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Issue 1094

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Denquar : Praying On Science

This is a bold debut.It's a totally live performance one singer and an orchestra and the red light is on.Newcomer,Denquar summons up her courage and goes for it on this empowering power ballad.

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The Jazz Defenders : Scheming

I'll say one thing it's quite refreshing to hear some classic sounding,straight ahead jazz especially on a wet and dreary day in february.The Jazz Defenders are proving to be the perfect antidote to the winter blues.

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Jeff Parker : Suite For Max Brown

A startling return to form sees multi instrumentalist and composer Jeff Parker hitting his stride once again.A fitting eulogy to his late mother and a great follow up to his critically acclaimed predecessor The New Breed.

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David Dower : There Are No Stars

Title track 'There Are No Stars' a laid back jazzy,neo soul piece of fusion hits the mark too.Fowler's fretless bass solo is a subtle slice of sheer delectation and guest Zhivko Vasilev on the Bulgarian Kaval

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Cherise : Paradise

Tomorrow's Warriors have spread their net far and wide being a launch pad and breeding ground for the likes of Ezra Collective,Camilla George,Nubya Garcia,Moses Boyd and also this incredibly talented young singer

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Give Me The Night : Juan Laya & Jorge Montial ft.Xantone Blacq

Singer and pianist Xantone Blacq brings his considerable skills to the table acquitting himself admirably with his upbeat vocal delivery,fine scat and choice rhodes playing

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Quentin Collins Sextet: Road Warrior (Ubuntu)

Collins comes out of the traps with all guns blazing followed by equally thrilling sax and piano solos.QC has breath taking fluency, over richly-layered harmonic pieces and a sweetness of melodic invention played with verve and passion.

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Incognito: Tomorrow's New Dream (Bluey Music Limited)

Celebrating 40-years in the business, jazz-soul royals Incognito deliver their anniversary marking album "Tomorrow's New Dream" in typical kings of cool style. Sticking to their tried, tested and highly refined...

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Ashley Henry: Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony)

Opener 'Starchild' sees star on the rise,Judi Jackson delivering a soulful vocal and spoken word contribution to this beguiling little number with Henry's trio perfectly in sync

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The stakes get raised with the explosive 'Running Away From Me' - Allen comes into his own with a ferocious solo his melodic touch is almost always masterful and his wailing is tempered sweetly too

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