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Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo

Read "TajMo" reviewed by James Nadal

When two generations of blues giants as Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' teamed up for the production TajMo, the best of both personalities and talents merged for an adventurous take on traditional blues. Taj Mahal's recording trajectory goes back to the late 1960's, when he released Taj Mahal, quickly followed by The Natch'l Blues, both on ...

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Borneo Jazz 2011

Read "Borneo Jazz 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Borneo Jazz
Miri, Sarawak, Borneo
May 12-15, 2011

Borneo Jazz--known as the Miri International Jazz Festival for the previous five editions--has undergone a certain amount of rebranding in an effort to promote its growing stature as one of the leading jazz festivals in the region. This year the festival has increased from two to ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

Read "Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Since its foundation during the European revivalist movement of the early 1950s, Copenhagen-based Storyville Records has grown into a major repository of New Orleans, big band and mainstream recordings. With something approaching 600 releases in its back catalogue, the label is a treasure trove of jazz that swings.

Founded in 1952 by Danish jazz ...

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Junior Wells & the Aces: Live In Boston 1966

Read "Live In Boston 1966" reviewed by Nic Jones

Here's a particularly potent exercise in musical archaeology. By the time the year of this recording rolled around, blues singer/harmonicist Junior Wells had been in the music game for nearly fifteen years, and it seems as though every one of those had been a period of learning. What's particularly interesting is that Wells elected to play ...

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Roy Gaines & His Orchestra: ­"Tuxedo Blues" Streets November 1

Jazz, blues, R&B and soul—legendary guitarist/vocalist/composer Roy Gaines, who has made a name for himself as a versatile master craftsmen playing music beyond category in a career spanning over seven decades, brings his vast wealth of experience all together on Tuxedo Blues. Fronting a full size jazz orchestra, the likes of which is seldom heard these ...

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Sleepy John Estes: On 80 Highway

Read "On 80 Highway" reviewed by Nic Jones

Such was the fallout from the blues boom of the 1960s that Sleepy John Estes and his compadre Hammie Nixon cut this album just prior to leaving for their first visit to Japan back in July of 1974. Both men might be said to have been in their dotage at the time, with Estes in particular ...

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Sleepy John Estes: On 80 Highway

Read "On 80 Highway" reviewed by John Barron

Tennessee blues legend Sleepy John Estes (1904-1977) spent the early part of his career recording sides for the Victor, Bluebird and Decca labels. In his later years, Estes was recorded in Chicago by Delmark Records. On 80 Highway, recorded in 1974, is a previously unreleased session from the Delmark vaults featuring Estes singing and playing guitar ...

Sleepy John Estes: On The Chicago Blues Scene

Read "On The Chicago Blues Scene" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sleepy John Estes è uno degli eroi del revival del blues arcaico che caratterizzò buona parte degli anni sessanta, quando la ricerca appassionata per le radici del rock e del blues elettrico portò alla riscoperta dei cantori della 'musica del diavolo' che fra gli anni venti e gli anni quaranta avevano ben rappresentato i fermenti culturali della musica ...

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Sleepy John Estes: On The Chicago Blues Scene

Read "On The Chicago Blues Scene" reviewed by Nic Jones

Sleepy John Estes was one of the numerous country blues men who benefited from the upsurge of interest in the music in the 1960s, some decades after they were first caught on record. He was recorded at the time of the short-lived Memphis Blues Festival in June of 1969, and the results are part of Mississippi ...