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Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. Many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through their numerous cover versions, including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Brickyard Blues", "Get Out My Life Woman", and "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky". In the early 1960s he wrote and produced a string of hits for New Orleans R&B artists such as Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, The Showmen, and Lee Dorsey

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Article: Album Review

Elan Mehler: Trouble In Mind

Read "Trouble In Mind" reviewed by John Chacona


There's a scene in Michael Cimino's 1978 film The Deer Hunter where five friends celebrate a successful hunt at the bar owned by their older companion. The mood is celebratory, but as John (George Dzundza), the bar's owner, sits down at the piano to play Chopin's G-Minor Nocturne, the room grows quiet. Three of the younger ...

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Article: Live Review

The California Honeydrops At Mission Ballroom

Read "The California Honeydrops At Mission Ballroom" reviewed by Steven Roby


California Honeydrops w/Sam Grisman Project Mission Ballroom Denver, CO November 10, 2023 On the last night of their 2023 “Bye, Bye, Baby" tour, The California Honeydrops gave a stellar performance at the grand Mission Ballroom last Friday. The only glitch in the show was the oddly placed opening act, the Sam ...

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Article: Album Review

The Doors: Live At The Matrix 1967: The Original Masters

Read "Live At The Matrix 1967: The Original Masters" reviewed by Doug Collette


With a glossy finish adding to the diaphanous effect, the color filters applied to the images of the Doors inside and outside the package capture the essence of the music inside. In a most practical sense. Reliably sourced from the master tapes this time--in contrast to the 2008 release--Live At The Matrix 1967 : The Original ...

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Article: Album Review

Dr. John: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Dave Linn


New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz. In the late 1800s, the city was a melting pot of different cultures, including African, European, and Caribbean. This cultural diversity had a profound impact on the music of the city. The new sounds of Dixieland and ragtime became the foundation in the evolution of jazz. Artists such ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus Live Deluxe (8 CD) Box Set

Read "Waiting For Columbus Live Deluxe (8 CD) Box Set" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Aside from the Grateful Dead (and possibly Rush), there's perhaps no band that can boast a more die-hard fan base than Little Feat's. It seems that embracing a group with prime instrumental and songwriting skills, that authentically incorporates rock, country, blues and New Orleans funk, with some jazz and even fusion touches, that were the darlings ...

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Article: Live Review

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at Red Rocks

Read "Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at Red Rocks" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Robert Plant Alison Krauss Red Rocks Amphitheater Denver, CO September 1, 2022 One thing was established at Thursday night's Robert Plant/Alison Krauss concert: Denver is a fashion hotbed for aging rock stars. Before we get to the proof, let's discuss the store: Rockmount Ranch Wear in downtown Denver.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Kenny Roby & Forest Sun: Kindred Spirits of Americana

Read "Kenny Roby & Forest Sun: Kindred Spirits of Americana" reviewed by Doug Collette


For all the attention garnered in recent years by the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, et.al., a raft of other Americana artists go largely unrecognized. The Felice Brothers top the list of the unsung nouveau folksters, but Kenny Roby and Forest Sun should be in that tally too: with the former's eponymous album and ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz

Read "Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz" reviewed by David Brown


I'm nostalgic for jny: New Orleans. Once my home, I just visited after 19 years. This week, R&B with Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe & Professor Longhair. Then trad jazz with Panorama Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. We'll second line with the Panorama, Treme, Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands, and ...


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