Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Ee-Ya-Gi (Mama Records) by the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra is a flower in early spring yearning to bloom. Hong is from Seoul, South Korea, but has been living and working in New York City for the last 15 years, gathering up the musicians who inhabit her 18-piece orchestra. It’s a …

by   |  06/28/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Korean Jazz, Human Horn, Soul Man, Two Legends, Beatle Blues, Heavy Metal & Swamp Pop

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Horizontal Jazz, Mystery Man, Electronica, Dixieland, Bobby Darin & A Solo Bangle

Pianist/Composer David Feldman, 40, adds guitarist Toninho Horta and trombonist Raul De Souza to his working trio and his third CD comes out as Horizonte (DFM). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Feldman moved to New York City to seriously study jazz, join Slide Hampton’s band and jam with the …

by   |  06/21/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant ‘N’ Roll: Horizontal Jazz, Mystery Man, Electronica, Dixieland, Bobby Darin & A Solo Bangle

Rant’n’Roll: High School Heroes, Prohibition Jazz, New Orleans Tradition And A Free Concert Series

There’s a reason they called it “The Roaring Twenties.” Those who watch HBO’s Boardwalk Empire know the feeling. Jazz in the era of prohibition [1920-1933] was tinged by the illegality of alcohol consumption so—in this pre-rock ‘n’ roll era where folks still had to get wild to something—there was always …

by   |  06/14/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: High School Heroes, Prohibition Jazz, New Orleans Tradition And A Free Concert Series

Rant’n’Roll: Rubbing Shoulders With The Real Deals At The Bourbon Street Blues Fest

(Photo by Cathy Miller)

It certainly was a thrill and an honor to get up on stage as longtime Aquarian dude and introduce Chicago blues practitioner Bernard Allison to a staunch assemblage of blues fans who cheered lustily when I mentioned that the legendary Luther Allison [1939-1997] was his father. …

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Rant’n’Roll: Prog-Blues, Fusion, Fractured Pop, A Speechless Champian, Forlorn Strangers, Matters Of State & Love For Amy

They had one whale of a big-time party north of the border when Tim Bastmeyer’s All-Star Blues Band recorded this nine-track all-original self-titled gem (Grassfire Entertainment). You can tell because the players—all known entities in the thriving and eclectic Canadian blues scene—solo madly, especially on the one jazzy instrumental, …

by   |  05/31/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Prog-Blues, Fusion, Fractured Pop, A Speechless Champian, Forlorn Strangers, Matters Of State & Love For Amy

Rant’n’Roll: Fab Faux Solo, FEM Confessional, Rough-Hewn Troubadour & Southside Does Bruce

Each of the seven tracks on the self-released, self-produced Lake Songs by Jack Snax is totally different. He could’ve made seven entire albums in each direction. Snax is actually Jack Petruzzelli of The Fab Faux. He’s the guy who brings down the house every single time he sings “Oh Darling.” …

by   |  05/24/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Fab Faux Solo, FEM Confessional, Rough-Hewn Troubadour & Southside Does Bruce

Rant’n’Roll: A Blues Hero, Ambient Strings, Ivo & Hiromi + Outrageous Jazz/Rock Fusion

Eric Bibb is a blues hero. In his own way, he’s the equal of previous generations of blues heroes both rural and urban. Bibb is both. His 37 albums in a half-century contain nary a bum track. His brilliant Migration Blues (Stony Plain) perfectly captures the zeitgeist of Trump’s alt-right …

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Rant’n’Roll: Alternative Americana, The Return Of The Prodigal Son, Prog-Blues, Samba, Banjo Deluxe, The Hook & The Almighty Ju

Tolerance Ends Love Begins, the self-released third CD by North Carolina indie co-operative Pinkerton Raid, is a family affair. Eleven musicians—on synthesizers, Hammond B-3, trombone, trumpet, drums, banjo, acoustic/electric guitars and vocals—accent the songs of three talented siblings. Jesse and Katie Deconto are the twin lead vocalists while …

by   |  05/10/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Alternative Americana, The Return Of The Prodigal Son, Prog-Blues, Samba, Banjo Deluxe, The Hook & The Almighty Ju

Rant’n’Roll: Hollywood Gold, Civil Rights Poetry, Fem-Centric Blues, & Metal x 2

Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack The Harry Warren Songbook on Got Music Records. Warren [1893-1981] was the prolific co-writer of Hollywood movie songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Guitarist/Composer Doug Munro is his nephew. His bands—four different line-ups on four separate sessions—take Warren’s music and infuse it with the …

by   |  04/26/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Hollywood Gold, Civil Rights Poetry, Fem-Centric Blues, & Metal x 2

Rant’n’Roll: Moonkyung Lee, Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang, Canadian Pleasures, Two Jasons, One Dead Legend & Philadelphia Freedom

Tell Tchaikovsky the news! Moonkyung Lee, the violinist with a Ph.D, who plays the ax once owned by the late comedian Jack Benny, revamps Works For Violin & Orchestra (Navona Records) with the London Symphony, all by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1877-1993].

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Ha Noi Duo (ACT Music) by Nguyen

by   |  04/19/2017  |  Comments Off on Rant’n’Roll: Moonkyung Lee, Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang, Canadian Pleasures, Two Jasons, One Dead Legend & Philadelphia Freedom


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