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ARTICLE: TALKIN' BLUES

Talkin' Blues with the Groovemaster, Jerry Jemmott

Read "Talkin' Blues with the Groovemaster, Jerry Jemmott" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Jerry Jemmott's groove is the bedrock of guitarist B.B. King's career defining hit, “The Thrill is Gone." He was in the studio with Duane Allman and singer Wilson Pickett recording “Hey Jude," a track that was instrumental in launching the late Allman Brothers Band guitarist's musical career; and they were together again for flautist Herbie Mann's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

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Jan Johansson

In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

ACT Music

2011

The small number of posthumous releases in the 42 years since the death of Swedish jazz pianist/composer Jan Johansson at the age of 37 remains something of a mystery. Johansson--who pianist Esbjorn Svensson described as being “a very, very big influence“--has ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats to Perform in Edgely, PA, Sunday 17 April

Blues harmonica master /singer/songwriter Rick Estrin and his band The Nightcats will perform at the Terchon V.F.W. in Edgely on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Estrin and The Nightcats will be performing songs from their Alligator Records debut, Twisted. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Champion Jack Dupree - Blues from the Gutter (Atlantic, 1958)

Champion Jack Dupree - Blues from the Gutter (Atlantic, 1958)

Blues singer and pianist lived a fascinating life (someone really should cobble together a biography) and this may be his best known LP. Cut with a wonderful band under perfect conditions for Atlantic, the music is a rare combination of fascinating and wry lyrics (about some pretty heavy topics) and just spot-on playing. He does cover ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

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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 ...

Papa Bue: 80 at 80

Read "80 at 80" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of duffle coats, beards, sandals and sunglasses. It was the age of Trad. It was how European youth discovered jazz. Britain had Chris Barber, Ken Colyer and, a little further down the line--by which time newspaper headlines were referring to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Murder. Songs From The Dark Side Of The Soul

Read "Murder. Songs From The Dark Side Of The Soul" reviewed by Nic Jones

Themed compilations such as Murder. Songs From The Dark Side Of The Soul afford opportunity to hear just how diverse a range of interpretations a theme can provoke. Here the title is self-explanatory and that element of diversity exists in abundance.

Sonny Boy Williamson's “Your Funeral My Trial" is still as irresistible as ever; ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Champion Jack Dupree: Junker Blues

Read "Junker Blues" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Jack Dupree was one of the barrelhouse champions. Weaned on the coarser piano styles of the brothels and speakeasies of his New Orleans youth his utilitarian approach on the instrument always favored volume and vigor over skill and polish. But the attribute that set him most apart from the legion of juke joint ivory ticklers was ...