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Paul Sanchez, One More Trip Around the Sun (Independent)

Paul Sanchez keeps turning out classic albums like its 1966. Sanchez may be the perfect example of how New Orleans musicians have dealt with the collapse of the music industry. […]

James Carr, The Best Of (Kent Records)

James Carr reissues have appeared over the past three decades on vinyl and CD. While all of the tracks here can be found on other collections, let it be said […]

Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Man in the Mirror (Flat Town Music)

Considering this is Kevin Naquin’s 11th album of his 23-year career, he manages to pack plenty of artistic firsts into these dozen tracks. It’s the first time he’s recorded a […]

Derrick Freeman and James Martin, Soul (Independent)

It’s almost guaranteed that if Derrick Freeman’s name is on it, there’s going to be some funk involved. Sure enough, the drummer is rhythmically, vocally and attitude-wise up to that […]

Panorama Jazz and Brass Band, Let the Music Play You (Independent)

In 2014 Panorama Jazz Band made a commitment to release one song a month available via their Bandcamp subscription club, called Good Music for You. While they’re still going strong […]

Various Artists, Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou: Livin’, Lovin’ & Lyin’ (Ace Records)

Just as when the bayous are flowing it guarantees that the crawfish keep a-growing, here comes another release in Ace’s popular By The Bayou series. As in the previous dozen […]

Retrofit, BEasy (Independent)

The debut EP of a band of up-and-coming younger session musicians and sidemen from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, BEasy puts some modern embellishments on a tried-and-true, feel-good formula. Retrofit […]

Dexter Payne Quintet, Jazz for All (Jazz Forro) (Dexofon Records)

The past 30 years have seen a groundswell of American interest in early Brazilian music, fueled (I believe) in part by releases by Arthur Moreira Lima on Pro-Arte Digital and […]

Sasha Masakowski, Art Market (Ropeadope)

Sasha Masakowski was partly responsible for one of my favorite tracks of 2017: the title song of the Masakowski Family’s N.O. Escape CD, a jazz-pop hybrid with a mystical groove […]

Nutria, Call to the Air (Breakfast for Dinner Records)

Nutria is a jazz trio founded in 2014 by UNO grads Byron Asher, Shawn Myers and Trey Boudreaux. This second album from the group, Call to the Air, moves into […]