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Dr. John, “Fathead” Newman, Ray Anderson, Will Calhoun, Essiet Okon Essiet, Jay Leonhart, and Joe Bonadio, Bluesiana II (Windham Hill Jazz Records)

Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman are at it again with a slightly different lineup than their Bluesiana Triangle. The late drummer Art Blakey is replaced here by Living Colour’s […]

Various Artists, Keys to the Crescent City (Rounder Records)

Keys to the Crescent City is an all-star piano revue that also serves as a Rounder sampler, with Charles Brown, Eddie Bo, Willie Tee and Art Neville. All have been […]

Terence Blanchard, Terence Blanchard (CBS/Sony Records)

One of this year’s most anticipated releases is the new recording by New Orleans-born trumpeter Terence Blanchard. This is his first recording (with the exception of his work on the […]

Wynton Marsalis, Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 1: Thick in the South; Vol. 2: Uptown Ruler; Vol. 3: Levee Low Moan (Columbia Records)

At first, the release of these three discs appeared to be an exercise in excessiveness. After all, Marsalis’ Standard Time Vol. 2: Intimacy Calling came out this year. However, after […]

Tower of Power, Monster On A Leash (Epic Records)

What is hip? Still is and always will be Tower of Power, the horn section that blows smoke and puts you in the hip trip. The group’s brand-new CD does […]

Jimmy McCracklin, My Story (Bullseye Blues Records)

Jimmy puts the jump back into the blues—there’s something for everyone here. McCracklin gets you in a great mood for the ultimate blues party. On this album, he sings and […]

Fishbone, The Reality of My Surroundings (CBS Records)

Fishbone’s latest album is a slight departure from their heavily-produced and more homogenous predecessors. In interviews, the band has stated that this album demonstrates the stylistic diversity of various influences […]

Various Artists, Excello Records, Volume 1: Sound of the Swamp and Volume 2: Southern Rhythm and Rock (Rhino Records)

If you want to hear the lowdown side of the blues, if you want to grind with your baby on the dance floor, if you want to rock your butt, […]

Consolidated, Friendly Fascism (Nettwerk/IRS Records)

Less an album and more a pro-vegetarianism, anti-sexism manifesto, Friendly Fascism, the second LP from this San Francisco-based trio, is nonetheless an ambitious synthesis of industrial dance music and hip-hop. […]

Metallica, Metallica (Elektra Records)

When the members of Metallica chose Bob Rock to produce the follow-up to their 1989 double platinum …And Justice For All, fans shuddered: the nation’s premier thrash band would be […]