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Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

Read "Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.

Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

Akiko Tsuruga: So Cute, So Bad

Read "So Cute, So Bad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On more than one occasion I've sat back while listening to jazz organ giants of yore and thought to myself, “they don't make 'em like this anymore." And while it's true that one-of-a-kind greats like Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff are gone for good, and nobody ...

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

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Gregory Lewis aka Organ Monk, is an organ player with a uniquely grandiose and dramatic style that owes as much to a prog rock icon like Keith Emerson as to a Jimmy Smith. That was clear enough on his previous recording, American Standard where he played a selection of familiar pop standards. It's even more evident ...

Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Jack McCarthy

This article was first published at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia website.

Jazz began to emerge as a distinct musical style around the turn of the twentieth century, a merging of two vernacular African American musical styles--ragtime and blues--with elements of popular music. New Orleans, the “cradle of jazz," was the most important city in ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gregory Lewis has been fairly obsessed with the music of Thelonius Monk from a young age when he first started out performing Monk's repertoire on piano. So the adopted moniker Organ Monk seems appropriate. His move to the Hammond B3 was significant because the style he evinced is remarkably close to that of the late Larry ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence

Read "Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey and The Pursuit of Excellence" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Every Tuesday night at the Northern Lights Lounge on Baltimore Street in Detroit, you'll find a funky little guitar-organ trio setting up musical shop. You'll find Julian Vanslyke on drums and Phil Whitfield on organ. And playing right in between them, you'll find one of the world's best guitarists--Dennis Coffey.

You may not know ...

Scott Amendola, Wil Blades: Scott Amendola Vs Wil Blades: Greatest Hits

Read "Scott Amendola Vs Wil Blades: Greatest Hits" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo del disco è ironico perchè il duo Blades-Amendola, pur esistendo da un decennio, non ha mai sfondato presso il grande pubblico e questo è il suo primo disco. Eppure dopo l'ascolto dell'album potreste chiedervi il perchè.
Wil Blades è da anni indicato dai critici di Down Beat tra i migliori organisti emergenti ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

Read "Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's ...

Sabu Martinez: Palo Congo – 1957

Read "Sabu Martinez: Palo Congo – 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis

1957 was a banner year for hard bop and Blue Note. In one year, the label released 40 albums, including classics from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, Lou Donaldson, Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin and eight by Jimmy Smith alone. In the midst of all that hard bop, Blue Note released two percussion-based albums ...


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