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Jamison Ross, “All For One” (Concord Jazz)

Expectations—rarely trust-worthy inclinations—were that as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Drums Competition, Jamison Ross would make his mark in jazz behind a drum set. Well, in […]

Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band “Melody Reimagined: book 1” (Basin Street Records)

Melodies suggest melodies that often lead to either new or familiar paths. Think of a song and the next thing you know it reminds you of another. Jason Marsalis uses […]

Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band, Self Titled (Paytone Records)

It’s difficult to effectively walk the line between modern jazz and gospel music in a way that comes across as genuine to both, but that’s exactly what Grayson Brockamp has […]

Revival!, “Now Is the Time” (Independent)

There is a quality to Southern rock music that gives it a constant upward current. The Allman Brothers Band had it. The Tedeschi Trucks Band has it. Revival! does too, […]

Keith Frank, “One Night at Cowboy’s” (Soulwood Records)

For the past several years, Keith Frank has celebrated his October birthday at Lafayette’s Cowboy’s Nightclub, so when it came time to record his third live album, Cowboy’s was a […]

Kari Sjöstrand, “Frost Blossom” (Karisma Music)

If music is the product of the environment it comes from, then it’s no surprise that some of the original compositions on this album have a Scandinavian quality to them. […]

Ledisi, “Let Love Rule” (Verve)

Ledisi, a New Orleans native who moved to California as a child, gets right to the heart of her peace and love message on Let Love Rule’s opening cut, “Shot […]

George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers, “1943” (American Music)

True fans of clarinetist George Lewis and New Orleans traditional jazz should rejoice at the release of this two-CD, 25-cut product that stands as the legendary clarinetist’s first recording. Perhaps […]

Valerie Sassyfras, “Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret” (Independent)

For nearly 30 years, Valerie Sassyfras has cultivated a loyal following with her unique and quirky musical performances. Equal parts theatrical and musical, the longtime local entertainer returns with her […]

Kat Walker with Amasa Miller, “Torch Songs” (Independent)

It’s all right there in the title: Kat Walker’s Torch Songs is a collection of jazz and old popular ballads with the bare duo texture of only her voice and […]