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Josh Paxton, Standard Deviation (Independent)

With Josh Paxton’s third album, Standard Deviation, it’s past time to add another name to the list of outstanding pianists working in the greatest music city in the world, New […]

Shawn Williams, Motel Livin’ (Independent)

In an interview with OffBeat’s Laura DeFazio, Shawn Williams refers to her music as “alt-rocka country-billy serial killer blues.” As far as genre signifiers go, it pretty well sums up […]

Gregory Agid Quartet, Jamz (Bubble Bath)

The latest release from Gregory Agid is drenched in the warm and playful tone of Agid’s clarinet, and one cannot help but wonder why the instrument is so underrepresented in […]

The Heavyweights Brass Band, This City (Independent)

The Heavyweights Brass Band wisely chose to record their third full-length record, This City, in New Orleans. Comprised of John Pittman (trumpet), Chris Butcher (trombone), Paul Metcalfe (tenor saxophone), Tom […]

Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames, This All I Know (Independent)

On his fifth CD, Leon Chavis achieves an artistic milestone with 11 originals reflecting deeper personal feelings and more openly honest songwriting. Several originals unveil his new lease on life: […]

Super T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers, Goin’ Live (Independent)

Some day when it’s all over, Chris Ardoin will be anointed a patron saint of zydeco since he’s helmed so many records for his contemporaries, including two now for ‘couzan’ […]

Don Suhor, New Orleans Clarinet & Sax Virtuoso (GHB Records)

Don Suhor thoroughly embraced both traditional and modern jazz and often would infiltrate one of these kissin’ cousins within the other. He also brought an equal amount of fervor to […]

Amadee Castenell, Live at Club 39 (Black Rose Records)

While you may not be familiar with his name, you are very likely to have heard Amadee Castenell’s sax playing on any number of recordings. He’s played with local legends […]

Davy Mooney and Ko Omura, Benign Strangers (Sunnyside Records)

As the title of the album and opening cut, Benign Strangers, suggests, a certain musical and human gentleness prevails. Davy Mooney, a talented guitarist and graduate of NOCCA and the […]

Bunk Johnson, Rare & Unissued Masters: Volume Two 1943–1946 (American Music)

These recordings of New Orleans trumpet legend Bunk Johnson, who first gained a reputation in the period from 1905 to 1915, represent his work during his “comeback” era. It has […]