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Author Archives: John Heidt

Ray Bonneville

Easy Groove
 
Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville’s latest album, Easy Gone, glides on a steady groove. “I really like the way it sounds with these guys,” he said of drummer Geoff Arsenault and bassist Gurf Morlix. “Their groove is in the same family as my groove.” It took Bonneville years to feel where that groove should come from, but, he […]

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Chicago

The Studio Albums
 
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It’s simplistic to say, but as these two box-sets of 10 discs apiece show, Chicago’s history really consists of two bands: one with Terry Kath as lead guitarist, one of the vocalists, a major songwriter, and all-round supplier of soul; the other a somewhat (more…)

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Lyle Brewer

Lyle Brewer
 
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Even when Lyle Brewer covers standards, he makes the song his own. His last couple albums have been filled with familiar songs given the Brewer treatment. With his latest, we get a record full of Brewer originals and the result is the (more…)

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The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson

Meet Me In Bluesland
 
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It’s hard to believe these recordings have been around since 2003 and are only now seeing the light of day. What started as Johnnie Johnson showing up to play on some Kentucky Headhunter (more…)

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Mark Elf

After the Storm
 
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The latest album from guitarist Mark Elf shot to the top of the jazz charts, but the route to success for Mark Elf Returns 2014 wasn’t so easy. “I was supposed to record in December of 2012, but Superstorm Sandy hit; my house and many (more…)

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Brad Allen Williams

Lamar
 
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Brad Allen Williams is a fine guitarist who has served the last few years as a sideman to numerous artists, most notably José James. Fans of his work with other folks might be surprised at this straightahead organ trio record that was (more…)

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Royal Southern Brotherhood

Don’t Look Back: the Muscle Shoals Sessions
 
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Royal Southern Brotherhood has a different guitar lineup, but the sound of the band – which incorporates pretty much anything you can think of on the American music scene – still remains pretty much perfect. Devon Allman and Rick Zito were charter members, (more…)

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Mark Doyle

Mark Doyle’s Guitar Noir: One November Night Live in Concert
 
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Mark Doyle put together a 10-piece touring band, complete with string quartet, last year after releasing several instrumental albums over a 15-year period. With that touring group he played mostly cuts from those records and has now released the result on this two-disc (more…)

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Keb’ Mo’

Writing by Subtraction
 
Keb Mo

Keb’ Mo’s latest album, Blues Americana, nearly wrote itself. “Going in, I had planned to make a solo acoustic record,” he said. “I got the songs together, but felt it didn’t really hold up. So, I made the record like I wanted – started simple, with guitar and vocal and a click track, because I […]

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Joshua Breakstone

2nd Avenue
 
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Joshua Breakstone’s latest is another chance for the guitarist to use his cello quartet. Yes, it’s Breakstone on guitar, bassist Lisle Atkinson, drummer Andy Watson, and Mike Richmond on cello for four of the cuts. No matter the make-up of the band, though, (more…)

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