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Music Review: Tinsley Ellis – ‘Tough Love’

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Tinsley Ellis has been making outstanding music since his teens, and has been loved by legions of fans for many years now. Tough Love is his third release on his own Heartfixer Music label, following the brilliant Midnight Blue. That album should have been hard to match, but Tough Love has done it. This one is indeed often tough and ... Read More »

Music Review: JJ Grey & Mofro – ‘Ol’ Glory’

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A new album of old-timey soul music with a blue-eyed southern twist has a perfect fusion of sound and sensibility and is up there with JJ Grey & Mofro's best. Read More »

MPS Records’ Back Catalog Release Includes Jim Hall and Hank Jones Trio

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MPS Records to release back catalog including some jazz legends. Read More »

From Loony to Legit: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga Surprise with Authentic and Authoritative Performances

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What a shock it'll be if it's shock-performers like Cyrus and Gaga who engineer revivals of classic soul and musical-theater stylings. Read More »

Music Review: Curtis Nowosad – ‘Dialectics’

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Together the ensemble produces a nine-tune set that does full justice to a dialectic of harmonic truth. Read More »

Music DVD Review: The J. Geils Band – ‘House Party: Live In Germany’ [CD/DVD]

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The J. Geils Band at their greasy, down-and-dirty best right before they became squeaky clean (well mostly, anyway) MTV pop stars. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Rihanna, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Shelby Lynne and More

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Plus Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, The Replacements, Buena Vista Social Club, Larry Coryell, Jorma Kaukonen, Simone Dinnerstein, and The Yardbirds. Read More »

Music Review: Joe Blessett – ‘Excuse Me’

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Blessett's experimentations are hit-and-miss. Read More »

Music Review: Echo Sparks – ‘Ghost Town Girl’

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The harmonisations in this album are bound to capture your attention. Read More »

Music Review: Jazz Sax Great Art Pepper – ‘Neon Art: Volume One’

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Saxophonist Art Pepper, in good form, is one of the greats. Read More »