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Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar's

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar's

Just three months before guitarist Melvin Sparks died on March 15, 2011 at age 64, he recorded at a club in Burlington, Vt., called Nectar's, a club that's still there today (go here). Sparks was backed by members of his working trio—organist Beau Sasser and drummer Bill Carbone. But on this night, he added alto saxophonist ...

Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969

Read "Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969" reviewed by Marc Davis

1969 was the grooviest year in a very groovy decade. The Beatles, on the verge of a breakup, urged everyone to get back and come together. The Temptations couldn't get next to you. And Sly Stone took everyone higher at Woodstock.

At that very moment, in the waning days of 1969, Reuben Wilson funked ...

Tony Monaco: Furry Slippers

Read "Furry Slippers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Through nine releases, primarily from his home studio in jny: Columbus, Ohio, Tony Monaco has proved that he's a solid link in the hip Hammond B-3 organ chain that reaches from contemporaries such as Wil Blades and Joey DeFrancesco all the way back to Jimmy Smith and other founders of the Hammond groove. At a recent ...

Checking in from Global Outposts

Read "Checking in from Global Outposts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Atlas Maior
Palindrome
Self Produced
2014

Open the package for Atlas Maior's debut CD and here's the first line you read: “Palindrome was completely improvised and recorded live with no overdubs." How you respond to these words will greatly shape how you respond to this music.

A ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wil Blades: Field Notes

Read "Field Notes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio.

Wil Blades provides an excellent case study in groove. Throughout the past fifteen years, this B-3 bombardier has worked with blues and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

Read "What a Wonderful World (of Music)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wil Blades
Field Notes
Royal Potato Family
2014

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio.

Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Wil Blades: Groooooovin'

Read "Wil Blades: Groooooovin'" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I love the blues," says Wil Blades, a Hammond B3 whiz who didn't come to the instrument until he left his hometown of jny: Chicago and was going to college in California. He doesn't remember specific instances of being struck by a blues thunderbolt, but “I remember hearing it. It's part of the feeling I get ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades "the future," anointing him the heir apparent “to carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." Blades shoulders that responsibility with nonchalant virtuosity and infectious groove on his forthcoming studio album, Field Notes, out August 19 from Royal Potato ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Soulive: South Burlington, VT, October 26, 2012

Read "Soulive: South Burlington, VT, October 26, 2012" reviewed by Doug Collette

Soulive
Higher Ground
South Burlington, VT
October 26, 2012

Opening its two-night run at Higher Ground on October 26, 2012, Soulive played one of the most memorable sets ever offered at either location of the venue. In fact, relying on some of the tried and true from its repertoire (such as “Turn It Out") ...