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SPECIAL EFX feat CHIELI MINUCCI: Twenty Twenty 2 (Chieli Music)

American smooth jazz guitarist, CHIELI MINUCCI is a busy man. He recently released a solo album, ‘Someone’s Singing’. It was recorded during the dreaded lockdown after a major tour with his band Special EFX...

MICHELLE DAVID & THE TRUE-TONES: Truth and Soul (Rush Hour)

MICHELLE DAVID is a one-time US gospel singer who now works out of the Netherlands. Michelle already has five albums to her name  credited to “Michelle David and the Gospel Sessions”. Right now she’s,...

THE SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE: Step Down (Colemine)

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble  is one of (it seems) a growing number of instrumental soul and funk bands. Fans of the genre will know all about them as they already have three acclaimed...

STACEY KENT: Songs From Other Places (Candid)

Like many artists, jazz chanteuse STACEY KENT found new ways to communicate with her fan base during the various covid-enforced lockdowns. Essentially she carried on making music and released new recordings as digital singles...

P M WARSON: Dig Deep Repeat (Legere)

P M WARSON is a London-based singer/songwriter who cites The Impressions’ ‘Keep On Pushing’ and the Isley Brothers’ original 1964 recording of ‘That Lady’ as two of his favourite records! Little wonder that we’ve...

TROMBONE SHORTY; Lifted (Blue Note)

Over the last few years TROMBONE SHORTY (Troy Andrews) has established himself as something of New Orleans music scene icon. His upward trajectory (like most musicians) stalled a little during the pandemic. Indeed even...

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Dusty Sings Soul (Ace)

By common consent, Dusty Springfield is the finest female singer these islands have ever produced. If you doubt that assertion, grab a listen to this wonderful new retrospective from Ace Records. As the title...

TANIKA CHARLES: Papillion De Nuit (Record Kicks)

Tanika Charles is a Canadian soul singer and we’ve followed her progress since 2017 when she caught our attention with her single ‘Endless Chain’ and its parent album ‘Soul Run’. That was followed by...

LAURA RAIN AND THE CAESARS; Rise Again (LRK)

Like those proverbial London buses, these days great soul albums seem to come along in twos! Hot on the tail pipe of Mamas Gun’s ‘Cure The Jones’ ( see our review) comes an excellent...