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Hot 8 Brass Band, “On the Spot” (Tru Thoughts Records)

The Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band blows hard on tunes from its new release, On the Spot, many of which either sound like or already are anthems on the streets […]

With You in Mind: Stanton Moore’s tribute to Allen Toussaint

In the fall of 2015, drummer Stanton Moore, along with pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, had booked studio time to record a follow-up to the trio’s 2014 release, […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Rebirth Brass Band’s Phil Frazier, Governor of the 2018 Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club

When did you become a member of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club and what inspired you to join? It was 10 years ago. It was something outside of […]

John Michael Bradford, “Something Old, Something New” (AFO)

The title of this debut by trumpeter and vocalist John Michael Bradford, Something Old, Something New, accurately describes the music within and his continued interest in both traditional and modern […]

Bobby Watson, “Made in America” (Smoke Sessions Records)

Made in America offers some terrific blowing by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson heading an all-star band with bassist Curtis Lundy, pianist Stephen Scott and drummer Lewis Nash. It also provides […]

Alexey Marti, “Travesia” (Independent)

Since his arrival in New Orleans in 2008, Havana-born percussionist Alexey Marti has become a part of the fabric of this city performing with many different musicians in any number […]

The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, “The Ellis Marsalis Quintet Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis” (ELM)

Ellis Marsalis is known as an extraordinary pianist, influential jazz educator and the patriarch of the renowned Marsalis musical dynasty. His peers, jazz aficionados and many next-generation jazz musicians, particularly […]

Extended, “Extended” (Independent)

Extended is a trio with pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Matt Booth and drummer Brad Webb. If those names don’t sound familiar, they soon might as these are some extremely talented […]

Heads of State, “Four in One” (Smoke Sessions Records)

This is real hard-boppin’ jazz played by some of its legendary masters: saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Larry Willis, drummer Al Foster and bassist David Williams. The all-star ensemble of veteran […]

Maurice Brown, “The Mood” (Ropeadope)

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown boasts a signature sound that stems from the soulfulness of his trumpet playing and, in many cases, his memorable melodies. Brown, a Chicago native who spent some […]