Album Review: Chip Wickham – La Sombre

We take a look at the new Jazz record from the talented Chip Wickham, who takes us though a dizzying and impressive ride through Jazz. The Mancunian composer, flautist and saxophonist Chip Wickham has been around the block, cultivating an impressive reputation as a musician for hire within jazz, funk, hip-hop, latin, drum’n’bass and electronica … Read more

Album Review: Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

Mac DeMarco is back with a new record, and it’s a more polished affair to get really excited about. The Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco has long enjoyed a reputation as a goofy man-child grotesque, a poster boy for unkempt slacker indie-rock, always ready with an off-kilter aside or fart prank. However, one glance at his burgeoning catalogue and rate … Read more

Nina Simone – Another Spring

As winter sheds its pall and the rejuvenation of springtime’s bloom takes hold, I’ve been moved to dig out a slew of old Nina Simone albums from my collection, particularly her much-admired And Piano! set from 1969. A commercial flop recorded at the pinnacle of the soul-jazz legend’s powers during her genre-straddling, crossover period at RCA, the album … Read more

Review: Bob Dylan – Triplicate

Bob Dylan hits us with a triple album of songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, but does it stand up to his two previous efforts? Bob Dylan has a life which is set out as recording, touring, writing and re-writing. At his age, maybe he’s scared to slow down and act like his 75 years, … Read more