Duke Hugh - CanvasRhythm Section
In just three years, Rhythm Section International has become one of the premier record labels in South London. They're been relentless in debuting an impressive array of newcomers and Netherlands native Duke Hugh is no exception. "Canvas" is his impressive full length debut that demonstrates a deft touch for arranging laid back grooves as well as an ear for melody. Highlights include "Greenleaf", a breezy tune with tasty guitar riffs. "Home" is another mid tempo tune filled with bouncy drums and synths. "Canvas" is a pleasant portrait of Hugh's creativity as a producer. These are tunes you'll want to bring along for your chill out moments. He's certainly one to keep an eye on.
Reg Dancy, 05/17
Dusty - Keep It RawJazz and Milk Recordings
Jazz & Milk founder Dusty has created an amalgamation of various sounds with funk being the underlying foundation throughout this disc. Whether it’s the soul jazz arrangements of the title track, a funky organ grinder number that utilizes elements of Miles Davis “Kind of blue” or the pulsating rhythms of “Salsa Step”, the funk is the engine that drives this record. There’s plenty more that you’ll find enjoyable. The ultra talented Carla Val appears on two cuts here. The standout track, “Just an illusion” is a soul-jazz gem. “An exotic Breed” is a funky dub step treat. “Voodoo” explores afro beat rhythms with great results. Overall “Keep it Raw” is a deeply satisfying and entertaining set. Fans of soul jazz, afro beat and latin all wrapped into one session will find this record a worthy candidate for your collection.
Reg Dancy, 07/09
DWH (deeperwiderhigher) - Follow MeCounterpoint Records
After two ace singles the Deeper Wider Higher collective deliver their debut album and what a treat. With a whopping 17 tracks in total which includes a few remixes thrown in for good measure, this keeps up the quality we've come to expect from Counterpoint records. "Follow Me" mixes soul and jazz with beautiful vocals from Genifa Edwards, a name I've not heard of before but I'll certainly keep my eyes pealed for future projects. This is a must for fans of Fertile Ground and The Rebirth and given time will easily generate as much hype and respect. I hope these guys get on the road soon and show us what they are made of.
Simon Harrison, 10/06
Dwight Trible - InspirationsGondwana
The list of musicians Dwight Trible has performed with ranges from hard bop musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson to the late J Dilla. For his latest project entitled "Inspirations" Trible teams up with trumpeter Matthew Halsall on the Gondwana records imprint. The two share a love for transcendental and spiritual jazz and they mesh seamlessly here. On "Tryin Times" Trible's baritone complements Halsall's rich tone on the Donny Hathaway composition. Pianist Taz Modi's tender melodies strike deep emotions on the Coltrane classic "Dear Lord". Bassist Gavin Barras's shivering grooves establishes the overall sound for the group. There are other glorious covers such as "Feeling Good" and "What the World Needs Now is Love". What you need to do now is simply hurry up and purchase this wonderful record. Trible's totally identifiable voice combined with Halsall's phrasing and production will no doubt result in repeated listens.
Reg Dancy, 07/17