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Andrew Zender

It’s been said that jazz was born in New Orleans and it grew up in Kansas City.  That’s where I grew up too, learning to love the sounds of the city’s storied past.  Now I’m on a mission to unearth what I haven’t heard.


Monday, February 1 2010

Terry Waldo and The Gutbucket Syncopators: The Ohio Theatre Concert

Nineteen tracks of pure, unhinged good-time music with an infectious energy that recall the earliest days of jazz.

Thursday, January 28 2010

Tinsley Ellis: Speak No Evil

Ellis continues to pound away at the blues with the force of a battering ram, but crisp, polished production cleans off the muck, grime, and grub that should have been left on this disc.

Monday, January 25 2010

Poncho Sanchez: Psychedelic Blues

A 10-track collection of groovy, danceable trademark Sanchez, Psychedelic Blues is enjoyable but inessential.

Wednesday, January 20 2010

Fred Anderson: 21st Century Chase: 80th Birthday Bash, Live at the Velvet Lounge

Recorded live at his home club on Chicago's south side, Anderson is joined at his birthday gig by a top-notch group for three long-form pieces that skronk, squeal, soothe, and swing.

Wednesday, January 6 2010

Various Artists: Things About Comin' My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks

While a few tracks on Things About Comin' My Way breeze by more than they burn, there's some outstanding playing and a few gems scattered throughout its expansive 17-track presentation.

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