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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. […]

Ledisi, “Let Love Rule” (Verve)

Ledisi, a New Orleans native who moved to California as a child, gets right to the heart of her peace and love message on Let Love Rule’s opening cut, “Shot […]

George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers, “1943” (American Music)

True fans of clarinetist George Lewis and New Orleans traditional jazz should rejoice at the release of this two-CD, 25-cut product that stands as the legendary clarinetist’s first recording. Perhaps […]

Valerie Sassyfras, “Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret” (Independent)

For nearly 30 years, Valerie Sassyfras has cultivated a loyal following with her unique and quirky musical performances. Equal parts theatrical and musical, the longtime local entertainer returns with her […]

Kat Walker with Amasa Miller, “Torch Songs” (Independent)

It’s all right there in the title: Kat Walker’s Torch Songs is a collection of jazz and old popular ballads with the bare duo texture of only her voice and […]

Chris Thomas King, “Hotel Voodoo” (21st Century Blues)

“American Man (In the Key of Free)” is one of many surprises on Grammy-winner Chris Thomas King’s first studio album in five years. Known primarily as a blues artist, the […]

Uncle Nephew, “Blues” (Ropeadope)

First off, the leaders representing Uncle Nephew  are drummer and vocalist Shannon Powell and guitarist Darren Hoffman. Okay, that explains that though with Powell aboard it’s easy to have certain […]

Delfeayo Marsalis, “Kalamazoo” (Troubadour Jass Records)

The beauty of jazz, or as trombonist/producer Delfeayo Marsalis likes to call it, jass, is articulated on this live recording, Kalamazoo, on chestnuts like “Tin Roof Blues” and “If I […]

Henry Gray and the Creole Cats, “92” (Independent)

Singer-pianist Henry Gray performed in Chicago and toured from the city from 1946 to 1968. During the golden age of Chicago blues, Gray played piano in the studio and on […]

Paula and the Pontiacs, “Seventeen” (Independent)

Paula and the Pontiacs’ latest release, Seventeen, culls tracks from three prior releases dating back to 1994’s Cadillac Love, 30 by 90 (1997), and Louisiana Bride (2008). If you are […]