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Jimmy Buffett the Face of This Year's Jazz Fest? Really?

I'm late to this news, but ... a young Jimmy Buffett is the face of this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster? Really? Really? Who's next, Bon Jovi? I'm no Jimmy Buffett hater, although I believe the guy is vastly overrated. At the start of his career, he turned in some interesting, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter work. But ...

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Vincent Herring, "Morning Star" (CD Review)

Vincent Herring, "Morning Star" (CD Review)

I recently reviewed alto saxophonist Vincent Herring's Morning Star for Jazz Times. Click here to go directly to the review, which appeared in the magazine's September issue, or read the full text below. Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz, Morning Star (Challenge) Shades of the Headhunters, Weather Report, the Crusaders and, not surprisingly, Cannonball Adderley's electric-jazz releases color the ...

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The Marsalis Family, Music Redeems (CD Review)

All of the jazz-playing Marsalises together, on one stage? It rarely happens, but it's impressive when it does. My review of their new CD, documenting a live performance, was published this week in Las Vegas City Life. Click here to go to the paper's site, or read the full text below. The Marsalis Family, Music Redeems (Marsalis ...

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Jeff Berlin, "High Standards" (CD Review)

Jeff Berlin, "High Standards" (CD Review)

Virtuoso electric bassist Jeff Berlin is back with one of his strongest jazz releases ever. Jeff is something of a neighbor, as we both live in the Tampa Bay area, and his Players School of Music is located in Clearwater. I've had the chance to become acquainted with Jeff over the years, through a week-long stint at ...

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Ybor Jazz Festival Set for Nov. 2-7 at the HCC Campus

Jazz festivals in Tampa have come and gone, and most--like the USF Jazz Festival and the Ybor Jazz Festa--have been short-lived, if often impressive.

Now here comes the first Ybor Jazz Festival, and its slogan and lineup make clear its musical intentions: “There's nothing smooth about it!"

Some of the area's finest jazz artists, including pianists ...

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Stanton Moore, "Groove Alchemy" (CD Review)

Stanton Moore, "Groove Alchemy" (CD Review)

Galactic drummer Stanton Moore again was an unofficial MVP at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, playing at the fest and around town with his day-job band, leading his own trio, working with Anders Osborne, and sitting in with Levon Helm.

Click here to read my review of the jazz-funk drummer's latest solo ...

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Mojo" (CD Review)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, who remain one of my favorite American rock bands, are back with new material. My review of the CD was published recently in Las Vegas City Life--Click here to read or see the full text below.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mojo (Reprise)

That old appealing Heartbreakers sound is all ...

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Mose Allison, "The Way of the World" (CD Review)

Mose Allison, "The Way of the World" (CD Review)

Click here to read my review of veteran jazz and blues talent Mose Allison's latest, as published in Relix mag. Or see the full text below.

Mose Allison, The Way of the World (Anti-)

Mose Allison, at 82, remains a gifted pianist, a laidback singer whose songs are often too clever for their own ...

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Herbie Hancock, "The Imagine Project" (CD Review)

Herbie Hancock, "The Imagine Project" (CD Review)

Herbie Hancock is back, with another all-star recording project. The results come across as a little uneven.

Check out my review, below, or read it online, or click here to link directly to the review, published in Las Vegas City Life.


Herbie Hancock, The Imagine Project (Herbie Hancock Record)

Herbie Hancock, ...

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Trombone Shorty, "Backatown" (CD Review)

New Orleans superstar du jour Trombone Shorty is rising fast with his hard-hitting Backatown CD. Click here to read my review, as published in Relix mag. Or see the full text below.


Trombone Shorty, Backatown (Verve Forecast)

“Supafunkrock" is the name that Trombone Shorty gives his engaging blend of brass band blasts, ...