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James Martin, Keep Movin’ (Independent)

Saxophonist James Martin’s first album, Something’s Gotta Give was a fairly straightforward New Orleans funk album, but there were hints he had something more original up his sleeve—particularly on a […]

Paul Sanchez, I’m a Song, I’m a Story, I’m a Ghost (Album Review)

A Lonesome Coda   After a prolific few years, Paul Sanchez is rather suddenly saying goodbye. He’s announced that this is his last album—he’s not the first artist to make […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Margie Perez

Margie Perez embodies what it means to be a working artist in New Orleans right now: she plays whenever possible, constantly expanding her reach with a variety of bands and […]

Christmas Gumbo: The ultimate New Orleans holiday playlist

New Orleans’ history of Christmas music actually begins fairly recently: For all the great records that came out of this city in the ’50s and ’60s, only a precious few […]

Debbie Davis’ show keeps her from getting cynical about Christmas

Christmas can be a time for kicking up and celebrating, for gathering friends together, for taking solace after a tough year, or even for tearing up a little. Debbie Davis […]

Kevin Griffin, Anywhere You Go (BMG)

Though most locals know him as the frontman for Better Than Ezra, Kevin Griffin has quietly carved out a career as a co-writer to the stars. To put it bluntly, […]

Music documentary ‘Between the Notes’ shouldn’t be missed

Given the losses it’s endured over the past year, New Orleans music could use a smart, well-crafted love letter. It gets one in Between the Notes, a half-hour documentary short […]

John Boutté, “a ‘well tempered’ Boutté” (Independent)

Let’s face it: if an album of John Boutté singing (mostly) standards with a jazz trio had turned out to be anything less than magnificent, anyone who knows the man’s […]

Raymond Anthony Myles, “New Orleans Gospel Genius” (Tuff City)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Raymond Anthony Myles, who was murdered at age 40 in 1998, has turned out to be irreplaceable. New Orleans has produced many great gospel voices […]

Khris Royal & Dark Matter, “Dark Matter II” (Independent)

This is the sort of album that a major labels would no longer release in a million years: a jazz-funk set that features first-rate players soloing at length for the […]