Monthly Archives: June 2000

North Mississippi Allstars: Shake Hands with Shorty

The North Mississippi Allstars are the sons of well-known bluesmen and producers who play roots rock and boogie blues with spirit and abandon. This first CD comes after three years of gigging and includes favorite songs by Fred McDowell, R.L. … Continue reading

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Alvin Youngblood Hart: Start with the Soul

After more than a decade of playing acoustic blues and roots music, guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart has produced an electric CD of songs he calls ‘freedom rock.’ Hart loaded his guitars and amps into his truck and hit the road … Continue reading

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Brazzaville: Brazzaville 2002

Saxophonist David Brown, known for playing with Beck, has brought together some of his favorite musicians to record a CD of “tropicalia” inspired by his world travels. In 2002, he says, he wants to buy a freighter and play in … Continue reading

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Jurassic 5: Quality Control

The major label debut from this veteran L.A. Crew has been as well received as it was eagerly awaited. The J-5 flavor is a toast to the classic elements of hip-hop: funk, epic sensibility, upfull humor and bomb DJ’s. “Quality … Continue reading

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Savoy Doucet: Sam’s Big Rooster

Cajun traditional music is alive and well in this fourth release by the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, featuring Louisiana stalwarts Mark and Ann Savoy, son Joel, and Michael Doucet (of Beausoleil). The album consists of new songs that sound as … Continue reading

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Wayne Wallace: Three in One

(None) Released: 3/28/2000 Label: Spirit Nectar Genre: Jazz All Wayne Wallace profiles… Duke and Monk The elegance of Ellington and the funk of Monk get the Latin treatment in "Straight No Chaser" and "Silhouettes." History Wayne Wallace recounts a jazz … Continue reading

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore: One Endless Night

After an absence of four years Jimmie Dale Gilmore has emerged from producer Buddy Miller’s living room studio with an album that is an elegant country standard. He says that the his motivation for this album is "just the love … Continue reading

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Anton Schwartz: The Slow Lane

(None) Released: 2/15/2000 Label: Cantaloupe Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Jazz All Anton Schwartz profiles… The CD Slowing down the pace doesn’t mean turning down the intensity; it means finding space for whole thoughts and feelings. Come Rain or Come Shine … Continue reading

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Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Everybody’s Talkin’ ’bout Miss Thing

A tribute to "the elders" of jazz by one of the idiom’s hottest new groups. Smith’s vocals evoke Billie Holliday and Dinah Washington; arranger/pianist Chris Siebert leads a blend of hot new talent and jazz veterans through this collection of … Continue reading

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Sekou Sundiata: Long Story Short

(None) Released: 2/8/2000 Label: Righteous Babe Genre: Urban/Hip-Hop All Sekou Sundiata profiles… Making Poems Some three decades on, poet and performer Sekou Sundiata still believes in beauty and the power of poetry in the world. Droppin’ Revolution Sundiata invokes Malcolm … Continue reading

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