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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.

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Poncho Sanchez: Psychedelic Blues

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

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Norah Jones: The Fall

Is Jones really concerned about the skewering she may receive for straying so far from what made her a star? Most likely not.

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Vince Guaraldi: The Definitive Vince Guaraldi

An individual at Coca-Cola's ad agency proposes the idea of a Charlie Brown Christmas Special, with music by Vince Guaraldi. And a new American institution was born...

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Various Artists: Light on the South Side

Sounds like golden outtakes from lost sessions where James Brown's backing band got together with Booker T and the MGs at the Stax studios with an insanely talented batch of unknown singers.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Blues and Beyond

Its title indicates perhaps an easily digestible and accessible entry point to the raw, expressive power of the blues; however, the music here is filtered through many genres with mixed results.

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The Wailin' Jennys: Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

A variety of delectable roots music offerings, including blues, country, spirituals, and folk – even with a little bit of jazz and bluegrass thrown in the mix.

Andrew Zender
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Lester Young: Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration highlights the stylistic range which Young mastered effortlessly.

Andrew Zender
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Samba Touré: Songhai Blues: Homage to Ali Farka Touré

Having not gained his true recognition until after his passing, Ali Farka Touré's outstanding musical legacy is further cemented through Samba Touré's tribute.

Andrew Zender
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The Fay Victor Ensemble: The FreeSong Suite

This record peers into the NYC-based vocalist's challenging and rewarding world of captivating vocal work and stirring spontaneity.

Andrew Zender
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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: One Day in Brooklyn

This EP further cements the group's status as one of the most forward-thinking units in jazz.

Andrew Zender
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Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session

In Session captures an incredibly important musical moment as two of the most revered blues guitarists lock horns in a friendly battle.

Andrew Zender
Books

Dancehall by Stuart Baker & Beth Lesser

This photojournalistic work showcases a country full of parties and poverty, music and militants, passion and politics, bosses and bling.

Andrew Zender
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Delta Blues by Ted Gioia

Gioia’s journey through the history of the Delta blues is a gripping reading experience as he digs through the vast archives of tall tales and telling truths of the muddy music made in Mississippi.

Andrew Zender
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I Want to Take You Higher by Jeff Kaliss

Although the Viscaynes had disbanded by the time their music hit the airwaves, Stone had solidified his decision to continue pursuing a career in the music industry.

Andrew Zender

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