• Somi Extra!

    By Chris Wells on May 19, 2014
    The May issue of Echoes stars American-African jazz-soul artist Somi on its cover, to tie in with the release of the artist’s superb new album on Sony/Okeh Records, The Lagos Music Salon. Inside you’ll find the customary two-page feature, written by Editor, Chris Wells. But because, from over an hour’s conversation, several topics inevitably arose that in the end didn’t […]
  • Lee Fields: A Little Determination

    By Chris Wells on May 8, 2014
    Back in 2012 we talked to Lee Fields about his long and variable career leading up to the release of his then new album, Faithful Man. The article chronicled his ups and downs, changes of label and struggles to make it through. We hereby restore it to the public domain as an online companion piece to the new feature on […]
  • Debra Debs: Life Skills

    By Chris Wells on March 20, 2014
    By Chris Wells Just across from Forest Hill station, at café From The Forest, they famously had a visit from Jay-Z and Beyoncé. In The Teapot, however – just up the hill, on the way to the Horniman Museum – the fare is distinctly more soulful: a couple of months back we ate red velvet cake with Tony Momrelle and, […]
  • Garland Jeffreys: Truth Spoken Here

    By Chris Wells on February 25, 2014
    By Dan Dodds     “I love this!” says my brother, listening to the track blasting out of the van’s speakers whilst hitching a ride to The Pilot for a swift one. “Let It Bleed?” he asks, referring to a Rolling Stones album title. It’s not so wide of the mark, because Wild In The Streets – the Garland Jeffreys […]
  • Eric Roberson: Between The Lines

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2014
    New Jersey soul star Eric Roberson has just been over to the UK for a series of live shows. The gigs, in London, Manchester and Birmingham, were arranged in support of his newly released Dome Records album B-Sides, Features & Heartaches, a 13-song collection of not-widely-heard singles, features on other artists’ projects and three brand new tunes. Featuring such as […]
  • Dreemtime: Living The Dreem

    By Chris Wells on January 12, 2014
    The widely anticipated third Dreemtime album, Manhattan, has just been released on digital platforms. This time the group’s mainman, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Klive D’Farley – an Englishman in New York since 1998 – has recruited Vandross-ish vocalist E.R.I.C. and keys/vibesman 4MuLA to join up with the outfit’s long-time live lead singer Jessi Colasante [aka JeSante’] on a set that […]
  • Poogie Bell: A Little Suga

    By Chris Wells on November 11, 2013
    Having played with Marcus Miller’s band for 20 years and as side man with, among others, Tom Browne, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Keith Sweat, Erykah Badu, Hugh Masekela [with whom he toured South Africa alongside Miriam Makeba] and Angélique Kidjo, drummer Poogie Bell has more recently been leading his own band to considerable international acclaim. His most recent album, Suga […]
  • Womack: The Wildest Ride

    By Chris Wells on October 30, 2013
    In August 1994, Echoes Editor Chris Wells flew to Los Angeles to record some interviews. Whilst there he looked up Bobby Womack, whom he’d heard had been working on a new album for Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s Slide Music label. The resulting encounter – including a wild car chase through the Hollywood Hills – became one of our most widely […]
  • Eulaulah Hathaway Exclusive

    By Chris Wells on October 24, 2013
    In January 1999, around the 20th anniversary of Donny Hathaway‘s death, Echoes Editor Chris Wells talked exclusively to Donny’s widow, Eulaulah Hathaway. The interview – alongside others with Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack and Leroy Hutson – was intended to form part of Chris’s sleeve note to a proposed ‘Anthology’ of Donny’s music. When, for various reasons, the project fell foul […]