Love is a Hurtin’ Thing

    Out there in America are dozens of artists like Gloria Ann Taylor, brilliant singers who for want of a defining album get forgotten by history. Luckily there are crate diggers who are constantly rediscovering lost classics and labels like Ubiquity and Jazzman who are prepared to compile and release the best of their …

Sunny

It’s always good to come across a version of a song you know but now is made new again by a different interpretation. Better still is to find what the original of a classic sounds like. Sunny, written by Bobby Hebb, is a song we all know. But when stripped down it becomes a far …

Wildheart

  Miguel is one of the relatively recent crop of new r’n’b artists that have caused a revival of interest in the genre. Frank Ocean twisted it into territory unlikely to be visited by Teddy Pendergrass anytime soon on his ‘Channel Orange’ album, Miguel by contrast seemed to be more straight ahead in the mold …

Gregory Porter at Town Hall, NYC

It’s a long time since I enjoyed a concert as thoroughly as I enjoyed Gregory Porter at Town Hall. His charisma is undeniable and his voice is unsurpassable. He even found time in between blowing the roof off with the power of his voice to allow a fan to propose to his girlfriend. Something neither …

Gabriel Garzon Montano

I know next to nothing about the contemporary soul singer Gabriel Garzon Montano other than he is highly recommended by jazz, soul and funk aficionado Gilles Peterson. It’s not hard to see why. His EP ‘Bishounes: Alma del Huila’ is a beautifully paced mellow ride into the soul universe reminding me a little of early …

Sound of the City Experience

Every so often you enter a record store and are amazed to find them playing something rare and beautiful and almost totally unknown to you. As a pretty heavy music buyer this takes some doing but with ‘Sounds of the City Experience’ Jazzman records succeeded. As the liner notes explained this Bronx group are unknown …