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LIGHT OF THE WORLD: Jazz Funk Power (Quo Vadis)

Light of the World’s ‘Jazz Funk Power’ album has been one of the most eagerly awaited long players of recent months. One of the reasons is that the Brit Funk pioneers have such a...

BARBARA LEWIS: Don’t Forget About Me (Soul Music Records)

Barbara Lewis’s 1963 smash ‘Hello Stranger’ is, by common consent, one of the greatest soul records of any era and like most great records it’s hard to say exactly why. But let’s try. The...

DIANA KRALL: This Dream Of You (Verve)

The pandemic has caused chaos and confusion in the music biz. Amongst the long list of issues is the problem of release schedules. Albums planned for Spring release were put back till the artists...

CHARLES TOLLIVER: ‘Connect’ (Gearbox)

Born in Florida and raised in New York, veteran trumpeter Charles Tolliver has played with some of the greatest names in jazz. In the 1960s, he appeared on significant Blue Note albums by saxophonist...

VARIOUS: New Breed R&B (Kent)

“New Breed R&B” is one of those peculiar soul sub genres that some soul folk relish. And like many of those niche musical pigeon holes, it’s hard to define. However, I’m reliably informed that...

SOLOMON BURKE: ‘The King Of Rock ‘N’ Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1962-1968′ (SoulMusic Records)

Along with fellow black music pioneers Ray Charles, James Brown and Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke was one of the key figures in the birth of what became known as soul music in the early...

CITRUS SUN: Expansions And Visions (Dome)

Citrus Sun is a UK music collective that first came together way back in 2000 when Incognito’s Bluey Maunick worked on an album with one of his guitar heroes, Jim Mullen. The result was...

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...

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....