As the main songwriter for Chicago's Chess label, bassist/singer Willie Dixon was one of the most influential and prolific figures in blues. Although he often served as a session player for other well-known musicians, his soulful presence was always felt, as revealed on this excellent 25-track collection which features Dixon performing with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Witherspoon, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Elmore James, Otis Rush, and Etta James.
Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in the world and is rapidly expanding, but has it hung on to its culinary roots? Rick Stein wants to find out. 'We all love a Chinese - the sweet and the sour, the freshness, the crunchiness, the colours, the smell of five spice and soy. I'll be finding the pockets of traditional food still left in this city - the dishes that the Shanghainese long for away from home. I'm going to taste rich red braised pork, Chairman Mao's favourite, the city's cherished hairy crabs and mouthwatering dumplings, unique to Shanghai, so delicate they sag under the weight of the hot liquid inside and burst at the lightest touch.
Funk'N'Stein, the brainchild of lead vocalist Elran Dekel and Guri Alfi (who left to pursue another career), possesses the spirit of funk legends George Clinton & Sly & The Family Stone. Yet this eight-piece group hails from Tel Aviv, Israel. Through various jam sessions, music festivals and appearances on the MTV-like channel Music 24 in their home country, Funk ‘N' Stein built a huge following. After their recorded debut in 2006, Funk ‘N' Stein's exposure extended from Europe to a full-out 2008 Australian Funk Tour. Now inked to Soul Unsigned, primarily known for compilations, Funk ‘N' Stein is only the second act on the label to be featured with their own project; this one entitled Funky Mission.