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Rhett Frazier, Inc: Every Day is Saturday

Read "Every Day is Saturday" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Rhett Frazier, Inc. might be based in East Los Angeles, but its music was first baked in the working class breadbasket of the American Midwest: Songwriter and vocalist Rhett Frazier grew up in Oklahoma, less than half an hour's distance from the home or birthplace of legendary soulmen Roy Milton ("the father of modern R&B") and ...

Missives from Distant Fronts

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Bio Ritmo

La Verdad

Electric Cowbell Records

2011

In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met ...

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Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4" reviewed by Martin Longley

Days 1-4 | Days 5-8

Gent Jazz Festival
Bijloke
Gent, Belgium
July 7-10, 2011

There has been a radical change to the Gent Jazz Festival site since last year. The historic Bijloke zone remains historic, but it now has a new concrete 'n' ...

Rick Holmstrom: Gonna Get Wild

Read "Gonna Get Wild" reviewed by Ed Kopp

To these ears, Rick “L.A. Holmes" Holmstrom's Lookout! was one of the best blues albums of the '90s. I marked this follow-up on my calendar the moment I heard about it. Happy to report the Mighty Flyers guitarist has done it again, but with a twist: “Holmes" sings on this one -- and he's pretty damn ...

Rick "L.A. Holmes" Holmstrom: Lookout!

Read "Lookout!" reviewed by Ed Kopp

I went completely nuts over Rick Holmstrom's boogie-woogie version of “Sleigh Ride" on Black Top's Christmas compilation, so I finally went out and purchased his solo CD over the holidays. Man, am I glad I did! This is a rollicking instrumental album with a retro '50s feel. Lookout! is a completely infectious West Coast blues CD ...