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Sean Ardoin, Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

As Sean Ardoin points out, zydeco has evolved so much that it’s sometimes challenging to recognize it in its myriad forms. So, to distinguish his new breed of music from […]

Helen Gillet, Helkiase (Independent)

A Fiercely Talented Improviser   After receiving her master’s degree in music at Loyola University in 2004, Belgian-born cellist, singer, composer, and improviser Helen Gillet has continued to flourish in […]

Cyril Neville Endangered Species, The Complete Recordings / Endangered Species: The Essential Recordings (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

The Essence of New Orleans   If you don’t know how incredibly epic singer/songwriter/percussionist Cyril Neville’s career has been, you need to educate yourself. Seriously, go look him up right […]

Carmela Rappazzo, Howlin’ at the Moon (Independent)

Carmela Rappazzo sings a lot of blue notes. Her voice is not traditionally beautiful or “pretty.” It captures you on a different level, disconcerting yet fascinating. Rappazzo grew up in […]

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Black Pot (Swampadelic Records)

Despite its perplexing black skillet cover, Black Pot is Chubby Carrier’s most unusual and selfless release of his extensive discography. Admittedly, he didn’t have enough material to head back into […]

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners, Syncopated Classic (Independent)

Who was Frank D. Waldron? Lost to time, he was a Seattle jazz saxophonist, trumpet player, teacher and composer who played with Jelly Roll Morton and taught a young Quincy […]

Brother Dege, Farmer’s Almanac (Psyouthern Records)

Farmer’s Almanac, the latest release from Brother Dege, is appropriately titled. This is music that feels of the earth… this is working man’s music. Not a nine to five working […]

Sarah Quintana, Daddy Lies (Independent)

Sarah Quintana’s latest, six-song effort, Daddy Lies, finds her at the crossroads between her imaginative and ambitious Miss River recording and several new collaborations, including an upcoming recording she’s working […]

Jon Cleary, Dyna-Mite (FHQ Records)

From the very opening of the title cut of Dyna-Mite there’s no doubt that the album’s musical roots lie deep in New Orleans. Jon Cleary might have been born in […]

Josh Paxton, Standard Deviation (Independent)

With Josh Paxton’s third album, Standard Deviation, it’s past time to add another name to the list of outstanding pianists working in the greatest music city in the world, New […]