Modern Love Affair – Alan McGeoch

cd-sleeveWhen one of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers gave me an FB-heads-up about his recently released CD, I was like… so, how can I get to hear this?  That developed into a few Messenger exchanges, a couple of emails, an encounter with Dropbox and in very short time I was listening to Modern Love Affair on my iTunes account.

Yes, this is the 21st century and its ubermodern way of communicating and sharing information.

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Eddie Manion – NIGHTLIFE



Released towards the end of last year, NIGHTLIFE, lifts the lid – or in Eddie Manion’s case, his signature Fedora – on a collection of tracks that have been arranged as individually as the DNA he carries, reflecting the deep passion he not only feels about playing his saxophones but also the memories the individual pieces of music have evoked in him over the years.

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Marie Batchelder – In Our Own Time

Every once in a while it happens… a “sound” leaps out at you, hooks its way into your head and refuses to go away.

Evocative melodies… a vocal delivery that gave me goosebumps… lyrics that were so well crafted my senses were reeling… those are just a few of the sentiments I experienced when I recently listened to some amazing sounds from Marie Batchelder, a very much up-and-coming artist who entered the world of professional music via a Teen Idol competition that was held last year in Warwickshire, England.

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Nizlopi – a seven letter word containing three vowels, four consonants and three syllables… and so much more!!

A seven-letter word containing three vowels, four consonants and three syllables… hmmm… kinda sounds like something you might see on a Scrabble board, right? Maybe… but… beyond the technical language stuff, “Nizlopi” also happens to be the name of one of the most creative sounding UK acts I’ve come across in a while and comprises two latter-day disciples of musical genius.

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Micky Kemp and the Asbury Jukes!

The “Micky Kemp Story” really began for me last November when I saw him perform an acoustic opening set for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at their Copenhagen gig. Up to then, I had certainly heard of Micky’s name but that was pretty much as far as my knowledge of his song writing and performing skills went. The set I saw was relatively short, but nevertheless I came away impressed and intrigued enough to want to know more about Micky’s musical career.

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Jarrett Dean – Under Shades of Blue

“Do you like bands like Matchbox Twenty, Fuel, Nickelback, Counting Crows, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, 3rd Eye Blind & LIVE?” asks the speech bubble on the front of the Music From A Jar summer schedule 2004 post-card. Well, put it this way, it’s because of Jarrett Dean’s music that I was introduced to some of the above-mentioned bands!

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Joey Stann – Family Tree

Longtime Jukes saxophone player, Joey Stann, launched his début album, Family Tree, at Jukestock  – three days of Peace, Love and Jukes that took place at the Holiday Inn, Tinton Falls, New Jersey from 2 – 4 March, 2001.  Comprising ten excellent tracks, eight are Joey’s original work and they have a totally refreshing sound that is a mixture of rock, swing, vocal as well as instrumental compositions.

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James Deely – El Corazon Negro

Back in ’88, Backstreets magazine ran a feature which named eight New Jersey bands who were tipped to be rising stars of the 1988 shore music scene.  One of these bands was James Deely and The Valiants.  They played a unique blend of big beat Jersey rock from R&B to CCR and from Elvis to Bruce.  One of their regular playing haunts was the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park and as well as travelling all over New Jersey, they took their sounds to other places such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and of course, New York City.

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