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Bob Dylan - Tempest (Columbia)

Fifty years have now passed since Dylan's debut album in 1962, which featured a fresh-faced Woody Guthrie wannabe on the cover, together with a couple of original songs hidden amongst a bunch of traditional bluesy covers. A hundred years have also passed since the fateful maiden voyage of RMS...

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Gilmore and Roberts - The Innocent Left (Navigator)

Dropping both first names as well as the now familiar 'Gilmore Roberts Records' growling record label number, the Barnsley-based duo join the ranks of Lau, Bellowhead and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at Navigator Records for this, the duo's highly accomplished third album. Anyone who might have...

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Deborah Bonham - Take Me Down (INgrooves/Fontana)

It's been a while since Deborah Bonham's last album DUCHESS (2008) and therefore it is with some degree of anticipation that we look forward to the follow up album SPIRIT due to be released next spring. Take Me Down is the first single from the recently completed album and features regular band,...

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3

Awna Teixeira - Where the Darkness Goes (Self Release)

It has taken over ten years for Awna Teixeira to get around to her long awaited debut solo album after a long period of collaboration with the likes of street singing band The Derby, the alt-country band The Red Eyed Rounders and finally folk band Barley Wik before eight successful years with Po'...

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The Young'uns - When Our Grandfathers Said No (Navigator)

Anyone familiar with the three part harmony singing of Hartlepool trio Michael Hughes, Sean Cooney and David Eagle, otherwise known as The Young'uns, affectionately named by their elder peers in Teesside pubs during sessions frequented by much older participants, will perhaps expect an...

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4

Porchlight Smoker - 2 (Dead Reckoning)

Adorned with a pastiche of House Maid, one of graffiti king Banksy's popular pieces, which effectively sees our heroine hiding Porchlight Smoker's debut album in favour of this the band's second offering, the Brighton-based quartet's second album is predominantly made up of bluegrass, old time...

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3

Leigh Barker and The New Sheiks - The Sales Tax (Self Release)

As one of Australia's foremost jazz bassists, Leigh Barker has earned himself quite a reputation. As well as appearing with his own bands and as sideman for some of Australia's best jazz musicians, Leigh has also played with such renowned jazzmen as saxophonist Branford Marsalis and guitarist Doug...

Maurizio Minardi - My Piano Trio (Self Release)

Italian-born, London-based pianist Maurizio Minardi has just released another superlative collection of thoughtful compositions that blur the line between classical and jazz. MY PIANO TRIO, with it's Magritte-inspired cover art, is reminiscent of the best of Jacques Loussier but with an uplifting...

TG Collective - Release The Penguins (Stoney Lane Music)

One would need a Large Hadron Collider to discover the single unknown something that makes TG Collective's RELEASE THE PENGUINS the infectious little treasure that it is. There is so much at play here - from the madcap title track that is as much Raymond Scott as it is Django Reinhardt to the...

Miho Wada - Wanderland (Florestar)

Following on from last year's PARA TI, Miho Wada has revisited her PlayM!ho score book to produce another exuberant and energetic collection. WANDERLAND is an eight-track scrapbook of flute-led jazz tunes inspired by the landscape of Miho's home in Auckland, New Zealand. Composed "while walking her...

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