Archive for May, 2020

  • Duncan Breaks Free

    By Chris Wells on May 29, 2020
    British neo-soul pianist, vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan prefaces her forthcoming – and quite superb – album Free with the first single Sirens, released today, Friday, May 29. The tune marks the first release on iconic producer and DJ Goldie’s brand new label Fallen Tree 1Hundred. Due on July 24, Free is a 12-track collection of songs hugely influenced, says […]
  • Roachford: Album/Dates Rescheduled

    By Chris Wells on May 27, 2020
    British singer, songwriter and musician Andrew Roachford has just released a new single, Give It Up And Let It Go. The tune is taken from his forthcoming studio album, Twice In A Lifetime, originally due for release in April, but now available from September 11. Roachford has also rearranged his planned live dates for the autumn. Andrew says: “I was […]
  • Treasure Island

    By Chris Wells on May 27, 2020
    New music from Zara McFarlane has just been made available by Brownswood Recordings. The tune Black Treasure marks a departure in Zara’s creative direction, uniting her with experimental producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu. According to Zara, Black Treasure is a blend of rhythms from the Jamaican folk traditions of Bruckins Party, Dinki Mini & Kumina, with the added futuristic, wonky […]
  • Blackbird Takes Flight

    By Chris Wells on May 27, 2020
    Wednesday, May 27 sees the release of Blackbird, the debut single from hotly tipped US vocalist Lady Blackbird. A new and stirring interpretation of Nina Simone’s powerful civil rights anthem, the track foreshadows an autumn debut album release from an artist who has been building her name on the underground scene for the past couple of years. The video for […]
  • Wailers: New Single/Album

    By Chris Wells on May 22, 2020
    The Wailers will release a brand new single today, Friday, May 22. One World, One Prayer features Shaggy and Bob Markey’s grandson Skip, and is produced by 19-time GRAMMY-winning producer Emilio Estefan. The tune precedes an album due later this summer. The Wailers are currently led by Aston Barrett Jr., son of founding member and bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and […]
  • John Cumming

    By Chris Wells on May 19, 2020
    John Cumming [1948 – 2020] The recent mourning in the jazz world due to the loss of icons such as McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Lee Konitz, Henry Grimes and Wallace Roney has been tragically compounded by the passing of John Cumming. He was 72 and succumbed to coronavirus, following largely successful treatment for cancer last year. One of the co-founders […]
  • Lockdown Jazz Reviews

    By Chris Wells on May 15, 2020
    Deputy Editor and jazz specialist Kevin Le Gendre casts an eye over four recent releases for your pleasure. BYRON WALLEN PORTRAIT: REFLECTIONS ON BELONGING [TWILIGHT JAGUAR] Although active in a number of projects, Wallen has not released an album under his own name for some 13 years – 2007’s excellent Meeting Ground – hence this return to the studio is […]
  • Colston Hall Goes Online

    By Chris Wells on May 14, 2020
    Bristol’s famous Colston Hall venue is responding to the current lockdown with Colston Hall Presents Bristol Takeover Online, a free, live-streamed festival celebrating [in particular] Bristol’s music artists and venues, in partnership with Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign. Save Our Venues is a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being […]
  • Ella Tribute Set

    By Chris Wells on May 6, 2020
    Set for release on May 15, Ella 100: Live At The Apollo! celebrates the music and life of Ella Fitzgerald. Recorded live at the storied Harlem N.Y. venue in front of, the concert and recording, produced by the eight-time Garmmy and Emmy Award winner Gregg Field, features an imoressive array of guests and is co-hosted by Patti Austin and the […]
  • Sugaray Wins Two

    By Chris Wells on May 5, 2020
    The Blues Music Foundation presented the 41st Annual Blues Music Awards via virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2020, awarding the indefatigable Sugaray Rayford the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and for the second consecutive year as well as the Soul Blues Male Artist Award. The singer was also nominated in four additional categories. This past December, Rayford was nominated for a 2020 Grammy for Best Contemporary […]