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Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre

Read "Molly Tigre" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Personally, I can't resist a musical story that begins: “Molly Tigre set out from Brooklyn to answer one tough question: What if the 70s vibes of the cult Ethiopiques series collided with Saharan desert rock and West African blues, but with no guitar to lead the melodic way?" I'm not quite sure what some of that ...

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Hip Spanic All-Stars: Old School Revolution

Read "Old School Revolution" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), and drummer Jay Lane (Primus) hooked up, during timeouts from their more regular gigs, in the Mission ...

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Afro-Cuban All Stars: Absolutely Live II

Read "Absolutely Live II" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) and dubbed by Downbeat as “the Quincy Jones of Cuban music." Marcos' first new music in six years ...

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Louisiana Soul Revival: Louisiana Soul Revival Featuring Doug Duffey

Read "Louisiana Soul Revival Featuring Doug Duffey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Louisiana Soul Revival (LSR) frontman and primary composer Doug Duffey--already enshrined in the Louisiana Hall of Fame (in 2001) and the National Blues Hall of Fame (2009)--sure knows his musical roots. “North Louisiana, in the Mississippi Delta, has deep musical roots in the blues, Memphis soul, southern gospel, rock 'n' roll, folk, and hybrids that are ...

Avataar: Petal

Read "Petal" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, dove deeply into his Indian musical roots as a saxophonist and composer.

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Kaoru Watanabe: Néo

Read "Néo" reviewed by James Nadal

Nostalgia, in Japanese, lightly translates into natsukashisa, a yearning for something from the past. American born, multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Watanabe has reverted to his ancestral Japan for inspiration on Néo, a synthesis of dignified taiko drumming with the jazz sensibility of improvisation. Prepared with a degree in jazz flute and saxophone performance, Watanabe spent a decade performing ...

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Moken: Chapters Of My Life

Read "Chapters Of My Life" reviewed by James Nadal

It is a long way from the seaside city of Limbe, in Cameroon, to the tough streets of Detroit, in search of a dream. Singer/songwriter Moken Nunga made this journey to attend designer school, and wound up in Atlanta, making music as Moken. Chapters Of My Life, is his story, dealing with adversity en route, and ...

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Wesli: Ayiti Etoile Nouvelle

Read "Ayiti Etoile Nouvelle" reviewed by James Nadal

There is no other country in the western hemisphere that has been so grossly neglected and misunderstood as Haiti. In a historical context, it has contributed much in spite of overwhelming conditions, and has socially and culturally remained vibrant and vital. Vodou, the national religion of Haiti, has also suffered from lack of acceptance and understanding ...

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Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo

Read "New York Boogaloo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Even down to its very sound, “boogaloo" is a curious word that represents a curiously Latin American music, born during the 1960s immigration wave that spread from Puerto Rico into New York City and simultaneously growing like a friendly weed in and around the pop, soul, rock, and jazz musical cultures that were blooming throughout the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Badi Assad at Iridium Jazz Club

Read "Badi Assad at Iridium Jazz Club" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Badi Assad
Iridium Jazz Club
New York, NY
October 20, 2015

Backed solely by her nylon-string electric guitar, Brazilian singer and guitarist Badi Assad took to the stage in her first U.S. tour since 2007 in support of her 2015 release Hatched (Quatroventos, 2015). Before playing, she ...