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OTOOTO, This Love is For You ****

Ideally if your label invokes thoughts of a month, every release not to break the spell would come out during the very same. In this case April. This Love Is For You doesn't. To complicate matters further and then stop being overly literal the …

Published: 24 Mar 2021. Updated: 29 days.

Ideally if your label invokes thoughts of a month, every release not to break the spell would come out during the very same. In this case April. This Love Is For You doesn't. To complicate matters further and then stop being overly literal the album is out on 21 May but the lead-off track is streaming and we're only in March.

Other applicable playfulness arises, however. The band name is a palindrome. But let's not read backwards to avoid queasiness, eh. The sound (''oto'' in Japanese means ''sound'') however does travel, doubles down even, to retroland. “Vær dog god, ræv!” (Or 'be good now, fox!' Other Danish palindromes are mystifyingly also available.)

'Sunfish' is horn section-led accessible late night soulful jazz-funk. A trumpeter and saxophonist's band, perhaps unsurprisingly given this aspect to the track, are at work. Containing a catchy, not too naive, melody involving incidental ''intake of breath'' vocalisation for filler within the instrumental blend, 'Sunfish' is certainly intuitively arranged.

The players in question include trumpeter Jonas Due (respect is…) knocking on the door of being a millennial and from a similiar generation saxophonist Oilly Wallace. It's not slick (… geddit? Enough, ed). But it is feelgood and actually works pretty well. The sound splashed with an old Juno 106, Bricking it only in a puntastic sense (is there any other?), tastefully finessed by Calle Brickman, you got it, the whole effect sits with what Nicola Conte in Italy or 'Teddy Rok' Mäkynen in Finland trot out so winningly. A lot of new names, let's hope they trip off the tongue soon because their track here, recorded in Copenhagen last autumn, containing a lot of skill, certainly does the equivalent.

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Frith Street by Miguel Muziq to begin An Angel's Healing: single in April

Miguel Muziq, guitarist Michael Panteli, has a very interesting new album by the initial sounds of what we have heard so far called An Angel’s Healing coming up. With superb jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and his brother drummer Emanuel Harrold along …

Published: 23 Mar 2021. Updated: 30 days.

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Miguel Muziq, guitarist Michael Panteli, has a very interesting new album by the initial sounds of what we have heard so far called An Angel’s Healing coming up. With superb jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and his brother drummer Emanuel Harrold along with Emanuel's fellow Gregory Porter Band members saxophonist Tivon Pennicott and bassist Jahmal Nichols among the personnel, also on Angel is the Afro-Cuban horn player Yelfris Valdes, great UK scene trumpeter Jay Phelps and percussionist Jansen Santana. The perky, clubby, latin and strings-flavoured ‘Frith Street’ from the album, a feelgood paean to Ronnie Scott's and Soho, now at its final mastering stage, features the Harrold brothers. Panteli's lead guitar line is certainly pristine and agile first listens suggest and the strings and riffing horns are ingeniously blended in the warm-sounding mix. Look for 'Frith Street' when it drops on 9 April. An Angel's Healing is to be released on 4 June. Miguel Muziq, top