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ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Summer 2019

Read "Summer 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Johnny Shines
The Blues Came Falling Down: Live 1973
Omnivore Recordings
2019

The cumulative force ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson by Bruce Conforth & Gayle Dean Wardlow

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Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
Bruce Conforth & Gayle Dean Wardlow
336 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1787602441
Omnibus Press
2019

There is a wonderful social media meme that applies to almost all of the writing about Robert Johnson before Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow's ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

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I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

Read "All I Do Is Bleed" reviewed by Paul Naser

Lyric writing is an oft under-appreciated element in contemporary music. Guitarist/songwriter Patrick Ames puts lyrics front and center in his rootsy tunes. Somewhere between Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground and Robert Johnson (without the slide), Ames' stripped down recordings are direct a transmission of his feelings, aided by gritty, loose arrangements that give the feel of ...

The Country Blues by Samuel B. Charters

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The Country Blues
Samuel B. Charters
314 pages
ISBN: # 978-0306800146
Da Capo
1959/1975

With the miracle publication of blues researchers Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick's unfinished monolith Blues Come to Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2019), it is worth reconsidering the first example of blues reportage, Samuel B. ...

Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul Jost
Simple Life
Paul Jost Music
2019

I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Uncut

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Rolling Stones
Voodoo Lounge Uncut
Eagle Vision
2018

If there's anything better than issuing a previously-unreleased recording of some kind, it's putting out a fully-restored piece once available only in part. As indicated by its title, the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut represents the full and complete performance, in proper running ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You might not recognize Tony Joe White by name but chances are you recognize his songs.

A musical lone wolf born and raised on a Louisiana cotton farm about twenty miles from the nearest town (Oak Grove), White's unique blend of country funk and blues proved fertile for soulful singers from Elvis Presley ("Poke ...

David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands

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There was a time when jazz groups would zig-zag all over the country, by train, in customized buses or in cars, playing date after date in towns big and small. Tours that kept a band on the road for months at a time were once the norm for many jazz outfits--the bread and butter of countless ...