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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonny Clark Trio: The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach

Read "The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Jazz history tends to favor the great musical innovators whose stylistic leaps have formed the ever-changing vocabulary of jazz: the improvisational wonder of Louis Armstrong, the free flight of Charlie Parker, the chameleon-like transformations of Miles Davis, and the singular piano world of Thelonious Monk. For long a time, Monk, along with Bud Powell, has been ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit

Read "Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of the major proponents of contemporary blues-rock guitar, Harvey Mandel has some impressive credentials nonetheless. Cutting his teeth in the Chicago well-spring of the blues, he collaborated with harpist Charlie Musselwhite, among others in that scene and subsequently became a pivotal member of Canned Heat around the apogee of their career, including their appearance at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Tompkins Square has released music across many genres: Folk, gospel, jazz, blues, old-timey, British pop, American Primitive, Cajun, Greek, singer/songwriters. But this is the first Ragtime album released by the label, from perhaps the most important living artist in the genre, Terry Waldo. Terry's new album The Soul of Ragtime is the culmination of decades of performance ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard

Read "Various Artists: Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard" reviewed by Skip Heller

There is always complaint that American contemporary musical life is at turns either too glitzy or overly-intellectualized. Either claim is overly simplistic, neither completely wrong. And in no area is it more true than country music. On one hand, there is the proud stupidity of Toby Keith and Gretchen Wilson. On the other, the self-consciously literate ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Arizona Dranes : Forgotten Mother Of The Gospel Beat

Arizona Dranes : Forgotten Mother Of The Gospel Beat

San Francisco-based label Tompkins Square has released the book+CD/eBook,'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'. A singer sits at the piano and loses all inhibitions while in complete control of the instrument: Little Richard, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis. Although church singer Arizona Dranes doesn't come close to the stature of those icons, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Guitarist Calvin Keys will celebrate his 70th birthday on February 6th, 2012. To mark the occasion, Calvin will play a special birthday show Feb 6th, 7-11pm, at 57th St. Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA. Tickets are $20 at the door. Keys' very first album,'Shawn-Neeq, originally released in 1971 on Black Jazz, has just been reissued on 180g ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys' debut Shawn-Neeq will be reissued on 180g vinyl LP tomorrow, Jan 10, on Tompkins Square. The LP is now available for purchase at tompkinssquare.com Originally released on the influential label Black Jazz in 1971, guitarist Calvin Keys' debut is a stone classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin's singular guitar stylings, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ran Blake Releases First-Ever Live Album

In a career spanning six decades, pianist/composer, writer and educator Ran Blake has released 36 albums for such labels as ESP, RCA, Arista and hatOLOGY. His 2006 album for Tompkins Square, All That Is Tied, earned 4 stars in Downbeat and top honors in the Penguin Jazz Guide 2007. Driftwoods, released in 2009, was Ran's salute ...

Ran Blake Celebrates New CD with Concert at Cobi's Place (NYC)

Ran Blake Celebrates New CD with Concert at Cobi's Place (NYC)

"Imagine the world's most profound cocktail pianist—wistful, yet utterly unsappy and given to quiet storms of weirdness—and you'll get a good idea of Ran Blake's sound. Tonight the 76-year-old stops by an off-the-beaten-path midtown venue to celebrate a new disc, Grey December—Live in Rome, and to honor the late, great Abbey Lincoln." —Time Out New York Sunday, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Amede Ardoin - The Father of Cajun & Zydeco

Amede Ardoin - The Father of Cajun & Zydeco

Tompkins Square label has released Mama, I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin, 1929-1934.

The father of Cajun and Zydeco is celebrated for the first time with his complete 34 recordings all in one deluxe 2-CD package. Rare Afro-Creole rhythms are heard alongside blues and breakdowns in this exquisitely remastered and produced volume, ...