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Solo Fab T-Bird

Singer/Songwriter/Harmonicat Kim Wilson, 66, started The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974. His growing body of solo work is hardly solo, relying as it does on the talents of others to fulfill his vision. On Blues and Boogie Volume #1 (Severn Records), he extracts the rarified essence of …

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Carl Sandburg’s Jazz Poetry

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) won three Pulitzer Prizes, wrote poetry and prose, sang folk songs and advocated for civil rights. He was born in Illinois one town over from where drummer/composer Matt Wilson would be born 86 years later. Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry

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Photo by: Karl Ferguson Jr. (www.karlfergusonjr.com)

Soul Man Extraordinaire

Johnny Rawls harkens back to an earlier era of soul men. He’s currently Waiting For A Train (Catfood Records), produced by Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Steve Miller Band), and covering Wilson Pickett (“I’m In Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall …

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Ian Anderson: Jethro Tull’s Early Beginnings And New Starts

Photography – Nick Harrison

There was hardly any rock ‘n’ roll on Jethro Tull’s 1968, This Was, debut. Filled as it was with jazz and blues led by eccentric and multi-faceted, Ian Anderson, who would hop on one leg and spew out the Bach as readily as the rock. …

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Rant’n’Roll: Taking A Look at Maurice Brown, Luke Elliot and More!

After being mentored by Wynton Marsalis, providing horn arrangements for the Tedeschi Trucks Band and working with Santana, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown now has his custom-made trumpet from Switzerland and has used it to record The Mood (Ropeadope Records), a joyous slab of funk jazz soul incorporating the talents of Talib …

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Rant’n’Roll – Bad Luck Woman, Tone Twister, Russian Improvisations, Collective Order, My New Girlfriend & Boston Blues

Toronto’s Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes are Cursed on their hot debut. Bassist/lead singer/bandleader, Raha Javanfar, is the one with bad luck and she sheds her skin 10 times here, backed by guitar/drums/sax/trumpet/piano/back-up vocals. They’re all about reviving good-time, ass-kicking rhythm ’n’ blues of yesteryear, thus she took her …

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Rant’n’Roll – Afro-Peruvian Fusion & Graham Nash

Diablo En Brooklyn (Saponegro Records), the sixth recording by the absolutely incredible Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, is a thrill ride of international proportions. Fusing jazz and world in a Peruvian cocktail that’s truly strong, it features the premiere of Alegria’s four-part “Brooklyn Suite” as well as a stunning 12:25 …

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Rant’n’Roll – Strange Bedfellows: McCoy Tyner and Henry Rollins

Sitting right up front at The Blue Note in New York City is alone filled with the kind of jazz anticipation one can only feel at such a legendary venue, especially one with that iconic logo behind the bandstand as has this small room. Yet when the piano player McCoy …

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Rant’n’Roll – Elvis!

It took me almost six months but I have finally waded through all 60 CDs of Elvis Presley:  The Album Collection (RCA-Legacy), the limited-edition boxed set commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of Presley’s original self-titled debut. Fifty-seven of the discs that span 1956 -1977 come as originally released …

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Rant’n’Roll – Straightjacketed And Loving It, Emisunshine, Into The Red, Two Guitars And A Man Named Vijay

The MusikFest Café in Bethlehem, PA is throbbing for Los Straitjackets, an area favorite who have become, after 14 albums in 22 years, America’s finest instrumental surf-punk band (think The Ventures on steroids). They wear Mexican lucha libre wrestling masks and do the rock’n’roll complete with choreography. The experience …

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