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VIBES ALIVE; Vibrasonic (Swingding)

The vibraphone and the guitar have always been key instruments in jazz music… there at the start and a constant in the genre’s evolution. Maestros on the instruments are numerous and vibes and guitar...

KANDACE SPRINGS; The Women Who Raised Me (Blue Note)

Back in February, US soul/jazz singer Robin McKelle released a lovely album, ‘Alterations’…her reconstructed versions of songs originally associated with female soul and jazz singers who had influenced and inspired her own career. Now...

DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 (Jalapeno)

Simon Ward is a UK producer and DJ and in 1992 he assumed the mantle of “Dr Rubberfunk”.  In that guise he’s enjoyed some success –notably with three albums…. ‘The First Cut’, ‘My Life...

MONOPHONICS: It’s Only Us (Colemine Records)

2019 was a great year for new, contemporary soul. Amongst the highlights was a plethora of releases from (for want of a better description) “blue-eyed soulsters” who channelled their passion and knowledge of classic...

WARREN WOLF: Reincarnation (Mack Avenue)

Jazz buffs will recognize the name Warren Wolf. The vibraphonist (a Berklee Music College graduate) was a mainstay on the Boston jazz scene till 2005 when he decamped to Baltimore finding work with people...

UNDER THE LAKE: Your Horizon Too (Mind In Overdrive)

UNDER THE LAKE are a West coast based smooth jazz outfit with a somewhat sporadic career. They were formed back in 1992 in San Diego by keyboardist Jayson Tipp and they debuted the following...
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THE DEVONNS; The Devonns (Record Kicks)

We first became aware of contemporary Chicago soul band The Devonns back in 2018 when they released the delightful single ‘Come Back’. We learned that the band (whose name is pronounced “De-vaughns”) got together...
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LINDSEY WEBSTER: A Woman Like Me (Shanachie Records)

By now (if you’re a proper soul fan) you’ll know Lindsey Webster had a new album on its way. For the past month or so all the decent soul and jazz stations alongside the...
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VARIOUS: ABC (ABC)

As followers of the funk will know ABC stands for Austin Bogie Crew Records. The indie was founded in Texas in 2014 and their mission statement was to showcase the best of new music...