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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS; ‘The Deplar Effect’ (Color Red)

Originally from Leeds, the prolific New Mastersounds have been around for something like two decades. And the band that, amongst things launched Corinne Bailey Rae, are still going strong as evidenced by this, their...

STEVE GADD, EDDIE GOMEZ, RONNIE CUBER & WDR BIG BAND: ‘Center Stage’ (Leopard)

One of the most in-demand session drummers in the history of recorded music, the legendary Steve Gadd – whose myriad credits range from The Carpenters to Steely Dan – shows no sign of slowing...

LINDSEY WEBSTER; Reasons (Shanachie)

Since she broke through in 2016, Woodstock’s LINDSEY WEBSTER has created a lovely little niche for herself. Ably supported by her long time musical partner (and ex-husband), Keith Slattery, she’s crafted a sound that...

RAJA-NEE;  The Sovereign of 14742 (Jarf Music Group)

Church-reared Chicago soulstress Raja-Nee has enjoyed  a career of two distinct halves. Her first big secular  opening came when Marshall Thompson asked her to join him on tour with the Chi-LItes and it’s her...

THE HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELERS; Look Up! (Colemine)

Despite the trials and tribulations going down right now, proper soul fans can console themselves with the knowledge that 2022 has been a vintage year for classy soul releases. We’re just over half way...

CANDACE WOODSON : Perfect (Self Released)

One time southern gospel singer, Candace Woodson has been on the soul connoisseurs radar for some time now. We first heard of Candace back in 2015 when she released a lovely, contemporary soul groove,...

THE MELTDOWN: It’s A Long Road (Hope Street Recordings)

THE MELTDOWN are a Melbourne-based band who specialise in Southern flavoured country soul and they made their album debut in 2017 with a well-received eponymous set. This year the band have entertained us with...

Mark Etheredge: Love Planet (Vipaka)

Since the release of his last album, 2016’s ‘Connected’, US jazz pianist Mark Etheredge has been on  a remarkable life journey. Tragically, he descended into alcoholism, was declared bankrupt and lost his home. Sadder...

CANELITA SABROSA: Canelita Sabrosa (self-released)

Canelita Sabrosa are a new band who peddle their special take on Latin music. “New” though is probably not the best word to describe them. You see the various band members boast impressive CVs...