Blues highlight: 2020 Robert Cray, That's What I Heard

On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician …

Published: 18 Oct 2020. Updated: 3 days.

On the blues as a genre, not as a vital part of the languages of jazz which it deep down always is, Robert Cray impressed marlbank most in 2020 on 'This Man' from the wonderful That’s What I Heard. He remains to this blog the greatest blues musician on the planet, tied at top spot with Buddy Guy, and one of the world's finest guitarists covering the waterfront with some choice pan-stylistic covers that simply worked. And what a voice. Sadly we lost blues icon Lucky Peterson this year, gone far too soon.

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Matthieu Bordenave, La traversée

Matthieu Bordenave needs time to develop as a headline artist. New material next time, not necessarily originals, are needed. With his trio of Florian Weber (piano) and Patrice Moret (double bass) the album features moody compositions by the …

Published: 18 Oct 2020. Updated: 3 days.

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Matthieu Bordenave needs time to develop as a headline artist. New material next time, not necessarily originals, are needed. With his trio of Florian Weber (piano) and Patrice Moret (double bass) the album features moody compositions by the saxophonist inspired by pictures from the Provence region by René Char. The second version of 'River' on an album that is hardly gripping is however worth spending a little time with. SG.

Out now on ECM