Robin Denselow

Charlie Dore: Milk Roulette review a gift for melody

(Black Ink)Charlie Dore has had a colourful career. She has been a pop star, best-known for her 1979 hit Pilot of the Airwaves. She has been an actress. She has been a prolific songwriter, covered by the likes of Sheena Easton, George Harrison and Celine

Parker Millsap: Parker Millsap review a new Americana hero

(Okrahoma Records)It can be tough for a young, largely unknown artist to open the show for an established band, but Parker Millsap demonstrated how it should be done with his appearance alongside Old Crow Medicine Show in London last weekend. Hes 21, from

Luke Daniels: Whats Here Whats Gone review a thoughtful, original set

(Gael Music/Proper)Luke Daniels is no newcomer, but this is very much a new departure. He is already known as a composer and multi-instrumentalist who first emerged as a melodeon star two decades ago and has gone on to work with Riverdance and the Cara Di

Hugh Masekela and Somi review: an old master in fine fettle

Shades of Fela Kuti in Masekelas ageless funk and fury, and in Somas African-inspired protest songs.

Kassé Mady Diabaté: Kiriké review Malian master goes back to his musical roots

(No Format!)Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the finest singers in Africa. Hes a griot, a guardian of Malis ancient culture, but in the west he is best known for his fusion projects. He sang on Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabatés Kulanjan, an album praised by P

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn review banjo music for those who hate the banjo

(Rounder)Béla Fleck is surely the finest banjo player on the planet, a virtuoso who can switch from bluegrass to classical, jazz and African styles, while his wife, Abigail Washburn, is also an impressive banjo performer, influenced by China as well as A

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker: Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour review elegant, melancholy folk

(Folkroom)Sometimes my view is always imbued with melancholy hue, sings Josienne Clarke in the opening song here, Silverline. Thats something of an understatement, for this is an elegant concept album that explores different shades of misery. The folk sc

Tony Allen: Film of Life CD review cool, contemporary sounds from the master drummer

(Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)When you are rightly praised as the greatest drummer Africa has produced, and helped to create Afrobeat along with Fela Kuti, then theres no need for indulgent solos. At 74, Tony Allen has released his 10th album, a cool, cont

Yasmin Levy: Tango review Israeli singer takes on classic tangos to triumphant effect

Yasmin Levy has always specialised in drama and passion, at times annoyingly so, but now the Israeli singer has found the style that perfectly fits her powerful, theatrical performances and regal stage persona.

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap review breathy and frighteningly fragile

(Fatcat)Vashti Bunyan has had a curious career. In 1970 she released Just Another Diamond Day, a gently charming, if sometimes twee album that failed to sell. When it was re-released 30 years later, helped by reminders of how she had travelled across Bri