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Category Archives: Music

Pops Staples

Don't Lose This
 
Pops-Staples

Roebuck “Pops” Staples learned his chops at the elbows of Son House and Robert Johnson. When he passed away in 2000, American culture lost perhaps the last direct link to rock and roll’s prehistory. These 10 remarkable and previously unfinished songs that Pops recorded with daughters Mavis, (more…)

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Pokey LaFarge

Something In the Water
Hamfats-Styled Hot Stuff
 
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Pokey LaFarge’s Rounder Records debut continues his rich, well-established sound. Primarily acoustic, he offers another amalgam of jazz, blues, jug band, and Western swing. At different times, LaFarge and his expanded band conjure the sound and spirit of any number of 1930s jug bands, Western swing (more…)

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Curtis Knight and the Squires (featuring Jimi Hendrix)

You Can’t Use My Name: The RSVP/PPX Sessions
Sideman Blues
 
Curtis-Knight

The music industry is full of tales of naive musicians and nightmarish record deals. Jimi Hendrix had more than his share. In 1965, Hendrix was an underemployed musician who didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Curtis Knight was a music veteran of second-tier R&B groups managed by Ed Chalpin. Chalpin’s PPX Industries was a […]

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John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Rob Paparozzi and the Ed Palermo Big Band

Back to ’67 Blues
Back to '67 Blues
 
John-Mayall

Unreleased club recordings of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers from 1967, featuring lead guitarist Peter Green? This is, indeed, a major find. Tasked with replacing “God” (as Eric Clapton was proclaimed in graffiti around London), Green quickly let everyone know there was a new Les Paul picker in town, (more…)

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John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer (Live)
 
John-Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli knows lyricist Johnny Mercer’s timeless compositions inside out. He’s recorded them on various albums and was a cast member of the 1997 Broadway musical Dream, which saluted Mercer’s music. Mercer Street, released digitally via Pizzarelli’s own Deluxe Sounds label, samples Mercer tunes, both standards and (more…)

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Bernard Allison Group

In The Mix
 
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Bernard Allison’s father, Luther, was a modern-era blues great. And while Bernard is most definitely in the family business, blues isn’t the only musical color on his palette. When he stretches out for a slide solo on “Move From The Hood,” he may be sizzling hot (more…)

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Steve Howe

Anthology
 
Steve-Howe

It’s been 45 years since Steve Howe joined Yes, but in 1975, he launched a parallel solo career that’s still going strong. For this collection, Howe has picked 33 of his favorite solo tracks, many of which are wonderfully quirky, yet display his agile, dizzying guitar (more…)

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George Van Eps and Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies

Once In Awhile and Diga Diga Doo
Great Acoustic Jazz
 
Marty-Grosz

Marty Grosz is surely one of the last of a breed – a jazz guitarist who plays strictly rhythm and (more…)

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North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne

Freedom & Dreams
 
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Singer-songwriter Anders Osborne joins Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Chris Chew of the North Mississippi Allstars to create a rich Southern tapestry of blues, folk, vintage country, and rock. New Orleans grooves and masterful slide work finds chemistry amidst Osborne’s tales of the (more…)

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Jellyfish

Bellybutton and Spilt Milk
 
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Jellyfish was only around for these two records, but these reissues reinforce the belief that they were as good a band as you could find in the ’90s. The songs are brilliantly written with hooks big enough to drive a truck through. The vocals (more…)

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