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Irma Thomas, Simply the Best: Live! (Rounder Records)

I generally don’t like live recordings. Simply The Best is an exception. It is a straightforward recording of the Soul Queen of New Orleans doing her thing with her own […]

Eddie Hinton, Cry and Moan (Bullseye Blues Records)

The best news about this CD is that it is a new collection of Eddie Hinton tunes and has been released on a label that will make it widely available. […]

Robert Ward, Fear No Evil (Black Top Records)

The first vibrato-laden notes of Robert Ward’s guitar grab your spinal column and crawl up your back like The Tingler. With all the expressiveness of a column of Leslie speakers […]

Various Artists, Blues-A-Rama (Black Top Records)

Record labels, particularly the indies, have invariably had their “sound.” Think of some of the great ones—Chess, Motown, Blue Note—and it’s simple to “hear” what each stood for in the […]

Marva Wright, Heartbreakin’ Woman (Tipitina’s Records)

Marva Wright’s debut album may be called Heartbreakin’ Woman, and the cover photo may picture her lookin’ mean in a black leather outfit, but once you get to “Walk Around […]

Terrance Simien, Zydeco on the Bayou (Restless Records)

Please, somebody give me a convertible with a good sound system so I can cruise around with Terrance Simien’s Zydeco on the Bayou blastin’—sounds perfect. Don’t get me wrong, dancing […]

Funk Revisited: Meters Magic Rebounds on Rounder

For those of you who have met with nothing but frustration in hunting down old Meters records, fret no more! Rounder Records has thrown a couple morsels of Meters out […]

The Neville Brothers, “Brother’s Keeper” (A&M Records)

Set to hit the streets on August 7, The Nevilles’ latest is probably the most-anticipated album in recent New Orleans history. And this album was well worth the wait. Personally, […]

Bluesiana Triangle, Bluesiana Triangle (Windham Hill Jazz Records)

Three veteran greats combine efforts on this recording for a back-to-basics album of blues-oriented material. In a classic jam session format, Art Blakey, Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman join […]