Aquarian date for Dana Masters

We are in an OV Wright state of mind today got there firstly by listening to Leon Bridges records and then thinking immediately (because Leon is like the OV or Otis for today) of Dana Masters (top) confirmed to play the Soho Pizza in January in a …

Published: 2 Dec 2021. Updated: 8 months.

We are in an OV Wright state of mind today got there firstly by listening to Leon Bridges records and then thinking immediately (because Leon is like the OV or Otis for today) of Dana Masters (top) confirmed to play the Soho Pizza in January in a plum booking for the club. Dana, from South Carolina living in Northern Ireland for many years, and until recently a backing singer with Van Morrison gelling especially when Sumudu was in the band say on 'Transformation', does a fine version of 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. OV's version is the one we like most even more than Otis Redding's although Dana's is closer to the Otis.

We heard Dana sing the Roosevelt Jamison classic in Derry once and that was enough to get into her sound for good. As a songwriter we liked the singer's original 'Crossing Lines' probably best of hers that we know. She has a gospel pedigree as well, and is a fine tambourine player, and when covering pop has a good affinity with Corinne Bailey Rae when she covers 'Like a Star'. Her bands usually are mainly jazz players.

Read more, Dana in Belfast at Out to Lunch

The Pizza Express Jazz Club date, turning around for two houses that night, is Saturday 22 January

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The Seventh Hand is next from Immanuel Wilkins with Ronnie's one-nighter planned

It's a late-January release in prospect for The Seventh Hand coming up from Immanuel Wilkins, one of the hottest alto saxophone new talents to have emerged on the progressive acoustic post-bop scene in simply years. The bustling nigh-on …

Published: 2 Dec 2021. Updated: 8 months.

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It's a late-January release in prospect for The Seventh Hand coming up from Immanuel Wilkins, one of the hottest alto saxophone new talents to have emerged on the progressive acoustic post-bop scene in simply years. The bustling nigh-on 7-and-a-half-minutes pretty uptempo, as it turns out, piece 'Emanation' introduces the new album, and quite an introduction it proves: pressure cooker saxology from Wilkins followed by a sonorous piano solo delivered by Micah Thomas before Wilkins eventually returns in a more serene vein. The Kenny Garrett-inspired Philadelphian features a seven-movement suite of his own originals on the album which is to be issued by Blue Note. The Omega band of the aforementioned Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry join him once again along with guests, the much talked-about flautist Elena Pinderhughes and the Farafina Kan percussion ensemble. Biblically-inspired in its titling the number seven represents divine intervention. Wilkins quoted by Blue Note says: “The goal of what we’re all trying to get to is nothingness, where the music can flow freely through us.” Immanuel Wilkins photo: Rog Walker. Read a marlbank interview with Wilkins circa Omega, here. Touring plans include Ronnie Scott's on 14 March sandwiched between dates in Italy and France

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