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 …

by   |  10/18/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll – Bad Luck Woman, Tone Twister, Russian Improvisations, Collective Order, My New Girlfriend & Boston Blues

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 …

by   |  09/27/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll – Elvis!

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 …

by   |  09/20/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll – Straightjacketed And Loving It, Emisunshine, Into The Red, Two Guitars And A Man Named Vijay

Rant’n’Roll – “What If,” Big-Band Beats, Berklee Professor Gets Wild, Jersey Rocker Heads South & Newman

What If (Rounder) by the Jerry Douglas Band is yet another milestone for this 14-time Grammy winner and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year. Guitarist/Composer/Producer Douglas joined bluegrass pioneers The Country Gentlemen right out of high school in 1974. There was a time he played in eight bands …

by   |  09/13/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll – “What If,” Big-Band Beats, Berklee Professor Gets Wild, Jersey Rocker Heads South & Newman

Rant’n’Roll: Happy Juice, Guitar Hero, Beat Girls, In Praise of Oliver Nelson & Metal Death

On Happy Juice, pianist Jon Davis interprets the piano men who influenced him most: Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett. Five brilliantly creative originals flesh out the five covers. Davis has been in the bands of Jaco Pastorius, Stan Getz and Milt Jackson. Thirty …

by   |  09/06/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Happy Juice, Guitar Hero, Beat Girls, In Praise of Oliver Nelson & Metal Death

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rant’n’Roll: Best Van Morrison Cover Ever, Smoking-Hot Blues, Croce by Croce, Jazz Vocalese, Big-Band Action and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Unique is the only word that aptly fits the Heliotrope debut (Radiko Records) of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer/documentarian Rabasi Joss. After over a decade making multi-media docs, Joss has turned her attention to her compositions and vocals, leaving the production to Baba Israel (DJ Logic/Jason Lindner), the engineering to Kabir Hermon …

by   |  08/30/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rant’n’Roll: Best Van Morrison Cover Ever, Smoking-Hot Blues, Croce by Croce, Jazz Vocalese, Big-Band Action and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Rant’n’Roll: Rare Noise, Irish Alternative, Isley Brothers Join Santana, Big Boy Blues, Guitar + Brass, Delightful Yelena, and Heaven

Magnetic (RareNoise Records) by London-based composer/producer/performer Gaudi is one crazy-sick slab of sound. He’s taken samples of existing Rare Noise fare—including Bill Laswell, Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin, Killing Joke’s Ted Parsons, King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto and even Buckethead—to mix ‘n’ match dub-centric electronica, rock, jazz and ambient stains into an …

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Rant’n’Roll: Memphis Stew, Melodic Intersect, Crazy Surf Punk, Remembering Nilsson, Alligator Blues

Author of Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, Tamara Saviano has become an important spoke of a big wheel, that of roots-rock, alt-country and Americana music, so much so that I’m all in on anything this woman puts her name on. As co-producer …

by   |  08/16/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Memphis Stew, Melodic Intersect, Crazy Surf Punk, Remembering Nilsson, Alligator Blues


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