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The Ed Frank Quartet, The Ed Frank Quartet featuring Clarence Ford (504 Records)

This record features a type of music that is rarely played or recorded in this day and age. It’s the music of mature but not elderly African-Americans that was played […]

Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau, Lead Belly’s Gold: Live at the Sunset… And More (Stony Plain Records)

Lead Belly’s been gone for over 60 years, but his music still resonates throughout this fat nation on many different levels. Guitarist Eric Bibb and Mississippi saxophone player JJ Milteau […]

Confetti Park Players, We’re Going to Confetti Park (Independent)

Often childrens’ records suffer from two problems: They are either too cute and cloying or too hip. This new kids’ record from the Confetti Park Players and director Katy Hobgood […]

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Bad Kids Club (Independent)

Before the critics and marketers started using the term rock ’n’ roll (the phrase itself goes back to the earliest days of vernacular music), what was rock ’n’ roll? Just […]

Ironing Board Sam, Super Spirit (Big Legal Mess)

The iconoclastic punks of Big Legal Mess music and producer/guitarist/blues mystic Jimbo Mathus are great music people to bring out the goods in the mysterious piano man Ironing Board Sam. […]

Jason Isbell

It’s been a great year for songwriter, singer and guitarist Jason Isbell. His recent record Something More Than Free hit number one on the folk, rock and country charts over […]

DRKWAV, The Purge (Royal Potato Family)

DRKWAV is an appropriate name for this trio of Skerik (Illuminasti Trio/Dead Kenny G’s, Garage A Trois) on saxophones, John Medeski (Medeski, Martin, and Wood/Either/Orchestra) on keyboards, and Adam Deitch […]

American Jazz Quintet, Gulf Coast Jazz: Volume 1 (V.S.O.P.)

Although countless amazing recordings came out of Cosimo Matassa‘s J&M Recording Studio in the 1950s, very little of it was New Orleans musicians playing modern jazz. By that measure, the […]

John Ellis & Double-Wide, Charm (Parade Light)

John Ellis & Double-Wide play serious music that does not take itself too seriously. The band makes its way over uncommon time signatures and modes to produce music that is […]

Long Sidewalks, Staffa (Breakfast4Dinner Records)

Long Sidewalks continues the collaborations between trombonists Jeb Bishop (of Chicago and North Carolina) and Jeff Albert (New Orleans). After Katrina and the Federal Flood, Albert recorded in Chicago with […]