Category Archives: Awards

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Damian Wilkes

1. Spirit Fingers – Spirit Fingers (Shanachie)
Review here

2. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange (Wax Museum)

3. Muriel Grossmann – Golden Rule (RR Gems)
Review here

4. Tenderlonious Featuring The 22archestra – The Shakedown (22a)

5. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Review here

6. James ‘Creole’ Thomas – Omas Sextet (22a)

7. Jaron Lamar Davis – My View Through The Lens Of Music (Self-released)

8. Web Web – Dance Of The Demons (Compost)
Review here

9. Butcher Brown – AfroKuti: A Tribute to Fela (Self-released)

10. Menagerie – The Arrow Of Time (Freestyle)

11. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines EP (The Vinyl Factory)

12. Darkhouse Family – An Extra Offering (First Word)

13. Mabuta – Welcome To This World (Afro Synth)

14. Yazmin Lacey – When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees (First Word)

15. Rogério Boccato Quarteto – No Old Rain (Red Piano)

16. Kamaal Williams – The Return (Black Focus)

17. Chip Wickham – Shamal Wind (Lovemonk)
Review here

18. Marquis Hill – Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group)

19. Maisha – There Is A Place (Brownswood Recordings)

20. Medline – Solstice (My Bags)

Damian Wilkes

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Tim Stenhouse pt.2

Tim’s Best of 2018 pt.2 – Artist/Group re-issues and previously unreleased:

1. Michel Polnareff ‘Pop Rock en Stock’ (Universal France)
Review here

2. Cesar Camargo Mariano ‘São Paulo Brasil’ (Mr. Bongo)
Review here

3. The Staple Singers ‘The complete Epic recordings 1964-1968’ (SoulMusic)
Review here

4. Léo Ferré ‘Paris mai ’68’ (Barclay/Universal)
Review here

5. John Coltrane and Miles Davis ‘The Final Tour: the Bootleg Series Vol. 6’ (Sony Legacy)
Review here

6. Eric Dolphy ‘Musical Prophet. The expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions’ (Elemental)
Review here

7. Charles Mingus ‘Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Seldon’ (BBE/Strata/Sue Mingus Music)
Review here

8. Hugh Masekela ’66-’76’ (Wrasse/Chisa)
Review here

9. Harold Vick ‘Don’t Look Back’ (Pure Pleasure)
Review here

10. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes ‘Travel with Love’ (Omnivore/Nighthawk)
Review here

11. Wes Montgomery ‘In Paris: The definitive ORTF recording’ (Resonance)
Review here

12. Ethiopians ‘Reggae Power’/’Woman Capture Man’ (Doctor Bird)
Review here

13. George Russell ‘Four Classic Albums’ (Avid Jazz)
Review here

14. Kay-Gees ‘Three Classic Albums’ (Robinsong)
Review here

15. Sun Ra ‘Astro-Black’ (Sundazed)

16. Woody Shaw ‘Tokyo ’81’ (Elemental)
Review here

17. Robert Nighthawk ‘The Robert Nighthawk Collection 1937-1952′(Acrobat Music)
Review here

18. Gordon Beck ‘Jubilation! Trios, Quartets and Septets in session: 1964-1984’ (Turtle)
Review here

19. Grant Green ‘Funk in France: from Paris to Antibes 1969-1970’ (Resonance)
Review here

20. Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths ‘Young Gifted and Black’/’Pied Piper’ (Doctor Bird)
Review here

Tim Stenhouse

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Brian Goucher

Brian Goucher’s Best of 2018 (In no order):

1. Walter “Wolfman” Washington – My Future Is My Past (Anti-)
Review here

2. J.P. Bimeni and The Black Belts ‎– Free Me (Tucxone)
Review here

3. Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (Dunham/Daptone)
Review here

4. Peabo Bryson – Stand for Love (Perspective/Caroline)
Review here

5. Willie Hightower – Out of the Blue (ACE/SoulTrax)
Review here

6. The Suffers – Everything Here (Shanachie)
Review here

7. Mark IV – Signs Of A Dying Love (Cordial Recordings)
Review here

8. Ural Thomas and The Pain – The Right Time (Tender Loving Empire)

9. Show Tyme – Love Truth (W.A.R. Media)

10. Eric Debonair McNair ‎– This Could Be Love (Self-released)
Review here

11. Darrian Ford – New Standards (Self-released)
Review here

12. Clif Payne – Too (Soulmusic)
Review here

13. Jr. Thomas and the Volcanos – Rockstone (Colemine)

14. Crystal Thomas – Drank of My Love (Gooba Sac Music Publishing)
Review here

15. Ms Zeno the Mojo Queen – Back in Love (Blue Lotus Recordings)
Review here

16. NayCole – Cause and Effect (Soulmop Music Group)

17. Tucka – Working With The Feeling (Hit Nation)

18. Roy Roberts – Back in Love (Rock House)
Review here

19. Isaiah Sharkey ‎– Love Life Live (Self-released)

20. Cornell C.C. Carter – One Love (CDC Productions)

Brian Goucher

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2018 – Tim Stenhouse pt.1

Tim’s Best of 2018 pt.1 – Albums:

1. Kassin ‘Relax’ (Luaka Bop)
Review here

2. Trygve Seim ‘Helsinki Songs’ (ECM)
Review here

3. Chet Baker ‘Live in London Vol. 2’ (Ubuntu Music)
Review here

4. Sons of Kemet ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’ (Impulse!)
Review here

5. Elina Duni ‘Partir’ (ECM)
Review here

6. Enrico Pieranunzi and Thomas Fonnesbaek ‘Blue Waltz’ (Stunt)
Review here

7. Van Morrison and Joey de Francesco ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ (Sony)
Review here

8. Jakob Bro ‘Returnings’ (ECM)
Review here

9. Valia Calda ‘Methexis’ (Self-released)
Review here

10. Various ‘We Out Here’ (Brownswood Recordings)
Review here

11. Brad Mehldau Trio ‘Seymour Reads the Constitution’ (Nonesuch)

12. Esbjörn Svensson Trio ‘Live in London’ (ACT)
Review here

13. Julian Siegel Quartet ‘Vista’ (Whirlwind Recordings)
Review here

14. Henry Lowther’s Still Waters ‘Can’t Believe, Won’t Believe’ (Village Life)
Review here

15. Bill Frisell ‘Music Is’ (Okeh)
Review here

16. Bobo Stenson Trio ‘Contra La Indecisión’ (ECM)
Review here

17. Jamison Ross ‘All For One’ (Concord)
Review here

18. Idris Ackamoor ☥ The Pyramids ‘An Angel Fell’ (Strut)
Review here

19. Nostalgia 77 ‘Fifteen (Best of)’ (Tru-Thoughts)
Review here

20. Yelena Eckemoff ‘Better Than Gold and Silver (L&H Production)
Review here

Tim Stenhouse

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Gibsy Rhodes

1. Dub Gabriel “Interstella Dub Dweller” from the album ‘ADSR DUB’ (Destroy All Concepts)
2. Lord Echo “Low To The Street” from the album ‘Harmonies’ (Soundway Records)
3. Mad Professor Meets Jah9 “Moth To A Dub” from the album ‘In The Midst Of The Storm’ (VP Records)
4. Hifalutin “Come As You Aardvark Dub” from the album ‘Animals In Dub’ (659313 Records DK2)
5. Pablo Moses “Murder” from the album ‘The Itinuation’ (Grounded Music)
6. Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins “Dub Capacitor” from the album ‘In Dub’ (Tru Thoughts)
7. Lord Echo “In Your Life” from the album ‘Harmonies’ (Soundway Records)
8. Dub Gabriel “Black Magic White Lies” from the album ‘ADSR DUB’ (Destroy All Concepts)
9. Danakil “Butterflies” from the album ‘Meets OnDubGround’ (Baco Records)
10. Danakil Fan Crew “Nuff Power” from the album ‘Meets OnDubGround’ (Baco Records)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Tim Stenhouse pt.2

Tim’s Best of 2017 pt.2 – World Roots:

1. Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet ‘Ladilikan’ (World Circuit) Review here
2. Yves Montand ‘à Paris + Chanson De Paris’ (Jackpot) Review here
3. Mighty Maytones ‘Madness’ / ‘Boat to Zion’ (Burning Sounds) Review here
4. Various ‘Zaïre 74: The African Artists’ (Wrasse) Review here
5. Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’ (No Format!) Review here
6. Qotob Trio ‘Entity’ (Choux de Bruxelles) Review here
7. Various ‘Classic American Ballads’ (Smithsonian Folkways)
8. Gwyneth Glyn ‘Tro’ (Bendigedig) Review here
9. Arturo Jorge ‘Finca Santa Elena’ (Tumi Music) Review here
10. Piri ‘Vocês Querem Mate?’ (Far Out Recordings) Review here
11. Baden Powell ‘Tristeza on Guitar’ (MPS) Review here
12. Mulatu Astatké ‘Mulatu of Ethiopia’ (Strut) Review here
13. Various ‘Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973’ (Light in the Attic) Review here
14. Alice Coltrane ‘World Sprituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’ (Luaka Bop) Review here
15. Orchestre les Mangelepa ‘Last Band Standing’ (Strut) Review here
16. Kingstonians ‘Sufferer’ (Music On Vinyl / Doctor Bird) Review here
17. Various ‘Dancing Down Orange Street’ (Dub Store Records / Doctor Bird) Review here
18. Various ‘Black Songs Matter’ (Aiwa) Review here
19. Various ‘Inna De Yard – The Soul Of Jamaica’ (Chapter Two) Review here
20. Benjamin Biolay ‘Volver’ (Barclay) Review here

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Tim Stenhouse pt.1

Tim’s Best of 2017 pt.1 – Jazz:


1. Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan ‘Small Town’ (ECM)
2. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo ‘TajMo’ (Sony)
3. Bill Evans ‘Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest’ (Resonance)
4. Ralph Towner ‘My Foolish Heart’ (ECM)
5. Cécile McLorin Salvant ‘Dream and Daggers’ (Mack Avenue)
6. Ahmad Jamal ‘Marseille’ (Pias/Jazz Village)
7. Christian McBride Big Band ‘Bringin’ It’ (Mack Avenue)
8. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ‘Soul of a Woman’ (Daptone)
9. Anouar Brahem ‘Blue Maqams’ (ECM)
10. Jazzmeia Horn ‘A Social Call’ (Prestige/Concord/Universal)
11. Django Bates Belovèd ‘The Study of Touch’ (ECM)
12. Ole Matthiessen ‘Flashbacks & Dedications’ (Stunt)
13. Bjorn Meyer ‘Provenance’ (ECM)
14. Mélanie De Biasio ‘Lilies’ (Le Label)
15. Charlie Watts ‘Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band’ (Impulse)
16. Courtney Pine ‘Black Notes from the Deep’ (Freestyle)
17. Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble ‘The Spirit of Trane’ (Fanfare)
18. Robert Cray ‘Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm’ (Megaforce)
19. Sam Braysher & Michael Kanan ‘Golden Earrings’ (Fresh Sound New Talent)
20. Lars Danielsson ”Libretto III’ (ACT)
21. Carmen Lundy ‘Code Noir’ (Afrasia)
22. Mônica Vasconcelos ‘The Sao Paulo Tapes: Brazilian Resistance Songs’ (Mova)
23. Dwight Trible ‘Inspirations’ (Gondwana)
24. Peter Jones ‘Under the Setting Sun’ (Howlin’ Werewolf)
25. Brian Molley Quartet ‘Colour and Movement’ (Bgmm)
26. Egberto Gismonti ‘Dança das Cabeças’ (ECM)
27. Chris Potter ‘The Dreamer Is the Dream’ (ECM)
28. Ambrose Akinmusire ‘A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard’ (Blue Note)
29. Bill Evans ‘Another Time: The Hilversum Concert’ (Resonance)
30. Ferenc Snétberger ‘Titok’ (ECM)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Brian Goucher

1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman [FULL ALBUM] (Daptone)
2. Nicole Willis & The UMO Jazz Orchestra “One in a Million” From the album ‘My Name is Nicole Willis’ (Persephone)
3. Soul Scratch “Kiss Me in the Morning” From the album ‘Pushing Fire’ (Colemine)
4. Calvin Richardson “Treat Her Right” From the album ‘All or Nothing (Shanachie)
5. Floyd Robinson Project “Don’t you Know” From the album ‘Here to Stay’ (Private Press)
6. Bags “Hey Girl” 45 (It’s Soul Time)
7. The Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY “Live On” 45 (Colemine)
8. Social Lovers “Drop Me a Line” 45 (Potions Music)
9. The Jay Vons “Did You See Her” 45 (Wick)
10. O.C. Tolbert “(Marriage Is Only) A State Of Mind” 45 (Remined)
11. Soulnaturals “Gotta Get My Hands On Some Good Loving” From the album ‘Love Says Yes!’ (British Soul Standard Ltd)
12. Sugaray Rayford “Don’t Regret a Mile” From the album ‘The World That We Live In’ (Blind Faith)
13. Baba Soul & The Professors Of Funk “I’m So Lucky” From the album ‘Chronotapes’ (So Real International)
14. Don Bryant “It Was Jealousy” From the album ‘Don’t Give Up On Love’ (Fat Possum)
15. Gene Jackson “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” From the album ‘1963’ (Blue Lotus Recordings)
16. Clarence Dobbins “I’ll Go Crazy” From the album ‘Soul Blues Uprising’ (Private Press)
17. Shaila Prospere “Family” From the album ‘Back to Life’ (Rhythm)
18. Miss Portia “Ain’t Go Work” From the album ‘All My Feelings’ (Ross Music Group LLC)
19. Vibration Black Finger “Love & Hate” GUADI EP (Enid)
20. Lee Fields – Let’s Talk It Over [FULL ALBUM] (Angle3)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Glyn Phillips

Glyn Phillips’s WorldBeatUK meets UK Vibe Best Albums of 2017:

1. Rev Sekou – In Times Like These (Zent / 30 Tigers)
2. Blay Ambolley – Ketan (Agogo)
3. Havana Meets Kingston (Baco)
4. Big Daddy Wilson – Neckbone Stew (Ruf)
5. Natiruts – Indigo Cristal (Sony)
6. Various Artists – The Soul of Jamaica (Chapter Two / Wagram Music)
7. Steamchicken – Look Both Ways (Chicken)
8. Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Pretty Peggy (Navigator)
9. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (World Village)
10. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (Arc Music)
11. Aida & Babak – Manushan (Croises Acordes)
12. Hasa-Mazzotta – Novilunio (Ponderosa Music)
13. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (Arc Music)
14. Khamoro Budapest Band – Hungarian Gypsy Music (Arc Music)
15. Various Artists – Queens of Fado: the Next Generation (Arc Music)
16. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 (Ostinato)
17. Various Artists – Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa (Ostinato)
18. Various Artists – Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 (Analog Africa)
19. Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía (Brownswood)
20. Sabrina Malheiros – Clareia (Far Out Recordings)

TEAM VIBE: Best of 2017 – Andy Allen

Liz Aku – Seasons Change (Sonar Kollektiv)
Atjazz – Track 1 [Mix 1] (Atjazz Recording Co.)
Tony Burkill – Work Money Death (ATA)
Goldie feat Jose James – Truth (Metalheadz)
Carsten Jost – Atlantis (Dial)
Leroy Hutson – Positive Forces (Acid Jazz)
Martin L & Antonio Caballero– Let Go & Move On [Original Mix] (Smooth Agent)
The James L’Estraunge Orchestra – See You Tonight (BBE)
Lord Echo feat. Mara TK – The Sweetest Meditation [Club Mix] (Soundway)
Zara McFarlane – Peace Begins Within (Brownswood)
Moon – MFB Nights (Frank Music)
Nebraska – Aglio E Olio [Laurence Guy Remix] (Heist)
Sam IRL & Dusty – Drift (Jazz & Milk)
Zepherin Saint – One Sound (Tribe)
Will Sessions feat. Amp Fiddler – Seven Mile (Sessions Sounds)
Wayne Snow – Nothing Wrong (Tartelet)
The Colours That Rise – Brain (Breaker Breaker Recordings)
Tuxedo – Shine (Stones Throw)
Web Web – Oracle [Full LP] (Compost)
Chip Wickham – La Sombra [Full LP] (Love Monk)