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Dr. Lonnie Smith – “Breathe” – Hammond B3 master at work

Dr. Lonnie Smith – “Breathe” – Hammond B3 master at work

Ross McGibbon March 21, 2021 0

BLUE NOTE RECORDS 26th March 2021 The Hammond B3 organ is a wonderful instrument. Not only does it have a warm sound, given organic texture when run through a Leslie rotating speaker, but the

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Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ – confirmation of the breadth of a major vocal talent

Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ – confirmation of the breadth of a major vocal talent

Ross McGibbon January 29, 2021 0

POLYDOR RECORDS      29th Jan, 2021 It’s been a strange year for Celeste. In some ways her skywards trajectory has been slowed by COVID-19, in other ways she has flourished despite it all. Gathering plenty of

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Johanna Burnheart – BURNHEART

Johanna Burnheart – BURNHEART

Ross McGibbon November 26, 2020 0

ROPEADOPE RECORDS 30 October 2020 British jazz in a very healthy place right now, despite the lack of live music and, paradoxically, part of the evidence is this German violinist, singer and composer. We’ve

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Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Ross McGibbon July 29, 2020 0

GEARBOX RECORDS     31ST July 2020 London label, Gearbox Records, have been flying the flag high for UK artists as well as the US releases and this continues the very high quality output. Jazz is

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Roy Ayers is back

Roy Ayers is back

Vanguard Online June 15, 2020 1

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Roy Ayers is a legend of 1970s American soul. His signature tune is ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’. My personal experience of Roy Ayers’ work came through the play he got on Giles Peterson’s WorldWide

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JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

Ross McGibbon March 12, 2020 0

RAINY DAYS RECORDS       13th March 2020 Jazz is experiencing a major resurgence at the moment, thanks partly to the burgeoning London scene and the enthusiasm of the students at specialist colleges like Leeds. Jazz

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Jah Wobble – ‘Ocean Blue Waves’ – Post-punk icon is still changing, still growing

Jah Wobble – ‘Ocean Blue Waves’ – Post-punk icon is still changing, still growing

Ross McGibbon March 9, 2020 0

JAH WOBBLE RECORDS 27th March 2020 Confession: I have lost count of the number of times I have heard Jah Wobble play live. Last time I tried to count I got to at least

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TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

Ross McGibbon March 9, 2020 0

WORLD CIRCUIT RECORDS      20th March 2020 Thankfully, like so many prolific jazz musicians, being dead hasn’t prevented Hugh Masekela releasing more excellent music. Tony Allen, the Nigerian drumming legend dug out his tapes of sessions

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Caravan Palace – electroswing puts a spark into Leeds’ Friday night

Caravan Palace – electroswing puts a spark into Leeds’ Friday night

Ross McGibbon January 27, 2020 0

Live at Leeds O2 Academy 24th January 2020 I didn’t even know Electroswing was a thing and to see a full house for something that barely squeaks onto the radio was a delight. Tonight

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MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

Ross McGibbon October 16, 2019 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS       18th October 2019 An absolutely fascinating album, combining spoken word, songs, poetry, structured jazz, a country fiddle and freeform jazz. Riveting me to the sound, Matana Roberts weaves fragments of the life of

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