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ALOE BLACC; All Love Everything (BMG)

Its not just James Bond who’s been hit by pandemic put-back.  All kinds of musical projects have been side-lined by that damn virus. The most obvious case across our genres, I guess, was Gregory...

VARIOUS: The Sound Of The R&B Hits (Ace)

Hot on the heels of the recent, excellent ‘Cellarful Of Motown Volume 5’ (see review below) comes another fine Motown collection from the same magical, early Motown period. This new one, though, ‘The Sound...

VARIOUS; A Cellarful of Motown Vol. 5 (Caroline)

We’ve said it before and, I’m sure, we’ll say it again … that fabled Motown Record vault must be quite something! From here it makes the I-Cloud look rather puny! In the last several...

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...