Tedeschi Trucks Band, I Am The Moon, 1. Crescent, Fantasy ****

The first of four albums coming this year from revered swamp blues rockers the Tedeschi Trucks eminently simpatico for all jazz listeners who follow an ecumenical musical approach. As ever Susan Tedeschi's vocals pick up the thread where Janis …

Published: 18 Jun 2022. Updated: 17 days.

The first of four albums coming this year from revered swamp blues rockers the Tedeschi Trucks eminently simpatico for all jazz listeners who follow an ecumenical musical approach. As ever Susan Tedeschi's vocals pick up the thread where Janis Joplin left off heard best on 'Here My Dear' where she reserves her power for maximum, intimate, soulful impact. The buddha-like Derek Trucks, is one of the best guitarists on the planet, not breaking news, but still worth saying over and over again. His raga-esque sense of flow is extraordinary. We know that most of all from seeing him a couple of times live over the years including one of the best gigs we ever attended back in 2006 at the now torn down Mean Fiddler on London's Charing Cross Road. All these years on it's still a healing experience to listen. Keyboardist Gabe Dixon and Trucks exude brothers-from-another-mother instinctive rapport while Mike Mattison on 'Fall In' takes us to New Orleans and back and you feel you are right there. 'Pasaquan' is the full monty. You cop a Rosetta Stone like feeling of discovery deep down in your gut over its 12 minutes. Pick your jaws up off the floor yet again with this band. Storming stuff. Crescent is perfect weekend listening. Steal away to bunker down to their sound right away and thank your lucky stars that you found this remarkable record.

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Soothsayers meets Victor Rice and Friends, 'Last Days,' Red Earth ****

Track of the day has a delicious head bobbing outsider-ska flavour to it. It's Robin Hopcraft on beefy trombone leading the way in the dynamic arc of the piece. Sarf London band Soothsayers have built up quite a following over the years traversing …

Published: 17 Jun 2022. Updated: 18 days.

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Track of the day has a delicious head bobbing outsider-ska flavour to it. It's Robin Hopcraft on beefy trombone leading the way in the dynamic arc of the piece. Sarf London band Soothsayers have built up quite a following over the years traversing reggae and Afrobeat stylings on different projects and led by eloquent versatile jazz saxist Idris Rahman alongside Hopcraft who is usually known as a trumpeter now joined by São Paulo-based bassist Victor Rice, guitarist João Erbertta and drummer Bruno Buarque in the personnel. There's a dub version of 'Last Days' also available on 10-inch vinyl. Soothsayers play the Rhythmtree festival, Isle of Wight on 8 July. The track is drawn from the so-far unreleased Soothsayers meets Victor Rice and Friends. Soothsayers photo: press

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