MoFrancesco Quintetto – Kucheza

Jazz has certainly come a long way since its early beginnings, whose free spirit and richness of form means that one could easily spend a whole lifetime marvelling at its infinite variety. And none more so than on Kucheza, the MoFrancesco Quintetto’s sublime and engaging new album. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, European jazz doesn’t get… Read More MoFrancesco Quintetto – Kucheza

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

At the height of their powers, Zeppelin release their greatest, most testosterone-fuelled statement yet Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album might never have come about were it not for Peter Grant managing to convince John Paul Jones not to quit the band. Grant advised him to take “a few weeks off” before making any final decision.… Read More Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Shiny Beast of thought indeed After two relatively uninspired studio albums, Unconditionally Guaranteed and Bluejeans & Moonbeams (both in 1974), followed by the well performed but ultimately unessential Live In London – Drury Lane ’74 the following year, Don Van Vliet went back into the studio in ‘76 to record Bat Chain Puller, an album that… Read More Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart

As far as Christmas albums are concerned (and I’m certainly no expert, I can assure you), names such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and of course Michael Bublé spring to mind. But Bob Dylan! The man who wrote some of the most evocative and inspiring protest songs of the 20th Century, back in 2009,… Read More Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart

The Fabulous Thunderbirds – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Attention United States, Mexico and Canada, this record contains music that was organically made, and therefore may be beneficial to your brainwaves When this album came out in 1979, blues was hardly flavour of the month (much less the year). Bands like the Allman Brothers and Canned Heat were still on the radar, but only… Read More The Fabulous Thunderbirds – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Gary Clark Jr. – Live

Acclaimed guitarist unleashes a blues torrent of near biblical proportions Ever since Gary Clark Jr.’s knockout appearance at Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads festival, the Texas born guitarist’s star has certainly been on the ascent. Perhaps not since Stevie Ray Vaughan has an American guitar player made such an impression upon the blues revival community, whose… Read More Gary Clark Jr. – Live

Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN

Harmonic trio reunite and prove that some things never change By the late ‘70s, CSN were already regarded as an anachronism, a post-hippie hangover that just wouldn’t go away. And while it’s true that the bulk of those who once subscribed to the counter-culture had by then assimilated into mainstream society, still, there was something… Read More Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN