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Sunday 04 July 2010
Yet another super-confident UK piano trio.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Over the years, many black American soul groups have been formed around family members, notably the Jackson Five, Sister Sledge and the Staple Singers.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Soon, jazz like this won’t exist any more.
Friday 30 April 2010
Their follow-up to the splendid 100 Days, 100 Nights finds Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings deftly employing the Sixties soul grammar which made them such a key element of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black.
Sunday 25 April 2010
An eighth album by the bassist-songwriter you just can't categorise.
Sunday 28 February 2010
The ex-EST bassist describes the touchstones for his new Swedish quartet as Pink Floyd, Röyksopp and everyone's favourite bearded Estonian mystic, Arvo Pärt. He could throw in Status Quo too, as DB proves partial to chugging, bass-driven boogie.
Sunday 31 January 2010
Gogol Bordello bassist Thomas Gobena celebrates his Ethiopian heritage on a skanking mixture of old-school rocker's reggae and Ethiopiques-style jazz and funk, with his Abyssinia Roots Collective joined by guest artists including singer Gigi and massinquo fiddle-player Setegne Satenaw.
Friday 08 January 2010
Briefly a bassist with Blondie before moving to the UK, Lachman was too young to turn on with Leary or drop out in Haight-Ashbury. Nevertheless, he has produced an impressively researched guide to the odder aspects of a weird decade. Lachman reveals the Sixties as a period when the credulous were willingly led by the duplicitous. Spiritual tourists resurrected forgotten gurus like Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Blavatsky and the creepy Crowley.
Sunday 04 October 2009
Goatee-stroking, beatnik free-jazz from the rejigged Empirical, with only altoist Nathaniel Stacey, drummer Shaney Forbes and bassist Tom Farmer remaining from the band's lauded debut two years ago.
Sunday 06 September 2009
As England attempt to wrap up World Cup qualification on Wednesday, one supporter is so sure they will make it he has already left London to cycle to South Africa. Dan Harrison, 29, is pedalling 14,000 miles over nine months to raise £100,000 for African orphanages. A communications officer from Wimbledon, he is currently in Italy as he covers 30 countries and three continents on the way. "The idea is to raise money and see England win the World Cup," said Mr Harrison, who patriotically paraded in a GB jockstrap to raise funds during Wimbledon in June. He can be sponsored at betterlifecycle.com.
Sunday 30 August 2009
In the past, the Wyoming-born singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols has mixed country with soul and reggae, but this foray into drifting, downtempo jazz is a wonderful and surprising departure, the 13-song sequence of Strange Faith & Practice deepening as it goes.
Sunday 09 August 2009
While you can argue about fidelity to the big idea – 11 tunes conceived as tributes to musicians from the past – and, indeed, the point of that idea in the first place, bassist John Patitucci's trio partners of saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade play so well that the whole thing works anyway.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Prolific psychedelic pranksters Super Furry Animals released their ninth studio album, Dark Days/Light Years, in April, with front man Gruff Rhys teasing diehard fans that their new offering was "too enormous to play indoors". So no gigs, then?
Saturday 25 July 2009
Sunday 14 June 2009
There are any number of English bands with a heavy post-modern spin whose albums you'd never willingly listen to twice.
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