If this world-fusion outfit had opened their long-awaited new album with the ghastly third-rate funk-rock track that closes it, your reviewer would have instantly pressed the eject button and you wouldn’t be reading this.
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Sunday 06 October 2013
Purists will object to the very idea of covering the late Fela Kuti’s songs, but the originals can outstay their welcome. Happily, it turns out that their angular riffs and edgy lyrics have real staying power, as was demonstrated on Red, Hot + Riot a decade ago and now again here with these often radical reinterpretations of the Nigerian legend’s best work.
Saturday 31 August 2013
Anyone who's seen Watt-Roy play bass with the Blockheads, before or after Ian Dury, will know what a star he is.
Friday 30 August 2013
For a figure that has railed against the pleasantries of polite jazz, James Taylor looks suspiciously comfy in this all-seated venue where punters are still polishing off their meals as the Hammond organ king's foursome ease into the night's first tight jazz-soul groove. By the end of the first set, though, many of them have been dragged on their feet for a spirited take on Teddy Pendergrass's 'Love TKO'.
Friday 07 June 2013
It's not hard to understand why Nino Machaidze has become something of an overnight sensation since her 2008 breakthrough in Roméo et Juliette at Salzburg. In this selection, the Georgian coloratura soprano combines phrasing of nuanced subtlety with top notes of stunning power, ranging from the lilting, seductive “Quando men vo” from La Bohème to the impassioned gusto of her dramatic Violetta in an extended scene from La Traviata climaxing with a joyous “Sempre libera”.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
This weekend's Field Day festival in east London is packed with storming new acts.
Thursday 09 May 2013
Chairman, Dick Olver, endured a torrid time at his final AGM as protesters against its deals with Saudi Arabia were ejected amid stormy scenes
Saturday 27 April 2013
Louis Armstrong singing spiritual-jazz anthem "The Creator Has a Masterplan" (and sounding great) is one of the more bizarre experiences on this neat compendium of black consciousness from the vaults of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Whilst most people struggle to learn one new language, a 16-year-old from New York has managed to master 23 different tongues.
Friday 05 April 2013
The daughter of a Malian diplomat, Rokia Traoré is perhaps the most naturally cross-cultural of her country's abundant musical offspring, effortlessly blending styles and sounds as easily as she switches between languages.
Saturday 23 March 2013
Whether Portico Quartet ever were a jazz act is debatable, but they certainly don't sound like one now.
Saturday 09 March 2013
It's fair to say that most who heard the former Czars frontman's solo debut Queen of Denmark would have happily lapped up more of the same: channelling struggles with drugs, alcohol and sexuality into beautiful, baroque soft-rock, it cropped up on many an end-of-year list in 2010.
Thursday 07 February 2013
British rider wins third stage in a row to extend overall lead
Saturday 05 January 2013
Pere's persistence pays off with some gripping grooves
Thursday 29 November 2012
Outlook Spare a thought for Paul Tucker, who had every reason to think he was a shoo-in to replace Sir Merv at the helm of the Bank of England, an institution he understands as well as anyone.
Sunday 14 October 2012
With pesky priapic cherubs One Direction having nabbed Lewis's "most popular X Factor act" crown, this long-delayed third album sets out to make the Hackney diva "current" again.
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