Rant’n’Roll

The First Great Blues CD of 2018   Singer/songwriter/harmonicat Curtis Salgado, and guitarist/composer/producer Alan Hager, both from Oregon, do not need a band. Rough Cut (Alligator Records) has six orig...

Rant’n’Roll

Dancing at the Hall     Jerry Granelli’s Dance Hall on Justin Time Records is a keeper. The 76-year-old drummer -- a veteran of the touring bands of The Platters (“The Great Pretender” rambles o...

Rant’n’Roll

Zee Blues     It’s all in his voice:  that bubbling, gurgling phlegm-fest. Howling Wolf ain’t got nothin’ on this guy. Self-released, self-produced, What You See Is What You Get is a 10-...

Rant’n’Roll

What Time Is It?     For 71 years the One O’Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas has been raging, filling the air with well-muscled brassy charts by hungry students who are so damn ...

Rant’n’Roll

Texas Blues After eight years of filling the coveted lead guitar chair for John Mayall & His Bluebreakers and Black Oak Arkansas, Rocky Athas went solo in 2014. His past is profoundly on display in t...

Rant’n’Roll

Outspoken Italian Pianist/Composer Simona Premazzi is Outspoken on her self-released quartet CD with tenor/soprano saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Nasheet Waits. When she tackl...

Rant’n’Roll – All That Jazz

    An Afternoon In Gowanus (Jazzkey Records), by the Frank Perowsky Jazz Orchestra, is a father/son affair. Frank, the father, 83, is a rock star, so to speak. Besides playing an elegant clarinet (dig that...

Rant’n’Roll

Choro! Que Descaida by the Samuel Pompeo Quinteto, straight out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is an intriguing blend of two distinct genres that came out of the 1800s. The first is jazz from New Orleans. The sec...