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Lynn Drury

Lynn Drury

Come to My House

(Old Shoe Productions)

With her last release, the powerful Sugar on the Floor, Lynn Drury came into her own as a singer-songwriter. Backed by what might humorously be called the Royal Fingerbowl mob, with drummer Carlo Nuccio as the producer, Matt Perrine contributing arrangements and guitarist Alex McMurray offering stellar support, Drury’s passionate tomboy grace found appropriate accompaniment. [...]

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Gaynielle Neville

Gaynielle Neville

Woman Power

(Independent)

Gaynielle Neville is the longtime singing/songwriting partner of her husband Cyril Neville, here making her solo debut. Since she’s been in many of Cyril’s bands, the music mix here is what you’d expect: A little reggae, a little smooth soul and a lot of funk. As a singer, she’s earned the spotlight: She’s got a [...]

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Bamboula 2000

Bamboula 2000

The Wild Bamboulas

(Independent)

“We’ve been together 20 years; we’ve had some fun and shed some tears,” sings Luther Gray, the leader and percussionist of Bamboula 2000, a music-and-dance ensemble he founded in 1994. The call of African drums opens this autobiographical title cut, “The Wild Bamboulas,” that also bows lyrically and rhythmically to the New Orleans Mardi Gras [...]

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Diablo’s Horns

Diablo’s Horns

Into the Fire

(Independent)

Diablo’s Horns is a brass band that doesn’t hesitate to expand their palate into funk, jazz, and that patented New Orleans groove. No matter what form the music takes here, there is a good sense of humor, complete with a healthy irreverence and sarcasm. This comes through whether deliberately jumping on the undead bandwagon with [...]

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The Babineaux Sisters

The Babineaux Sisters

Quoi Ca Dit

(Independent)

If you’re of the opinion that young women in their early adolescence are incapable of conjuring up original, serious and profound Cajun music, then take one listen to the Babineaux Sisters’ Quoi Ca Dit and prepare to change your mind. The title tells the whole story—borrowed from an antique version of Cajun French, it’s a [...]

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Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller

Classic: 21 Classical Compositions for Solo Trumpet and Solo Piano

(Independent)

Charlie Miller usually greets me with, “Hello Beethoven”—his way of letting me know that he remembers that I, too, write music. But my music pales in comparison to Miller’s spiritually haunting melodies on his latest album, Classic. In the poem “Sailing to Byzantium” Yeats’ dominant theme is to escape from the hardships of this world. [...]

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Johnny J

Johnny J

Buster Brotherland

(Tall Tale)

The first thing that will strike you when you pick this CD up is that the cover photo of our man appears to have been taken during Reagan’s first White House term. Maybe that’s because musically, Buster Brotherhood is what we’ve come to expect from Johnny J over the years—a confident, straight-forward, stripped-down (just guitar, [...]

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Harmonouche

Harmonouche

Joli Songe

(Independent)

Everything old is new again in the capable hands of Raphael Bas and Harmonouche. His band—the name combines harmonious, harmonica, and “manouche,” the French term for Gypsy jazz—tosses Gypsy swing and other trad jazz together with the diatonic harmonica (usually heard in blues and rock) for an engaging and accomplished good time. Captured in clean, [...]

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Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Revved Up and Ready To Go

(Independent)

No backwards baseball hats and t-shirts for Christian Serpas and Ghost Town. It’s still rhinestone buttons and embroidered shirts, both in fashion and music. As popular country music retreats to frat-boy anthems and focus-group tested sound, Serpas and Ghost Town have doubled down on rock and roll and honky tonk that they stake their claim [...]

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Zion Trinity

Zion Trinity

Spirit of the Orisha

(Independent)

Zion Trinity’s Spirit of the Orisha, their first record since 2003’s Eyes on Zion, is a beautiful sounding recording that works on the musical, anthropological, and spiritual realms. The 38-tracks on this double-CD set are portrayals and tributes to the Orisha, the spirits and ancestors in the Yoruban-via-Cuban practice of Santeria. The arrangements are sparse [...]

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