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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Stanton Moore – Groove Alchemy


On Groove Alchemy, drummer Stanton Moore, Robert Walter (organ) and Will Bernard (guitar) serve up groove after groove. Bernard’s solos show his versatility and chops, while his rhythm work is solid as a metronome. A lot of these tunes are funk, and while Bernard’s vamps vary from song to song, it’s obvious he’s into holding […]

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Dorado Schmitt – Family

Dreyfus Jazz

French Gypsy jazz guitarist Dorado Schmitt reigns as one of the elder statesmen of the genre. He’s a regular on the Paris jazz scene, as well as touring far and wide – including a recent American tour in honor of Django’s centenary. This new disc may just be his masterpiece… so far. He has released […]

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Raisin’ Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter

Backbeat Books

The biographer has a duty to get close to the subject in order to relay all the facts and get first-hand accounts of events while at the same time not getting so close that a story becomes sanitized and historically reinterpreted. In this bio on bluesman Johnny Winter, author Mary Lou Sullivan gets close enough […]

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Patty Larkin – 25

Signature Sounds

When faced with the task of creating a retrospective album, Patty Larkin took a novel approach. Instead of creating a “best of” album, she re-recorded her favorite 25 love songs while enlisting 25 of her favorite musicians as collaborators. Unlike many songwriters, whose guitar chops are mediocre at best, Larkin ranks as a supremely good […]

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Creed Bratton – Bounce Back

Kindred Music

  Bounce Back is Creed Bratton’s third solo album, and the former singer/ composer/ guitarist for the Grass Roots has come up with a winner. Bratton’s music has a Southwestern/semi-country flavor that brings to mind Michael Nesmith’s solo work. The understated, out-of-left-field humor of Bratton’s character on TV’s “The Office” is part of the makeup, […]

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Dick 50 – Late Show


Dick 50 is Delbert McClinton’s touring band. Guitarist Rob McNelley handles most of the lead vocals and brings the same soulful feel he did to his two solo albums. His guitar is the basis for most of the tunes such as “Like You Did,” which starts with a great old-sounding soul riff and blends into […]

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Nick Moss – Privileged

Blue Bella Records

Along with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Gerry Hundt, and others on his Blue Bella label, Nick Moss is one of the most consistent current blues/blues-influenced artists from Chicago. Moss’ music is not always strict blues; there’s a lot of P-Funk, Robin Trower, and Cream in the mix. Moss serves up a smoking version of […]

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Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez – The Deep End

Horizon Music Group

The beehive-haired soul diva of the “Saturday Night Live” band offers a collection of mostly original soul and country songs (often mixed together, as in “Girl Growing Up”) that hit the sweet spot, straight and true. Ohlman and her band, Rebel Montez, get it right just about every time; from the honey-sweet sensuousness of “The […]

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Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power

Sony Legacy

Nearly four decades on, the reviled fathers of punk continue to inspire the underground masses. With the reissue of their seminal ’73 release, Raw Power, offers a lot of Iggy to enjoy. Reissued in two versions – one the original David Bowie mixes of the album, the other a live mixing board recording from that […]

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Bearfoot Bluegrass – Follow Me

Glacier Records

Bluegrass bands are often male-only affairs. But the women in Bearfoot Bluegrass are in a majority position. Annalisa Tornfelt plays fiddle, sings lead, and is responsible for seven of the songs. Kate Hamre plays bass and sings tenor vocals, while Angela Oudean plays fiddle and handles baritone vocal parts. The men in the band are […]

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