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 second is choro from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Choro — with its strains …

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Shout-Out From Beyond
Gregg Allman [1947-2017] was always one of those rock stars who, according to producer Don Was, didn’t know “what to do with himself in between shows.” As a direct result, the legend suffered, desperately trying to achieve the bliss he could only feel on a stage. He …

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A Rock Masterpiece

Ricky Byrd has made his masterpiece. The New York City rock ’n’ roll hero — who has plied his craft for decades with Southside Johnny, Ian Hunter, Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett — has made a concept album so poignant and so righteously dedicated to its cause, …

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Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

Drunken Songs

Ray Charles, in “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” advised, “Ain’t no harm/To take a little nip/But don’t you fall down/And bust your lip.” The 28 various-artist tracks of Cheap Old Wine And Whiskey:  Drinking Songs Straight From The Jukejoint (Koko Mojo Records, England) predates …

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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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