• louis vause Midnight In Havana (CD, £11.25)

    label: Cadiz

    Suffused with Louis' belief that he was supping at the last chance saloon, this is a collection that sees the normally diffident performer push himself to the fore, and is all the better for it. 'Midnight In Havana' ironically now represents literally a new lease of life for Louis and is a collection to stir the heart, thin the blood and rouse the brain. "His music resonates with the sounds of a life well lived; an acceptance of its fragility and absurdity and it is imbued with his unique ability to combine wit, melancholy and joy" - Graham Coxon. "Beneath his hands come echoes of Dr John, Professor Longhair, Fats Waller and James Booker. But there is something else too: a rolling, swampy lilt that is all his own" - The Observer.

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