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Ola Onabule

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OLA ONABULE will be performing this summer in Canada at EDMONTON, 25th Anniversary of THE VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL and VICTORIA JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 2009 saw Ola perform on the main stage of the Festival de Jazz de Montreal for their 30th anniversary festival and also Vanouver Jazz Festival last Summer. Ola possesses a stunning voice of enormous range and emotional clout. His voice is beautifully clear and appealingly textured, almost classical. During his shows there are moments when he lets fly with a kind of yodelling ululation and a range and elasticity to match his rich tonal qualities

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Article: Album Review

Duncan Eagles: Narrations

Read "Narrations" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Duncan Eagles, perhaps best known as the tenor saxophonist in Partikel, is also in high demand as a sideman to high fliers including Zara McFarlane, Shabaka Hutchings, Janek Gwizdala, Gary Husband and Ola Onabule. Recorded with minimal editing and featuring seven original compositions, Narrations, is his second album as leader, following on from Citizen (Ropeadope, 2019). ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sherman Irby, Count Basie, Karl Denson and More

Read "Sherman Irby, Count Basie, Karl Denson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The pandemic goes on and jazz musicians keep on finding innovative ways to stay relevant and creative. This week we focus on some of those that are doing so by releasing new material and good thoughts into the world. We start the hour with a veteran of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Sherman Irby. ...

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Point Less

Label: Rugged Ram Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Throwaway Notion; The Old Story; Point Less; And Yet; Exit Wound; What The Heck; Ballad Of The Star Crossed; I Knew Your Father; Suru Lere; Tender Heart; Conceive It; So They Say; Pas Famille; You Can't Depend On Love.

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...

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Article: Album Review

Ola Onabule: Point Less

Read "Point Less" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has a rich baritone voice and a commanding presence. He's a soul singer above all, but also draws on pop, world music and jazz. Despite its title, opener “Throwaway Notion" is a catchy tune with a Pan-African groove, and very dark lyrics about the current race to the bottom in politics all ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours of genre-defying, global, high-octane, music, with a special focus on socially engaged projects, Finnish bands, and charismatic artists whose music has a higher than average density of ideas, like Michael Mwenso and Frank Zappa (by way of the tribute paid to him by the Orchestre Franck Tortiller. It all starts with the much anticipated ...

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It's The Peace That Deafens

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Dark Matter; The Girl That She Was; Jankoriko; Love Again; Patience Endures; Herbs For Your Heartache; It’s The Peace That Deafens; The Voodoo; Invincible; In Your Shoes; Orunmila; In The End.

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Article: Album Review

Ola Onabulé: It's The Peace That Deafens

Read "It's The Peace That Deafens" reviewed by James Nadal


Success in the music business can offer the artist several choices, to continue doing what is popular, or decide to take music in a personal direction. With a respected discography going back to 1995, and having pushed the edge of soul-pop in the UK and Europe, versatile vocalist Ola Onabule opts for expanding upon his diverse ...


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