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Corey Harris, Henry Butler: Vu Du Menz

Read "Vu Du Menz" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Critics and musicians routinely refer to veteran New Orleans pianist Henry Butler as “a genius." An eclectic virtuoso who’s studied everything from avant-garde jazz to opera to New Orleans R&B, Butler plays piano like he has four hands instead of two. As talented as Butler is, I’ve preferred his jazz and R&B albums to his blues releases, simply because the latter have been too ornate to suit my crude tastes. Vu-Du Menz is more down-and-dirty than Butler’s past ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Corey Harris: Greens From The Garden

Read "Greens From The Garden" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Now here's something you rarely find in the blues bin: a concept album.New Orleans resident and country bluesman Corey Harris relates music to nourishment on Greens From the Garden, his third and best release. Like sumptuous courses at a great Southern feast, there's a variety of sustaining musical styles on Greens. Harris's tunes are interspersed with spoken snippets that I find annoying, but his music more than compensates. Greens benefits from a live-in-the-studio feel. Stylistically this ...


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