Rant ‘N’ Roll: Brill Building Greatness, Jams, Heartache and Still-Smokeless Cohen

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry worked right down the hall from Carol King and Gerry Goffin at the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway on the corner of 49th Street. The two married couples were friends and rivals, both spewing out hits, well, for everyone. Prior to the advent of bands who …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Israeli Blues, Jeff Beck, White Soul And “A Love Mechanic”

The blues knows no geographical borders: Lazer Lloyd is Israel’s “King Of Blues Rock.” He’s even been on the road when his wife and five children had to hunker down in a bomb shelter. Chicago’s Lots of Love Records has released his self-titled 12-track third album containing 11 originals and …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Travel Section – Oh! Canada!

The 2004 Guinness Book Of World Records listed the Montreal International Jazz Festival as the largest jazz fest in the world. Event organizers claim roughly two million people pass through its free and paid concerts every year with hundreds of shows spread out over 11 days. This year, from June …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Final Day In Paradise

New Orleans, Louisiana; May 3, 2015—With visions of Saturday’s human gridlock dancing in my head, I made my way, on the final day of the 46th edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, to witness Big Chief Kevin Goodman & The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Spring Break

New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1, 2015—The Fair Grounds Race Course had first been dumped with rain at the outset of the April 24-May 3 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. My three days at the end were beautiful and as I made my way to the Gospel …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Trombone Shorty Grows Up, Gives Back

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—The whole night rocked like a big wheel on a Georgia cotton field. “Honey, hush,” said one husband as The New Breed Brass Band kicked things into high gear from the jump. With three stages and eight bands setting off a frenzied spinning wheel of kaleidoscopic action, it …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Weird New Jersey, Weird Blues, Real Country & New Jazz

Only in weird New Jersey could an album as unsettling as Space/Time * Redemption (TUM) be recorded. Drum’n’Bass music is usually the province of British electronica, its jungle essence geared towards the jamband or dancefloor scene. Not this. This is more like a giant troll sleeping under a bridge with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sound

He might have graduated from the Sonny Rollins school of tenor saxophone but as leader of the Rich Halley 4 on Creating Structure (Pine Eagle Records), Halley throws the jazz rulebook out the window to take his quartet into uncharted waters. It’s a sink-or-swim endeavor, different from his last 17 …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Zesty Tang, Sexy Samba, Blues and Rugged Wisdom

I never drank the Kool-Aid but I’ve been downing some Tang this week and loving it. Truth be told, I’ve always been a sucker for bassist Bonnie Parker who has, for me, epitomized the sexy hard-rockin’ glam bitch who I’d gladly let dominate me. She was front and center in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Under The Radar

Shake Some Action by The Flamin’ Groovies was one of the best rock albums of the 1970s. Produced by Dave Edmunds, I remember totally freaking out to this San Francisco band’s Brit-Rock, loving “You Tore Me Down” and Groovie covers of “Let The Boy Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Lovin’ Spoonful), “St. …

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