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Sean Ardoin, Ven (Zydekool Records)

Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t Sean Ardoin just put out an album? But hot off the heels of his 2018 Grammy-nominated Kreole Rock and Soul comes Ven (meaning 20 in […]

Matt Lemmler, New Orleans in Stride Volume 1 and 2 (NolaJazzRevival)

Even by the standards of New Orleans musicians, pianist/singer Matt Lemmler is wide-ranging. I first became aware of him for his work with the Dukes of Dixieland and Pete Fountain. […]

Russell Welch, Acetate Sessions (Twerk-O-Phonic)

Everybody talks about the weather, or so the old joke goes, but nobody ever does anything about it. (Sharpies don’t count.) Hey, remember when nothing had to be done about […]

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 […]