CD Reviews

Reviews of CDs

Xavier Lewis

Xavier Lewis – The Antidote to R&B

Xavier Lewis has become the focus of the up-and-coming R&B world in the last few years having appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, America’s Got Talent and touring across Europe. This soulful approach...
Flow TribE

Flow TribE – At Capacity

This brilliantly funky and upbeat live album is brimming with full-of-punch horns and grooving guitar licks that make it absolutely no wonder it was a sell-out show.Recorded at Tipitina’s in New Orleans in ...
Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Inner Dialogue

It's not easy to pin down exactly the type of artist that Sarah Elizabeth Charles is. Her vocal work is so adaptable and diverse that she doesn’t necessarily slip seamlessly into the jazz category. Whilst her d...
Lauren

Halie Loren – Butterfly Blue

Halie Loren’s ‘Butterfly Blue’ is a lovely example of gentle vocal jazz that never fails to warm the soul. There’s a pretty, wandering melody that runs through the veins of the entire album, scatty riffs that f...
Carol

Carol Welsman – Alone Together

This well thought out, intricate jazz album from Carol Welsman, the Canadian born singer-songwriter, is another jewel in her (rather full) crown. Her 11th studio album brings the listener traditional, straight ...
CQMD

Ceux Qui Marchent Debout – Don’t Be Shy

This upbeat and lively album from CQMD stays true to their excellent soulful horn sections of old. It’s feel good and it’s funky and you can’t help at the end of each track to move as quickly as possible on to ...
Smoky

Smoky Greenwell’s Blues Jam – Live Blues Jam

A fine, fine example of how to make a great live record. Opening with ‘Smoke Alarm’ the musicians literally swing into full flow, Smoky flying into perfect rhythm with controlled but heartfelt harmonica work, a...
Paceo

Anne Paceo – Circles

Paceo’s album ‘Circles’ is a trance-like movement, a journey from her upbringing n the Ivory Coast through floating African melodies and then jazzy Parisian saxophones, textured trumpets and organic electronic ...
Eliades Ochoa Guajira

Eliades Ochoa & Alma Latina – Guajira + Mas Guajira

This brother sister duo delve deep into the depths of Latin feeling in this record, ‘Guajira + Mas Guajira’, the name Maria Ochoa gives to her brother. The well-known delicacy and pertinence that Eliades brings...
Dennis Paul Williams

Dennis Paul Williams – Morning Light

Dennis Paul Williams brings mellow, bluesy tones to zydeco guitar and listening to this album instils a sense of calm into the soul of those fortunate enough to be on the receiving end. After having moved from ...
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa – Real Live

This is a true embodiment of Sosa’s work, humble yet flawless in its approach and execution. He states in the cover of the CD: ‘there are concerts where you feel so good, you never want to forget. This one at M...
Personal Relations - Thomas Siffling Trio

Personal Relations – Thomas Siffling Trio

“Personal Relations” is the 4th studio album of the Thomas Siffling Trio that came out of the 10th Band anniversary.Thomas Siffling is one of the first German trumpet players who introduced electronic devic...