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posted a Quick Tip about Etta James. January 20, 2012
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Etta James died today of leukemia in a California hospital surrounded by loved ones. I will be getting more information and writing a more detailed review of the woman whose voice is so beautifully haunting …
posted a Quick Tip about Tracy Chapman. August 17, 2011
Tracy Chapman
I so wish that Tracy Chapman could land back in the mainstream again. She's a brilliant artist.
reviewed Best of Chess: Original Versions of S.... November 26, 2010
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Best of Chess: Original Versions of Songs in Cadillac Records
This is a great CD, with re-mastered versions of the original blues songs featured in the film, Cadillac Records. These are the real thing, blues written and performed by by Muddy Waters, Howlin' …
reviewed Best of Ten Wheel Drive. November 26, 2010
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Best of Ten Wheel Drive
   In 1970, Janis Joplin died and, while I knew there would never be another Janis, I was desperate to find a female vocalist whose voice had at least some guts and grit to it. Enter Genya Ravan …
reviewed Live In New York City. November 26, 2010
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Live In New York City
There are a lot of good female vocalists, but only a few truly great ones. These are women who I put in a league all their own: Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Genya Ravan, Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading …
reviewed Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Ste.... August 19, 2010
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Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Stevens Trio
JOYCE COBB with the MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS TRIO is one of the more satisfying collections of songs in a style that many of us thought was gone with Fitzgerald and Holiday - heart on the sleeve renditions …
reviewed Chicago Blues Festival. June 18, 2010
Chicago Blues Festival
     I didn't want to go to BluesFest but my buddy Tom wanted to go and I needed to get out of the house. So we jumped on the "el" and in about twenty minutes we were …
reviewed Ray Charles Genius Loves Company. June 05, 2010
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Ray Charles Genius Loves Company
While it is indeed true that some of Ray Charles' vocal performances on his final recording "Genius Loves Company" are mediocre at best I am willing to cut the man a …
reviewed Kitty Daisy & Lewis (album). October 23, 2009
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Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis
I literally stumbled upon this band.  A friend of mine posted a link to about them on Facebook in August.  They opened up for Coldplay during their Summer 2009 North American tour and so …
reviewed Peter Case. August 24, 2009
Peter Case
Born in 1954, Case grew up near Buffalo. In 1974, he worked as a street musician in San Francisco and some of these experiences seem to have found their way into the song “Entella Hotel” (see …
reviewed Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!. July 17, 2009
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
...in the style of James Brown and other greats. Think the Blues Brothers if there had actually been some substance to their music. You'll be humming 'I'm Broke' for hours after listening to TELL 'EM …
reviewed Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!. June 18, 2009
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
...in the style of James Brown and other greats. Think the Blues Brothers if there had actually been some substance to their music. You'll be humming 'I'm Broke' for hours after listening to TELL 'EM …
reviewed Human. May 29, 2009
Human
Indian-British musician Nitin Sawhney is probably one of the few musicians who can put a gumbo soup of sounds on a mere 13 track album and make it all sound as if it belongs together. Given the title …
reviewed Tom Waits. May 09, 2009
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Tom Waits
I first became fully aware of Tom Waits in the early 90's. I knew of him before then - I'd seen him acting in a few movies - but it was a video of his I saw on MTV which really caught my attention. …
reviewed Blues Caravan: Guitars & Feathers. March 17, 2009
Blues Caravan: Guitars & Feathers
2008 saw the fourth Blues Caravan tour and this album is a live recording of one performance on that tour, in Bonn, Germany in January of that year. The tours mostly take in venues in central and northern …
reviewed Blues Caravan: Guitars & Feathers. March 06, 2009
Blues Caravan: Guitars & Feathers
Blues Caravan 2008 is a live performance featuring three strong and talented ladies, each a wonderful artist in their own right.    In this compilation, however, what is presented …
reviewed Fat Possum: Not Same Old Blues Crap (.... February 20, 2009
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Fat Possum: Not Same Old Blues Crap (Sampler)
Fat Possum Records, probably one of the most incredible record labels out there. It's one of the very rare and few companies that actually cares about music and it's roots.     Due …
reviewed Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra: 19.... December 16, 2008
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Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 1941-1942
Colorful bandleader Lucky Millinder was on top of the world in 1941 and 1942.  His multi-talented lineup in those years featured the likes of the noted jazz/R&B pianist and organist Bill Doggett …
reviewed Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Gospel of .... December 16, 2008
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe The Gospel of the Blues
Over the past three decades I had come across her name on numerous occasions.  Yes, I certainly had heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe but as far as I know I had never actually heard any of her recordings.  …
reviewed The Chronological Little Miss Cornshu.... December 15, 2008
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Little Miss Cornshucks 1947-1951
Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic records, called her "the best blues singer I ever heard."   Ruth Brown, the hugely successful singer who helped transform R & B into rock and roll in …
reviewed Fats Domino Greatest Hits: Walking to.... December 04, 2008
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Fats Domino Greatest Hits Walking To New Orleans
It had been far too long since I last sat down to enjoy the music of the legendary Antoine "Fats" Domino.  The collection that I owned was a 2 LP volume that I had purchased in the late …
reviewed We All Love Ella: Celebrating The Fir.... December 04, 2008
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We All Love Ella
My memories of the late Ella Fitzgerald are sketchy at best. I certainly do recall her numerous appearances on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1960's and I do own a vinyl collection of her greatest hits. …
reviewed One Kind Favor. September 14, 2008
One Kind Favor
I shouldn't be blabbering here. The best thing is just to let the music speak for itself. But since you're already come this far, here we go.  From the first cooking drums with BB adding his …
reviewed Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: Hurri.... September 14, 2006
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Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: Hurrican Relief
George Winston's "Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions" is both a benefit album to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as a tribute to New Orleans jazz piano. Those who have seen Winston perform in concert …
reviewed Genius Loves Company. May 30, 2006
Genius Loves Company
"Genius Loves Company" is an excellent album. Ray Charles performs 12 unforgettable duets with artists old and new. The dozen gems included on this CD illustrate the deep and genuine respect Brother Ray …
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