Grant Green, Larry Young, and Elvin Jones Move Organ Jazz Forward

Organ trios and quartets were ubiquitous by the mid-1960s. In African American neighborhood bars and clubs up and down the East Coast, throughout the Rust Belt and points far beyond, Jimmy Smith-inspired organists and bands pumped out grits ‘n’ gravy blues, swinging standards, funky grooves, and ballads. Nothing fancy; social music for the Black working … Read more

Larry Simon – New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village And Beyond

Larry Simon – New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village And Beyond The University Press of Mississippi www.larrysimon-music.com 360 Pages Softcover edition When conversations roll around to discussing the metropolitan areas that figure prominently in the arc of the history of blues music, it would be no surprise to hear names … Read more

Interview: Larry McCray – ROCK AND BLUES MUSE

Photo: Larry McCray by Arnie Goodman By Martine Ehrenclou Larry McCray is a blues legend, an award-winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. And one of the most humble people you’d ever meet. McCray has what many artists want—a big, soulful voice and blistering, tasteful guitar chops that rival many of the blues greats. His 1991 debut … Read more

Review: Larry McCray ‘Blues Without You’

Larry McCray By Martine Ehrenclou Award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Larry McCray is set to release the record of his 30-year career, Blues Without You on March 25 via Keeping The Blues Alive Records featuring Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Joanna Connor and Reese Wynans. Produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, the 12-track album … Read more