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Review of Melt Yourself Down: 100% Yes

Melt Yourself Down: 100% Yes

Adam Betts | Ruth Goller | Kush Gaya | Zands Duggan | Pete Wareham | George Crowley

Decca

Rating: ★★★

Melt Yourself Down’s Last Evenings On Earth (2016) seemed to share the apocalyptic, transmuting themes of Shabaka Hutchings’ parallel work...

Reviewed by Nick Hasted in issue: May/2020

Review of Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem

Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem

Brian MacLeod | Madeleine Peyroux | David Baerwald | Larry Klein | Patrick Warren

Decca

Rating: ★★★

That Leonard Cohen is one of Madeleine Peyroux's key musical touchstones is clearly evidenced by her interpretations of ‘Dance Me...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: October/2018

Review of Sod

Sod

Jo Jo Molina | Jay Jay York | Rick Kellis | Larry Cal ‘California’ Arnold | Michael Green | ‘Dirty’ Don Phillips | Larry ‘Highme’ Devers

Decca

Sod were a band of longhairs from LA who, in the early 1970s, released two, now largely forgotten, albums. The...

Reviewed by Daniel Spicer in issue: October/2017

Review of The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne

The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne

Decca

Rating: ★★★

This sassy gypsy swing band play show tunes, film themes and old blues and something a little more unpredictable: a...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2016

Review of Stefano Bollani: Napoli Trip

Stefano Bollani: Napoli Trip

Decca

Rating: ★★★

The flamboyant Italian jazz pianist pays homage to Napoli in his inimitably colourful and high spirited style fronting a Neapolitan...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2016

Review of Stefano Bollani: Arrivano Gli Alieni

Stefano Bollani: Arrivano Gli Alieni

Stefano Bollani

Decca

Rating: ★

Bollani, who emerged from under the wings of Enrico Rava's ensembles and with whom he maintains an uncanny musical empathy,...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: Dec/Jan/2015/2016

Review of Stefano Bollani: Sheik Yer Zappa

Stefano Bollani: Sheik Yer Zappa

Stefano Bollani | Josh Roseman | Jason Adasiewicz | Jim Black | Larry Grenadier

Decca

Rating: ★★

With a stellar band and the whole Zappa universe to choose from, expectations for this project come high. Bollani himself...

Reviewed by Andy Robson in issue: February/2015

Review of The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines

Decca

Rating: ★★

A veritable retro stab at an early small group jazz mix of hot New Orleans swing, jump jive, flapper jazz,...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: February/2015

Review of Molly Johnson: Because of Billie

Molly Johnson: Because of Billie

Terry Clarke | Mike Downes | Molly Johnson | Robi Botos

Decca

Rating: ★★★★

A new recording from the great Canadian vocalist and JUNO Award-winner, Molly Johnson, is always cause for celebration. But her...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: November/2014

Review of China Moses & Raphaël Lemonnier: Crazy Blues

China Moses & Raphaël Lemonnier: Crazy Blues

China Moses | Raphaël Lemonnier

Decca

Rating: ★★★

Paying tribute to some of the grande dames of blues and soul, from the opening ‘Resolution Blues’ vocalist China Moses...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: June/2013

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