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Hash Cabbage, “Hash Cabbage” (Independent)

What’s this? Hash what now? Are these guys referring to a hash made out of cabbage or profits made off of selling hash? No matter. These exceedingly mellow jambanders have […]

Spider Murphy’s Fatback Vipers, “Smells Like Salvation” (Independent)

Spider Murphy is a name I have seen and heard numerous times in local music listings, but besides the fact that he usually gigs on Bourbon Street, I was unaware […]

Jon Batiste, “Anatomy of Angels – Live at the Village Vanguard” (Verve)

Jon Batiste brings the same vitality, imagination and a certain playfulness to Anatomy of Angels, that he displays weeknights as the leader of his house band, Stay Human, on the […]

Khris Royal & Dark Matter, “Dark Matter II” (Independent)

This is the sort of album that a major labels would no longer release in a million years: a jazz-funk set that features first-rate players soloing at length for the […]

South To Louisiana—The Music of the Cajun Bayous 2nd Edition (Pelican Publishing)

A testament to the readability and subject matter of the 1983 first edition of South to Louisiana, is that I bought two copies of it—and they both got stolen from […]

The New Orleans Catahoulas, “Homegrown” (Independent)

Homegrown, The New Orleans Catahoulas’ debut album, is as much the band’s mission statement as it is a collection of expertly executed tunes. The group’s mission is to bring New […]

Frank Salis and Michael Watson, “Frank Salis Meets Michael Watson” (Independent)

On this album, pianist, guitarist and organist Frank Salis, a native of Switzerland, not only encounters Crescent City vocalist and trombonist Michael Watson, he hooks up with a crew of […]

Various Artists, “Funky Funky New Orleans, Volume 6” (Tuff City)

When Tuff City began releasing these Funky Funky New Orleans compilations in the late ’90s, every track was a revelation. Any funk enthusiasts who only knew the Meters and Eddie […]

AF THE NAYSAYER “PARTS, Act I” (Sinking City Records)

Amahl Abdul-Khaliq (AF THE NAYSAYER) is like water. His sound is slippery and, like the abstruse function that inspired the first part of his moniker, hard to pin down. It’s […]

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson, “Blues in My Blood” (Nola Blue Records)

Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson are literally long lost cousins who connected later in life. Since both already had their mainstay gigs–Johanson entrenched in blues, and Pollack a jazz singer–they […]