Global
  • Jazz/Funk/Soul

As a longstanding staff member of Soul Brother Records, it should come as no surprise that Will Fox has had an unfettered access to a continued stream of Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rare-Groove, Two Step and Disco for as long as he can remember.

The shop has become a pivotal factor in his musical education and influence, a musical trove in which he continues to unearth dusty rarities from its vaults. Will has been reissuing music on vinyl for a number of years, working closely with Ralph Tee of Expansion Records where he brought to life the 2017 reissue of Keep The Fire Burning by Gwen McCrae, alongside Bobbi Humphrey’s Baby Don’t You Know, The Warriors’ What’s My Destination and the Soul Brother Records reissue of Chet Ivey’s Deep-Funk classic A Dose Of Soul.

As a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, percussion), arranger, producer and compiler, Will tends to err towards the soulful spectrum of music, particularly angling towards Jazz and its various permutations, but is unafraid to blend the hyper-melodic textures of Jazz with the deeper and more rhythmically truncated sounds of electronic music, drawing upon previous experiences of having studied in Berlin and Bristol. Will’s most recent compilation album—released with Dave Lee (FKA Joey Negro) on Z Records called Breaking the Beats—speaks to this musical ethos, a personal compilation of West London Broken Beat, straddling the gap gap between electronic music and Jazz.

Currently, Will is working on a solo project with Cinematic Orchestra Lead Vocalist Heidi Vogel with a distinct Latin feel, an area of music that he feels comfortable experimenting with and a particular wellspring of musical influence for him—from the polyrhythms of Cuban and Nuyorican Salsa to the frenetic Jazz-Dance of Brazilian Samba. He is also working on a new reissue project with Motherlode Music, a fledgling label reissuing rare and often unissued Soul and Jazz.

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