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Frank Salis and Michael Watson, “Frank Salis Meets Michael Watson” (Independent)

On this album, pianist, guitarist and organist Frank Salis, a native of Switzerland, not only encounters Crescent City vocalist and trombonist Michael Watson, he hooks up with a crew of […]

Various Artists, “Funky Funky New Orleans, Volume 6” (Tuff City)

When Tuff City began releasing these Funky Funky New Orleans compilations in the late ’90s, every track was a revelation. Any funk enthusiasts who only knew the Meters and Eddie […]

AF THE NAYSAYER “PARTS, Act I” (Sinking City Records)

Amahl Abdul-Khaliq (AF THE NAYSAYER) is like water. His sound is slippery and, like the abstruse function that inspired the first part of his moniker, hard to pin down. It’s […]

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson, “Blues in My Blood” (Nola Blue Records)

Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson are literally long lost cousins who connected later in life. Since both already had their mainstay gigs–Johanson entrenched in blues, and Pollack a jazz singer–they […]

Mitch Woods, “A Tip of the Hat to Fats” (The Orchard / Blind Pig)

This may be the first Fats Domino tribute album to have no original Domino songs on it. Only three of the tracks here are Fats-associated, and those are all songs […]

Anders Osborne, “Buddha and the Blues” (Back on Dumaine)

Anders Osborne couldn’t have released this album at a luckier time: Just as the hit movie “Echo in the Canyon” is creating new interest in the fabled Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter […]

Seth Walker, Are you Open? (Royal Potato Family)

Seth Walker’s music, although simple on the outside, can’t really be broken down into individual genres easily. It’s more about what style of music allows him to get close and […]

Kid Eggplant and the Melatauns, Big Trouble in Little Chalmette (Independent)

Musicians in New Orleans wear many hats. Bassist Robert Snow makes his bread playing an upright in trad jazz bands, and has fun playing electric bass with King James and […]

Geovane Santos, Jobim (Independent)

It only makes sense that the city’s best Brazilian jazz guitarist, Spotted Cat mainstay Geovane Santos, would want to do an album of Antonio Carlos Jobim standards, the ones that […]

The Lee Boys, Live on the East Coast (M.C. Records)

When sacred steel music first appeared on the secular circuit, it took many listeners by surprise. How was it possible so many people had never heard the amazing guitar players […]