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Magnetic Ear, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (Independent)

The track listing for Magnetic Ear’s Aliens of Extraordinary Ability is packed tight with guest appearances from throughout the various strata of the New Orleans music scene: from newcomer Sasha […]

Shamarr Allen and Paul Sanchez, Bridging the Gap (Threadhead Records)

Shamarr Allen is a born front man, the kind of artist who embraces a showy star turn. Throughout his career performing and recording with brass bands, jazz ensembles, and his […]

Brian Quezergue, Reflections (Independent)

Brian Quezergue sets up his debut CD, Reflections, to highlight the bass guitar’s power and versatility as an instrument. This would be unremarkable—Quezergue is the CD’s composer, arranger and bass […]

The Tom Paines, The Rites of Man (Threadhead Records)

The Rites of Man is the debut album from the Tom Paines, the latest incarnation of veteran New Orleans jacks-of-all-musical-trades Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich. They’ve collected folk songs from […]

Renard Poché, 4U 4Me (Re-Fro Records)

“We Are the People,” the 6th track on Renard Poché’s 4U 4Me, samples Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. This is quite a […]

Holley Bendtsen and Amasa Miller, Our Songs (Threadhead Records)

[UPDATED] Holley Bendtsen and Amasa Miller’s Our Songs is an album-length story about the duo’s shared history in New Orleans music. It’s quite a history. They’re best known for their […]

Seva Venet, Seva Venet Presents the Storyville Stringband of New Orleans (Independent)

[UPDATED] The Storyville String Band of New Orleans recorded its new release live at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park in September 2009. It was a very well-received […]

Conun Pappas, Jr., Oh, What A Feeling (Independent)

New Orleans has been a jazz piano town since, as he claimed himself, Jelly Roll Morton invented the jazz piano. Conun Pappas, Jr. is a native son and a piano […]