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Floyd Domino's All-Stars: Boogie Minor

Read "Boogie Minor" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the debut album as leader of his Texas-based sextet (enlarged to seven-strong on seven numbers by the reliable vocalist Emily Gimble), veteran pianist Floyd Domino plays his trademark Western swing leavened with large doses of blues, boogie, stride and barrelhouse. There's a touch of jazz secreted therein too, but no matter what one calls it, ...

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Floyd Domino's All-Stars: Floyd Domino's All-Stars

Read "Floyd Domino's All-Stars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the time in which traveling bands of the Southern Plains were reaching their peak popularity--the 1920s--Texas and Oklahoma contingents were experimenting beyond their typical formulaic performances. At the same time Western music was on the verge of dying and likely would have were it not for the efforts of folklorists John Lomax (the father of ...

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Merle Haggard at the Paramount Theater

Read "Merle Haggard at the Paramount Theater" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Merle Haggard
Paramount Theater
SFJAZZ
Oakland, CA
February 13, 2016

Some consider Merle Haggard to be “The Poet Laureate of California." Certainly, he is the state's most famous singer-songwriter and bandleader. His straight-shooting songs, with their wonderful lyrics, have the drama and controversy befitting a country music “rebel."