Album Reviews

Richard Swift Shines With Posthumous Psych-Soul LP ‘The Hex’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The name Richard Swift may not ring a bell for most music fans, but many have heard Swift albeit without knowing it. Swift played with well-known bands like The Shins, The Black Keys and The ...

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All Them Witches Fuse Together Psych, Cosmic Blues & Poetic Wanderings With ‘ATW’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Nashville based All Them Witches fuses together psychedelic stoner rock, cosmic blues and poetic wanderings on their newest record, ATW.  The four piece (drummer Robby Staebler, vocalist, bassist, and guitarist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., ...

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‘Monk’ – Lost Thelonious Monk Live Recording from 1963 Latest in Lost Albums to Surface (ALBUM REVIEW)

This is a year to see lost albums resurface mysteriously in a few genres now. Of course, John Coltrane made the biggest splash with June’s “Both Directions at Once.” Now we have what some have ...

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‘Cloud Symbols’ Recalls One-Two Punch Of Graham Parker’s Earliest Albums (ALBUM REVIEW)

Cloud Symbols is a direct descendant of Graham Parker’s first two Nick-Lowe produced albums on which the Rumour backed the feisty singer/songwriter. But even tempered by time and experience,  the exuberance of Heat Treatment and ...

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The Joy Formidable Combines Raw Power & Melodic Hooks On ‘AARTH’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

AAARTH, the fourth album from Welsh trio The Joy Formidable, is an aggressive collection of pulse-pounding hard rock that deftly combines raw power with melodic hooks. The fat, midrange-heavy distorted guitars and pounding drums seem ...

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Turkuaz With Help From Jerry Harrison Aim To Please With ‘Life In The City’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The stated goal for the Brooklyn based funk outfit Turkuaz on their fifth album Life in The City was to inject some real life into their music, putting some vitality into this cold world. Unfortunately, ...

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Randy Waldman Leads Colaiuta, Del Puerto, Corea, Marsalis & More On ‘Superheroes’ TV & Movie Theme Re-imagining

Randy Waldman may be best known as Barbara Streisand’s pianist for over 30 years, but his career is wide-spanning, having performed and toured with the biggest names in jazz, R&B, and pop. His work can ...

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John Daversa and His Big Band Featuring DACA Artists Bring Poignant Stories To ‘American Dreamers – Voices of Hope and Music of Freedom’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Multi-Grammy nominee John Daversa brings us a deeply personal, emotionally stirring and timely project that gives voice to young undocumented people known as ‘Dreamers,” children who were brought to America through no fault of their ...

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John Scofield Returns with Imaginative & Bold ‘Combo 66’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

John Scofield is one of today’s most versatile guitarists, accumulating accolades and prestigious awards in contemporary jazz, jam band, and popular music. Heck, he’s even made an excellent gospel album. For Combo 66, coinciding with ...

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Funky Ivan Neville and Roots-Rocker Cris Jacobs Form New Soulful Outfit ‘Neville Jacobs

Ivan Neville of the famed New Orleans Neville Family and leader of Dumpstaphunk collaborates with Baltimore-based Cris Jacobs, bandleader (The Bridge) and songwriter to form a quartet and release their first album, Neville Jacobs. The ...

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