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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 […]

Various Artists, “Funky Funky New Orleans, Volume 6” (Tuff City)

When Tuff City began releasing these Funky Funky New Orleans compilations in the late ’90s, every track was a revelation. Any funk enthusiasts who only knew the Meters and Eddie […]

Mitch Woods, “A Tip of the Hat to Fats” (The Orchard / Blind Pig)

This may be the first Fats Domino tribute album to have no original Domino songs on it. Only three of the tracks here are Fats-associated, and those are all songs […]

Anders Osborne, “Buddha and the Blues” (Back on Dumaine)

Anders Osborne couldn’t have released this album at a luckier time: Just as the hit movie “Echo in the Canyon” is creating new interest in the fabled Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter […]

Mia Borders, Good Side of Bad (Blaxican)

Since Mia Borders is well-steeped in classic soul, you might say that her latest disc (either a short album or a long EP at 24 minutes) is her version of […]

Uncle Nef, Love Songs (Ropeadope)

You wouldn’t think the world needed another version of “St. James Infirmary” at this point, but the one that closes out Uncle Nef’s first full album isn’t like any you’ve […]

The 24-Hour Jazz Fest Challenge

So you’re in town for Jazz Fest and want to spend every waking moment seeing live music? Hell, that’s easy. What we’re offering here is a timetable for the truly […]

A Long Road to the Center: Amy Helm follows her father Levon

Amy Helm has been a notable artist in her own right for a couple of decades now, but when she performs there are times she can feel her late father, […]