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Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary

Read "No Revenge Necessary" reviewed by Doug Collette

The music of Nolatet's sophomore album No Revenge Necessary belies its laissez faire title. Almost a mirror image of its largely insinuating predecessor, Dogs (Royal Potato Family, 2016), this sophomore effort finds the Crescent city-based ensemble flexing its collective muscles early and often, so the record lends itself to uninhibited dance almost as often as contemplation ...

The Alan Evans Trio: Merkaba

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Anyone who mistakenly thought The Alan Evans Trio was (or was going to be) Soulive lite is going to be more than pleasantly surprised in hearing the threesome's sophomore recording. Before the opening cut “Thor" is thirty-seconds in, the band displays a depth and reach far in advance of its predecessor.

Not that AET isn't ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's great to be able to pick and choose from an overflowing roster of great titles, then relive the pleasure of discovery from the past twelve months.

The Brad Mehldau Trio

Ode

Nonesuch Records

The pianist's trio offers its perspective on the world around us by filtering it through its original ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Soulive: Rubber Soulive

Read "Rubber Soulive" reviewed by Doug Collette

Soulive has experimented in many directions during the course of its decade- plus career, so it's only natural that the group would eventually go back to the basics, and that's exactly what it's done with Rubber Soulive. Comprised entirely of tunes by The Beatles, this project allows the band to get back to its roots in ...

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Eric Krasno: Reminisce

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There are no surprises on Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno's first solo album, but that's a good thing. Even with the familiar names involved in a project that's resulted in Reminisce, the music is fresh and wholly contemporary.

The album was produced by Krasno, and features mostly his own material. Soulive drummer Alan Evans recorded and ...

Soulive: Up Here

Read "Up Here" reviewed by Doug Collette

In a very real sense, Up Here is the perfectly appropriate way for Soulive to celebrate a decade together. These jazz funkers have restlessly experimented and modified their three-piece approach in their ten years together, and this debut on their own label is a good summation of what they've done.

Soulive doesn't wait long ...