Author: Pete Sargeant

Norah Jones – Day Breaks

The more that Ms Jones lets her jazzy side through, the more natural and satisfying her music becomes. This doesn’t in any way preclude popular appeal and on this showing just adds depth and moreover colour to the compositions and range of the record.

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Nine Below Zero – 13 Shades Of Blue

Nine Below Zero 13 Shades Of Blue (Zed Records)       This set finds the vintage but still forceful outfit hitting very New Orleans and Deep South blues and R&B vibe in the company of some great guests and a fruity horn section, underpinned by some notably groove-laden basslines and steady crisp drumwork – Bryan Bethell the original NBZ bassist and touring four-stringer Ben Willis are to credit along with drummer Mickey Burkey. This group that torched The Marquee in Wardour Street on many occasions back in the day have lost none of their fire but these days...

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Glenn Hughes – Resonate

Any music fan who has chosen to follow The Midland Magician and his career will have been rewarded with a wealth of creative musical adventures. No matter who Hughes works with, they play their best and sing their best.

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Tom Chaplin – The Wave

By his own admission, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin pretty much hit rock bottom a couple of years ago, with his own demons in the form of substance addiction sending him to the Priory. He says he thought he was a goner, he couldn’t breathe and all was collapsing in on him. Bravely, he blames nobody else for bad choices he made. Now, at just 37 this Hastings lad has a chance of enhanced family life and a career revival.

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Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor

Beth Hart Fire On The Floor (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group) Blues and soul singer finds herself now after a life of ups and downs as an in-demand entertainer with fans eager to hear her latest recordings and buy tickets for her live shows. With or without her great mainstay guitar pal Joe Bonamassa her studio work has a fire and sensitivity gifted to her by experience and inspiration. Few who were present at her Hampton Court Palace show with Joe and a red hot band will ever forget a moment of it. The names featured on thus set of...

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