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Zeke Fishhead, Look Glass Trick & Gone World, (www.Livedownloads.com)

Zeke Fishhead a.k.a. Ed Volker continues to pour new material out of his Bayou St. John home studio with the seeming effortlessness and digestibility of a great SF pulp novelist. […]

Ana Popovic, Trilogy (ArtisteXclusive Records)

It’s hard to set yourself apart in the blues world these days. Concept remains an effective way of doing it, and Popovic, with the help of a host of New […]

John Gros: With a Little Help From His Friends

In mid-August John Gros was preparing to drop his first solo album in 12 years, River’s on Fire, when he got the call. His father Don’s Baton Rouge house had […]

Paul Sanchez, Heart Renovations (Independent)

Songwriters need stories and much of the time it’s the story of their life that ends up getting told. A storyteller with a dull life doesn’t have much to work […]

Michael Urban, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic & Myth (Macmillan)

A few years back OffBeat ran the provocative story “Is New Orleans R&B Dead?” Michael Urban has provided his own examination of the question in his new book. Urban, a […]

Johnny Winter with Dr. John, Live in Sweden 1987 (MVD Visual CD and DVD)

This is a professionally recorded live set from 1987 cut in Stockholm’s Sonet recording studio before an audience of about 100 people. Though Dr. John doesn’t play on the whole […]

Will Porter, Tick Tock Tick (Ace Records)

  This CD is so good I don’t know where to start. So I’ll start with the fact that it’s part of the great New Orleans arranger Wardell Quezergue’s last […]

Professor Longhair, Live In Chicago (Orleans Records)

“And now, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only… Professor Longhair!” Fess hits with a syncopated vamp and it’s off to the races for a half-hour of insanely intense second […]

Fest Focus: Ed Volker

ED VOLKER’S QUINTET NARCOSIS SUNDAY, APRIL 24—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 2:35 P.M.   Ed Volker introduced his post-Radiators project Trio Mollusc at Jazz Fest a few years back. The band’s wild concatenations […]

Toussaint Toujours: Jazz Fest is Dancing to Toussaint’s Tune

TRIBUTE TO ALLEN TOUSSAINT: SUNDAY, MAY 1—GENTILLY STAGE, 2:20 P.M.   One of the signature moments of this year’s Jazz Fest will be the Allen Toussaint tribute on May 1. […]