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Evan Christopher, Fapy Lafertin, Dave Kelbie and Sebastien Girardot, A Summit in Paris (Camille Productions)

On A Summit in Paris clarinetist Evan Christopher joins his contemporary, early jazz stylings with the Django-worthy technique of guitarist Fapy Laftertin to honor both Reinhardt and several pioneers of […]

James Martin, Keep Movin’ (Independent)

Saxophonist James Martin’s first album, Something’s Gotta Give was a fairly straightforward New Orleans funk album, but there were hints he had something more original up his sleeve—particularly on a […]

Bookmark: Bryan Wagner, The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Bloomsbury Academic – 33 1/3 Series)

Bloomsbury Academic has been publishing short books that analyze classic albums from different perspectives. The subjects of these books range from Rolling Stones to Bob Mould to Prince to Celine […]

Harry Connick, Jr., True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter (Verve)

I’m a big fan of the multi-faceted Connick, and have nearly all of his recordings. Harry is 52; I first heard him at age 17, around the time he left […]

Kenneth Hagans, New Orleans Trumpet (Independent)

Trumpeter Kenneth Hagans combines New Orleans traditional jazz chestnuts, spirituals, a couple of classic New Orleans rhythm and blues numbers and, perhaps surprisingly, hits from the Beatles songbook on New […]

Blato Zlato, In The Wake (Independent)

One thing that has not gone unnoticed in the age of streaming is the dearth of information about any given recording. For some forms of music (and for some listeners), […]

Bipolaroid, Paint It, Blacker (Get Hip Recordings)

The Troggs of “Wild Thing” fame were supposedly named after a British fad that saw kids moving into Blighty’s famous caves to live like “troglodytes,” so it makes perfect sense […]

Sabrina Stone, International Date Line (Independent)

New York City-born Sabrina Stone, like any good singer, is in love with her voice. And why not? That’s some good ASMR right there; blissful yet knowing, yearning yet casual, […]

Misled, Chemical Reaction (Dixie Dawg Records)

KISS Army alert: If you’ve seen the latest farewell tour and you’re distraught over never getting the best again, check out this EP from local rockers Misled. Chemical Reaction absolutely […]

Korgy & Bass, Remote (CavitySearch)

Looks like we’re gonna need a new Best of the Beat category for Wittiest Band Name. The moniker of Portland duo Korgy & Bass suggests some intriguingly meta high-concept mishmash, […]