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Augie Junior and the Big Mess Blues Band, Drinker’s Choice (Barrelhouse Records)

If nothing else, this is a clear testament to why street musicianship in New Orleans should be encouraged, not banned. This debut album is a fine collection of originals by […]

Rush, Roll the Bones (Atlantic Records)

Ten years ago, the members of Rush declared their collective minds were not for rent to any god or government with the release of the landmark Moving Pictures, the most […]

The Smithereens, Blow Up (Capitol Records)

The Smithereens know how to get your attention from the first note of a song. On their latest studio album, they retain their combination of pop vocal melodies over big […]

John Campbell, One Believer (Elektra Records)

John Campbell smokes the blues! His debut release is as sultry as a Louisiana summer night, with a gutsy vocal matched by suave guitar leads that tell stories of love, […]

Hammer, Too Legit to Quit (Capitol Records)

The title says it all. In an outlaw medium (i.e. rap), Hammer is way too legit. According to the press release accompanying this record, he’s sold “13.5 million units.” He’s […]

Little Feat, Shake Me Up (Morgan Creek Records)

The latest from Little Feat combines the old with the new as the Feat continues to develop a sound sleeker than that of the Lowell George-led version. The new sound […]

The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Beneath the Mask (GRP Records)

You can always expect some of the best musicianship anywhere from a Chick Corea album. Bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl are two of the most renowned musicians at […]

Stephen Scott, Something to Consider (Verve Records)

Stephen Scott is a former Harper Brothers Band pianist. His first solo album features such noteworthy players as Joe Henderson, Jeff Watts and Roy Hargrove, as well as his own […]

Donald Harrison, For Art’s Sake (Candid Records)

From the first note to the last, Donald Harrison and his group swing as if their lives depended on it. This is the first U.S. recording of the band he […]

Johnny Griffin, The Cat (Antilles Records)

Johnny Griffin’s first U.S. recording in too many years is everything that you’d expect from someone who has worked with Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey—hard swinging! What one is immediately […]