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ANNE WALSH: The Astrud Project (A to Zink)

Anne Walsh is an American vocalist who, though classically trained, is making a name  for herself on the jazz circuit. Ms Walsh has a particular penchant for the sounds of Brazil, particularly the music...

NICKY EGAN: This Life (Transistor Sound)

NICKY EGAN is a US singer/songwriter from the Philadelphia area. She always wanted a musical career and to that end she studied at the Berklee College of Music winning  a degree in Contemporary Writing...

MICA MILLAR; Heaven Knows (Golden Hour Music)

Manchester soulstress MICA MILLAR has been on the scene since 2017 when she released her first single, ‘My Lover’. Since then, of course, an awful lot has happened and in Mica’s case the creative...

WILLIAM BELL: Never Like This Before (Ace/Kent)

Memphis’ William Bell is a soul man’s soul man – a proper soul singer who’s little known in the mainstream but revered by those who know what soul is really all about. Bell (real...

FLORA PURIM: ‘If You Will’ (Strut Records)

It’s been sixteen years since Rio-born Purim – dubbed the “First Lady of Fusion” – last released a solo album but now, at 80, she returns with a sensational new nine-song collection that rolls...

BOBBY SPARKS II: ‘Paranoia’ (Leopard)

Bobby Sparks certainly doesn’t do things by halves; the Texas keyboard wizard’s debut album, 2019’s ‘Schizophrenia: The Yang Project,’ was a mind-bogglingly lavish double set whose scope and grandeur are more than equaled by...

NAJEE: Savoir Faire (Shanachie)

Garlanded sax man NAJEE is in smooth jazz’s Premier League and this new album, our man’s 19th LP as leader, is sure to keep him at the top of the genre’s tree. Interestingly, the...

NIMBUS SEXTET: ‘Forward Thinker’ (Acid Jazz)

This is the second album on Acid Jazz from Nimbus Sextet, the hotly tipped Glaswegian group led by keyboardist Joe Nicholls. It’s the follow-up to their 2020 debut, ‘Dreams Received,’ a tasty jazz-funk platter...

THE MONOPHONICS; Sage Motel (Colemine)

Over the last half decade or so, the Kelly Finnigan-led band, The Monophonics have built quite a following amongst the more adventurous soul crowd. Finnigan, whose father had played keys in numerous soul bands...