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ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Plunge: In For The Out

Read "In For The Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Trombonist Mark McGrain is one of those guys who follows his own muse. Though he's not particularly prolific, each of his albums as a leader feature some truly profound music-making. In for the Out is no exception. On his fourth album as a leader, McGrain has re-invented himself, playing with an expanded New Orleans-based group and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Plunge: IN For The OUT

Read "IN For The OUT" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A capo del gruppo Plunge, il trombonista Mark McGrain è uno dei protagonisti del jazz a New Orleans nel decennio post Katrina. Dopo il debutto nel 1995 (Falling with Grace, Accurate Records) in un organico comprendete Bob Moses alla batteria, Avishai Cohen al contrabbasso e Marcus Rojas alla tuba, il trombonista ha ricostituito il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wil Blades: Field Notes

Read "Field Notes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study in groove. Throughout the past fifteen years, this B-3 bombardier has worked with blues and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

Read "What a Wonderful World (of Music)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wil Blades Field Notes Royal Potato Family 2014 It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Wil Blades: Groooooovin'

Read "Wil Blades: Groooooovin'" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I love the blues," says Wil Blades, a Hammond B3 whiz who didn't come to the instrument until he left his hometown of jny: Chicago and was going to college in California. He doesn't remember specific instances of being struck by a blues thunderbolt, but “I remember hearing it. It's part of the feeling I get ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

Wil Blades To Release "Field Notes" On Royal Potato Family

No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades “the future," anointing him the heir apparent “to carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." Blades shoulders that responsibility with nonchalant virtuosity and infectious groove on his forthcoming studio album, Field Notes, out August ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Myles Weeks: Sense Of Self

Read "Sense Of Self" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

William Shakespeare, from Stratford, identified seven ages of Man, from puking to mere oblivion. Clever chap, although his songwriting was a bit rubbish. Bassist Myles Weeks, from Baton Rouge, has his own ideas about those seven ages. He brings them to life on his marvellous debut album, Sense Of Self. Weeks, now resident in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013

Read "Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013" reviewed by Wade Luquet

22nd Pennsylvania Blues Festival Blue Mountain Ski ResortPalmerton, PAJuly 26-28, 2013For the past 22 years, veteran festival producer Michael Cloeren has thrown a weekend party in the Pocono mountains, playing host to fifteen of his favorite blues musician friends and their bands and inviting a few thousand avid fans of the ...


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