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ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Late Summer 2019

Read "Late Summer 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

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Little Village Foundation
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Delbert McClinton: Tall, Dark & Handsome

Read "Tall, Dark & Handsome" reviewed by Doug Collette

On his last album Prick of the Litter (Hot Shot Records, 2017 ), Grammy-Award winning [Delbert McClinton wholly fulfilled his image as the contemporary definition of modern Texas style r&b. He certainly didn't do it alone--his band the, Self-Made Men, added savvy and soul--but the man who showed John Lennon how to blow the harmonica imbued ...

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John Hiatt: The Eclipse Sessions

Read "The Eclipse Sessions" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since John Hiatt hit his artistic and commercial stride with Bring The Family (A&M, 1987), the most listenable and durable albums of his have been those recorded with a band like the one appearing there (eventually known as Little Village: Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner). Offering comparably uniform musicianship in proportionate support of this ...

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Greg Skaff: Soulmation

Read "Soulmation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Greg Skaff is all about the grease, grit, and grooves on Soulmation. It's a logical extension of his previous work--guitar-fronted organ group dates like East Harlem Skyline (Zoho Music, 2009) and 116th & Park (Zoho Music, 2012)--but it's a tad heavier, raunchier, and funkier than anything Skaff threw us on those records. His approach here ...

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Delbert McClinton and the Self Made Men: Prick of the Litter

Read "Prick of the Litter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Delbert McClinton is from Lubbock, by way of Fort Worth Texas. I don't suspect that anyone would accuse Texas of being a “Soul" capital of anything. Isn't that Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, and Philadelphia? How can we account for who may possibly be the best white soul singer? Beginning in 1972, partnering with singer Glen Clark, ...

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Delbert McClinton: Prick of the Litter

Read "Prick of the Litter" reviewed by Doug Collette

Texas-born Delbert McClinton is one of America's great natural resources. And that three-time Grammy Award-winning reputation is based on more than just his nurturing of John Lennon's interest in the harmonica back in the early '60s when McClinton, as part of the duo Delbert and Glen, were touring with The Beatles. A string of more than ...

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Buddy Flett: Buddy Flett - Rough Edges

Read "Buddy Flett - Rough Edges" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It's all in a name. Some names and occupations just go together, especially in sports. Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, and Catfish Hunter are all baseball names. Blues musicians have similar iconic names. The Ur-Blues has Eddie “Son" House, Nehemiah “Skip" James, Tommy Johnson, and Charlie Patton. The generation after has Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Howlin' Wolf ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

Read "Mike Clark: East Bay Funk" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

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Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark: Blind, Crippled & Crazy

Read "Blind, Crippled & Crazy" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 1972, Texans Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark had already been a part of the Texas music scene for ten years. They recorded Delbert & Glen (1972) for Koch, inaugurating two careers, McClinton's being the more fruitful. That recording produced “B-Movie Boxcar Blues," which found its way onto The Blues Brothers' Briefcase Full Of Blues (Atlantic, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival  Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Rochester, NY: John Nugent and Marc Iacona, Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) today announced the lineup for their biggest festival ever, to be held over nine days June 21-29, 2013. The XRIJF 12th Edition will feature Bob James & David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, ...