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The Lucky Losers In Any Town

15 hours agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The Lucky LosersIn Any TownDirty Cat RecordsIt was a little over a year that this writer praised the debut release by The Lucky Losers, "A Winning Hand." This band led by vocalists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz (who also plays harmonica), also includes Marvin Greene on guitar; Chris Burns on keyboards, Tim Wagar on bass and Robi Bean on drums. Show More Summary

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat Live at the Kessler

Jim Suhler & Monkey BeatLive at the KesslerUnderworld RecordsJim Suhler & Monkey Beat is a Dallas Texas blues-infused rock and roll and roots band based out of Dallas, Texas. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Suhler and the and have been...Show More Summary

The Fat Babies Solid Gassuh

2 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The Fat BabiesSolid GassuhDelmark RecordsThe Chicago classic jazz band The Fat Babies have a new release from their extensive repertoire that includes more idiomatic renditions of songs from the twenties and thirties. The Fats Babies...Show More Summary

Little Mike How Long

3 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Little MikeHow LongElrob RecordsMichael Markowitz, aka Little Mike, has a new set of Chicago-styled blues "How Long," although his usual cohorts, The Tornados are not present. Musically there will be little surprises as Mike brings his...Show More Summary

Woody Shaw - Louis Hayes The Tour Volume One

4 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Woody Shaw - Louis HayesThe Tour Volume OneHigh NoteWord of a release of a previously unissued recording by the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet from a 1976 tour was the cause of great anticipation. Released under trumpeter Woody Shaw's...Show More Summary

The Terry Hanck Band From Roadhouse To Your House Live!

5 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The Terry Hanck BandFrom Roadhouse To Your House LiveVizztone Two years after The Terry Hanck Band's last release, VizzTone has issued a new live recording by them "From Roadhouse To Your House Live!," recorded at the California State Fair by Chris 'Kid' Andersen. Show More Summary

Cafe Society (Soundtrack)

6 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Various Cafe Society (Soundtrack)Sony ClassicalA soundtrack to the new Woody Allen film of the same name, "Cafe Society" is a curious collection of a number of new performances of classic songs by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks mixed with several from classic 78s. Show More Summary

Jim Self and The Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band !Yo!

Jim Self and The Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band!Yo!Basset Hound MusicWhat a wonderful new release by tuba player Jim Self and The Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band. The title "!Yo!" is a translation of self, and the release is a terrific latin jazz recording unusually anchored by Self's Tuba (and on two selections the Fluba, a big tuba sized flugelhorn). Show More Summary

Matthew Skoller Blues Immigrant

Matthew SkollerBlues ImmigrantTongue 'N Groove RecordsHarmonica player Matthew Skoller has been playing blues in Chicago for decades working with the likes of Jimmy Rodgers Blues Band, Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, Big Time Sarah and the BTS Express, and Deitra Farr Blues Band. Show More Summary

Madeleine Peyroux Secular Hymns

Madeleine PeyrouxSecular HymnsImpulseRecorded in a small church in the Oxfordshire countryside of England, Madeleine Peyroux's new album "Secular Hymns" is a collection of secular songs she describes "that are very individual, personal,...Show More Summary

Dennis Gruenling Ready Or Not

Dennis GruenlingReady Or NotVizzTone Harmonica wizard Dennis Gruenling has a new release on VizzTone, "Ready Or Not." Like his previous recording, 2012's "Rockin’ All Day," he is backed by guitarist Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones (bassist Andrew Gohman and drummer Michael Bram). Show More Summary

Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing Skronky Tonk

Little Charlie and Organ Grinder SwingSkronky TonkEllerSoul RecordsWhile best known for his blues guitar Little Charlie Baty has been including playing some jazz-like material with Little Charlie and the Nightcats. While with that band, he did a solo project in 2005 rooted in the swing era that Alligator passed on. Show More Summary

Lurrie Bell Can't Shake This Feeling

Lurrie BellCan't Shake This FeelingDelmarkThe Mercurial Son, Lurrie Bell has a new recording on Delmark "Cant Shake This Feeling" finding this singular guitarist and singer backed by a first-rate band of Roosevelt Purifoy on keyboards, Matthew Skoller on harmonica, Melvin Smith on bass and Willie Hayes on drums. Show More Summary

John Scofield Country For Old Men

John ScofieldCountry For Old MenImpulseThis new release by John Scofield has him reinvestigating his country/folk roots alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart. It is a homage to such greats as...Show More Summary

Shirley Horn Live at the Four Queens

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Shirley HornLive at the Four QueensResonance RecordsFollowing up recent recordings by Larry Young, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and Stan Getz-Joao Gilberto, the non-profit Resonance Records has just issued Shirley Horn "Live at the Four Queens," recorded by KNPR on the night of May 2, 1988 at a lounge in that Las Vegas casino and hotel. Show More Summary

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - Grown Ass Woman

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Sharon Lewis & Texas FireGrown Ass WomanDelmark RecordsWhen some artists seem to be releasing new recordings at least annually, it has been 5 years since Sharon Lewis last recorded her impressive "The Real Deal." She returns here with...Show More Summary

John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson: The Blues Harmonica of Chicago's Bronzeville

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson: The Blues Harmonica of Chicago's BronzevilleMitsutoshi InabaLondon: Rowman & Littlefield2016: 234pp + 12 pp illustrationsIt is hard to overestimate the importance of John Lee Williamson. better known as Sonny Boy Williamson I. Show More Summary

Iowa Blues Showcase 34

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Blues Historian

Iowa Blues Showcase 34Tonights show stars Brandon Dennis with Jesse Moore, Dewey Cantrell, and Big Al Daughtery. The show was produced by Doug Trammell, and Tom Gary. Director of bands was Jono Smith, with the Border Cat, and Brian Pierson on Bass, and John Krantz on Drums. Please like, share, and subscribe!!!! Thanks and Happy New Year!!!

Cyrus Chestnut - Natural Essence

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Cyrus Chestnut Natural Essence HighNote Records"Natural Essence" is the latest recording from pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White, is another reason to regard Chestnut not simply as one of...Show More Summary


2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

DOC CHEATHAM AND SAMMY PRICE DOC & SAMMY SACKVILLE 3013 Sa ck v ille has followed th ei r wonderful Jay M c Shann and 'Buddy Tat e duet album with anoth e r duet recordingof two older jazz stylist s. Sammy Pri ce is one of the few true surviving boogi e woogi e pianist s l eft, though his pl a ying also incorporates som e stride and swing el e ments. Show More Summary

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