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Jason Marsalis: In A World Of Mallets

Read "In A World Of Mallets" reviewed by Chuck Schultz

On a drum kit, Jason Marsalis often goes several directions (meters, not Meters) at once. On vibraphone, as he demonstrates on In A World Of Mallets, it's more a matter of smoothing out many segments into a continuous whole. Over the course of the album he invokes bells, chimes and the signature tunes of cozy wall ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rebirth Brass Band: Rebirth of New Orleans

Read "Rebirth of New Orleans" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Largely credited with the revival of brass bands in New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band continues its tradition of bringing high spirited music to its band of loyal followers. Rebirth of New Orleans is a fast-paced, funked up horn party with a contagious beat that makes it difficult to sit still. Formed in 1983 by two brothers, ...

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Dr. Michael White: Blue Crescent

Read "Blue Crescent" reviewed by John Barron

The recovery of New Orleans from the effects of Hurricane Katrina has been slow coming. The city's musical community has been devastated by the forced relocation of numerous first-rate performers. Despite all the pain and tragedy of the last three years, local artists like clarinetist/educator Dr. Michael White are able to find solace in the enduring ...

Henry Butler: PiaNOLA Live

Read "PiaNOLA Live" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

In a town famous for its piano virtuosos--Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and even Harry Connick, Jr. (all New Orleans natives)--Henry Butler is a giant. Though his eclectic mixture of funk, blues, jazz, pop, schmaltz, rock and standards isn't everyone's cup of tea, his musical genius is legendary. Musicians and fans ...

Kermit Ruffins: Live at Vaughan's

Read "Live at Vaughan's" reviewed by Henry Smith

Trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins sure knows how to throw a party, and frankly, he should. As the founder of two great New Orleans jazz bands, the Rebirth Brass Band and the Barbeque Swingers, Ruffins has become somewhat of a New Orleans musical diplomat, embracing a vigorous touring schedule that has brought him further from home than many ...

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Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Strange Fruit

Read "Strange Fruit" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If there is any justice, Irvin Mayfield's powerful cantata that lays bare the taboo of interracial love and the horrors of lynching in the Jim Crow South should assume an honored place among the celebrated masterpieces of early 21st Century music. That probably won't happen, as justice is almost as scarce today as it was then, ...

ARTICLE: MEGAPHONE

Mark Samuels: Basin Street In and Out of New Orleans

Read "Mark Samuels: Basin Street In and Out of New Orleans" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Mark Samuels

When I was invited to have one of our many artists write for All About Jazz's Megaphone column, I envisioned sitting down on the phone with one of them and typing as they talked. What has happened in the two or three weeks since has been amazing and has kept us from ...

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Dr. Michael White: Dancing in the Sky

Read "Dancing in the Sky" reviewed by Joel Roberts

I've had the good fortune to spend the last few New Year's Eves in New Orleans, sampling the Crescent City's always-tasty menu of music, food and high-spirited holiday hospitality. But if I were back here in New York and looking for a place to usher in the year with appropriate laissez le bon temps roule flair, ...

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Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Pin Your Spin

Read "Pin Your Spin" reviewed by Craig W. Hurst

If you like big thick slabs of funk with fat backbeats, heavy bass lines and a strong dose of the blues, then you will find much to like on John Cleary's CD Pin Your Spin. New Orleans-based John Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentlemen rock on with sounds that bring to mind 1970s keyboards of Billy ...

Dr. Michael White: Dancing In The Sky

Read "Dancing In The Sky" reviewed by Jim Santella

Traditional jazz gives you the kind of feeling that cannot come from other forms of music. Folkloric in its content, the songs connect you with history. It sets your mind at ease. “Dancing in the Sky” places you in the midst of a New Orleans funeral procession, as everyone returns from the cemetery and decides to ...