Album Review: “The Ages” – Richard Davies. Words: Sammy Stein.

The Ages | Richard Davies (bandcamp.com) Richard Davies has followed up ‘A Pagan Landscape’ and ‘Travel Without Movement‘ with another interesting and thematic release with ‘The Ages.’ Exploring combinations of sounds, Davies extends his curiosity through a series of tracks, creating a mesmeric and at times, thoroughly absorbing album. The tracks are titled simple RD …

Single Review: “I Wish You Well” – Chidi Digital and ROT8TIONS

This is an instrumental of sublime levels… The drums are dusty and warm, reminding you of old jazz records, fused with a vinyl crackle, and it just whisks me back to listening to records on a really good hi fi system, it just sounds so natural. You can’t always get that with a sample of …

Live Review: Too Many Zooz, London Jazz Cafe 3rd July 2023. Words: Sammy Stein.

Too Many Zooz are NYC-based trio Leo Pelligrino on baritone sax, Matt Muirhead on trumpet, and David Parks on drums.  London’s Jazz Café was the perfect venue for the trio, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the space was large, packed, and atmospheric. After the first set by pianist/rapper Harvey White who topped his piano playing, …

Single Review: “Loud Love” – Iris Harley. Words: Sammy Stein.

Iris Harley is a vocalist who has been influenced by iconic figures like Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Following her dream to express her feelings in music and lyrics, she began writing her own songs. Her previous release, the wonderfully fluid ‘Love Your Vibe’ (well worth checking out on Bandcamp – see link below) …

Blog interview: Becky Crosby

Hi Becky! How are you?  I’m good! It’s been a couple of busy weeks, but I’ve been having a fun time with my single release, birthday show and the warm weather really kicking in! Congratulations on the release of “Love Like Medicine.” How does it feel?  Thank you! It feels great to be able to …

Single Review: “In My Veins” – Carol Jarvis

This track is nothing short of a banger. It starts off as an EDM track, quite slow, with atmospheric sounds…. Then at 0:49 the trombone played so beautifully comes in… This melody has been stuck in my head since I heard it! At 1:23 the solo really kicks in, ushering a funky bass line as …

Single Review: “I Do” – Jerry Barnes

This is the new single from the man who holds down the bottom end of Chic’s sound.  And it’s so good.  Fusing hard hitting four on the floor beats held together with a big reverbed clap, with a house piano, and bouncy bass lines this track is so catchy! The vocals are in the falsetto …

Single Review: “Indigo” – Brasstracks X Adelaide James

This song is proper pop. It caught my ear as I was going through the spotify recommendations and checked out the rest of the album and this is track 2. I thought they were making a mistake when recommendation as part of their jazz curation, but…. This actually works! It’s so catchy, with a singalong …

Single Review: “Ready” – Cory Wong and Ben Rector

This track screams summer soul!  Wow!  From the top, guitar virtuoso Cory Wong opens fire with muted guitar playing 16ths although I get the feeling that may be delays, and the guitar sound over that comes in over the top playing the main riff.. I can’t even get my head around it.. it’s clean, it’s …