Author: Glenn Sargeant

The Ben Cox Band – This Waiting Game

The Ben Cox Band This Waiting Game Cinnamon Records The opening title track has up and coming pianist Jamie Safiruddin setting  up the album for the listener quite nicely. It’s mellow and is just what lead vocalist Ben Cox needs to accompany him for this traditional vocal jazz album. ‘When Ends Appear’ features a horn section that give the song a bit of a kick but Ben Cox (who is yet to graduate from London’s Guildhall of Music) doesn’t really follow it up. ‘Blessed Are the Bleak’ has interesting lyrics and the drums (Will Glaser) and bass (Flo Moore)...

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Maroon 5 – V

Maroon 5 V 222 Records/Interscope Records Maroon 5 are a band that I have followed since the beginning with their hit ‘Harder to Breathe’. They are impressive live and have now released their fifth album ‘V’ (probably not the most original album title but they are not the first act to have a bad title and they won’t be the last so I can forgive them). The album is full of radio-friendly singles such as ‘Maps’ which opens this eleven track album and lets the listener know that Maroon 5 is back on form after their questionable release ‘Overexposed’...

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Richard Studholme (of The Blue Devils) – 20 Questions

Richard leads the roots band The Blue Devils , playing various instruments and singing ; their shows are musical and exhilarating, with Southern Rock and R&B seeping through and guitar interplay aplenty.  We thought Studholme might like to undergo a Pete Sargeant (customised) questioning…….      Your favoured stage guitars ? and why ?   Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster…sometimes the old Epiphone Casino…and my small Martin acoustic. They sound great, play well, and are always totally dependable. And stay in tune.    Name a favourite song about a place ? and have you been there ?   Hard one…I...

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Troy Redfern – 20 Questions

He plays fiery guitar, he sings with passion, he writes songs like It Stacks and  Running With Ghosts. There’s a touch of Rory Gallagher in his delivery. He gets a great live sound. He’s a polite and respectful chap.  We thought guitar ace and road warrior Mr Redfern might like to undergo a Pete Sargeant (customised) questioning…….    Your favoured stage guitars ? and why ? which is best for your stellar slide work ?   My favourite stage guitars are probably my two-moded Fender strats, both loaded with scatter wound pickups that were hand wound by my uncle,...

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Mahalia Barnes – 20 Questions

With a new album based upon the seminal funk recordings by Betty Davis, the singing daughter of soul rocker Jimmy Barnes undergoes one of our customised 20 Questions grilling’s, put together by Pete Sargeant…..     Do you know anyone else with your first name ? it’s a fine name to have !   I have met one or two girls named Mahalia over the years…but not really. I was named after Mahalia Jackson, one of the most incredible gospel singers ever. My dad said he saw her sing in a movie when he was about 7 or 8...

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