If you caught Vol. 3 of the mighty Soul Jazz label’s New Orleans Funk series then you’ll already know Willie West since his Allen Toussaint-penned 1970 track Fairchild opens the compilation. His career actually started a decade earlier and – er – hasn’t finished yet – and you know what? He’s still a man. Just as well with a name like Willie. Single I’m Still A Man dropping on Timmion follows last year’s Lost Soul LP – also on Timmion. This one’s all about the minor key retro grooves provided with typical excellence by the Timmion crew. File alongside Charles Bradley and Lee Fields.
(Out 30 October on Timmion Records)