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Seven Women 2018 – Part II

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Nina Simone
Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles
Bethlehem Records
2018

Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases ...

Masakowski Family: N.O. Escape

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The NOLA Masakowski's are a household name in the New Orleans area. Singer Sasha Masakowski has released several notable CDs including Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters Old Green River (Louisiana Music Factory, 2015); Hildegard (Self Produced, 2015); and Wishes (Hypersoul, 2011). Her father, the principle member here, multi-instrumentalist Steve Masakowski, is on faculty at the ...

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Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters: Old Green River

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There is a rare musical triple point where talent, vision, and a wicked sense-of-humor meet. Damn few artists ever make it there. I believe that it must be the address of one Sasha Hildegard Masakowski. NOLA's own has recently relocated to the cultural hub of the universe, New York City, but not before navigating the choppy ...

Hildegard: Hildegard

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If audio releases were ships following one another and I was standing on the deck of Sasha Masakowski's debut recording, Wishes (Hypersoul, 2011), I don't think I could have seen as far away as needed to spy her follow-up Hildegard. Certainly not without a telescope. Like Wishes which Masakowski made with her ensemble, the Musical Playground, ...

Ted Ludwig: Stand Up

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jny: New Orleans guitarist Ted Ludwig came to jny: Little Rock as part of the Hurricane Katrina diaspora. NOLA's loss has been Little Rock's gain since Ludwig and his fine trio took up residence in the city's famous Capitol Hotel Bar & Grill seven years ago. Before turning professional, Ludwig studied with NOLA luminaries Ellis Marsalis, ...

Cliff Hines: Wanderlust

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Colleague Dan Bilawsky's razor review of Wanderlust noted that:

“Guitarist/vocalist/composer Cliff Hines is a product of this environment [New Orleans], but he's also a man of his own time. He mixes, merges and melds many a style into his musical cauldron but, most importantly, he captures the zeitgeist of 2013."

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cliff Hines: Wanderlust

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The melting pot mentality of New Orleans is responsible, in some part, for the existence and evolution of jazz in the first place, so it should come as no shock that it still serves a central hub for creativity and experimentation through combinatorial musical means. Guitarist/vocalist/composer Cliff Hines is a product of this environment, but he's ...

Sasha Masakowski and Musical Playground: Wishes

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The field of female jazz vocals is somewhat bigger than 40 acres...like, a universe bigger. So congested is the musical ether with this flavor of jazz that it is nearly impossible for an artist to carve out a useful niche. Not that a niche is necessary, but it is nice to have some unifying element or ...

Sasha Masakowski and Musical Playground: Wishes

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Growing up in the Big Easy can be a blessing or a burden. The musical streets of New Orleans were paved with the glorious sounds of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, second line parades, and brass bands galore, making it a heavenly place for those wishing to soak their ears in the sounds of jazz from ...

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Sasha Masakowski - Wishes and Take Your City Eps

Sasha Masakowski - Wishes and Take Your City Eps

By Nick DeRiso Sasha Masakowski, at once fearless and charming, is featured on two new EPs, one as a leader with Musical Playground (the forthcoming next-gen jazz recording Wishes from Hypersoul Records) and another as part of the New Orleans indie rock/electronic band Bionica on Take Your City. Across these nine songs, we discover a vocalist of ...