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Charlie Dennard

Charlie Dennard

From Brazil to New Orleans

(Independent)

Ex-New Orleanian Charlie Dennard has toured the world constantly as a keyboardist since 2002 and later on as the musical director for Cirque du Soleil. It’s not surprising that someone with this background would combine the cultures of one of the world’s great music cities (New Orleans) with the most musical country on the planet [...]

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LosOtros

LosOtros

LosOtros

(Independent)

Although there aren’t enough Latin or Brazilian bands in New Orleans given the geographical and cultural similarities between the genres of music, the ones that are here are top notch. One of the most top notch is LosOtros, whose new recording has much to recommend it. It has a great group of players who are [...]

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Dexter Payne Quartet + 1

Dexter Payne Quartet + 1

Prá Você

(Dexofon Records)

Dexter Payne is a clarinetist from Boulder, Colorado, and his Prá Você is proof that Brazilian music can flourish in the most unlikely places. There are no Brazilians on this disc, though the pianist is a florid Venezuelan. That said, everyone, gringos included, plays splendidly here. The disc is nicely divided between choros from Rio [...]

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Van Broussard

The Final Curtain

(CSP Records)

After 61 years of performing, though not necessarily all in swamp pop, Van Broussard finally called it quits last year. Since not all of the rest of the world got the memo, the septuagenarian went into the studio to record his final album, hence the title’s underlying message. Other than the reprisal of his biggest [...]

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Stover with the Voormen

Stover with the Voormen

Low Night Lights

(Independent)

There is a lot of night in Stover and the Voormen’s new release, Low Night Lights. There is the lead-off track with the insomniac who counts the hours while debating “making the morning explode…pouring gasoline on the fireworks stand.” Later, there is the weary lament of “Masquerade Hesitate” with its call of “Don’t know why?” [...]

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Rotary Downs

Rotary Downs

Traces

(Rookery Records)

Rotary Downs is an unclassifiable New Orleans band. Therein lies its greatness, nestled right alongside its obscurity. The word used most often to describe RD is “psychedelic” but in truth this band has nothing to do with the general impressions engendered by that word. RD sounds nothing like the San Francisco bands of the later [...]

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Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon

Band of Outsiders

(Royal Potato Family)

The music of Mike Dillon combines many sources, yet comes out sounding unto itself. This latest report from the mind of Mike moves all over the map. Overall, it is punk rock as played by great instrumentalists, with the lead voices being Dillon’s mallet instruments and Carly Myers’ trombone. It is most reminiscent of the [...]

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Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’

Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’

Decisions

(Silver Talon)

Always entertaining, Bobby Rush with this release (and other recent CDs) is becoming the new millennium’s soul philosopher. Perhaps odd that a veteran R&B artist would address the ills of society (Mavis and Pops Staple also did it in the ’70s) but I guess it’s gotta come from all corners before things start to change. [...]

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Curley Taylor  & Zydeco Trouble

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Zydeco Confessions

(Louisiana Soul Records)

Ask Curley Taylor where he fits in the zydeco circuit these days and he’ll talk about being an artist having to satisfy both the local crowd and the old-school contingent on the road. So naturally, one might surmise that Zydeco Confessions would reflect that split-demographic blend but actually it’s skewed, by design, towards the younger, [...]

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The Revivalists

The Revivalists

City of Sound with Bonus Live Disc

(Wind Up Records)

The Revivalists play Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 3—Samsung Galaxy Stage, 2:05 p.m. Wind Up Records has reissued the fine disc City of Sound from the Revivalists but has added a bonus disc of live tracks recorded at Tipitina’s, Harvest the Music, and the Brooklyn Bowl. Since City of Sound was released, the Revivalists have [...]

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