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Noah Young, Splinter (Album Reviews)

Modern NOLA jazz bands often come in one of three flavors: your studious post-bop types, who approach the music purely from a technical perspective (lots of solo spotlights), the acid-jazz […]

Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul opens with a sense of playfulness and a lyrical yet chaotic atmosphere, on “Dance of the Evil Toys,” a tune written by […]

Herlin Riley, Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue)

Those who have seen drummer Herlin Riley play know just how suitable the title of his latest release, Perpetual Optimism, really is. Riley often bounds onto a stage with big […]

Sam Price & the True Believers, Dragonfly (Independent)

Roots-rocker Sam Price leads his outfit into its first full album a little less eager to make you dance. Still,  Sam’s True Believers prove plenty capable of moving feet with […]

Soul Brass Band, Levels (Independent)

Philosophical musings are nothing new in brass band music, and the debut album from the Soul Brass Band is no exception. What sets the record apart from many of its […]

Tom McDermott, Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin (Arbors Records)

In the early 1970s, ragtime jazz was considered about as cool as Mantovani. Marvin Hamlisch, whose interpretation of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” reached number one on the Billboard charts, was […]

Quiana Lynell, A Little Love (Concord Jazz)

A Little Love represents vocalist Quiana Lynell’s much-anticipated recording debut. The Texas-born, New Orleans transplant has been teasing audiences with her remarkable talents for some time now, particularly at her […]

The Abitals, The Abitals (Independent)

  Direct from Abita Springs, the Abitals deliver a straight-ahead unpretentious rock ’n’ roll album. While they may tip their hat to the lads from Liverpool, this is music clearly […]

Belton Richard, The Essential Cajun Music Collection, Volume 2 (Swallow Records)

  With interest mounting in the musical legacy of Belton Richard, it seems criminal that not all his discography has been released on CD, since virtually every contemporary Cajun band […]

Garden District Trio, Upward (DHMP Records)

All Original David Hansen There’s something very comfortable about this recording, almost as if it sparks memories of familiar grooves stored in our collective DNA. Whatever it may be, things […]