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Derrick Freeman and James Martin, Soul (Independent)

It’s almost guaranteed that if Derrick Freeman’s name is on it, there’s going to be some funk involved. Sure enough, the drummer is rhythmically, vocally and attitude-wise up to that […]

Panorama Jazz and Brass Band, Let the Music Play You (Independent)

In 2014 Panorama Jazz Band made a commitment to release one song a month available via their Bandcamp subscription club, called Good Music for You. While they’re still going strong […]

Various Artists, Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou: Livin’, Lovin’ & Lyin’ (Ace Records)

Just as when the bayous are flowing it guarantees that the crawfish keep a-growing, here comes another release in Ace’s popular By The Bayou series. As in the previous dozen […]

Retrofit, BEasy (Independent)

The debut EP of a band of up-and-coming younger session musicians and sidemen from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, BEasy puts some modern embellishments on a tried-and-true, feel-good formula. Retrofit […]

Dexter Payne Quintet, Jazz for All (Jazz Forro) (Dexofon Records)

The past 30 years have seen a groundswell of American interest in early Brazilian music, fueled (I believe) in part by releases by Arthur Moreira Lima on Pro-Arte Digital and […]

Sasha Masakowski, Art Market (Ropeadope)

Sasha Masakowski was partly responsible for one of my favorite tracks of 2017: the title song of the Masakowski Family’s N.O. Escape CD, a jazz-pop hybrid with a mystical groove […]

Nutria, Call to the Air (Breakfast for Dinner Records)

Nutria is a jazz trio founded in 2014 by UNO grads Byron Asher, Shawn Myers and Trey Boudreaux. This second album from the group, Call to the Air, moves into […]

Little Freddie King, Fried Rice & Chicken (Orleans Records)

Fried Rice & Chicken is split into two distinct sections, studio tracks recorded between 1994 and 1995 and live tracks recorded over the course of two nights in 1999. So […]

G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Swing 17 (Independent)

While there are several bands in town that specialize in gypsy jazz, G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies stand apart for two reasons. First, they aren’t genre-rigid. Bandleader and […]

Funk Monkey, Rollin’ Live at the Leaf (Independent)

Funk Monkey features an A-list of local talent including Greg Hicks, trombone (Bonerama); Brad Walker, sax (Eric Lindell/Colin Lake); Bert Cotton, guitar (Bonerama); Dave Pomerleau, bass and vocals (Johnny Sketch […]