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Various Artists, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Smithsonian Folkways)

One of the beauties of the five-CD box set, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is that on the very first cut on disc one, The Golden […]

Davell Crawford, Dear Fats, I Love You (Basin Street Records)

Davell Crawford allows his piano to sing the lyrics of the late, legendary Fats Domino’s greatest hits on Dear Fats, I Love You. He’s alone at the wonderfully rich sounding […]

One, Two, Three, Hit It! Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step hit it

Angelo Moore, the exuberant saxophonist, vocalist, and original member of the alternative ska, reggae and punk band Fishbone, moves in only a slightly more modern direction on his newest project, […]

In Memoriam: Cecil George Palmer (1945 – 2019)

Cecil Palmer was more than a fine chef; he was embraced as a much-loved member of New Orleans’s music and festival community. Born in Race Course, Jamaica, he brought the […]

In Memoriam: Wesley Schmidt (1951 – 2019)

Wesley Schmidt played many diverse roles in his hometown of New Orleans. As the owner of the Frenchmen Street jazz mecca Snug Harbor, he worked quietly during the day in […]

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bon Ton (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Dwayne Dopsie gets right to it with his accordion pumpin’ on his original, “Andree Jones,” the opener of Bon Ton. The tune has all the zydeco essentials, including hilarious lyrics […]

Alexey Marti, Mundo (Independent)

Cuban-born New Orleans resident Alexey Marti delivers a wonderfully comprehensive album of Latin flavors that moves seamlessly through a range of rhythms and moods. Remarkably, the talented percussionist stands as […]

Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah, Ancestral Recall (Stretch Music)

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is the purveyor of a style he calls “stretch music,” which, as the name implies, allows for flexibility in all aspects of musical creation. Ancestral […]

Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul opens with a sense of playfulness and a lyrical yet chaotic atmosphere, on “Dance of the Evil Toys,” a tune written by […]

Herlin Riley, Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue)

Those who have seen drummer Herlin Riley play know just how suitable the title of his latest release, Perpetual Optimism, really is. Riley often bounds onto a stage with big […]