• Walk In The Park

    By Chris Wells on March 16, 2018
    Former Tonyies man Elijah “E.B.” Baker is out of jail and back on Park Avenue. Story by Dan Dodds When Oakland based producer and original Tony Toni Toné member Elijah “E.B.” Baker walked out of prison – the Big Spring Federal Correctional Institution in Texas – he left with more than just the shirt on his back. Released from the […]
  • Reflections On Black Panther

    By Chris Wells on March 8, 2018
    Now that we’ve all seen it, Echoes Deputy Editor, Kevin Le Gendre has some thoughts on the significance of the year’s most talked-about movie. Pre-release hype is mostly tedious, but occasionally instructive. The build up to Black Panther, ‘the most anticipated Marvel film ever’, created such a media glare it risked obscuring the celluloid itself in a dark shadow. Among […]
  • Imagenes That

    By Chris Wells on October 13, 2017
    Jorge Montiel gives Kevin Le Gendre an insight into Imagenes. When was the label founded? JM: I am a DJ and producer from Caracas, Venezuela, I moved to London in 1999 to study sound engineering but soon became involved in the city’s club scene. I had run a sound system and had an interest in beatmaking and remixing. On a […]
  • Ledisi: Not Playing By The Rules

    By Chris Wells on October 6, 2017
    Ledisi’s ninth album Let Love Rule has just been released by Verve Records. Once again overseen by the artist and long-time musical buddy Rex Rideout, it as usual places Led with a number of different writing and production partners and so encompasses different styles, from soul through to R&B and pop. Guests include John Legend [vocals on the song Give […]
  • Welcome To Jamwax

    By Chris Wells on October 3, 2017
    Kevin Le Gendre gets some answers from Joe at Jamwax Records. When was the label founded? Joe: The label was founded in December 2013 when I just came back from a digging trip in Jamaica. It was a great session in a house with more than 35,000 vinyl [watch Jamwax youtube channel to see the session]. Most of them had […]
  • Tottenham: Jazz Off The Beaten Track

    By Chris Wells on May 23, 2017
    There are still not enough venues in London to accommodate all of the capital’s jazz artists. While long established venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606, Café Oto and Pizza Express, to name but some, are stalwart institutions, both musicians – and audiences, for that matter – need more options. While Soho and Dalston are recognized as places where […]
  • Soul Of A Nation

    By Chris Wells on May 12, 2017
    This summer Tate Modern will present Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power, a landmark exhibition exploring what it meant to be a black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power. Seeking also to explain that art’s purpose, it will additionally consider the art’s target audience and […]
  • Salute Music Makers Launches

    By Chris Wells on April 28, 2017
    TAKE PART IN SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS – A NEW COMPETITION TO FIND THE UK’S BEST NEW, UNSIGNED SONGWRITERS What is it? Salute Music Makers is a brand new online talent search, just launched, to locate our finest young, unsigned songwriters. It costs £20 per track to enter [up to a maximum of four], but there’s every chance you’ll at least […]
  • I Am Not Your Negro

    By Chris Wells on April 20, 2017
    Movie Review: I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck Such is the power of this extraordinary feature it would still work if the screen were blank and the voiceover the sole protagonist. Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of excerpts from Remember This House, James Baldwin’s unfinished yet illuminating analysis of race relations in America is so heavily freighted with significance, […]
  • Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes

    By Chris Wells on March 24, 2017
    Bristol Jazz And Blues Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol. The chuckle of recognition that greets the MC’s quip about a ‘big man… but you’re in bad shape’ is the quite perfect complement to a freesheet that features Michael Caine, a cold stare and a double-barreled shotgun in the immortal pose from Get Carter. This is Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes, a celebration […]