Nostalgia ain't what it used to be; in fact, it's probably more powerful than ever, at least in the music business, where an entire sub-industry must keep multitudes in gainful employment just churning out reissues, rehashes and retakes of old albums remixed, reconsidered and reboxed. Sometimes it's more excusable, however, such as when the power of a favourite song strikes a chord and takes you back. Just such a song has become the trademark of R&B and soul giant John Ellison (above), who wrote Some Kind of Wonderful when he was the front man in 60's0 outfit the Soul Brothers Six. Tonight, Ellison plays the second gig of his five-night residency at the Jazz Club, which, during his stay, will be hearing a few renditions of a song which has proved an ace up his sleeve on more than a few occasions. 'I admit that song has pulled me out of a lot of holes,' he says. 'Some Kind of Wonderful is still paying the rent. It's been performed so many times, and I get a little tired of singing it myself, I get so many requests for it. But I'm proud [of it]. I never dreamed it would be one of the most-played songs ever.' The Six enjoyed chart success at the same time as newcomers like Diana Ross, Sam Cooke, The Four Tops and Smokey Robinson were breaking through. But although the acclaim faded and the band split in 1969, Ellison soon found other outlets for his talents, providing Donna Summer, Wilson Pickett and Nina Simone, among others, with hit material. His re-emergence as a 'name' in his own right began in 1994, in, of all places not known for letting its hair down past its eyebrows, Switzerland. 'I didn't realise at the time that the Six were huge there,' says Ellison. 'They have an awful lot of fans; since then I've played many shows in Europe, especially Austria and France. I don't want to brag, but my show is different to the run-of-the-mill and I always try to get the crowd into it. I just do my thing.' And having been persuaded to join the fun by Ellison, who takes an energetic approach to his shows, you might want to continue shuffling your feet later in the week in the company of an outfit that could hardly be accused of trying to pigeon-hole itself. The Digital Cut-up Lounge, consisting of Steven Ives and John von Seggern, will be bringing something completely different to the same venue on Thursday ... which may leave regular customers baffled as they hear the bewildering progeny of jazz meeting ambient while colliding with trip-hop. Sounds for sore ears? Last month's event was the biggest success yet for the laptop DJs who jam with live musicians and throw in samples, and this should attract a few more curious customers..