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Fletcher Henderson: Noble Blue

Fletcher Henderson: Noble Blue

Fletcher Henderson Noble Blue (The Verve Music Group) Fletcher Henderson was a major player in the swing movement, an American jazz form […]

Mya: Smoove Jones

Mya:  Smoove Jones

Mya Smoove Jones (MYA PLANET 9) Mya is one of those artists who is often overlooked, even when she was more prevalent in […]

Head Wound City: A New Wave of Violence

Head Wound City: A New Wave of Violence

Head Wound City A New Wave of Violence (Vice Music) In 2005, members of The Blood Brothers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and […]

The James Brown Revue: Get Down at the Apollo with the J.B.’s

The James Brown Revue: Get Down at the Apollo with the J.B.’s

This newly released The James Brown Revue, Get Down At The Appollo With The JB’s is the fourth recording from infamous shows James Brown and his band managed at the Apollo. The CD features as much the band as James…in fact, you’ll hear more of the smoking JB’s then you will Mr. Brown.

The Delfonics: La-La Means I Love You

The Delfonics: La-La Means I Love You

This remaster of their hit 1968 debut La La Means I Love You, opens up its lush landscape from the grooving falsetto-laden “I’m Sorry,” flowing right into the torchy “Break Your Promise,” to the full rich guitar/horn/string production of “The Shadow Of Your Smile,” (the guitar here is really fantastic, as is the backing vocals)

Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer

Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer

The women from Bones, plus David Sollazzi on drums and Giovanni Pallotti bass, push Jeff Beck to amazing heights and quite commercial song-smithing on Loud Hailer.

Wonky Tonk: Stuff We Leave Behind

Wonky Tonk: Stuff We Leave Behind

Jasmine Pool (aka Wonky Tonk) is a singular indi-voiced artist mixing genres of country, rock, and punk. Her new Stuff We Leave Behind release opens with the acapella harmony mix of “Turn The Radio On” and splashes into the big and loud “Cleveland,” again employing lots of solid harmonies and a wry lyric and noisy lead guitar.

Digit + Stas: Violet

Digit + Stas: Violet

Brooklyn resident Nastasia Avrutin goes by the name Digit + Stas and has released a new EP CD called Violet. A mix of synth and spooky vocal mélange, what we get here is some distinctive stuff.

Ships Have Sailed: Whispers

Ships Have Sailed: Whispers

Stripping away what they feel was some ‘glossy grandeur’ of previous releases-most recently their Moodswings release from last year-Ships Have Sailed present their new, basically acoustic EP, Whispers.

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Allen Toussaint American Tunes (Nonesuch Records) Few musicians in the New Orleans jazz scene could play with such a depth of feeling […]

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