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JOST NICKEL; The Check In ( Leopard)

Jost Nickel is a German session drummer who’s been in the business for over 25 years. Tutored in New York, his first big gig was with jazz-grunge band Matalex. Since then, he’s played in...

VAN MORRISON: Latest Record Project: Volume 1 (Exile/BMG Records)

In recent years, Van Morrison has been more than prolific and, deprived of his regular tours, he’s continued to write and record all through the various lockdowns. Indeed, in the first lockdown last year...

Review: jazzed

Though there are a growing number of recording artists from all areas of the music world that are becoming more vociferous in their criticism of Spotify about its minuscule royalty payments, most of them...

THE BAMBOOS: Hard Up (Pacific Theatre)

‘Hard Up’ is the Bamboos’ tenth studio album and the Aussie combo announced its imminent release back in February in a surprising way. The released a cover of Black Box’s 1989 smash ‘Ride On...

THE O’JAYS: ‘The Best Of The O’Jays’ (United Souls)

Though their name is synonymous with Philadelphia, the so-called “City of Brotherly Love,” The O’Jays hailed from Canton, Ohio, in the US Midwest, and had enjoyed a string of US R&B chart entries for...

S.E.L. : Loc’d In Consciousness (SEL)

S.E.L. is the working name of North London soul singer EMMA LOUISE HARRIS/BUCKNOR (Soulful Emma Louise…geddit!) and if you’ve not heard about her – well where you been? Her first record was 2010’s ‘Necessary’...

MARION MEADOWS: Twice As Nice (Shanachie)

Like many creatives, smooth jazz sax man Marion Meadows has used the lockdown to good effect. He’s found the time to add to his prowess as a star photographer, an acclaimed painter and an...

TRISTAN: What Could Possibly Go Wrong (Isolde)

Tristan is a Dutch soul and funk band. They’ve been around since 2003 when drummer, Sebastian Cornelissen and bassist Frans Vollink discovered a mutual love of soul and funk. They then recruited keyboardist Coen...

P M WARSON; True Story (Legere)

London-based singer/songwriter P M Warson is a new kid on the blue-eyed soul block. He’s a self-confessed “Modernist” – that’s a mod to you and me. He’s steeped himself in 60s culture citing The...