Podcast highlights of the week

Our latest podcast surveys in a two-minute listen the highlights of the marlbank week. Album of the week is by Sarah Brown wondrously singing Mahalia… open-ended hymnal space and poise from Oded Tzur and his Here Be Dragons band… and an exclusive …

Published: 20 May 2022. Updated: 47 days.

Our latest podcast surveys in a two-minute listen the highlights of the marlbank week. Album of the week is by Sarah Brown wondrously singing Mahalia… open-ended hymnal space and poise from Oded Tzur and his Here Be Dragons band… and an exclusive interview with the great singer Ian Shaw looking ahead to his sold-out 60th birthday concert in June when Ian reveals his guests.

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Track of the day: Julius Rodriguez, 'Where Grace Abounds,' Verve ****

From Let Sound Tell All (Verve, 10 June release) a second marlbank track-of-the-day selection drawn from the upcoming album and following the earlier 'Gift of the Moon' that we certainly warmed to in late-March. The debut of twentysomething …

Published: 20 May 2022. Updated: 47 days.

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From Let Sound Tell All (Verve, 10 June release) a second marlbank track-of-the-day selection drawn from the upcoming album and following the earlier 'Gift of the Moon' that we certainly warmed to in late-March.

The debut of twentysomething US-based player Julius Rodriguez whose background includes studies at top music school Julliard in New York and membership of the hip-hop aware Onyx Collective 'Where Grace Abounds' is begun by Rodriguez playing solo piano gradually adding complexity and then there's churchified organ also overdubbed from Rodriguez entering and drums (Brian Richburg, Jr) as the piano motif repeats itself plus yes shape shifting acoustic bass (Philip Norris) that acts as a reset towards the next transformative section of the piece. A very simple melody on the face of it later there are syncopated practically hand-clap invoking beats, a soupçon of trumpet (Giveton Gelin) and backing vocals (Nick Hakim) swirling around. Highly accessible, distinctly agreeable, warm love in the room. An instant case of press replay.

Julius Rodriguez photo: Avery J. Savage

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