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Charles Brown was the pioneer originator of the immensely influential postwar California blues style. Though identified with his classic “Driftin’ Blues,” he was not committed to just the blues, and was comfortable as a popular crooner as well. His efforts as a vocalist, pianist, and composer helped create the music that would become rhythm and blues, and he was one of the principals in bringing about a shift in the mainstream of African-American music, one that would bring vocalists to the forefront and largely eclipse the instrumental art of jazz. Brown was a premier entertainer in the 1940s and 1950s, influencing a host of later performers including Ray Charles. Brown was born on September 13, 1922 (some sources give the year as 1920), in Texas City, Texas

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Many Shades of Blues

Read "Many Shades of Blues" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This special episode deals with all manners of blues: piano blues, jump blues, harmonica blues, British blues, blues singers and more. Artists heard on the show go all the way from Memphis Slim and Big Mama Thornton to Cecile McLorin Salvant and The Microscopic Septet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Bisio, Erik Fratzke, Lisa Ullen & Barber Mouse

Read "Michael Bisio, Erik Fratzke, Lisa Ullen & Barber Mouse" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is packed with music from some terrific new releases you should check out— St. Paul guitarist/bassist Erik Fratzke's Fake Accent, Gordon Grdina's Arabic-flavoured Haram, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, bassist Michael Bisio's excellent Mbefore , and European trios led by Sweden's Lisa Ullén, Germany's Felix Hauptmann, and Italy's Barber Mouse with a novel ...

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Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas

Label: Putumayo World Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Winter Wonderland (Tom Grant); The Christmas Song (Dixieland Ramblers); Angels We Have Heard on High (Chad Lawson Trio); Let It Show (Oscar Peterson); I'll Be Home for Christmas (Dixieland Ramblers); God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (Houston Person); Blue Christmas (Houston Person); Christmas In New Orleans (Lars Edegran and His Santa Claus Revelers); Silver Bells (Papa Don Vappie's New Orleans Jazz Band); Bringing In a Brand New Year (Charles Brown).

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas

Read "Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas" reviewed by Jim Trageser


The Putumayo World Music compilations have achieved an enviable brand status with their wide-ranging stylistic variety and the distinctively cheerful covers by artist Lisa Gonzalez. The latest entry, Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas joins previous entrants Putumayo Presents New Orleans Christmas (2007) and Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas (2008) in offering collections of ...

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Caroline Davis

Read "Caroline Davis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


After honing her skills on the jny: Chicago scene, Caroline Davis has rapidly established herself as an in-demand musician and educator in jny: New York, where she moved in 2013, and internationally. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz's best releases. The leader or co-leader of several interesting projects, ranging ...

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Article: Album Review

Big Harp George: Wash My Horse In Champagne

Read "Wash My Horse In Champagne" reviewed by James Nadal


There is positive news on the blues front, as it continues to evolve and be held in high esteem by its faithful practitioners and audience. Already a generation removed from the heyday of legendary originators; there is a crop of players who have been keeping the blues flourishing, and contributing a renewed outlook to the idiom. ...

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Article: Album Review

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Read "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" reviewed by James Nadal


The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...

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Article: Album Review

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Read "In the Wee Small Hours" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Inspiration Information / Wings of Love

Read "Inspiration Information / Wings of Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Shuggie Otis might not have been born holding a guitar but he probably picked his first one up soon thereafter. He did grow up playing guitar in bands led by his dad Johnny Otis, who introduced such artists as Charles Brown and Esther Phillips to R&B and soul audiences. He debuted ...


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