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Max Moran & Neospectric, Neospectric (Bubble Bath)

Max Moran is best known as a member of the Bridge Trio as well as a bassist who’s much-called up on the New Orleans jazz scene. His most prevalent environment […]

The Iceman Special, The Iceman Special (Independent)

The Iceman Special’s Facebook bio says the group transplanted itself from Louisiana swamps to New Orleans. Traces of the swamp appear in the group’s eccentric, sometimes phantasmagoric music. Prog rock, […]

Galactic, Already Ready Already (Tchoup-Zilla/Thirty Tigers)

By now it’s a given that any Galactic album will sound different than the band does onstage: Live shows for them are about stretching out instrumentally, while studio records are […]

Proudly Eclectic, Shamarr Allen True Orleans (P.O.M.E.)

Shamarr Allen has always been proudly eclectic: He used the title Box Who In? for his second CD 10 years ago, and he’s lately a sometime member of both the […]

Maria Muldaur, Don’t You Feel My Leg – The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last Music Company)

To put the spotlight on the late great New Orleans vocalist and composer Blue Lu Barker deserves kudos. Singer Maria Muldaur gathered the right musicians to back her on a […]

Little Queenie, Purple Heart (Deeva)

There are plenty of reasons why Leigh (Little Queenie) Harris is beloved in New Orleans, but here’s why she’s beloved by me: Back in 1999, I happened into Levon Helm’s […]

Various Artists, Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest (Craft/Stax)

Stax Records continues its 60th anniversary celebration with Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest. The six-disc box represents deep exploration of the Memphis soul label’s […]

Beth McKee, Dreamwood Acres (Independent)

Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Beth McKee has lived many musical lives. They include her early-1990s membership in the all-female New Orleans country-pop band Evangeline, and a 2009 solo album of […]

Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces, Quelle Belle Journée (Independent)

  A mixture of sugar, bitters, whiskey and a twist of citrus rind, the Old Fashioned is a potent cocktail you don’t want to overindulge in if you want to […]

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Mad Skillet (Indirecto Records)

John Medeski, a multi-faceted and genre-stretching keyboardist who is best known as a member of the hugely successful trio Medeski Martin & Wood, takes a New York–meets–New Orleans approach on […]