New Jazz & Blues – 5/10/22
3 More Sounds – Play Ray Charles (SPRecords): “This is my kind of trio; bluesy and swinging! These three incredibly talented musicians have chosen to celebrate the unforgettable brilliance of Ray Charles. Well, to do that you have to be able to play the blues, drenched in gospel, and also know how to swing. No problem! Each of these players are more than proficient to do just that! Opening with “Let the Good Times Roll,” this trio splashes on the scene with confidence and credibility. You have to be amazing players to reference the legendary Three Sounds, a jazz group who was originally comprised of Gene Harris, Bill Dowdy and Andy Simpkins. These three gentlemen were some of my favorite jazz musicians on the planet and man, could they swing! Franklin, Turner and Burnett wave the “swing” flag brightly and precociously. Each is a master musician in their own right. Just listen to their take on Ray’s “Unchain My Heart” or “Hit the Road Jack” smokin’ with gospel flavor, straight-ahead arrangements and solid jazz swing. When they play, “Georgia” I am captured by the dexterity and deep, blues inuendoes that Robert Turner plays on the piano. What a wonderful and uniquely talented pianist he is!…. Together, these three very impressive gentlemen offer an album beautifully produced and exquisitely played to tribute not only Ray Charles….”(https://lajazzscene.buzz/jazz-cd-reviews-april-2022/) Click here to listen to the songs on this disc.
The Richard Braithwaite Quintet – Monk & Other Music (Big Silly Music / JJQ): “Richard Braithwaite is a Queens, NY native and a product of the New York City Public School System. He learned to play the saxophone from aa neighbor across from Baisley Park, Barbara Hunter. He played in his home church Community Full Gospel Church in the Bronx. Later he played at Sunday services at Community Full Gospel Church in the Bronx. Later he played at Sunday services at Community Bible Church in Lawrence, NY.In 1983 he received a diploma in Jazz and Popular Music from the Hartford Conservatory Of Music And Dance. 1988 saw him start at Kingsborough Community College as part of the Local 802/CUNY Baccalaurate Program and graduate with a B. S. Degree in Music Performance in 1992. He started teaching in the New York City Public School System as a General Music Teacher and band teacher at August Martin High School in1996. After moving to Springfield Gardens High School in 1999 and moving back to August Martin in 2005, Richard left the 2007. After that he worked with a rehearsal band lead by NYC educator Bill Stevens. He also received a Master’s Degree in Music Teaching from Teachers College/Columbia University in 2001 while teaching full-time. Richard has worked off and on with the Jazz Unlimited Orchestra and was a part of countless jam sessions at the former Carmichael’s Diner and Manhattan Proper Cafe.At the beginning of 2011, Richard formed the Richard Braithwaite Quintet and performed at the Austin Street Fair, Ascension Church (both in Forest Hills, NY) and Joe Solomon’s Music Studio in Manhattan. This group performs original music that Richard has written over the last 25 years He still works with the Jazz Unlimited Orchestra, plays on Sunday’s at First Church Of God, Far Rockaway, NY where he has been a member for 24 years, is the leader of the St. Albans VA Jazz Workshop since 2012 and has worked with Instrumental Sounds Of Praise (ISOP) since 2013. He likes various styles of music including old R & B (with a special affinity for the Sound of Philadelphia) jazz, gospel and classical music.” (https://brooklynbrassreed.com/richard-braithwaite-visits-bbr/) I regret I am unable to find a sample from this release.
Ce Ce Gable – Next Year’s Song (New York Jazz Project): ““Next Year’s Song” was written during the tumultuous times of the Pandemic. Everything was totally interrupted, and we were forced to pause and reevaluate what we value most in life. As the world re-opened, Gable traveled to New York to record with an all-star lineup: Alan Broadbent on piano, Harvie S on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums. The amazing connection and synergy are captured in this poignantly written song of hope for the New Year. This same line-up recorded a full-length album set to be released in 2022.
“Next Year’s Song” is a jazz waltz, with music written by Harvie S and lyrics written by CeCe Gable, marking this as their first collaboration of original music. This song is a gift of peace, love, and hope for a better year ahead. Each musician is attuned to CeCe’s artistry and vision, playing with scintillating virtuosity and eloquence. When combined with the vocals of CeCe Gable, this single truly becomes a timeless treasure.” (https://cecegable.bandcamp.com/track/next-years-song) Click here to listen to “Next Year’s Song”. Listen to this song.
Delvon Lamar Organ Trio – Live In Loveland (Colemine): “Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a sweat. Live, the band’s fiery and intuitive chemistry is unstoppable, brimming with improvisation, instant composition, imaginative takes on classic tunes, and a booty-shaking back catalog of soulful gems. The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green-style jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry. Since its humble beginnings in May, 2015, the trio has issued two Billboard-charting albums and a 45; toured nationally and internationally, and performed on live at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that garnered over 7 million views. In the near future, DLO3 will be releasing a bevy of new music come fall and winter 2020. DLO3 is part of the hip Colemine Records family, is booked by the prestigious Kurland Agency, and is managed, owned, and operated by Delvon’s staunchly supportive wife, Amy Novo. Amy has been lovingly nicknamed “Shortcake Mafia” as a tribute to her sweet but shrewd business acumen. (https://delvonlamarrorgantrio.com/pages/about). Watch this video of the Delvon Lamar Organ Trio.
Aleski Glick – Guitar & Me (Self-produced): “Guitar and Me is the debut solo release from New York based guitarist Aleksi Glick. The album plays as a genealogy of the guitar, weaving through various musical styles that have been crucial to the guitar’s evolution as well as influential to Glick’s own journey with the instrument. While still rooted in jazz and blues, the album pushes the boundaries of genre by seamlessly floating through an eclectic mix of other styles including R&B, folk, rock, and bossa nova. Guitar and Me features thirteen original compositions and solo arrangements of guitar based classics that Glick recorded while in isolation at the height of the Covid pandemic. The album starts off with a burner, “With Ease,” an original bluesy hard bop tune that came to Glick after a memorable Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The bossa and R&B infused title track “Guitar and Me” follows as Glick’s own love letter to his guitar. A mix of originals, jazz standards, and classic songs follow. Other highlights include an arrangement of the Grateful Dead fan favorite “Casey Jones” and the timeless classic “Georgia on My Mind.” “A Tune for Vic,” is a moving tribute to Glick’s recently deceased mentor, the late great Vic Juris. The album concludes with another original, “Rebirth” which is an homage to Glick’s early love of classic rock and finally “Long Black Veil” one of two tracks that Glick sings on. With each track you can hear the different influences on Glick’s playing from the classic tones of Wes Montgomery to the modern techniques of John McLaughlin, to the dynamic energy of Jimmy Hendrix. On this intimate debut, Aleksi Glick pushes the boundaries of solo performance and showcases his own journey through music with a deep understanding and reverence for the roots of the guitar.” (https://frontview-magazine.be/en/news/aleksi-glick-guitar-me-plays-as-a-genealogy-of-the-guitar) Absolutely dazzling! Click here for a live performance of “Guitar and Me”.
Gilad Hekselman – Far Star : “Gilad Hekselman is one of the leading voices in jazz guitar. Only a few years after his arrival to NY in 2004, this native Israeli was already sharing stages with some of the greatest artists in the New York City jazz scene including Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Ballard, Ben Wendel, Gretchen Parlato, Ben Williams, Avishai Cohen, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks and Becca Stevens among many others. In May 2019, Hekselman featured his quartet at the legendary NYC venue The Village Vanguard. He has also been playing all other major jazz clubs in New York City, including the Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club and Smalls. He is constantly touring world-wide and has played most noteworthy jazz festivals and venues including Montreux, North Sea, Montreal & SFJazz to name a few. Hekselman has released 9 critically-acclaimed records as a band-leader, many of which have made it into ‘best of the year’ lists on NY Times, Downbeat Magazine, Amazon, All About Jazz and many other publications. His 10th upcoming record, Far Star, will be released on Edition Records in May 2022. It’s an all-original album in which Hekselman plays many instruments, and it features special guests such as Eric Harland, Shai Maestro, Ziv Ravitz and more. The record release will be celebrated with a week-long engagement at the Village Vanguard in NYC at the end of March 2022. Gilad is the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions. In 2017, Gilad placed first in the Rising Star category of Downbeat Magazine. That same year, he won the 7 Virtual Jazz Club international competition 2017. In 2018 Gilad was asked by guitar legend Pat Metheny to perform as part of his NEA Award ceremony at The Kennedy Center, alongside some of Metheny’s other favorite young guitar players. Gilad is also the winner of the 2005 Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition, which led to a string of performances including opening for guitar legend Paco de Lucia with his trio at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006. Gilad began his prolific recording career in 2006 with the release of his debut album, SplitLife (Smalls Records), recorded with bassist Joe Martin and drummer Ari Hoenig. It received rave reviews from the press as did his second album, Words Unspoken, recorded and released in 2008 with Joe Martin, drummer Marcus Gilmore and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm….” (https://www.giladhekselman.com/biography) Guests: EricHarland (Drums), ShaiMaestro (Keys), ZivRavitz (Drums), Amir Bresle (Co-production, Drums & Percussion). Nomok (Keys), NathanSchram (Viola,Violin), AlonBenjamini (Drums,percussion) and OrenHardy (Bass). Click here to listen to the opening song.
J3 – Opus 1 (Shanachie): “In 2020, we were introduced to Justin-Lee Schultz when he released the album Gruv Kid. Across the board, this teenager has received countless acclaim. It is obvious that this is a once in a generation talent. Well, Maybe not. 2022 has brought us more of the teen wave when it comes to Jazz. Justin, along with his sister Jamie-Leigh Schultz and friend Jaden Baker have formed the group J3, and their debut album Opus 1 is ready for take off. The instrumentation is off the charts, and they offer some original tracks, as well as some tributes to Chick Corea, Michael Jackson And Jeff Lorber. “Music takes me to my happy place,” shares Justin. “As soon as I start playing or listening to my favorite artists, any bad emotions fade away.” His sister Jamie adds, “It helps me express myself when words fail,” while Jaden confides, “It’s my first love. Music provides a specific peace for me that nothing and no one else can.”
Review – Opus 1 by J3: The set begins with a remake of Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, the Michael Jackson classic, and in our opinion, one of the top three dance songs of all time. The piano play in the first verse seems effortless, but there is so much energy, that you forget that Justin is all of 15. Jamie Leigh is on the drums is incredible, as she knows her way around a drum kit. Jaden is holding it down on bass, and this is a version of the song that we did not know we needed. Junebug is next. At first listen, it has the vibe of a Stevie Wonder track. The guitar sound is heavenly, and the other instruments compliment it well. This is a song where you say to yourself, “MAN, these kids really know what they are doing!” Vibe Cleanse is the epitome of cool for 2022. It is part jazz, part rap and part storytelling. The chill groove is glorious.” (https://thejazzworld.com/review-opus-1-by-j3/) And on the styles spread across to blend by these this group: Justice, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Look To The Sky, Jeff Lorber’s “Stainless Steel” and close out with a tribute to Chick Corea and a Michael Jackson medley! Solid from end to end!!! Click here for a sample.
Mike Okazaki – Thiness (Pi): “Our first release of 2022 has arrived, Miles Okazaki’s Thisness. The third studio recording of Miles’ quartet, featuring Matt Mitchell on piano and keyboards, Anthony Tidd on electric bass and Sean Rickman on drums, is comprised of a four piece suite, whose title originated with a Sun Ra recording. Thisness captures the next chapter in the evolution of the Trickster sound. For Thisness, rather than a fixed book of compositions, the music is comprised of various themes that the group weaves in and out of, connected by hubs that Okazaki describes as “traffic circles, or bus stations.” Through hidden musical cues, the leader signals when the music is approaching the transition point and which path to take to exit. As Okazaki described it: “I had detailed blueprints, but at some point, surrendered to the dream logic of the collective. The intention was to make something like an exquisite corpse, the collective improvisations developed by the Surrealists. For this album my job as composer was to bring in some ideas, set them in motion and then listen, trying to recognize the value of serendipitous events at transitional points in the music and lead the band down whatever path may be opening.” The wonder lies in the journey, with beautiful new vistas opening with each turn in the road.” (https://pirecordings.com/miles-okazakis-thisness/) Out there and still looking – This is Surrealism…defying definition, time signatures, and death itself”! Click here to check out “I’ll Build a World”.
Jorge Luis Pacheco – The Lockdown Album (ropeadope): “Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists and musicians of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. Winner of the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition in Switzerland, Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, The Piano Night in the House of Blues at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary and the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel among others. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington several times as well as the legendary Apollo Theater where a lifetime achievement award was presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Arturo O’ Farrill and the legendary Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods as a trio in 2018. Pacheco is a passionate, extravagant, exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy. Pacheco was the winner of the JoJazz Award in Havana and in 2017 he won the Best Solo and Performance Award in the Jazz Competiton “Made in New York” in New York City with one of his own compositions – “Con el Pache me Voy”. Pacheco also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana. Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and singer. Monty Alexander exclaimed that he “defies genre” – often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original film scores, and a new Symphony for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orquestra that he composed, which is inspired by the music of South America and Afro Cuban Music. Pacheco showed the audience a range of different sounds from the most classic, performed by the Symphonic Orchestra to the most contemporary by the Jazz Quartet, where both joined together to achieve a balance between musical worlds. The Lockdown Album is Jorge Luis Pacheco’s Ropeadope debut – a beautiful reflection of our shared experiences of the early twenties. The album is a beautiful presentation of his talent and style, with a modern Cuban flavor that defines the current and future iteration of Cuban style. (https://jorgeluispacheco.bandcamp.com/) Click here to listen to “Revolutionary Etude”.
Alberto Pibiri Trio – Stardust (Alberto Pibiri Music): “”I met Alberto at the Veneto Jazz Workshop in Bassano del Grappa Italy. My wife and I were knocked out by his enthusiasm and positive energy. He just makes you happy to be around him”. (https://www.albertopibiri.com/) “Alberto Pibiri’s is an italian jazz musician based in New York. He Formed his experience between Italy and France studing classical and jazz music. During his Study he became attracted by the music of Oscar Peterson who his records became the reference and example for Alberto.
In the early years Alberto did many concert and festival with his trio featuring Oscar Peterson`s music and Alberto`s creativity tell some Sun Set Subside , Duc De Lombards (France ) Calagonone Jazz Festival , Time in Jazz, Orsara Jazz Festival ( Italy ). In France he started to collaborate with Sheila Jordan during her workshop and she became the main mentor for him and a dear friend…. After his first album NYC he record as a sideman with many international musicians…” his career has really taken off. Click here to a hear a live performance.
The Still Point – Full Circle (PowerFinger): “Led by frontman and guitarist Hayes Cummings, The Still Point are an eclectic Boston-based instrumental project that also feature a vast array of musicians to help complete the sound. Incorporating his influences of Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, and Folk, his latest record Full Circle is an unbelievably dynamic record that tickles the senses and keeps the listener’s interest piqued from the opener. We were immediately entranced in the sound and can’t wait for everyone to give it an uninterrupted listen. From start to finish on Full Circle, you’re presented with seemingly endless twists, turns, and surprises on where the record is headed. While Hayes certainly keeps everyone guessing with his wild arrangements, one thing is for certain, the album is super cohesive throughout. Different genres are popping up at all moments, but it’s still got that signature feel that lets you know you’re being hypnotized by the same artist. He kicks things off on “The Rooster” to give you a taste of what’s to come and the good times don’t stop rolling until the final moments. You can fully expect moments of funk-filled grooves, laid back classic blues, and some pure guitar solos that will send shivers down your spine, seriously. With an instrumental project that doesn’t rely on vocals to “wow” the listener, we always feel like you’ve really got to be on your A game to impress the uninitiated. With that being said though, the song structures here are fresh and original, but also beyond approachable for those who consider themselves to not be into pure instrumentals. It’s just long enough to not skip around aimlessly, rather strap yourself in for a ride that we didn’t want to get off of. We think we’ve made it clear by now, but without giving too much else away, please do yourselves the biggest favor and check this out on release day if you happen to come across this.” (https://www.wewriteaboutmusic.com/reviews/the-still-point-full-circle) Click here to listen to “Second Thought” from this release.
Joe Tatton Trio – Big Fish -The Lockdown Album (Ropeadope): “In large part the new album from Joe Tatton Trio, “Big Fish” is a tribute to legendary, late Mississipi blues man Mose Allison, his sardonic songs as well as his great piano playing style, and to begin with Joe and his trio basically played full live sets of the great man’s music. After a while, Joe began writing his own compositions in the vein of Mose, songs that had that same ironic and humorous view of life but updated to the 21st century. A few years ago, he needed to find the time and place to record them. So in between New Mastersounds gigs, he managed to book a few days at a studio near Nashville, “The Rockhouse”, run by Grammy winning engineer Kevin Mckendree. He hooked up with a couple of Nashville session musicians, Steve Mackie upright and electric bass and Kenneth Blevins (drums), and put down all his original songs and also a cover of Mose Allison’s “Ever since the world ended”. The latter sounding as relevant today in the COVID lockdown age as it did back in the 1950s when it was written, a time when the Cold War threatened to get hot and end the world with nuclear armageddon. There’s the banging northern soul groove of “Just Don’t Stop” (featuring the Haggis Horns), and the satirical title track “Big Fish” (about being a jazz musician in the middle of nowhere) with it’s New Orleans swagger (where Joe has played so many times for JazzFest, Mardi Gras and New Years Eve). There’s the very Mose-esque “Timeline” a satirical lament to “socials” and some cracking instrumentals featuring the supreme jazz flautist G-LOCK (Gareth Lockrane) tearing it up.” (https://joetatton.bandcamp.com/album/big-fish) Click here to listen to the list of songs on this release.
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder – Get On Board (Nonesuch): “No matter the genre, tribute albums tend toward the reverent, as if the musicians and singers doing the saluting don’t want to appear even remotely disrespectful toward their subjects. Thankfully, that’s not the case with his overdue reunion of Americana veterans Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder who first worked together in the cult band the Rising Sons in the Sixties but haven’t made a full album together since.
In its title, cover art, and some of its songs, Get on Board replicates the 1952 Folkways album by blues harp master Sonny Terry and his longtime collaborator, guitarist Brownie McGhee (with percussionist Coyal McMahan also aboard for that project). That record was a set of stomping unplugged blues that felt spontaneous and casual. Mahal and Cooder, who alternate vocals and fretted instruments throughout, extend that mood; starting with their weathered voices, the music feels intimate and lived in, the sound of two old friends jamming away in a small room. But because they also want to romp things up, what could have been a tasteful salute becomes a record that’s bristlingly, viscerally alive; it’s like a ride in a classic old car with long-gone shock absorbers. Starting with their version of “My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door” (which Terry cut on a different album), Cooder and Mahal—joined by Cooder’s son Joachim on bass and drums—dig into the music. Next to the original version, their backbeat is harder, the music just a little bit gnarlier. There’s nothing dainty or prim about it. That joyful-racket mood continues for the duration of the album…. (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/taj-mahal-and-ry-cooder-get-on-board-1333101/) Here’s a sample from the set – “Hooray Hooray”.
Mike Stevens – Breathe In The World Breathe Out Music (Stony Plain): “Mike Stevens is an award-winning harmonica player, composer and author living in Sarnia, Ontario Canada. His talent is as unorthodox as his career trajectory. As a ground-breaking performer, composer, educator, keynote speaker and author, Mike continues to expand the paradigms of harmonica, balancing tradition with cutting-edge innovation….For more than 35 years Mike has been doing solo live looping harmonica and exploring his own unique vocal harmonica technique. A Mike Stevens concert is a highly original multi-genre explosion of ideas with a socially conscious message. He continues to pioneer looping techniques with voice and harmonica, which have been spreading throughout the world.” (https://mikestevensmusic.com/epk) Just listen to this slice – “Like A Little Bird” – and you’ll want more!
Gina Sicilia – Unchange (VizzTone): “For her 10th album, Unchange, Gina Sicilia has returned to the VizzTone Label Group, where she established herself as a commanding singer and songwriter rooted in but not limited to the blues. It quickly becomes clear that this return is not a retreat. The 10-song set reveals an artist who is still challenging herself to move forward, staying true to her vision without repeating herself. After teaming up with Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars for 2020’s Love Me Madly, the Nashville-based Sicilia has recruited the services of Music City guitar ace Colin Linden, who produced the album and had a hand in writing five of the songs, and leads a guitar-bass-drums trio with occasional keyboard touches.
The result is one of Sicilia’s most spare-sounding recordings and one that doesn’t sound quite like anything she’s done before. That approach puts the focus squarely on the singer, which is not a problem since Sicilia’s smokey alto has always been one of the most striking voices in the roots field, and her ability to harness its power lends maximum emotional impact to her performances. Sicilia has always augmented that voice with her abilities as a writer. Here, however, she wrote just one number. “One Last Tender Moment,” with its acoustic picking, piano, and touch of organ, is a pleading ballad with a torch-song quality that also turns up in “Valentine” – just acoustic guitar and bass – and “Let’s Set the World on Fire,” which features an electric guitar solo by Linden that provides a lot of heat.” (https://www.rockandbluesmuse.com/2022/04/25/review-gina-sicilia-unchange/) Click here for a preview of her 10th release.
The Hogtown Allstars – Hog Wild (Stony Plain): “A new band of multi-award-winning not-so-new blues players are set to make their musical mark: the Hogtown Allstars is headed by Downchild Blues Band alumni Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey, Gary Kendall, Jim Casson and Tyler Yarema with Maple Blues Band alumni Teddy Leonard and Howard Moore. Individually and with these bands, the members of Hogtown Allstars have won more than 20 Maple Blues Awards, 5 Juno Awards and numerous international blues and jazz music awards. Inductees into both the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Blues Museum Hall of Fame in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maple Blues Awards, Downchild Blues Band is one of the planet’s foremost, most fêted, longest-running blues outfits – but add to this members of legendary bands Fathead, Powder Blues, The Cameo Blues Band, David Vest & The Willing Victims, The Swingin Blackjacks, Braithwaite & Whiteley, Johnny Rawls, The Robin Banks Blues Band, The Mighty Duck Blues Band and Lance Anderson’s The Last Waltz – and you’ve got a BLUES SUPERGROUP that cannot be underestimated. Originally conceived in 2013, the Hogtown Allstars started as an opportunity for a collaborative outlet for Toronto-based musicians who have spent decades dedicated to the blues as an art form that defines their careers.” (https://bluesmatters.com/the-hogtown-allstars-set-to-debut-hog-wild/) Just try going “Hog Wild”.
Emma Wilson – Wish Her Well (Emma Wilson Music): “British Blues Siren hailing from Teesside in the North of England, Emma Wilson with her fabulously dynamic voice moves effortlessly between heart-wrenching sweet soul licks & raw, real, powerful blues. Emma’s unique, tender vocals & gorgeous tone lend themselves beautifully to recordings with shades of early Aretha Franklin & hints of another of Emma’s all time favourites Ann Peebles. Live Emma Wilson Shows are vibrant & visceral delivered with true passion, heart & soul with Emma giving all of herself to her audience. Having performed with her band in blues bars and at festivals across the UK including the Ealing Blues Festival, The Crawdaddy Club Richmond, The legendary Ealing Club, Howzat Blues Festival & many of the wonderful blues & soul nights around the country it is fair to say that Emma has certainly paid her blues dues. As a result of her incredible talent, dynamic performances, on and off stage presence, deeply personal connection to her fans, Dj’s, photographers & promoters; as well as her involvement in all aspects of the blues & soul scene Emma’s following as grown exponentially. All of this combined has also ensured her a well earned place amongst the best of the British blues and soul scene and has earned her dozens of radio interviews, worldwide radio play, awards, accolades, excellent press & fabulous reviews.” (https://www.emmawilson.net/bio) Click here to an introduction to this release.