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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gina Kronstadt: Come Over

Read "Come Over" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Gina Kronstadt has graced recordings by many musical giants, including Dr John, Charlie Haden, Rod Stewart and Aretha Franklin. Most of the time it's her talent as a violinist that's called upon. For her debut release as leader, Come Over, she puts the violin to one side and concentrates on singing: original songs of love, with ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

Read "Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...

Bonerama: Shake It Baby

Read "Shake It Baby" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Bonerama is fun. Bonerama is powerful. And in their first full-length studio CD, they have made a switch from their previous live recordings of brass-infused funk to brass infused-rock. Along with the ever present trio of trombones, the bands guitarist, Bert Cotton, has stepped up to the front line to become a major player with his ...

Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can

Read "Do It While You Can" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The visual image, the cover design and the positivity of the album title--Do It While You Can--all point in the general direction of a Good Time about to be had. Singer (and French horn player) Kai Hoffman ensures that a good time is exactly what's on offer, crafting a set of songs that makes the most ...

Theo Jackson: Jericho

Read "Jericho" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, pianist and songwriter Theo Jackson lives in Oxford, of university fame, and his debut album Jericho is named after an area of the city rather than the ancient town that suffered so much from an excessively loud horn section. There's no need to fear excessively loud horns here: Jackson and his quartet build drama with ...

John Medeski, Mellotrons and A Mountain of Majoun

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Club D'Elf

Electric Moroccoland / So Below

Face Pelt Records

2011

Boston-based Club D'Elf describes itself as a “Moroccan-dosed psychedelic dub and jazz collective." It is the sort of band that gives self-medication a good name, and it will reconfigure your synapses, in a good way, if you let it. ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Chris May's Best Releases of 2010

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2010" reviewed by Chris May

Here are my favorite dozen new releases of 2010. It was an outstanding year on many fronts.

There was ravishing lyricism from saxophonists Nat Birchall and Stan Sulzmann and beyond-touristic flamenco and Indian infusions from bassist Dave Holland and singer Amit Chaudhuri, the politically charged complete works of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the delicious ...