• jazz adds january 27, 2015

    billy bang.  da bang.  tum.  Posthumous release from jazz violinist/ Vietnam vet billy bang ( 1947-2011), working with quintet:   dick griffin (trom), andrew bemkey on piano; hilliard greene, double-bass;  newman taylor-baker@drums.  gorgeous lyricism, and innovation from legend of the 1970’s NYC jazz “loft” scene;  a reluctant violinist, bang took a turbulent path (drugs, PTSD, […]

  • New Blues News – 1/27/2015

    New Blues News New Blues Adds: Mike Henderson Band – If You Think It’s Hot Here…. (EllerSoul): If you like straight-forward, no frills, it-will-knock-you-flat-on-your-rusty-dusty electric blues, then all you need to know is that Mike Henderson has a new blues disc out.  He plays a ’59 Fender Bassman, great slide, and has a blues shout […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 1/21/2015

    New Jazz Adds – 1/21/2015 Anthony Braxton – Trio And Duet (Sackville): Remarkable tour de force recording from 1974.  Most famous for expanding his styles and listeners ears, Braxton decided to step away from the more familiar quartets and open with a trio, including Leo Smith on trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, and percussion and Richard […]

  • New Blues News – 1/20/2015

    New Blues News – 1/20/2015 New Blues Adds: Tas Cru – You Keep The Money (Crustee Tees):  Most recent release (his 5th) from bandleader Cru (guitars, vox, writer of all songs on this disc) with backup by Mary Ann Casale (vox, dulcimer), Alice “Honeybea” Ericksen (vox), Dick Earl Ericksen (harp), Chip Lamson (piano), Guy Nirelli […]

  • New Blues News – 1/12/2015

    New Blues News – 1/12/2015 New Blues Adds: Wanda Johnson – Call Me Miss Wanda (Erwin Music) : Latest disc from South Carolina singer-songwriter Johnson, whose style is bluesy soul with a clear church (as opposed to gospel) influence.  All songs are originals: half by Miss Wanda and the rest by producer Gary Erwin.  Her […]

  • jazz adds january 12, 2015

    many avant/new jazz friends from cuneiform;  dive in! led bib.  the people in your neighborhood.  cuneiform.  Charming, explosive British group, same membership since their beginnings in 2003;  mark holub@drums; liran donin, bass;  toby mclaren, keys;  pete grogan and chris williams, altos.  modern jazz with sinew and lyricism, i am recommending new teles, angry water, imperial […]

  • New Blues Adds – 1/5/2015

    New Blues News – 1/5/2015 Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby (Delmark):  Singer, songwriter, guitarist Alexander has been actively performing blues in Chicago for over 20 years.  Originally known as the “Hoochie Man”, he keeps his salty, shady and sassy sense of humor right out front throughout much of this set.  The band is super […]

  • New Blues Adds – 12/15/2014

    New Blues News – 12/15/2014 Blue Lunch – Above The Fold (Rip Cat):  Eight piece veteran band from Cleveland delivers a variety of blues, retro swing, r&b, and even gospel!  The playing is smooth and tight, the sound is generally mellow, and 12 of the 15 songs are originals.  The group includes Bob Frank (guitar, […]

  • New Blues Adds – 12/9/2014

    New Blues News – 12/9/2014 Donald Ray Jackson – These Blues: The Best of Donald Ray Johnson (Mar Vista): This is a career survey of the music of drummer/singer Jackson, a long-time blues and soul performer who was a member of “ A Taste of Honey”,  the first Grammy-winning black group. He also worked frequently […]