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REWIND: Various Artists, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” (Mardi Gras Records)

Warren Hildebrand hits rewind on the compilation Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which introduced New Orleans Mardi Gras music to the world. “This Mardi Gras is more-or-less the 40th anniversary […]

Billie Davies, “A Nu Experience: On Hollywood Boulevard” (Independent)

Despite the best efforts of James M. Cain, Chinatown and BoJack Horseman, L.A. noir still doesn’t get the respect it deserves next to what goes on in Gotham. This is […]

Margie Perez, “Love Is All” (Threadhead Records)

This album’s title track (which Perez co-wrote with Paul Sanchez) was high on my personal playlist toward the end of the year, thanks to its generous and hopeful sentiments. It’s […]

Harmonouche, “NolAmour” (Independent)

There’s a lot going on in Harmonouche’s music—for one thing, they’re about the only non-blues band I can think of that’s led by a harmonica player, and they have four […]

Mysterious Blend, “Harold and Friends” (Independent)

“Wisdom comes in funny ways/ Not in books or art or plays/ But falling hard and feeling pain,” sings professional life coach Harold Steinitz on his debut CD with his […]

Brass Mimosa, “Stay Sharp” (Independent)

Originally, Lafayette’s Brass Mimosa was aiming at the blues rock market. But when Alex Camel switched to bass from guitar, allowing its bassist (now departed) to play guitar, it evolved […]

Gene & Eddie, “True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe At Ru-Jac” (Omnivore)

During the ’60s—the golden age of soul music—there was a plethora of male duos that lit up the R&B charts. Sam & Dave (who worked just as hard as James […]

Keith Porteous, “Sound Refuge” (Independent)

The woman on the cover of this deeply spiritual set is neither a saint or Keith’s muse; Porteous is indeed female, not just in gender identity but in vocal chops, […]

Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns, “Comin’ In Hot” (KC Entertainment)

Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns were recently voted Times of Acadiana’s Best Cajun Band for the 13th straight year, amazing considering that the band probably plays the widest variety […]

Organic Trio, “Saturn’s Spell” (Jazz Family)

The organ trio has come a ways from when I listened to the format regularly. Back in the day, Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes (and of course, Jimmy Smith) ruled […]