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Dickey Betts: Ramblin' Man: Live at the St. George Theatre

Read "Ramblin' Man: Live at the St. George Theatre" reviewed by Doug Collette

Dickey Betts does not add to his reputation with Ramblin' Man: The Dickey Betts Band Live at the St George Theater. To be fair, he doesn't significantly sully reputation as an icon of Southern rock either, but that's just testament to how firmly established is his position in history as co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, brilliant co-guitarist with its leader, the late Duane Allman, and composer of many of the iconic group's most memorable tunes (including its sole mainstream ...

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Tal Wilkenfeld: Love Remains

Read "Love Remains" reviewed by Doug Collette

Prior to the release of Love Remains, Australian-born Tal Wilkenfeld may have been best known for her talent on the bass in the company of Jeff Beck circa Live at Ronnie Scott's (Eagle Video, 2008). In the interim, however, she has been busy with stints playing for a disparate range of artists including Jackson Browne and Wayne Krantz, besides opening for the Who in 2016 and collaborating with Prince. Not surprisingly given the assiduous work ethic this schedule suggests, the ...

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Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

Read "Confessin' The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city musical aggregation covers the curators of this set and, last but not least (and actually first in chronological order), Blue & Lonesome (Rolling Stones, ...

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Leeroy: Fela Is The Future

Read "Fela Is The Future" reviewed by Chris May

Giving DJs license to reassemble recordings made by the auteurs of an earlier generation is a risky business. The remix of Miles Davis's “In A Silent Way" on Sony's 1999 album Panthalassa: The Remixes, for instance, moved one of the authors of the Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings to write: “DJ Cam should be horsewhipped." Which would have been letting him off lightly. But fear not. Parisian DJ and remixer Leeroy's take on Afrobeat originator Fela ...

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Chris Rea: Road Songs For Lovers

Read "Road Songs For Lovers" reviewed by Doug Collette

Far more successful in Europe than America, based on upwards of two dozen studio albums to his credit, Chris Rea perseveres as the unusually erudite and pragmatic musician that he is with Road Songs For Lovers. This Englishman's first studio album in six years chronicles his impressions of the world inside and outside his own head and heart in a most evocative manner: what begins as personal ultimately becomes universal. All of which is equally vivid in the ...

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Tom Harrell: Wise Children

Read "Wise Children" reviewed by Jim Santella

Adding four exceptional vocalists to his program, trumpeter Tom Harrell takes the listener on a journey through time and space. Contemporary world music, 30-year-old funk, swinging stage band arrangements, and the burning presence of his horn, color Harrell’s program with authority. The ten pieces are his compositions. The quintet, which includes Jimmy Greene, Xavier Davis, Ugonna Okegwo and Quincy Davis, provides a firm foundation upon which the trumpeter and special guests stand confidently.

While Harrell and his ...

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Tom Harrell: Wise Children

Read "Wise Children" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

The nicest thing you could say about trumpeter Tom Harrell's Wise Children, unfortunately, is that you've heard it all before. "Straight to My Heart" with guest diva Dianne Reeves sounds like every smooth jazz ballad put to tape during the 1970s and '80s; and its irritating blandness is merely exacerbated by some abysmally cliché lyrics penned by Kami Lyle. As much as I appreciate Reeve's voice (especially on her Blue Note outings), I don’t see how she is well served ...


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