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Daria and the Hip Drops, Hipnotic (Independent)

The latest from Daria and the Hip Drops adds to their range while still keeping to varied, dancing grooves. Despite the band only having three pieces, they generate a lot […]

Greg Schatz, Everything That You Wanted (Hot Spazz Records)

Somewhere downriver of Esplanade, there’s a tavern where the troubadours of the unbalanced hang out, drink, gamble, and tell tales. This might be metaphorical, but it also might not. Luke […]

Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert, Duets 2014 (Breakfast for Dinner Records)

Most instances of percussion and horn duets make little music and a lot of noodling. Drummer/percussionist Dave Cappello and trombonist Jeff Albert’s addition to this type of recordings ranks more […]

Armstrong’s New Orleans

It’s hard to believe, but when it comes to landmarks from Louis Armstrong’s childhood and his teen years in New Orleans—the years where he learned to play and he formulated […]

Tony Joe White, The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (Real Gone Music)

Tony Joe White has always had the persona of being Elvis Presley’s wilder, funkier swamp cousin. This happened even before Elvis covered White’s stone cold hit “Polk Salad Annie.” They […]

Kids Carry on New Orleans Music

Mother’s Day in May…Father’s Day in June… a family gathering for Independence Day—as summer rolls in, one’s family and the idea of family comes more clearly into focus. In New […]

Funky Butt Brass Band, Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp (Independent)

Let’s be perfectly honest: there is little here to distinguish Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp from most of the other funk and brass band recordings. However, that does not mean this […]

Jazz Fest Focus: Taj Mahal

Musician Taj Mahal’s long and celebrated career has taken him all over the world both physically and metaphorically. Born in Harlem and growing up in Western Massachusetts to musician parents, […]

Hildegard, Hildegard (Independent)

Hildegard, the new Sasha Masakowski/Cliff Hines led project, comes out of gigs at Gasa Gasa in a series Maskakowski organized called “Progression.” The songs have a lot of prog, as […]

The Melatauns, Knuckle Sandwich (Independent)

No band can cover the whole varied history of rock ‘n’ roll from current times back to the beginnings with Louis Jordan, Fats Domino, Elvis, and others. The Melatauns do […]