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Dave James, “Used Records” (Independent)

Dave James’ Used Records is an unusual amalgamation of musical styles that combines acerbic wit and a wry sense of humor. Interspersed throughout are three short instrumental passages that keep […]

Steve Murrell, Elysian Fields (Independent)

Steve Murrell’s Elysian Fields was a long time in the making and features all original songs from Murrell and company. Things kick off with “All That I Needed,” in which […]

Brother Dege, Farmer’s Almanac (Psyouthern Records)

Farmer’s Almanac, the latest release from Brother Dege, is appropriately titled. This is music that feels of the earth… this is working man’s music. Not a nine to five working […]

Gregory Agid Quartet, Jamz (Bubble Bath)

The latest release from Gregory Agid is drenched in the warm and playful tone of Agid’s clarinet, and one cannot help but wonder why the instrument is so underrepresented in […]

The Heavyweights Brass Band, This City (Independent)

The Heavyweights Brass Band wisely chose to record their third full-length record, This City, in New Orleans. Comprised of John Pittman (trumpet), Chris Butcher (trombone), Paul Metcalfe (tenor saxophone), Tom […]

Amadee Castenell, Live at Club 39 (Black Rose Records)

While you may not be familiar with his name, you are very likely to have heard Amadee Castenell’s sax playing on any number of recordings. He’s played with local legends […]

Mark Braud, Living the Tradition (Album Review)

Carrying on traditions is one thing, but contributing to and expanding on them is an entirely different task—especially if the tradition is New Orleans music. If Mark Braud’s goal was […]

Amanda Shaw, Please Call Me Miss Shaw (Album Review)

Please, Call Me Miss Shaw finds Miss Shaw rocking out and continuing to evolve into a fiercely independent musician who refuses to be pigeonholed as a “Cajun artist.” While Shaw […]

Little Freddie King, Fried Rice & Chicken (Orleans Records)

Fried Rice & Chicken is split into two distinct sections, studio tracks recorded between 1994 and 1995 and live tracks recorded over the course of two nights in 1999. So […]

Funk Monkey, Rollin’ Live at the Leaf (Independent)

Funk Monkey features an A-list of local talent including Greg Hicks, trombone (Bonerama); Brad Walker, sax (Eric Lindell/Colin Lake); Bert Cotton, guitar (Bonerama); Dave Pomerleau, bass and vocals (Johnny Sketch […]