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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 […]

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 […]