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Album Review

Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary

Read "No Revenge Necessary" reviewed by Doug Collette


The music of Nolatet's sophomore album No Revenge Necessary belies its laissez faire title. Almost a mirror image of its largely insinuating predecessor, Dogs (Royal Potato Family, 2016), this sophomore effort finds the Crescent city-based ensemble flexing its collective muscles early and often, so the record lends itself to uninhibited dance almost as often as contemplation of its intricate musicianship. But it's a circuitous route the band takes to the comparatively upbeat likes of “Pecos Wilderness." Prior to ...

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Album Review

The Alan Evans Trio: Merkaba

Read "Merkaba" reviewed by Doug Collette


Anyone who mistakenly thought The Alan Evans Trio was (or was going to be) Soulive lite is going to be more than pleasantly surprised in hearing the threesome's sophomore recording. Before the opening cut “Thor" is thirty-seconds in, the band displays a depth and reach far in advance of its predecessor.Not that AET isn't stylistically similar to its 'parent' group or its debut album. But while cuts like “Gone" and “Biscuits" work similarly funky syncopations with Beau Sasser's ...

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Album Review

Soulive: Rubber Soulive

Read "Rubber Soulive" reviewed by Doug Collette


Soulive has experimented in many directions during the course of its decade- plus career, so it's only natural that the group would eventually go back to the basics, and that's exactly what it's done with Rubber Soulive. Comprised entirely of tunes by The Beatles, this project allows the band to get back to its roots in more ways than one (on the inner liner photo, see the suits and ties of their early days) without even covering that particular Lennon/McCartney ...

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Album Review

Eric Krasno: Reminisce

Read "Reminisce" reviewed by Doug Collette


There are no surprises on Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno's first solo album, but that's a good thing. Even with the familiar names involved in a project that's resulted in Reminisce, the music is fresh and wholly contemporary.The album was produced by Krasno, and features mostly his own material. Soulive drummer Alan Evans recorded and mixed, while his brother Neal appears on keyboards. Still, there's no apparent loss of objectivity: this is not a retreading of Soulive's music and, ...

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Album Review

Soulive: Up Here

Read "Up Here" reviewed by Doug Collette


In a very real sense, Up Here is the perfectly appropriate way for Soulive to celebrate a decade together. These jazz funkers have restlessly experimented and modified their three-piece approach in their ten years together, and this debut on their own label is a good summation of what they've done.

Soulive doesn't wait long to get into a groove here and do so via the gritty bounce of Neal Evans' piano dancing in sync with a stately horn ...


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