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Noggin, “Lizard Brain” (Independent)

Noggin’s new album, Lizard Brain, is a fun house of musical influences: You never know what’s going to jump out and you’ll be surprised at what does. Genre-bending doesn’t even […]

Revival!, “Now Is the Time” (Independent)

There is a quality to Southern rock music that gives it a constant upward current. The Allman Brothers Band had it. The Tedeschi Trucks Band has it. Revival! does too, […]

Kari Sjöstrand, “Frost Blossom” (Karisma Music)

If music is the product of the environment it comes from, then it’s no surprise that some of the original compositions on this album have a Scandinavian quality to them. […]

The Saint Roch Syncopators, “Working Men” (Independent)

There is an unbuttoned charm to this first album from traditional jazz band The Saint Roch Syncopators. It feels like they’re having fun and enjoying the party. Ryan Robertson on […]

Mykia Jovan, “Elliyahu” (Independent)

Most would agree that Mykia Jovan’s debut album, Elliyahu, is good stuff. From the first you can tell it’s hip, what with throwback ’80s fusion and disco tinges being at […]

Tony Seville and the Cadillacs, “Vale La Pena” (Mahogany Jazz Records)

There’s something about this album that makes me want to sip on a cocktail—it has a smooth, lounge-y feel. Tony Seville started playing music professionally in the mid ’60s. He […]

Smoking Time Jazz Club, “Take Your Time and Fly” (Independent)

If you’ve had your ears open for the better part of this decade in New Orleans, you’ve probably heard Smoking Time Jazz Club. This is their ninth album, but they’re […]

Kathryn Rose Wood, “In the Ashes” (Independent)

How do you cope with the monumental grief of losing a loved one? Some unfortunately escape into destructive habits, isolation, depression, or worse. Others, the lucky ones, find a way […]

Shake ’Em Up Jazz Band, “Le Donne Mangiano Zucchero” (Independent)

The new kids on the block, Shake ’Em Up Jazz Band have actually been around for quite some time and it shows in their debut album, Le Donne Mangiano Zucchero […]