Album Review: Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds – It’s About Time

What’s that you say? You want some new music that features the expert precision and passion of jazz, and the oomph and fire of rock, but you don’t want the fussiness and self-absorption that sometimes comes with prog? Well, have I got some music for you. I first discovered Leeds, England-based The New Mastersounds back

Album Review: Clayton Brothers and Friends – The Gathering

Over the last several years, I’ve been developing a taste for – and appreciation of – jazz. Not the smooth “jazz flavours” stuff of 70s/80s late-night FM radio; my new-found tastes lean more toward hard bop, big band, fusion. My collection – both on CD and vinyl (the latter remaining my preferred medium) is growing,

Album Review: Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys – Say Yes

From a superficial standpoint, there’s not a huge amount of common stylistic ground between the music of Austin-based Akina Adderley (& the the Vintage Playboys) and Adderley’s grandfather Nat, or with her great uncle Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. But with a peerless musical pedigree such as hers, she can – no, must – be expected at

Album Review: The Sugarman 3 – What the World Needs Now

I first caught notice of the (for lack of a better term) boogaloo revival a scant few years ago when I first heard The New Mastersounds. That group’s instrumental attack drew upon what the British call Northern Soul, folding in healthy helpings of Memphis style r&b a la Booker T & the MG‘s. Once I

Album Review: The Right Now – Gets Over You

Everything old is new again, same as it ever was. Recent years have seen the rise of acts evoking the best of the Stax and Detroit soul sounds. Whether it’s Adele, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Bruno Mars, The New Mastersounds or The City Champs – all very unique

CD Review: Trummor & Orgel – Out of Bounds

The Hammond organ occupies an important place in music. Beyond its use in gospel music, the instrument has long been established as the centerpiece in soul, blues, jam band and rock music. Its exponents are legion: Jimmy Smith, Felix Cavaliere and Gregg Allman are but three very different yet important players closely linked with the

CD Review: DC Fontana – La Contessa

Some years ago – long before it was available on DVD – I got a dub of an obscure television special. Done toward the tail-end of their time in the pop spotlight, the Monkees’ special titled 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee fascinated me. And with all due respect to the Monkees themselves, the most jawdropping quality

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: Interviews

In 2010 I conducted a long list of interviews, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single one of them. Some were in-person; some were phoners, and couple used Skype. In every case I believe I came away with a better understanding of what makes the artist tick. But a few interviews stood

Interview: Keb Darge

Renowned DJ Keb Darge built a name for himself in music without playing an instrument, writing songs or singing. First as a dancer, he gained notoriety in the clubs. Then he gained fame as a DJ and champion of what the British call “northern soul,” a scene that hybridized the style of the UK mod

Album Review: Soulive – Rubber Soulive

At this desk, the arrival of a tribute album is greeted with a great deal of skepticism. The whole concept of a tribute album is fraught with peril on all sides. If the featured act or acts hew too closely to the original arrangements, then what are they offering beyond cover versions? And if they