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ORCASTRATUM: ORCASTRATUM

Read "ORCASTRATUM" reviewed by Kevin Press

Glen Scott is one of those studio gurus without whom the world's biggest pop stars would be well and truly lost. Born to Jamaican parents in England in 1973, Scott has built a solid industry resume with a long list of world-famous references.

His most celebrated credit came in 2013, as the producer of ...

Blues Deluxe 2

Read "Blues Deluxe 2" reviewed by Doug Collette

The cultural fragmentation of recent decades or so has resulted in such a multiplicity of niche categories that the blues community only benefits by its long-term loyalty to the genre. Yet even the oftentimes arbitrary nature of the categorization(s) can't prevent the cross-pollination of styles. And, reasonably speaking, who wants to argue the dividing lines between ...

Eric Bibb: Migration Blues

Read "Migration Blues" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Eric Bibb says in the sleeve note to Migration Blues, his most politicized album to date: “The way I see it, prejudice towards our brothers and sisters who are currently called 'refugees' is the problem. Fear and ignorance are the problems. Refugees are not 'problems'--they are courageous fellow human beings escaping dire circumstances."

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Eric Bibb: The Happiest Man In The World

Read "The Happiest Man In The World" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Like his mentor Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb plays and sings acoustic country blues in praise of the simple things in life. He doesn't go in for flashy solos or what used to be called “the old moody." His career spans five decades and this is 36th album. In “Prison of Time," the best, most heartfelt song ...

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At UCD Mondavi Center

Read "Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At UCD Mondavi Center" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
UCD Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Jackson Hall
Valentine's Day
Davis, CA
February 14, 2016

Grammy winner Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton put on a superlative show at the Mondavi Center For The Performing Arts located on the beautiful University of California campus in ...

Melissa James: Day Dawns

Read "Day Dawns" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's obvious to even a casual observer of Britain's jazz scene that there is a resurgence in the art of the song and the craft of the vocalist. Singer/songwriter Melissa James is set to be one of the finest of this new breed: her unique approach to her craft is immediately apparent on Day Dawns, a ...

Heritage Blues Orchestra: And Still I Rise

Read "And Still I Rise" reviewed by James Nadal

If ever there was a perfect title for a blues record, it has to be And Still I Rise , serving notice that the Heritage Blues Orchestra is a revival force with which to be reckoned. The group dishes out pure blues, blending greasy gut-bucket, hallelujah gospel, down home country, Chicago's South Side and everything in ...

Eric Bibb: Deeper In The Well

Read "Eric Bibb: Deeper In The Well" reviewed by Chris May

Eric Bibb

Deeper In The Well

Dixie Frog

2012

As bluesman Willie Dixon affirmed, you can't judge a book by looking at its cover. But you often can from reading the first paragraph. Switching your receptors from visual to audio, so it is with the first few bars of an album's opening ...

Bronk: Bronk 2

Read "Bronk 2" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Three people lay claim to having created that seldom heard musical phenomenon, Swedish funk. They are: most famously, former Abba drummer and Formula 1 racing driver Slim Borgudd; jazz trombonist/vocalist Nils Landgren; and dance band leader Yngve Forsell. All three made an impression locally in the 1970s and '80, but now with this, their second album, ...

Beleza Brasil: Beleza Brasil

Read "Beleza Brasil" reviewed by Mike Neely

Genuine joy and exuberance are rare in recorded music. Combine these emotional qualities with savvy vocals and sophisticated musicianship and you've got the beginning of a description of Beleza Brasil. Time To Dream was recorded in Brazil but the band's musical choices reveal a range of styles and influences including jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues. ...