EDITORS PICKS

  • 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 […]
  • Chuck Berry: On A Roll

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2017
    Echoes Deputy Ed., Kevin Le Gendre has some thoughts on the passing of one of the all-time greats. The steady stream of tributes to Chuck Berry has swollen into an ocean of praise over the last few days, the common theme running through the eulogies being, of course, that the guitarist-singer was one of the progenitors of rock & roll. […]
  • Nao Is The Time

    By Chris Wells on May 6, 2016
    Chris Wells meets Nao Yoshioka. Supported by Debra Debs’ band, Nao Yoshioka’s UK stage debut at Streatham’s Hideaway club in the middle of last month suffered a little from lack of rehearsal time, but was certainly well-received by those present. It was another important step for an artist determined to break away from the all-conquering J-pop of her homeland – […]
  • Spin Doctor

    By Chris Wells on May 4, 2016
    Book Review SPINNING AROUND: A HISTORY OF THE SOUL LP – VOLUME 1: A-K BY JOHN LIAS [HARDBACK] One-time Echoes contributor [and soul fan since about the end of the sixties] John Lias has been promising himself to write a book like this for more than a couple of decades. Now retired, he has finally found the time. In short, […]
  • Got The Cure

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
      Rebuilding his career after nine years in jail, Jah Cure is making his best music ever. John Masouri takes his medicine.   After resisting the temptation to travel all the way to Paris for a 15-minute interview, I caught up with Jah Cure on the phone as he relaxed with a Polish family he’d just met, and who’d invited […]
  • Lemar: Letter Perfect

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Lemar’s sixth album, The Letter is just out, via BMG Records. Mainly a covers project, it was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Larry Klein [who has overseen albums by such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and, more recently, Lizz Wright]. Tunes given a new Lemar-style makeover include Al Green’s Love And Happiness, The Box Tops’ […]