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Nov
4
2017

Van Morrison album

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ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES (Universal/Caroline) 8/10 Late-career artists in search of inspiration can do worse than revisit what made them fall in love with music in the first place. It has certainly worked for Van Morrison, whose 37th studio album sees him drenching himself in the blues all over again and, to thicken the mix, […]

Oct
29
2017

Alister Spence Trio album

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NOT EVERYTHING BUT ENOUGH (Alister Spence Music) 8/10 There are two types of artist: those who spend entire careers replicating an approach, and those who keep reaching for the new. Across its two-decade career the Alister Spence Trio has continued to evolve from a relatively conventional piano/bass/drums jazz band into a unit prepared to brave […]

Oct
28
2017

Kamasi Washington album

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HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE (Young Turks/Remote Control) 7/10 It could almost seem like a wry joke. How do you follow up a three-hour album? Make one that lasts for 42 minutes. Kamasi Washington’s response to 2015’s monumental The Epic is so short by comparison that it’s being called an EP, when it’s actually a perfectly conventional […]

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