Day: 1 November 2017

1 November 2017

Live Review: Oli Rockberger at The Ropetackle

Oli Rockberger Monday 23rd October, 2017  Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham        This was Oli Rockberger’s final gig of his first UK tour as a bandleader where he was joined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Hannah Read, who also features on his latest album Sovereign.     Although this was a tour to promote […]

1 November 2017

Live Review: Julian Nicholas Quintet at All Saints Church

Julian Nicholas Quintet Thursday 26th October, 2017 All Saint Church, Hove       For this final concert in the 2017 All Saints lunchtime recital series, multi-reedsman Julian Nicholas was joined by vocalist Imogen Ryall, pianist Mark Edwards, bassist Nigel Thomas and drummer Dave Trigwell. Not surprisingly, the group attracted the largest audience of the year. […]

1 November 2017

Album Review: Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me

Gregory Porter Nat “King” Cole & Me (Decca/Blue Note)       Recorded in London with a 70-piece orchestra and arrangements by Vince Mendoza, this album features some of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s most famous hits such as Mona Lisa, Smile, Nature Boy and Porter’s latest single Quizas, Quizas, Quizas. All the tracks are a radio-friendly 4 […]

1 November 2017

Album Review: Gilad Atzmon – The Spirit of Trane

Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble The Spirit of Trane (Freshfield)       What Atzmon does best is intensity and this is in abundance on his latest album. Beginning with the Coltrane/Ellington version of In a Sentimental Mood, the string arrangements of Ros Stephen are gentle and unintrusive with Atzmon inevitably letting rip over […]

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