Chris Rea – Drive Time

The title of the Northern slidemaster’s new album is Road Songs For Lovers but don’t be fooled, there is real bite in with the romance and glad-to-be-alive moments. Rea is one of music’s survivors and I have been glad of his advice when in my own dark times. The love of music and of communicating through music still beams out of the genial songwriter when we meet up once again in London to trade records and chat…



The Koch Marshall Trio – Toby Arrives

Under the label’s The Players Club imprint, this collection immediately rolls into earshot with a Medeski-meets-Jimmy Smith groove in the shape of Toby Arrives. I’d be very surprised if Milwaukee guitarist wasn’t a fan of Harvey Mandel.

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