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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)

  At first glance, it might seem that pairing jazz artist Charles Lloyd with Lucinda Williams was a decidedly eclectic choice, but in many ways they have a deep, spiritual […]

Buddy Guy, The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)

  Blues star Buddy Guy reunites with producer, songwriter and drummer Tom Hambridge for their sixth album together. The title—The Blues Is Alive and Well—doesn’t lie. Guy, the Pointe Coupee […]

Keith Stone with Red Gravy, Blues with a Taste of New Orleans (Album Review)

  You can’t argue that New Orleans is world famous for its tantalizing cuisine, but as Keith Stone points out with his band moniker Red Gravy, there’s Italian–Creole cooking predicated […]

Jon Batiste, Hollywood Africans (Verve)

A homage to his musical heroes     Those who only know Jon Batiste as the gregarious leader of the band Stay Human that appears weeknights on the television show […]

Sean Ardoin, Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

As Sean Ardoin points out, zydeco has evolved so much that it’s sometimes challenging to recognize it in its myriad forms. So, to distinguish his new breed of music from […]

Helen Gillet, Helkiase (Independent)

A Fiercely Talented Improviser   After receiving her master’s degree in music at Loyola University in 2004, Belgian-born cellist, singer, composer, and improviser Helen Gillet has continued to flourish in […]

Cyril Neville Endangered Species, The Complete Recordings / Endangered Species: The Essential Recordings (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

The Essence of New Orleans   If you don’t know how incredibly epic singer/songwriter/percussionist Cyril Neville’s career has been, you need to educate yourself. Seriously, go look him up right […]

Carmela Rappazzo, Howlin’ at the Moon (Independent)

Carmela Rappazzo sings a lot of blue notes. Her voice is not traditionally beautiful or “pretty.” It captures you on a different level, disconcerting yet fascinating. Rappazzo grew up in […]

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Black Pot (Swampadelic Records)

Despite its perplexing black skillet cover, Black Pot is Chubby Carrier’s most unusual and selfless release of his extensive discography. Admittedly, he didn’t have enough material to head back into […]

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners, Syncopated Classic (Independent)

Who was Frank D. Waldron? Lost to time, he was a Seattle jazz saxophonist, trumpet player, teacher and composer who played with Jelly Roll Morton and taught a young Quincy […]