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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, “The Traveler” (KWS/Concord)

It’s been nearly 25 years since Kenny Wayne Shepherd burst onto the music scene. In that time he has covered a lot of territory and has firmly established himself as […]

Big 6 Brass Band, “Big Six” (Independent)

The Big 6 Brass Band is the sound of New Orleans streets today. The ensemble, which was founded in 2017, amazingly played all but about five of the approximately 40 […]

Extended, “Harbinger” (Origin Records)

Pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Matt Booth and drummer Brad Webb make up the brilliant contemporary jazz trio, Extended. These talented, up-and-coming musicians stunned with the ensemble’s 2017 self-titled debut, and […]

Santana, “Africa Speaks” (Concord)

In this 50th anniversary year of Carlos Santana’s star-making appearance at Woodstock, the Latin-rock maestro burns through his latest album. Featuring Spanish singer Concha Buika as the 71-year-old Santana’s co-pilot, […]

Mike Broussard & Nu’Edition Zydeko, “One Shot” (Independent)

Before launching Nu’Edition Zydeko in 2017, Mike Broussard spent years playing guitar and/or bass for Roy Carrier, Keith Frank, Lil’ Nate, Big Nathan, Wayne Singleton and Chris Ardoin. When it […]

Guitar Is Dead, “Tristan Gianola’s Guitar is Dead” (Accretions)

This album is a giant “fuck you” on several levels at once, beginning with a shrieking rap-metal service industry anthem called “Tip Bucket” that flips NOLA’s infamous complacency (and the […]

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, “Roots and Branches: The Songs of Little Walter” (Alligator Records)

Little Walter, the master of the Hohner, was to the harmonica what Wayne Gretzky was to ice hockey, what Leonardo Da Vinci was to oil painting, what Mark Twain was […]

Amadee Castenell, “Amadee and His Driving Force” (Black Rose Records)

Veteran New Orleans master tenor saxophonist and flautist Amadee Castenell’s latest release, Amadee and His Driving Force, finds him and a crack band in familiar territory. Castenell was a member […]

Tony Dagradi, “Down Time” (Astral Music)

In the late 1980s, Tony Dagradi, who is most recognized blowing sax with Astral Project, played and recorded with the New Orleans Saxophone Ensemble, an all-star group that was modeled […]

U.S. Nero, “Why Don’t They Cherish the Moon?” (Independent)

Hello friends! Do you have musical ADHD? Do you enjoy torturing/illuminating friends with such famously “difficult” classics as Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica or the first Mr. Bungle album or […]