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Jasen Weaver, “The Voscoville” (Jasen Weaver Music)

The Voscoville is the instrumental jazz recording debut of rising local bass player Jasen Weaver, a mainstay of the city’s music scene since attending the New Orleans Center for Creative […]

Various Artists, “United Bakery Records Revue I” (United Bakery Records)

The first track of the United Bakery Records Revue is a gong—a 12-second fade in and out of a resonating brass “bonggg.” It served its purpose and drew my attention […]

Big Shoes, “Step On It!” (Independent)

The seven veteran Nashville and Muscle Shoals musicians in Big Shoes make it sound easy. Big Shoes features musicians who’ve performed with Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Etta James, […]

Mark Appleford, “Voodoo” (Independent)

“I Still Miss Georgia” kicks off Mark Appleford’s fifth release of all original material in fine fashion. The song sets the stage for what is to come: solid songwriting with […]

Steve Mignano, “Lucky 13” (Independent)

Steve Mignano’s Lucky 13 is full of confident blues swagger. There’s no doubt that Mignano has worked long and hard on developing his tone, and it pays off nicely throughout […]

Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs, “Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles” (Valcour Records)

To put it bluntly, Jourdan Thibodeaux is a bit of an anomaly. He’d rather tell you about how he’s not a numbers type of musician than glorify his abilities. Yet […]

Norbert Susemihl’s Joyful Gumbo, “Norbert Susemihl’s Joyful Gumbo” (Sumi Records)

Norbert Susemihl has been playing New Orleans music since the tender age of 14, when he co-founded Papa Tom’s Lamentation Jazz Band in Hamburg, Germany. He’s been a fixture of […]

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” (Jay-Vee Records)

By teaming with the legendary Hi Rhythm band, young Bob is decidedly going old-school. Hi Rhythm was of course the Memphis studio quartet that under the tutelage of producer Willie […]

Ghalia & Mama’s Boys, “Let the Demons Out” (Ruf Records)

Like so many aspiring European roots musicians, Ghalia Vauthier got hooked on American blues and rock ’n’ roll as a teenager, in her native Belgium. Since many a song referenced […]

Ken Colyer Trust Band with Joe Payton, “At Café Brasil” (504 Records)

If you bring up Café Brasil to certain folks, a reverent nostalgia will come over them and the sense of something far away and special can be felt in their […]