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Album review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 'Give the People What They Want' (Daptone)

A stalwart soul sister comes back fighting

Music review: London Jazz Festival- Jazz Voice, Barbican

The London Jazz Festival’s typically packed opening weekend finished with a bravura set from saxophonist Wayne Shorter, undiminished at 80, picking out space for solo revelation as the BBC Concert Orchestra gave his compositions classical heft. Jazz Voice, though, remains the festival’s curtain-raiser, dryly introduced by Victoria Wood and bringing together diverse singers over big band swing.

Album review: Various Artists, Afro-Beat Airways 2 (Analog Africa)

The accompanying information’s boast of “ultra-rare tracks” could have been a euphemism for “scraping the barrel”. But because of the apparently bottomless pit of 1970s Afro-funk still being found and dusted down – and because this is an Analog Africa release – you can be sure quality control has been maintained for this “Return to Ghana 1974-1983”.

Jessie Cave

My Edinburgh: Jessie Cave on Stand-Up School, migraines and unique star ratings

I am doing 20 stand-up gigs during this festival which will bring my stand-up gig total to 34 and a half. I am thinking of it as Stand-Up School. I am not comfortable telling people I am trying stand-up because to me that implies confidence. I'm - well, I'm not.

Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' spends third week at number one

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has spent a third week at the top of the British singles charts with his dance hit "Wake Me Up".

Prince plays at the Montreux Jazz Festival

Gig review: Prince, Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux Jazz Festival

When Prince comes to the Montreux Jazz Festival, all bets are off. On his third visit to the Swiss Riviera for the 47th edition of the event, he was given carte blanche over three consecutive, sold-out evenings and appeared determined to cover as many bases as possible.

Album review: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go? (Stones Throw/Island)

Blessed with a clear, warm voice that soars on choruses to a pure high-register croon, and all-round instrumental skills to rival Stevie Wonder, Mayer Hawthorne is a blue-eyed R&B prodigy admired even by those whose crown he threatens, such as Justin Timberlake.

Album review: Garrett Lebeau, Rise To The Grind (Music Road)

Austin, Texas-style country-meets-soul, with composer/singer Lebeau, a Native American Shoshone tribesman who grew up on a Wyoming reservation, backed by three star sidemen in Roscoe Beck, JJ Johnson and Red Young.

One to watch: John Newman, singer, 22

Is he tired of playing second fiddle? He scored a No 1 for Rudimental when he co-wrote and featured on their No 1 dance hit, "Feel the Love".

Album: Marques Toliver, Land of NaAan (Bella Union)

Multi-instumentalist, string arranger, model, senior editor of Love Is the Magazine and busker … the surprise here is only that the violinist/singer Toliver's debut LP is, on the surface, such a conventional, Radio 2-friendly affair.

Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Album review: Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music (Fiction)

Hubcap Music – so titled because one of the guitars he uses was made from “two hubcaps and a garden hoe” – finds Seasick Steve back on form, with an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.

Court sketches of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw; Joss Stone

Joss Stone plotters guilty of conspiracy to murder

Judge says it may have been a crazy scheme, ‘but it was a very real plan’

Bombino, Nomad (Nonesuch)

Album review: Bombino, Nomad (Nonesuch)

Omara “Bombino” Moctar's 13-minute “Tigrawahi Tikma” was one of the standout cuts on last year's Songs For Desert Refugees compilation, its driving guitar trills exemplifying the enduring strength of Tuareg desert-blues.

Edwyn Collins, Understated (AED)

Album review: Edwyn Collins, Understated (AED)

Understated is that rarity, a positive break-up album confirming an emotional rebirth: “Back to life, back to hope... I can't stay another day with you,” he exults in “Too Bad (That's Sad)”, one of a clutch of Motown stompers.

Album: Boz Scaggs, Memphis (429 Records)

Recorded in Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio with an all-star band including Spooner Oldham, Willie Weeks and Ray Parker Jr, Memphis is a late-night delight.

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