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DR LONNIE SMITH: ‘Breathe’ (Blue Note)

Pairing veteran soul-jazz organist Lonnie Smith with proto-punk rocker and former Stooges’ frontman, Iggy Pop, is an unlikely, almost surreal, musical partnership but it’s one that works as the two tracks that bookend ‘Breathe’...

KENNY LYNCH; Up On The Roof (Jasmine)

Kenny Lynch, who died in December 2019, was a something of a one-off. It’s hard to think of anyone else who enjoyed such a varied showbusiness career. The music books will tell you he...

DEBORAH BOND: compass: I (Splash Blue)

Washington’s DEBORAH BOND has an impressive music CV. She has a clutch of fine solo albums under her belt (I think it was back in 2011 when we reviewed her self-released ‘Madam Palindrome’ LP,...

RICKY PETERSON and the PETERSON BROTHERS: Under The Radar (Leopard)

We’ve featured the Minneapolis Peterson family many times in these hallowed pages. Most recently we focused on Jason Peterson Delaire and his lovely ‘Love Can Heal The World’ single. Then there’s sometime Prince collaborator...

LORI WILLIAMS: A New Book (LoriJazz)

US soul and jazz songbird, LORI WILLIAMS is something of a music biz veteran with a range of skills -acclaimed vocalist, educator, songwriter, producer and musical theatre actress. And though she’s not that well...

THE CHRISTOPHER DEAN BAND; Songs From French Street (LWM)

The Christopher Dean Band work out of New Jersey where they enjoy a stellar reputation for peddling the very best in blues and soul and they have a couple of great albums under their...

LEVEL 42: ‘The Complete Polydor Years – 1980-1984’ (Robinsongs/Cherry Red)

Between their debut UK chart entry, 1980’s ‘Love Meeting Love’ and their final smash, ’94’s ‘Love In A Peaceful World,’ Level 42 racked up an astonishing 29 hit singles in Great Britain, which gave...

MYLES SANKO; Memories Of Love (Legere)

‘Memories Of Love’ is Myles Sanko’s fourth album, and it seems we’ve been waiting for it for some time. It was way back last September when the Ghana-born but UK-based singer/songwriter released the set’s...

BARBARA THOMPSON: Journey To A Destination Unknown (Jazz In Britain, £26.99)

I’m sure I’m not alone in regarding Barbara Thompson as one of the greatest musicians the British Isles has produced. A virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flautist as well as a prolific composer, Thompson’s appeared...