The following articles were authored by Ben Verghese

Ben Westbeech – Ronnie Scott’s (Live Review)

A venue seeped in history and recently renovated, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club hosted a showcase of Ben Westbeech’s forthcoming album on Brownswood Recordings

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Sirius B – Bagunca (The Very Best of Sirius B 1998 – 2006)

Bagunca charters the discography of British-based Brazilian jazz dance band, Sirius B. Marvellous relentless energy and sumptuous grooves delight the listener, charging feet and hips

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Mr Hudson and The Library – A Tale Of Two Cities

Journeying through many mini adventures and London happenings, A Tale Of Two Cities opens with ‘The Street Where You Live’. Poetic and thoughtful lyrics setting the mood for the band’s debut album, as Mr Hudson croons, “oh what a tower block feeling.”

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Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Voices and Choices

Providing entertainment for home listeners, djs or music-makers after a killer or quirky beat or break, Shawn Lee’s Voices and Choices is a goldmine of sounds.

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Chico Mann – Manifest Tone Vol.1

Manifest Tone Vol.1 generates images and feelings that originated in Lagos during the 70s but which have been splendidly re-produced in 21st Century New Jersey.

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Amadou & Mariam, London, 11 December 2006 (Live Review)

An enthralling feast of West African music filled the newly developed Roundhouse, with traditional and contemporary styles intertwining from both established and emerging artists.

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Basement Jazz Sessions with Robert Mitchell – London (Live Review)

Being the first Tuesday of the month, the Basement Jazz Sessions returned to Brooks Bar in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, with the host act, WTF joined by the Robert Mitchell Trio

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Fat Freddy’s Drop – DNB & DUB remixes

It all began when ‘Midnight Marauders’ leapt out of my radio and into my enthused ears: DJ Fitches’ finely crafted dub-heavy beats topped with Joe Dukie’s silver-tongued vocals all backed by horns & keys supreme.

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Akli D – Pizza on the Park, London (Live Review)

Beginning with a “merci” Akli D, along with guitarist Malik Kerrouch, strummed the show into life with their electro-acoustic guitars at Pizza on the Park.

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Stan Tracey Trio – London, November (Live Review)

Over half a century into a professional piano-playing career, Stan Tracey continues to delight crowds with his masterful talents.

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Emil Viklický Trio – Cookin’ in Bonn

Recorded in 2004 in the Harmonie Club, Bonn as part of the Beethoven Festival, the Emil Viklický Trio have laid down a sumptuous album of piano-led jazz.

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Akli D – Kabyle Mental – Ma Yela

A Berber born in Algeria, the songwriter and performer, Akli D compares the world to an ocean of riches of which so far he has only had two cups. From street performer to playing at the London Jazz Festival, we join him on his journey

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BBE’s 10th Anniversary Party, London 30th Sept (Live Review)

Celebrating 10 years of existence, the independent music label Barely Breaking Even had an internationally top-quality line up for their party, with respective Kings of hip hop, house and soul – Jazzy Jeff, Dimitri from Paris, Norman Jay & Gilles Peterson.

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CDR – Plastic People, London, 14 September ’06 (Live Review)

An archive set from CDR’s Gavin got the venue buzzing, then as Plastic People filled, the session started proper with all the unreleased gems getting dropped

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Freesoul Sessions – Jazz Cafe, , London, 5 August ’06 (Live Review)

After a hot dusty day at Fruitstock, I headed to the Jazz Cafe for Mark De Clive-Lowe’s Freesoul Sessions, featuring one of Brazil’s finest DJs, DJ Nuts. As we waited outside for Omar’s show to finish we could hear, through the walls Omar belting out “There’s Nothing Like this…” classic modern soul.

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