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The Revealers, “One World” (Independent)

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Revealers’ greatest hit, “The Sound of That”: With its infectious funk/reggae groove, uplifting feel and killer chorus hook, there ain’t a lot […]

Smoking Time Jazz Club, “Ain’t We Fortunate” (Independent)

The last decade has seen a new bounty of interesting young trad jazz bands on Frenchmen Street. Old-timers like the Jazz Vipers, the Cottonmouth Kings, and the Little Big Horns […]

Seva Venet, “New Orleans Banjo Vol. I: Musieu Bainjo” (Independent)

On New Orleans Banjo Vol. I: “Musieu Bainjo,” fretted instrument man Seva Venet pays tribute to the instrument not only by playing both the six-string and tenor banjo (as well […]

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, “Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau” (Nonesuch)

The mix of an American vernacular string master with a jazz-pop pianist now is its own genre, apparently. It started with Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, and Chick Corea and […]

The Lonesome Doves, “Waiting for Stars” (Independent)

Can you really use one more downcast country-folk album with funereal slow tempos, standup bass, and a haunted-sounding female singer? If the singer is Erika Lewis of Tuba Skinny, sure. […]

Elvin Bishop, “Big Fun Trio” (Alligator Records)

Damn, here’s another really top-notch record from Elvin Bishop. How does he do it? Very few blues musicians can turn out records that are as consistently great as Elvin’s. I […]

Truckstop Honeymoon, “Big Things and Little Things” (Squirrel Records)

Since Truckstop Honeymoon’s Mike and Katie West have always toured with their brood in tow, it only made sense to have Sadie, Vega, Julian and Esther guest here by singing […]

Tim Laughlin, “The Trio Sessions, Vol. 2” (Gentilly Records)

Over a 25-year recording career, Tim Laughlin’s CDs have covered Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke with the Dukes of Dixieland, an album of originals, delicate duets with guitarist Hank […]

Banu Gibson, “By Myself” (Swing Out)

Banu Gibson continues to demonstrate her love of standards from the ’30s and ’40s on her latest release, By Myself, on her own Swing Out label. The vocalist uses minimal […]

Chloe Feoranzo and Tom McDermott, “Zeppelins Built to Order” (Rabadash Records)

Tom McDermott is an uncharacteristic New Orleans pianist. The sheer virtuosity that epitomizes New Orleans “professors” from Jelly Roll Morton to James Booker is not his goal. McDermott thinks before […]