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Larry Coryell: Spaces

Read "Spaces" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

The origin of Spaces can be traced back to when Larry Coryell saw John McLaughlin performing at Count Basie's nightclub with the Tony Williams Lifetime ensemble. Apparently he was so impressed with what he heard, that he invited McLaughlin to join him in the studio and record what would turn out to be arguably one of ...

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The Word: Soul Food

Read "Soul Food" reviewed by Doug Collette

Right from the cover graphic depicting an audio speaker as a source of spiritual sustenance, The Word's Soul Food continues one of the most unusual but profoundly successful and satisfying collaborations in contemporary roots music. Bluesrockers the North Mississippi Allstars so deeply bonded with keyboardist John Medeski and pedal steel wunderkind Robert Randolph on their initial ...

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Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

Read "Ramble at the Ryman" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Arkansas delta grit is gone from his voice, replaced by age and disease with the well-sanded twang of an American Southern Isaiah, if Johnny Cash were a stern Elijah. Levon Helm was the first voice among equals in The Band, sharing vocal duties with the equally distinctive vocals of bassist Rick Danko and pianist Richard ...

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Patty Larkin: Watch the Sky

Read "Watch the Sky" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Patty Larkin is considered a rare bird among today's singer/songwriters. The Boston-based Larkin is more literate than her fellow bards; she is an inventive and experimental musician who likes to push the sonic envelope of her songs with subtle and sophisticated arrangements; an excellent guitarist--on all guitars, acoustic and electric--and a musician whose preferences are more ...

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Everything You Want For Christmas

Read "Everything You Want For Christmas" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Even as a ho-hum host, it's hard not to have fun at a Big Bad Voodoo Party.



Everything You Want For Christmas may not quite live up to its name, but it's a lively and reliable collection for those holiday mixers. The band adopts the eleven songs reasonably well to their horn-heavy modern ...

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Garrison Starr: Airstreams & Satellites

Read "Airstreams & Satellites" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Garrison Starr follows Mindy Smith onto the Vanguard Records roster. Vanguard has been carefully crafting an artist list with smart, edgy female singer/songwriters who are more Lucinda Williams and less Shawn Colvin. With Ms. Smith they have mostly been meeting with success. Now Hernando, Mississippi native Garrison Starr mixes things up with her new release, Airstreams ...

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The Rooftop Singers: The Best of The Vanguard Years

Read "The Best of The Vanguard Years" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The immediate appeal of the Rooftop Singers is their innocent yet informed style. Popular in the mid-'60s, this group predated the Hippie Movement and the Summer of Love. They arose during the searing career of the similar Weavers (the group guitarist/vocalist Erik Darling belonged to before joining the Rooftops). Where the Weavers became political lightening rods, ...

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Robert Bradley and Blackwater: Still Lovin

Read "Still Lovin" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Soul music is back. First Al Green resurfaces after thirty years to take us all back in time, then Detroit native and street singer/shaman Robert Bradley and his crack band Blackwater launch a throughly updated brand of soul for the 21st century. Despite the group’s D-Town roots, they owe much more to Memphis and Muscle Shoals ...

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Mindy Smith: One Moment More

Read "One Moment More" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mindy Smith is trying to break into one hell of a hard industry: country-folk crossover. She has the song writing chops and balls bigger than any hat act out there. She is not afraid to take on difficult or unpopular subjects, as evidenced by the original spiritual that opens the disc. “Come to Jesus" is not ...

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John Hammond: John Hammond at the Crossroads

Read "John Hammond at the Crossroads" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I began listening to John Hammond at the Crossroads at the same time as I was listening to Richard Goode’s long awaited completion of Bach’s Partitas for Keyboard (Nonesuch, 2003). It struck me that the two recordings were very similar. Both are interpretations of a cultural canon. Bach’s Partitas for Keyboard are considered among his best ...