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CD Reviews Jazz

By Richard Ludmerer
In CD Reviews INDIE Blues
Mar 18th, 2017
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Adrianna Marie Kingdom of Swing Vizztone Label Group/Barking Blues Music Adrianna Marie Hansen grew up in a musical family and left Westport, CT. for California when she was seventeen. She and her husband, guitarist L.A. Jones, now live an hour and half from Los Angeles. She recorded a demo called “S...
By Richard Ludmerer
In CD Reviews INDIE Blues
Dec 20th, 2016
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Taj Mahal Labor of Love Acoustic Sounds Taj Mahal was born Henry Saint Claire Fredericks in Harlem on May 17th, 1942. He was raised in a West Indian-American and African-American family. He grew up in Springfield, Ma. and in the early 1960’s studied agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at A...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Review Funk
Oct 3rd, 2016
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“All Things Must Pass” The rise and fall of Tower Records (96 minute DVD) www.MVDb2b.com – MVDvisual The death of Tower Records was a major blow for many of us who grew up purchasing vinyl LP’s, seven inch forty-fives and CD’, laser discs, and DVD’s. This triumphant and reflective  ...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Review Funk
Sep 19th, 2016
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The Meters “A Message from the Meters” The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 (2CD’s) www.RealGoneMusic.com This wouldn’t be the first time a label released a two-disc set on The Meters.  Previously (1995) Rhino issued “Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology” that covered f...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Reviews INDIE Blues
Jul 12th, 2016
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Sea Level “Sea Level/Long Walk on a Short Pier” (2 LP’s on 1 CD) www.RealGoneMusic.com Keyboardist Chuck Leavell organized Sea Level as a quartet in 1976 after the Allman Brothers Band’s first breakup of their post Duane Allman era. Sea Level’s bassist Lamar Williams and percussionist/drummer Jaimoe ...
By Richard Ludmerer
In CD Reviews Jazz
Jul 7th, 2016
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Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling Upward Spiral Marsalis Music/Okeh Records Branford Marsalis was born in Breaux Bridge, La. the son of Dolores and Ellis Marsalis. His father is a notable pianist and the leading musical educator in New Orleans. In 1995 saxophonist Branford reco...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Reviews Americana
Jun 19th, 2016
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Allen Toussaint “American Tunes” Nonesuch Records It would seem that “American Tunes” was/is intended to be the follow up to Toussaint’s 2009 “The Bright Mississippi.” In preparation for this album solo piano sessions were recorded in 2013, plus during the early fall of 2015 full ensemble tracks were...
By Richard Ludmerer
In CD Reviews INDIE Blues
Jun 13th, 2016
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Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing Skronky Tonk EllerSoul Records Little Charlie (Baty) is a guitarist who enjoys playing the blues. But like other guitarists his own interest in where blues meets jazz was increased by listening to others. Organists Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff have stated that ...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Reviews Hip Hop
Apr 27th, 2016
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Gil Scott-Heron in “Black Wax” www.MVDvisual.com Blu-Ray Disc, Eighty-nine minutes Robert Mugge’s film of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1982 concert performance at the Black Wax in Washington D.C. bounces back and forth from the club to Heron’s jaunts around his D.C. neighborhoods with boom-box in ha...
By Richard L'Hommedieu
In CD Reviews Jazz
Apr 13th, 2016
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Maynard Ferguson 1986: “Body & Soul” and 1990: “Big Bop Nouveau” www.OmnivoreRecordings.com Omnivore Recordings continues its Maynard Ferguson reissue campaign with two new packages from the three-time Grammy nominee and Downbeat magazine award winner. These two reissues of 1986’s “Body & Sou...
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