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Sings the Blues

Label: Arhoolie Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Ain

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Clifton Chenier: Sings the Blues

Read "Sings the Blues" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Everyone has a list of those unsung musicians who strike a special chord. Names unknown to the public at large whose contributions go almost completely unrecognized or are overshadowed by others in their immediate orbit. Near the top of my own list sits Cleveland Chenier. Like the lots handed Nat Adderley and Tommy Turrentine, Cleveland almost ...

Live - In Paris

Label: Arhoolie Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Disc One: Cosmic Ship; Purple Kiss; My Favorite Things; Ancient Egypt; New Bird Blues; Reverent Church; Hot House; Disc Two: Lady L; Salt Peanuts; Ghost From The Golden Era; Voodoo Hoodoo Funk; ‘Round Midnight; Hip Hop Le Funk.

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Sonny Simmons: Live - In Paris

Read "Live - In Paris" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The story of the resurrection of saxophonist Sonny Simmons has been told and retold many times. Needless to say, his comeback recording Ancient Ritual in 1994 rekindled interest in his brand of Coltrane meets Ornette and Ayler music. Since then, he has recorded for the specialty jazz label CIMP and a nifty outward session The Cosmosamatics ...

Live! At Grant Street

Label: Arhoolie Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Mon Fait Mon L

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Clifton Chenier: Live! At Grant Street

Read "Live! At Grant Street" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Clifton Chenier may not have invented Zydeco, but most aficionados will agree that he was the undisputed King of the music during his lifetime. Gargantuan chops on the accordion and an aptness for adroitly blending the ingredients of the genre (Creole, Cajun and Blues) into a wholly personal pastiche assured his ascendancy to the throne. Fortunately ...

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Sonny Simmons: Manhattan Egos

Read "Manhattan Egos" reviewed by Derek Taylor

This long-overdue reissue is surprising and satisfying on a number of levels. First of all there’s the fact that it’s on Arhoolie, an imprint far better known for its preeminent Roots and Blues music releases by the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Flaco Jimenez, than as a purveyor of Avant-Garde jazz. Fortunately label owner ...


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