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Dub Plates From The Elephant House Vol 3 / G Corp & The Mighty Tree

G Corp & The Mighty Tree - Dub Plates From The Elephant House Vol 3

Endulge

The Birmingham collective hook up with some of the city's finest reggae musicians - Moses and Jaffa from the excellent Crucial music plus Conrad Kelly (Steel Pulse/UB40) aka the Mighty Tree who set down a mighty rhythm structure for the GCorp team to weave in their dub magic. You also get a limited edition cookbook with original recipes for classic West Indian food plus original artwork by Ninety. Absolutely ******* brilliant, the queue starts here for Volume 4!

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Graham Radley, 09/07

Roots Of Soul / Gabriele Poso

Gabriele Poso - Roots Of Soul

InfraCom

Gabriele Poso’s sophomore release “Roots of Soul” is a wonderful record that blends Latin, African and other cultural rhythms together with sterling results, Poso is surrounded by an ensemble of multi-talented musicians that help his compositions take flight and you’re certain to enjoy the ride. For instance “Dona Flora” is a mid-tempo tune that features warm piano melodies from Giuseppe Magagnino while Poso culminates with a controlled flurry of rhythms ranging from percussions to congas and timbales. There are also a number of superb vocalists that add color to these compositions. Dionisia Cassiano vocals soar on the uplifting “With Me Come Fly” and Nailah Porter’s vocals will make you shiver on the beautiful ballad “A Night with You”. Gabriele’s debut “From The Genuine World” displayed so much promise and on “Roots Of Soul” he has definitely delivered. In turn he’s carving out his place as a superb percussionist as well as a great composer who merits serious attention.

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Reg Dancy, 08/12

Gadjologie / Gadjologie

Gadjologie - Gadjologie

Milan Records

Oh this is very tasty, recorded ‘live’ in the studio, the French gypsy jazzers like to use their two guitars, violin and double bass to take us from chilled to punky with accomplished playing and freedom of spirit. Take a listen to their take on Frank Zappa’s ‘Blessed Relief’ with a guest accordion player adding that extra something. Excellent.

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Graham Radley, 07/08

From The Corner To The Block / Galactic

Galactic - From The Corner To The Block

Anti Records

Back in the day there were so many funk bands that it would be impossible to mention all of them here. While some have faded away, very few have picked up the torch. Unknown to many however, Galactic has been jamming for quite a while now. Their fifth studio album contains their usual brand of high octane New Orleans funk. In addition, they have invited an eclectic assortment of some of today’s hottest mc’s. “Think Back” featuring Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 is some serious funky swamp music. The title track “From The Corner From The Block” is hip hop with plenty of gumbo mixed in, thanks to Juvenile and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Ladybug Mecca also stops by to assist on the mid-tempo Tina Marie inspired “Square Biz”. All in all another great effort by Galactic. Perhaps maybe they will finally receive the recognition they rightfully deserve.

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Reg Dancy, 04/08

Flapjacks From The Sky / Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams

Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams - Flapjacks From The Sky

High Noon Records

Formed in 1998 in Sleepy Hollow, New York, Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have a lot going on within their music each track goes off in a different direction. The info describes them as Hillbilly-Floyd, folk-pop, alt-country roots-rock and surreal Americana and that goes a long way to getting the feel of the band across. This double CD could maybe do with a bit of trimming down but overall well worth a trip to their planet.

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Graham Radley, 04/07

Gathering / Gary Marks

Gary Marks - Gathering

Kindred Spirits

Originally released in 1973 Gary Marks' 'Gathering' gets a welcome reissue by Kindred Spirits. Gary has a gentle yet mesmerizing quality to his voice and together with his band, featuring amongst others guitarist John Scofield and David Samuels on vibes, he delivers a stunning collection of folk-jazz compositions. 'Sailing', a tranquil piece, the blissful 'We Free', the funky fusion instrumental title track and 'Him Sometimes', a superb modal outing are all exceptional but this album is a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end.

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Andy Allen, 03/07

Moja / Gary Reader

Gary Reader - Moja

Superfically Deep Recordings

“Moja”, the release from Saxophonist Gary Reader is an elegant seven track collection of contemporary jazz numbers that harken memories of classic mid-sixties Blue Note releases. Reader has surrounded himself with top shelf musicians who perform together seamlessly as if they’ve working as a unit for years. This is apparent on the opening track “Who’s Playing?”, a warm and richly melodic tune pairs Reader with the acclaimed Corey Mwamba on vibes. Pianist Mark D’Inverno gorgeous playing serves as the perfect compliment. “Delta” is a lovely ballad that is smooth and vibrant. Reader displays his acumen for compositions that are moving and heartfelt. “My No.1 Fan” has a Latin flavor that also features bassist Andy Hamill and tasty drumming from Joshua Blackmore. Overall “Moja” is an impressive debut that swings and showcases Reader as a formidable reed player whom we hope is just getting started arranging impressive recordings like this.

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Reg Dancy, 01/12

Everything Must Change / Georg Levin

Georg Levin - Everything Must Change

BBE Records

Georg Levin’s second solo project follows up his critically acclaimed debut “Can’t Hold Back”. “Everything Must Change” provides more of that soulful flavor, this time with some pop rhythms mixed in for good measure. The selections here contain the right balance of electronic beats and live instrumentation that allows you to enjoy repeated listens. The disc starts off with “Need To Understand”, a pleasing mid-tempo tune that starts out as a boogie tune and then shifts into a laidback groove. The title track is a funky synth laden number with strings that harkens back to the danceable beats of the eighties. Georg is joined by Clara Hill on the upbeat disco flavored “The Better Life”. “Time to Reenact” gives an indication of a Georg Levin live set. The song is carried through with a funky rhythm guitar and live drums and proves that Georg can work seamlessly either in the studio or on the stage. While Georg’s voice isn’t overpowering, they’re tailor made for his compositions. Overall, “Everything Must Change” sparkles with good vibes and slick production. Not a bad song on the album, you can easily add this to the track list of your next party or groove to it during an afternoon drive. You’ll be glad you did.

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Reg Dancy, 04/10

Kings Ballad / Georgia Anne Muldrow

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Kings Ballad

Ubiquity Records

 It’s safe to say that no one has released more albums in the last year than Georgia Anne Muldrow. While most of those releases have been uneven at best, her latest, “Kings Ballad” is without a doubt the best of the bunch. With “Kings Ballad”, Georgia has created an album that is as close to a mainstream project as anything she has ever done. That’s not to say she has watered down her sound, far from it. She’s simply modeled fourteen funky tunes in her image and reveals yet another layer of her immense talents. The first single “Doobie Down”, highlighted with a funky groove and a wicked electric guitar riff, “R.I.P.” is a moving tribute to Michael Jackson that captures the love we all had for him long before he became the King of pop. The eighties inspired “Summer Love” is a synth laden G-funk flavored joint that pairs her with her mate, Dudley Perkins. The two play the roles of young lovers feeling each other out in hope of a promising relationship.  “Live” is a sweet lullaby about following your heart and pursuing your dreams. Overall this is a solid record and certainly her most satisfying since “Olesi; Fragments of Earth”. While we wait for that one signature record that encapsulates all of her talents, you’ll no doubt enjoy this one in the meantime.

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Reg Dancy, 07/10

Join The Dance / Gerardo Frisina

Gerardo Frisina - Join The Dance

Schema Records

DJ/Producer Gerardo Frisina has been creating a buzz ever since his work as a producer and remixer on the Ishtar label and eventually his own releases. His latest offering on Schema records, “Join The Dance” is a wonderful collection of compositions where some songs will lure your feet to the dance floor while others will simply fulfill your thirst for spicy rhythmic Brazilian jazz. For instance, the energetic “Will You Walk A Little Faster” is a up-tempo dance track strongly enhanced by the beautiful vocals of Norma Winstone. Other highlights include the exotic “Mille E Una Notte” that features Dj/Pianist Paolo Fedreghini. The aptly titled “Bubbly” starts out with a simmering groove on double bass courtesy of Enzo Lo Greco and complimented by the piano licks of Luigi Bonafede that eventually builds into a sparkling composition full of flavor and worthy of repeated listens. The Latin/Brazilian influences are brought to life by an A-list of musicians on the Italian jazz scene with overwhelming success. The result is a superb record that will build Frisina’s reputation as a first rate producer who proves that there’s room for jazz in the clubs and not just in your living room.

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Reg Dancy, 10/10

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