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he haunting quality of Nehemiah “Skip” James’s music earned him a reputation as one of the great early Mississippi bluesmen. James (1902-1969) grew up at the Woodbine Plantation and as a youth learned to play both guitar and piano. At his 1931 session for Paramount he recorded eighteen songs, including the dark-themed “Devil Got My Woman” and “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues.” He later became a minister, but returned to performing blues during the 1960s “blues revival.” The music of Skip James and fellow Bentonia guitarists such as Henry Stuckey (1897-1966) and Jack Owens (1904-1997) is often characterized as a genre unto itself

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Article: Album Review

Roots Magic: Take Root Among The Stars

Read "Take Root Among The Stars" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Terzo disco di rivisitazione delle “magiche radici" della musica nera per opera di un quartetto (ma stavolta in due brani si allarga a sestetto) che si è imposto come una delle formazioni più interessanti del nostro jazz. Emblematica la foto interna alla confezione del CD, che ritrae i quattro musicisti attorno alla lapide sulla ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Paul Kelly/Paul Grabowsky Please Leave Your Light On Cooking Vinyl 2020 Less the blues in ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: The Chieftains, Rachel Harrington, Lucinda Williams, Alex Rex & Amythyst Kiah

Read "Live From Birmingham: The Chieftains, Rachel Harrington, Lucinda Williams, Alex Rex & Amythyst Kiah" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Chieftains Town Hall July 8, 2019 Paddy Moloney remains the absolute driving force of The Chieftains, and has been since their formation in 1962. His pipes and whistles were joined by flute, percussion, guitar, harp, keyboards and a pair of fiddles, two step dancers, plus a whole host of ...

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Article: Interview

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Read "Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Hillman: The Asylum Years

Read "The Asylum Years" reviewed by Doug Collette


Chris Hillman is a rare musical artist indeed. Not only is he a multi-instrumentalist as capable as he is versatile plus an engaging lead and harmony singer, he's also a songwriter well-versed in a range of music including folk, rock, bluegrass and country. Of equal and perhaps even greater importance is Hillman's ability to forge a ...

Article: Film Review

Last of the Mississippi Jukes

Read "Last of the Mississippi Jukes" reviewed by Vic Albani


Robert Mugge Last of the Mississippi Jukes [DVD/Blu Ray] Valutazione: * * * * MVDvisual 2016 Se non si è dei veri “blues lovers" non è possibile solo intuire la bellezza di questo splendido video-documentario che Robert Mugge, con la consulenza musicale di David Hughes, ha messo in opera ...

Article: Album Review

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


A un anno scarso dal precedente Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, il trentenne tenorsassofonista newyorchese Noah Preminger torna sul luogo del delitto. Che non è la sede dell'incisione (questo, anzi, è un album in studio, benché inciso in un jazz club, il Side Door, in Connecticut), quanto il repertorio, anche stavolta estratto dalla grande letteratura ...

Article: Book Review

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Read "Rollin' and Tumblin'" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Rollin' and Tumblin' Roberto Menabò 194 Pagine ISBN: 978-8862318228 Arcana 2014 Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

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Article: Album Review

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by James Nadal


The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among ...


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