Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ethnomusicology

Larkin Poe was a Civil War wagon driver/historian whose prose didn’t have as dark a side as his cousin, Edgar Allan Poe . His great great great great granddaughters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have named their...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jazz

Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), by Chick Corea, is a milestone recording in the piano legend’s 50-year career chronicling a world tour in trio format with master musicians (and leaders in their own ...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: What Is Hip?

In 1973, Tower Of Power asked that musical question, “What Is Hip?” The song’s lyricist, Doc Kupka, was quoted at the time as saying, “Being `hip’ is so short-lived. You can be hip today by wearing your hai...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: JP, Mac & Melissa

Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) has finally made the Louis Armstrong tribute album he’s always wanted to make. It’s called Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (Proper/Concord) and no one but Mac could’ve possibly m...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Girl Power

Stop the presses, there’s a new bitch in town. Davina Sowers combines Bessie Smith , Etta James and Amy Winehouse with a touch of Aretha. Her attitude and vocal chops scream “balls” while her songwriting ...