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Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Sada (Pointblank Records)

Longtime Wolfman fans, those familiar with his work with Johnny Adams, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas, shouldn’t be surprised that his fifth album and major label debut is the best […]

Bonnie Raitt, Luck of the Draw (Capitol Records)

For those of us who’ve been Bonnie fans throughout her long career, a recording like this just makes us fall in love with her music all over again. She’s all […]

Allen Toussaint, The Allen Toussaint Collection (Warner Brothers Records)

Although few would compare Allen Toussaint’s own recorded output with his productions, Toussaint still recorded enough good material in the 1970s to have made a fine compilation. Unfortunately, this “best […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Wolf at the Door (Rounder Records)

Wolf at the Door finds Walter Washington hitting new and great soul territory. His three previous albums were from much the same fabric—a boiling cauldron of funk, jazz and blues, […]

Aaron Neville, Warm Your Heart (A&M Records)

In listening to Warm Your Heart you have to keep in mind a bizarre fact. After over 30 years as New Orleans’ king of soul, it is Aaron’s first real […]

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 […]