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  • 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 […]
  • Cool Reuben

    By Chris Wells on April 30, 2020
    REUBEN JAMES – 20 QUESTIONS WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME? Reuben James. WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE BIO-PIC OF YOUR LIFE? Donald Glover. WHAT ARE YOUR LOCKDOWN CIRCUMSTANCES AND HOW ARE YOU HANDLING IT SO FAR? With my family! Going really well! Playing lots of chess and I have a home studio so it’s nice to be settled. WHAT’S […]
  • Lockdown Preview: Charles Tolliver

    By Chris Wells on April 30, 2020
    Trumpeter-composer Charles Tolliver secured legend status many years ago. He was a co-founder of the iconic Strata-East label in the ‘70s as well as a member of epochal groups led by such as Andrew Hill and Max Roach, and his grade-A career is far from over. Tolliver has recently led an excellent big band, but is set to release a […]
  • Lockdown Soul Sides

    By Chris Wells on April 29, 2020
    No gigs and a slowdown in releases may have reduced the music industry to a crawl this spring, but there’s still some good ‘n’ soulful stuff out there to be enjoyed during lockdown. Here’s Echoes Editor Chris Wells with an online Soul Sides column to guide you to it. No better place to start than with my favourite female vocalist. […]
  • LOCKDOWN REVIEWS: REISSUES

    By Chris Wells on April 29, 2020
    Whilst our print mag is temporarily on pause due to the coronavirus crisis, here we present a selection of the latest album reissues as an online exclusive additional treat. Thanks to writers Adam Mattera and Mike Atherton for their learned contributions. [More to come too.] WHITNEY HOUSTON WHITNEY HOUSTON: 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION [LEGACY RECORDINGS/VINYL ME, PLEASE] When accounts of landmarks […]
  • Rebel Frequency

    By Chris Wells on April 15, 2020
    Available now, Rebel Frequency: Jamaica’s Reggae Revival by John Masouri  [Jook Joint Press] looks at the resurgence of conscious reggae music in recent times. To give you a flavour of what’s in store, here’s the Introduction which sets out its scope.   “It’s phenomenal what is taking place right now in Kingston with the Dub Club, Vinyl Thursdays and Jukebox Fridays, Inner […]
  • José James: Blonde Ambition

    By Chris Wells on April 9, 2020
    By Chris Wells When José James cut his fourth album No Beginning No End in 2013, he left the life of the independent artist behind for a long spell with Blue Note Records. The March 6 release of his ninth album, No Beginning No End 2, marks his return to the indie life, but this time he’s set up his […]
  • Eric Roberson: Hear This!

    By Chris Wells on April 7, 2020
    Eric Roberson has record and released a new album when almost nobody else has. And he’s done it in record time, discovers Chris Wells.   Monday, March 30, 2020. Indie soulman Eric Roberson calls Peter Robinson at Dome Records and informs his usual UK outlet that he has a new album ready to go. ‘How soon can we get it […]
  • Monophonics: Lockdown Soul

    By Chris Wells on March 26, 2020
    By Chris Wells Kelly Finnigan, frontman of Californian vintage psychedelic-soul band Monophonics, is holed up at home, like most of the rest of us. He hasn’t seen his bandmates since lockdown and even visits to his nearby studio have to be taken solo. Which is a bit of a bugger, really, because the group’s very fine new album, It’s Only […]
  • Morgan James: Magnetic South

    By Chris Wells on February 5, 2020
    Morgan James has made a great soul album in Memphis. It’s all Chris Wells needed to know. Pic by Jenny Anderson. Now here’s a long and thorny question for you. In the age, post Bailey-Rae, Mvula, Henshaw, Jorja Smith and – perhaps more significantly – Kiwanuka and Yola [especially if the latter wins any of those Grammys she’s just been […]