Album Reviews

John Royen • Green Swamp

John Royen • Green Swamp

Pianist John Royen was born in Washington D.C., moved to New Orleans in 1976, studied with Don Ewell, and worked with such notables as Pete

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Ron Russell Legacy CD

The Ron Russell Legacy

This superb two-disc set honoring bassist Ron Russell consists of material recorded during the 1970s. This is also the first time it has been issued,

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Artie Shaw Self Portrait

Artie Shaw • Self Portrait

One of the greatest jazz clarinetists of all time, Artie Shaw (1910-2004), had a surprisingly brief career considering his stature and his long life. While

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The Secret Six Jazz Band

The Secret Six

The Secret Six is a pandemic inspired ensemble featuring core members of the Smoking Times Jazz Club, one of my favorite New Orleans bands, as

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King Oliver Project

The King Oliver Project

In October 2019 a group of top tier traditional jazz musicians decided to learn from King Oliver‘s iconic Creole jazz Band recordings by playing them

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Ron Russell Legacy CD

The Ron Russell Legacy

Jazz history of the 20th century will be best remembered through its recordings. Just as stage actors who did not appear in films are doomed

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At the Jazz Band Ball

At the Jazz Band Ball

A number of jazz concerts aired in the U.K. on BBC Radio in the early 1960s while the “trad boom” was underway and rock and

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Matt Ulery • Pollinator

Matt Ulery • Pollinator

Nothing about this album looks like something we would normally cover. It’s modern in appearance, has a full marketing team behind it, is a likely

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Satchmocracy

Satchmocracy

There have been many tributes to Louis Armstrong through the years. Satchmocracy by the Jérome Etcheberry Popstet is one of the more unusual ones. When

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A Tribute to Captain John Handy

A Tribute To Captain John Handy

Captain John Handy (1900-71) stood alone in the New Orleans revival movement. Virtually the only significant alto-saxophonist playing traditional jazz in the 1960s, Handy’s hard-charging

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Félix Hunot & The Jazz Musketeers

Félix Hunot & The Jazz Musketeers

There are two distinct knots of extraordinary traditional jazz interpreters in Europe right now. One contingent consists of Andrew Oliver, Nick Ball, David Horniblow, Dave

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