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Break-up songs from Madi Diaz resonate so very deeply

What used to hurt doesn’t hurt any more/What used to work doesn’t work any more. Occasionally we put up material on marlbank from other genres that we really like and here's the latest: a track from singer-songwriter Madi Diaz and the album History …

Published: 10 Jun 2021. Updated: 14 days.

What used to hurt doesn’t hurt any more/What used to work doesn’t work any more. Occasionally we put up material on marlbank from other genres that we really like and here's the latest: a track from singer-songwriter Madi Diaz and the album History of A Feeling to be released in August. All these break-up tracks available so far on the same US label Anti as Alfa Mist's formidable latest record Bring Backs are frankly superb and lyrically strong eg 'Man In Me', 'New Person, Old Place' 'Nervous' and 'Woman In My Heart'. 'New Person Old Place' is the one we like most and the one we think perhaps could be covered best of all by an improviser especially one adept at Friselliana or in the Luftian domain. Link to the History of a Feeling tracks

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Cock an ear for 80s ace Ken Stubbs and the release of 3 Shadows, 4 Angels

Imbued with an exquisite bittersweet melancholia 3 Shadows, 4 Angels is quite a find and amounts to an absorbing listen from a cult figure of the UK jazz scene now living in Australia, the Loose Tubes alto saxophonist Ken Stubbs who in First House …

Published: 10 Jun 2021. Updated: 10 days.

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Imbued with an exquisite bittersweet melancholia 3 Shadows, 4 Angels is quite a find and amounts to an absorbing listen from a cult figure of the UK jazz scene now living in Australia, the Loose Tubes alto saxophonist Ken Stubbs who in First House with Django Bates, Mick Hutton and Martin France in the 1980s was a shooting star in a dazzling galaxy of talent who toured widely and picked up acclaim for ECM recordings Eréndira and later Cantilena. Now this all these years on seems a moment for Stubbs. The next generation presence particularly of the superb Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame on the record just released is only one of several significant plus-points in the record's favour as is the Frisellian touch of guitarist James Muller on the gorgeous Americana of '3 Shadows (for Jonny Cash) – The Beast in Me'. Make your day that bit considerably better and more complete why not by following the link to 3 Shadows, 4 Angels and a lost leader of note in all iridescence. In these often cynical times it's something of a miracle. Ken Stubbs, top. Photo: kenstubbs.com