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Robert Nighthawk and His Flames of Rhythm, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Rounder Records)

Robert Nighthawk was among the earliest of Mississippi bluesmen to emigrate to Chicago, and this disc, recorded by blues historian Norman Dayron in September 1964, is about as lowdown, dirty, […]

The Dynatones, Chopped and Channeled (RNA Records)

For a debut disc on Rhino’s RNA, these Bay Area rock ‘n’ soul jivemeisters don’t waste any time turning on the heat. From the opening growling guitars on “When I […]

Darrell Nulisch and Texas Heat, Business As Usual (Black Top Records)

Darrell Nulisch has been around for some time, having fronted bands for Anson Funderburgh and Ronnie Earl for the past ten years. This fine, solid disc is Nulisch’s first album […]

Turtle Island String Quartet, On the Town (Windham Hill Jazz)

Do you swing? This disc certainly does, with a departure from TISQ’s usual mix of self-compositions to unique interpretations of standards, mostly compositions from the ’30s. Represented here are sophisticated, […]

Cypress Hill, Cypress Hill (Rough House/Columbia Records)

South Central Los Angeles is a rough place, as any hip-hop listener from any socio-economic background knows. N.W.A. first showed us the reality of police and gang violence amid the […]

Manhattan Transfer, The OffBeat of Avenues (Columbia Records)

The success of this album will have a lot to do with how it is marketed, and whatever poor sucker is stuck with that task must have already lost great […]

Jim Cooper with Ira Sullivan, Tough Town (Delmark Records)

This is the first release by the veteran Chicago vibraphonist, with a little name recognition help from tenor saxophonist Ira Sullivan, a stalwart on the Chicago jazz scene in the […]

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 […]