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More than any other black folk-blues artist of his time Leadbelly helped expose his race's vast musical riches to white America, and, in the process, helped preserve a folk legacy that has become a significant part of the nation's musical treasury. He was not a blues singer in the traditional sense; he also sang spirituals, pop, field and prison hollers, cowboy and childrens songs, dance tunes and folk ballads, and of course his own topical compositions. It has been said his repertoire was at least 500 songs. He never saw any commercial success during his lifetime. Not until after his death did a broader public come to know his songs and the amazing story of his life. Huddie William Ledbetter was born on January 29, 1889 on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rory Gallagher: Check Shirt Wizard: Live in '77

Read "Check Shirt Wizard: Live in '77" reviewed by Doug Collette

Check Shirt Wizard: Live in 1977 is yet another in a lengthy string of posthumous archival work devoted to Irish guitarist and songwriter Rory Gallagher. Like virtually all its predecessors in both audio and video configurations, including Live at Montreux (Eagle, 2006) and Notes From San Francisco (Eagle/Legacy, 2011), this double CD set (also available as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Read "Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is no coincidence that folk singer, songwriter and social activist Pete Seeger (1919-2014) turns up as one of the important voices on the recently released Smithsonian Folkways box set The Social Power of Music (Smithsonian Folkways, 2019). Seeger, one of the towering figures of American folk music, believed in songs as tools that could transform ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project

Read "The Lead Belly Project" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il noto batterista Adam Nussbaum guida un bel quartetto con il saxofonista Ohad Talmor e i due chitarristi Steve Cardenas e Nate Radley in un viaggio alla riscoperta delle melodie piane e semplici di Huddie William Ledbetter, meglio noto come Leadbelly o, se vogliamo aderire alla versione preferita da Nussbaum, Lead Belly. Un viaggio profumato ovviamente ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Super Hi-Fi: Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana

Read "Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Super Hi-Fi founder and bassist Ezra Gale established his cassette-and download-only label Very Special Recordings to give his compatriots and their fans the chance to take a chance. “The fact that cassettes are cheap to manufacture and to buy is huge, because we can take chances and just put out things we love, which we wouldn't ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts

Read "Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brownout Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath II Ubiquity Records 2016 Brownout bandleader and guitarist Adrian Quesada listened to a lot of different music, including blood-curdling heavy metal monsters Black Sabbath, while growing up in South Texas. Even while creating original music more reflective of their Mexican and American funk, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elisabeth Sheperd: The Signal

Read "The Signal" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Vi ricordate i Matt Bianco? Erano un gruppo britannico degli anni ottanta, esponenti di punta del cosiddetto “New Cool" assieme a Style Council e Working Week. Per il loro piacevole pop-jazz e le affinità con la cantante Basia Trzetrzelewska, mi sono tornati in mente ascoltando questo disco di Elisabeth Shepherd. Il confronto può ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

Read "Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Fillmore Auditorium Denver October 4, 2014 Robert Plant's new album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch, 2014), is an atmospheric affair; music suitable for horseback riding at twilight in misty woods while on the lookout for the Headless Horseman. Perhaps the Led Zeppelin tune ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Back Door: BBC In Concert

Read "BBC In Concert" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Back Door story belongs to a brief but rather glorious time in British popular music. A time when a free-blowing jazz trio could emerge from the resident band of a northern cabaret club, a summer season in seaside variety theatre, afternoon jam sessions and the band of an iconic figure from the British blues boom. ...


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