Music

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20 hits on Joint’s Jumpin’, based off of the taped-live local show at Harrah’s, will have you singing and shaking your booty in no time. New Orleans rhythm-and-blues classics such as “Tell It Like It Is” and “Blueberry Hill” are…

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A student of the guitar since his very early years, Charles Moore has arrived at master status. His pretty Classical Guitar, Vol. 1 is his latest contribution in a lifetime of musical accomplishments. The 2009 New Orleans Magazine Jazz All-Star…

Techno Fallout and Sweet Sorrow

As the Internet tightens its chokehold on music commerce, more labels go down, more musicians scramble to get promotion, and stores that carry CDs in good volume achieve, by their rarity, a certain beauty. The federal bailout for automotive producers…

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New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame member Leroy Jones has released Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze, a collection of slightly heartbreaking romantic ballads. The album features three original compositions (“Katrina,” “Life Is Not Always Fair” and the title track) by…

What Satchmo wrote

Genius in artistry is a fine mystery regardless of its practitioner. Why do Duke Ellington’s compositions and Jane Austen’s novels have such staying power, whereas countless of their creative peers left works long forgotten?At the risk of putting myself on…

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Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s new album, Choices, due for release Aug. 18, juxtaposes his last album, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), with music stemming from survival rather than destruction. The album was recorded in the…

Glen David Andrews and the public square

Citizenship in the holy city of New Orleans is a tough proposition even on days without politicians acting as termites to our fragile state of race relations. You ask: Why call this outback of democracy a “holy city?” I answer:…

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Trumpeter and vocalist Jeremy Davenport brings St. Louis swing down to Basin Street with his newest release, We’ll Dance ’Til Dawn. The album is a mix of standards, such as the sprightly rendition of “The Lady is a Tramp,” and…

One more time

The title of the CD to my left  this morning is quite a run-on, but in the interest of accuracy here goes: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: New Orleans Preservations, Volume 1. If you don’t have enough preservation in your cultural…

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This band started out at as the “love-child” of two couples, Michael Stephens and Aubre Bauer, and Brittney Maddox and John Martin. The group added an electric bass (Jordan West) and drums (Jeremy Hayes) to the mix and the double-couple…

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Jenny Brooks’ story is classic country – kid packs U-Haul and leaves Slidell for Nashville, trying to make it big. She released a short 10-song album, then Down in the Bayou, her latest. She writes all her own songs, and…

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Wynton Marsalis’ fifth release on Blue Note Records, He and She, presents, through soulful compositions and spoken word poetry, a musical study on the relationship between Man and Woman. Marsalis’ compositions paint pictures. “School Boy” conjures old-timey, sepia-toned images of…

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The beats are “dirty-dirty” New Orleans, with lyrics to match, on Troubled the Water, the debut album from Blackkoldmadina (aka Kim Rivers Roberts). Roberts’ Katrina footage was recently turned into a film, Trouble the Water, which won a grand jury…

Carnival Time!

The song comes at you like a smiling freight train, bravura saxophones and the lyrics a sweet roar by the “Carnival Time” man himself, Al Johnson:The Green Room is smokingAnd the Plaza’s burning downThrow my baby out the windowLet those…

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Resolve to put more music in your life in 2009; start with Jane Monheit’s new release, The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me. Monheit’s gentle voice has soothing, Orphean qualities – a great soundtrack for a (hopefully) mellow new year.Her second…

Red Allen

Five years ago on a trip out west we pulled into a record store near Yellowstone Park. I needed material to feed the CD player in the rental car and found the collected hits of Gene Autry. You can’t travel…

Jazz—A Global Perspective

Last September the writer Howard Mandel organized a conference at Columbia University – Jazz in the Global Imagination – for some two dozen writers, researchers and radio hosts from Japan, Russia, Western Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. The sheer…