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GREGORY PORTER: All Rise (Decca/Blue Note)

It was way back in January that Gregory Porter announced he was set to release a new album – his first since 2017’s ‘Nat King Cole & Me’. The LP, ‘All Rise’, we were...

SEE THE LIGHT….

Been a while since we heard from celebrated Detroit sax man DAVE McMURRAY. I know plenty of soul folk who have a soft spot for his sprightly cover of ‘What Cha Gonna Do With...

DAN PENN: Living On Mercy (Last Music)

A few weeks back we highlighted a compilation album on The Memphis Boys – a collection of archive recordings featuring the studio band of Chips Moman’s legendary American Sound Studios down there in Memphis....

Sweet Freedom – Natalie Duncan Talks Goldie, Lauryn Hill And …The Spice Girls

Second chances are not commonplace in the mainstream music industry with its “here today, gone tomorrow” ethos.  Consequently, recording artists often have short shelf lives and are cruelly dumped by the major record labels...

WHETHER THE WEATHER!

Last year a reconstituted WEATHER GIRLS made a great comeback with the lovely ‘Cheek To Cheek’. The duo now consists of Dynelle Rhodes (daughter of original member Izora Rhodes) and gospel diva Dorrey Lyles...

DON BRYANT: You Make Me Feel (Fat Possum)

Don Bryant won’t mind being called a veteran soul man… he’s proud to say he’s pushing 80! But proper soul fans will know that and also know about Don’s remarkable career. They’ll know that...

WHAT IS GOING ON?

Despite its familiarity Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ always hits a nerve; and no matter what cover version you listen to (and there are hundreds) its message, atmospherics and indefinable beauty never lose their...

WILL DOWNING: DOUBLE A

Like most artists, WILL DOWNING has been busy during the lockdown. He’s been kicking around some ideas for a new album and the first fruit is a delicious new, double A sided single. Fans...

ROBERTA FLACK: ‘First Take: The 50th Anniversary Edition’ (Run Out Groove)

As debut albums go, Roberta Flack‘s ‘First Take,’ released by Atlantic Records in June 1969, is one of the most impressive in the history of soul music. It was a compelling showcase for the...