Baby Charles' music can be heard on radio stations world-over. In July 2007, Baby Charles supported The James Taylor Quartetat the Soul Cookers Hammond Funk Festival in Saint-Paul, Marseilles. That same funky month, the mixing of the band's debut album was completed and sent to Mark Lamarr, who played their cover version of the Arctic Monkeys track 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' on the Jonathan Ross BBC Radio 2 Show. Mr Lamarr has also kindly written the sleeve notes for the Baby Charles debut album, which was released by Italian label Record Kicks in March 10th 2008 and later on in the year the album was released in Japan by P-Vine records. To date Baby Charles can be seen performing all over Europe and sometimes playing and supporting many top artists such as Fred Wesley, The New JB's, Angie Stone, etc. They are constantly offered requests for them to play in countries further afield such as America, Canada, Australia, Cuba, Brazil etc. Baby Charles are currently busy writing their next album which is due for release in 2010.
(2) Formed in 2001, Baby Charles built up a strong reputation as a compelling live attraction schooled in late-'60s funk before signing to the Milan-based Record Kicks label. Their early singles "No Controlling Me" and "Back of My Hand" were followed by their acclaimed rework of the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" in 2008. By now the Brighton-based ten-piece -- Dionne Charles (vocals), Simon Hill (bass), Alex Kirkwood (drums), Toby Sendall (guitar), Lee Nicklen (organ), Oliver Minkley (percussion), Sigi Beare (saxophones), Natasha Gawlinski (saxophone), Georgina Carrol (flute) and Will Rumfitt (trombone) -- had gotten the attention of the U.K. funk/soul cognoscenti.
Their run of heavyweight funk singles and debut self-titled long-player earned plaudits from Gilles Peterson, Snowboy, Keb Darge, Jazzman Gerald, DJ Andy Smith, and Mark LaMarr, with the latter contributing sleeve notes to Baby Charles (2008). Despite the acclaim for their self-produced and largely self-written opener, however, this was to be Baby Charles' final release with the outfit disbanding in 2010. Former BC players went on to form Beta Hector and retro-R&B outfit Derriere, among others. ~ Matthew Garbutt, Rovi Read more on Last.fm.
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