HUGH GLEDHILL - BIG DINOSAUR MOUTH
Big Dinosaur Mouth is the debut album from London-based funk and soul guitarist Hugh Gledhill (The Jezebel Sextet, The James Taylor Quartet) on Sookie Records, featuring Hugh Gledhill on guitar, Seamus Beaghen (Trio Valore), on Hammond, Burundian singer/songwriter Mudibu on vocals, and the Killer Horns (Alice Russell). Nine new songs blend Memphis soul, boogaloo guitar, Hammond and horns - all captured with outstanding sound quality on analogue tape. Mudibu features on four vocal tracks including 'Under Our Eyes' and 'Time, Strength...; Patience', two ballads inspired by Steve Cropper and Booker T & The MGs, plus the radio-friendly 'Don't Rush' with its summer soul groove, ska chorus and big finale. Five instrumentals each contribute a different sound and mood. There's menacing wah on 'Three Tombstones', stuttering Hammond on 'Sweet Magritte' and raw boogaloo on 'Get Out'. 'Captain Thunder' peaks with rambunctious guitar and Hammond trading solos over punchy horn breaks and a JBs inspired groove. The end result is an impressive and varied debut album from this talented British musician, celebrating the sound of 1960s soul, street funk and boogaloo.
AWA SANGHO - ALA TA
The first solo effort from Awa Sangho – a Mali-born, Abdijan-bred singer who's worked previously with other bigger names in African music – and with a few groups as well – but an artist who's definitely got the maturity to make it all on her own! The work has a very special flavor – not the usual Malian sounds, although Awa definitely has a strong sense of inflection in her phrasing – and sometimes graced with slight jazzy touches in the instrumentation, as befits both the record's placement on the Motema label, and Sangho's current residence in New York. Instrumentation mixes kora, balafon, djembe, and other African sounds with warmer guitar that really deepens the soul of the record – and titles include "Denko", "Tambin Y Tambor", "Naigai Koro Sigui", "Emama", "Dofana", and "N'Djarka Y Tambor". ~ Dusty Groove
ALISON BALSOM - PARIS
One of today's most in-demand classical music personalities, English trumpeter and BBC Proms darling Alison Balsom shares her love of Paris on this new solo album. After becoming the first British woman to win Gramophone Magazine's prestigious Artist of the Year award, Alison brings her glamour, poise and dazzling virtuosity to Paris with a selection of music written in and inspired by the most romantic city in the world. Accessible yet surprising at every turn, the programme ranges from 20th-century French composers (Ravel, Duruflé, Messiaen) to jazz (Django Reinhardt) and popular chanson française (Joseph Kosma), all in enchanting arrangements for trumpet. ~ Amazon