Vince Watson-Déjà Vu EP
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Restless music from the upper echelons of British jazz, returning after a five-year absence. So much of the very best comes in a short time frame, with apparently 48 hours were required to produce this collection of 8 tracks with no filler . Multi-award winner Julian Siegel's saxophones, Phil Robson's guitar play some captivating lines atop of the tightest of rhythm sections in the US' Gene Calderazzo & the electric bass of Thad Kelly. Hitting dynamic heights with originals like 'Mickey' and 'Veto', Miles' 'Bitches Brew' era lives on in the title cut & Mr Siegel's hypnotic multi-reed introduction to 'Icicle Architects' are all special. Up with Nat Birchall and Chick Corea's Trilogy for jazz LP of the year.
It seems like yesterday since Ovum Recordings landed upon electronic & dance music. Twenty years and 249 releases down the line, via King Britt, Josh Wink, King Britt and DJ Pierre, Vince Watson 's moving techno EP brings us to #250. 'Déjà vu' offers a complete clubbing trip - from the peak-time of the original to Josh Wink's Re-Think of 'Illusion', it ends with sunrise on the instantly-timeless title cut's Ambient mix. Long may Ovum continue to be, based on this evidence.
Latin Billboard Music Award nominee Marta Gómez from Colombia makes her arrival on the world stage with an all-embracing of South American sounds. 'Contigo (Songs with Latin American Soul)' is the LP from which this song brings a little north Colombian folk for instant impact. This stand-out piece is also found on 'Songlines' latest issue cover CD.
Appreciate? Check Mayra Andrade's 'Stória, Stória' from a few years back.
Various-Brownswood Bubblers 11
Every serious music listener needs a Bubblers in their life. Now at stage 11 of a remarkable solo journey, Gilles Peterson continues to offer an outlet for original, soulful music which might not otherwise achieve such a platform. From Mercury Prize nominees Gogo Penguin's jazz-angled D&B 'Kamaloka' through uncommon time signatures of the stripped Hector Plimmer offering and moody horn-led soul of Moonchild, 18 more winners await your applause.
With a return to the fore of rawer, rootsy soul music over the last few years, this new single for Wah Wah 45s' most recent signing gives a taste of what to expect on their second LP. Produced by Paul Butler, the man behind Michael Kiwanuka's acclaimed debut, with hints of recent Paolo Nutini, blue-eyed soul ahead of 2015's full offering.
Chick Corea Trio-Trilogy
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Finding time for prolific output as well as running her own label, Mobilee Records, Berlin's Anja Schneider returns with a new single, having teased with A-side 'Jimmy' back in the summer. Effective combination indeed with the conga loop supporting an organ pattern, bringing some calm to club sets. The heavy analogue synths and pained vocals of Patrick Heym on the B-side, 'Love Tube Thinking', injects soul into dark house music. Out on 12th December.
Appreciate? Rafael Da Cruz-Renaissance
A small slice of instrumental awkwardness and independence, tucked away on Canadian DJ Mr Hemsworth's 'Alone for the First Time'. A mini album of seven tracks of heartfelt song originals, moods, changes and soul, (with 'By Myself' a close second) 'Blemish' has that spur-of-the-moment feel which more artists should risk.
Appreciate? Try Teebs (feat Rebeckah Raff)-Verbena Tea
Like having a continuous debate despite sharing the same opinion, this trio's dialogue is symbiotic as Christian McBride's bass and Brian Blade's drums glide seamlessly within and out Chick's piano . With a little help from friends, they take us through a lifetime of music from pioneer Mr Corea's back catalogue and the evergreens (A pleasure to hear the threesome's take on 'Blue Monk'). A triple-live set of the highest quality, recorded between '10 and '12, you'll also find Mrs Corea, Gayle Moran adding vocals to “Someday My Prince Will Come”. With so many highlights, a personal favourite and Chick standard 'Spain' tips the scales. At the apex of jazz in what would normally be the autumn of a career.
The Milk-Deliver Me
Without question, one of the most important females ever to emerge from Brazilian music, Joyce serves up a reflection on 50 recording years with staples from her native land. The voice is still alive and well as she is supported by friends and mentors alike, including Roberto Menescal, a man who was at the helm of the Bossa Nova movement and who gave him Senhora Moreno her big break. She soars on versions of 'O Morro Não Tem Vez' and 'Meu Pião' with the help of husband Tutty Moreno on drums, Helio Alves (piano) and bassist Rodolfo Stroeter. Far Out Recordings is your first stop. Appreciate? Try Céu-Vagarosa