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The EP is the thing - stand-out releases so far in 22 is the focus in today's podcast

EPs - extended play - recordings deserve a mention as several formidable releases have surfaced in a format that relates to the album as the novella does to the novel. Find out the EPs to really have grabbed us by the lapels and demanded to be …

Published: 13 Sep 2022. Updated: 22 months.

EPs - extended play - recordings deserve a mention as several formidable releases have surfaced in a format that relates to the album as the novella does to the novel. Find out the EPs to really have grabbed us by the lapels and demanded to be listened to so far this year in today's podcast.

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Nicki Leighton-Thomas, The Secret of Silence, 33 Jazz ****

Track of the day and new in the 1 luv spot. A welcome return after a long absence to experience the highly playful voice of singer Nicki Leighton-Thomas and as you'd expect given her pedigree as a Fran Landesman disciple the singer's way with …

Published: 12 Sep 2022. Updated: 22 months.

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Track of the day and new in the 1 luv spot.

A welcome return after a long absence to experience the highly playful voice of singer Nicki Leighton-Thomas and as you'd expect given her pedigree as a Fran Landesman disciple the singer's way with lyrics set in a stripped back ostensibly acoustic jazz milieu is outstanding as is Simon Wallace's touch in piano accompaniment. Dave O'Higgins just about steals the show with his soprano saxophone touches but knows how to step back and Leighton-Thomas carves out more than enough space for the instrumentalists in a setting that allows the rhythmical urgency of guitarist Paul Stacey to inject significant pace. The track whets the appetite a whole deal for the full album out on 30 September. SG

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