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Category Archive for 'Blues'

Gary Clark Jr.: The Bright Lights EP

“Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. mixes up blues, jazz, soul, and rock as well as any player on the scene… Clark is the real deal.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

“To his enormous credit, Laurie never sounds like a dilettante among this group; he holds his own, working his way into the marrow of the songs, playing credible piano throughout the record.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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“The music included here celebrates the musical diversity of New Orleans and Treme as traditions have been passed down from the neighborhood where jazz was born and where blues, Cajun, and folk musics have flourished to the present post-Katrina era. As a soundtrack, this volume represents what’s best about Treme; as a listening experience, it [...]

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“Compared to Wynton’s duet albums with Willie Nelson, this is both more traditional and riskier, and compared to Clapton’s latter-day duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, this finds the guitarist none too deferential. These are consummate musicians united by playing music they love, and their passion resonates so strongly it’s hard not to enjoy [...]

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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

“This lavish 111-track, six-CD box set attempts the impossible — to tell the whole story of jazz. This expanded anthology is wonderfully diverse in the story it tells, with tracks from jazz artists across the stylistic board, from Stan Kenton to Sun Ra, Bill Evans to Chick Corea, Louis Armstrong to Cecil Taylor, with stops [...]

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Buddy Guy: Icon

“This concise and tight 11-song set from those years collects early versions of his signature tunes “I Got My Eyes on You,” “Stone Crazy,” “Watch Yourself,” “When My Left Eye Jumps,” and the edgy “My Time After Awhile,” as well as his first single for Chess, “First Time I Met the Blues,” all of which [...]

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Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

“It’s gospel. It’s blues. It’s about love and redemption, and how each needs the other.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Charles Bradley: No Time for Dreaming

“On first spin, most listeners won’t be able to tell that gutsy soul singer Charles Bradley’s Daptone debut wasn’t recorded in the late ’60s and dusted off for release in early 2011. The music and performances are vibrant and alive with arrangements that are innovative yet informed by their roots. Retro-soul aficionados who claim they [...]

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Joe Cocker: Icon

“Joe Cocker has always been a superb interpreter of songs, taking each one he tackles and jerking and twisting it into new shapes, wringing every bit of emotion out of it in mesmerizing fashion, all of which has made him an iconic and unique artist.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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True by Too Human

Emotionally charged, bluesy vocals in a contemporary folk style with strong shades of jazz and blues. Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the [...]

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Check Our Catalog “Brothers bursts with gritty garage soul, resonating with retro grooves like “Tighten Up,” creeping with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins eeriness on the reverb-driven blues ballad “Ten Cent Pistol” and oozing old school from start to finish.” –Billboard

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Jack Rose: Luck in the Valley

Check Our Catalog “Americana with a thrillingly cosmopolitan flair, Jack Rose’s acoustic-guitar pickings encompass all manner of sounds not generally associated with that instrument: the elegant drone of ragas or jazz’s syncopated swing. This collection of 10 instrumentals…captures the late Rose’s limber, relaxed guitar style, and the charm of his low-key songs. Jack Rose suffered [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Not interested in playing merely roadhouse blues, Earl has, since the 1990s, built a steady stream of diverse, ambitious recordings marked by consistency and growth. This one is no exception. Spread the Love is easily among Earl’s most satisfying and groundbreaking recordings.” –All Music Guide

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Eric Clapton: Clapton

Check Our Catalog “EC is no stranger to covers and the sound of the album is familiar, but there’s no record quite like Clapton in his catalog. The closest may be Unplugged, which also ambles along with an unhurried shuffle, but this boasts a greater musical range, mixing up Fats Waller and Robert Wilkins with [...]

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Troy Andrews: Backatown

Check Our Catalog “Shorty calls his music “supafunkrock,” and it’s an accurate term for the aural gumbo on this fingerpopping, butt-shakin’ mix set. It crackles and burns with an unburdened, unfettered, passionate live feel. Backatown is everything popular American music should be; yet it’s also what sets Andrews and Orleans Avenue, and New Orleans music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “On Tribal he digs hard into the New Orleans rhythm and blues on which he cut his teeth. His sinewy band, the Lower 911, manages to riff on a classic sound without ever going retro.”–The New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “A solid collection of Nina Simone’s recordings for RCA, covering the years 1966-1974.This is representative of a period in which Simone was riding the charts, and making an impact on audiences all over the world not only for her jazz and blues material — which included many originals as well as covers [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is hardcore, raw, unvarnished music that aims straight for the pelvis. Throw James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett into a deep fryer and you’re close to Lewis’ knockout vocal attack. Fun, frisky, lascivious, and impossible to stay seated to, Black Joe Lewis has successfully tapped into a hip-shaking old-school [...]

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Guy Davis: Sweetheart Like You

Check Our Catalog “Guy Davis continues to explore the almost forgotten territory of acoustic African-American folk music, field hollers, shouts, rags, and gospel songs in a style that predates the blues and has much in common with the white Appalachian music that existed until the record companies separated it into race and hillbilly music.”–All Music [...]

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