Off The Beaten Tracks

Jonathan Ng: Dreaming On My Feet

Off The Beaten Tracks June 2019

The following albums were reviewed in the June 2019 Off the Beaten Tracks column. Click the image for an individual review to read and share.

Shotgun Jazz Band- Live at The Dew Drop

Off the Beaten Tracks December 2018

This is the Off The Beaten Tracks column as it ran in the December 2018 issue of the print edition. Beneath each review is a

Cuphead - Original Soundtrack by Kristofer Maddigan, A Jazz Critic's Review

Musical Gifts to Be Enjoyed Year Round

Musical Christmas gifts can have an effect. A well-chosen album may inspire a life-long passion for music or even a desire to learn an instrument.

Women Take The Lead

Women Take The Lead

We’re back in the States this month looking at five traditional jazz and swing bands led by women. When I noticed an “X and her”

Grand European Tour

Grand European Tour

For the last two months we’ve been Catching up with New Orleans, meanwhile, Europe has been catching up with us. Many will remember that during

Catching up with New Orleans, Part 2

Catching up with New Orleans, Part 2

Last month we began to explore some of the great records coming out of New Orleans. This month features five more. I could easily have

Catching up with New Orleans, Part 1

Catching up with New Orleans, Part 1

Why, Again, New Orleans? An intriguing question in social history is why creative explosions happen when and where they do. What was it about Switzerland

Off The Beaten Tracks May 2018

Off The Beaten Tracks May 2018

Andy Schumm and his Sink-O-Pators Futuristic Rhythms: Imagining the Later Bix Beiderbecke Rivermont BSW-2244 (2018) www.RivermontRecords.com Andy Schumm has made a name for himself in

Off The Beaten Tracks April 2018

Off The Beaten Tracks April 2018

Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society: Alice Blue Gown (2013) Drew Nugent: I’ll Never Be The Same (2017) Double Ohs Music 1004 www.drewgent.com Drew Nugent

Off The Beaten Tracks March 2018

Off The Beaten Tracks March 2018

I have the pleasure to review this month three albums from a remarkable talent known to many readers of The Syncopated Times; trumpeter and vocalist

Off The Beaten Tracks February 2018

Off The Beaten Tracks February 2018

Lessons Lyrical Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown (String Damper Records SDR-2136 2017) www.Petrasings.com; www.AndyBrownGuitar.com I first listened to Lessons Lyrical, the new disc from

The Royal Klobasneks

Off The Beaten Tracks January 2018

For my inaugural column, I’ve decided to begin by showcasing two instrumental recordings that, despite the title of the first album, are suitable listening for

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