Alligator Records Artists To Perform At 2022 Chicago Blues Festival

Photo: Alligator Records Artists: Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Billy Branch, Lil’Ed & The Blue Imperials Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Billy Branch and Toronzo Cannon Perform Live At World Renowned Free Event On Wednesday, May 11, The City Of Chicago announced the lineup for the 2022 Chicago Blues Festivaltaking place Thursday, June … Read more

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series – set 7: Songsters & Saints – Vocal Traditions on Race Records

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series – set 7: Songsters & Saints – Vocal Traditions on Race Records Nimbus Records www.wyastone.co.uk www.saydisc.com www.matchboxbluesmaster.co.uk 6 discs The Matchbox Bluesmaster series was originally released from November 1982 to June 1988 by Saydisc Records. Rare 78 rpm records were loaned to supplement the ones on hand to create what was called … Read more

Charles Mingus – The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s (Resonance Records, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein Arguably more than any other label, Resonance Records—and particularly producer and co-president Zev Feldman—understands that, despite the middling quality of recordings circulating on the bootleg market, nothing beats a properly mastered archival release. And for a recording like this one of Charles Mingus playing live at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, from August … Read more

The Sound of Contemporary Records

The legend of Lester Koenig—record collector, bon vivant, screenwriter, film producer, friend to Hollywood’s famous—looms larger than a hundred books, let alone a few words in JazzTimes. Yet it’s as the founder of Contemporary Records (in 1952) where he arguably made his most lasting mark, creating jazz recordings with a distinctive crispness, more often than … Read more

Little Village Records Gives Emerging Artists A Head Start  – American Blues Scene

What do these artists all have in common: Kid Andersen, Diunna Greenleaf, Jim Pugh, Curtis Salgado, Mike Finnigan, Kevin Burt, Chris Cain, Alura Chavez, Wee Willie Walker, Nancy Wright, Larry Fulcher, June Core and Derrick “D’ Mar” Martin? They’ve all been Blues Music Award winners and/or are this year’s nominees. They also have enjoyed increased … Read more

Phil Robson (‘Portrait in Extreme’, Lyte Records. Release on 25 March) – London Jazz News

Guitarist Phil Robson is back on this side of the Atlantic. After five years living in New York – in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan – he and partner Christine Tobin moved back in March 2020, and are currently based in County Roscommon in Ireland, where he is both enjoying and … Read more

Agile Experiments – Challenger / Edwards / De Rose (Dave De Rose Records, 2022) **** ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Sammy Stein Agile Experiments are Dave De Rose on drums, John Edwards on double bass, and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone. This is an uncut live performance recorded in 2021 at Unit 58 (Tottenham, London, UK). The music is immense; At times, the trio blends so well that definition between the instruments is momentarily … Read more

The Complete, Legendary, Live Return at The Town Hall NYC November 4, 1973 (Oblivion Records, 2022) ***** ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein First thing first, given this audience tends to prefer physical media, inarguably digital is the right, best solution for this release. Yes, inarguably. Here’s why: the last major group performance recorded before 1973, The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor or Nuits De La Fondation Maeght, Vols. 1–3, is one set split … Read more

Tom Remon (new album ‘Eagle Peak’ on Lunaria Records; launch 28 Feb ’22) – London Jazz News

Tom Remon- Eagle Peak UK guitarist Tom Remon has a new album out, Eagle Peak (Lunaria Records) with Shaney Forbes on drums, Mike Gorman on Hammond and Laurence Wilkins on trumpet. Launch is on 28 February – booking link below. In this feature about the new album, he remembers the impact which working with Tomorrow’s … Read more

Georg Demel Quartett – Pale Blue Dot (Unit Records, 2021) ***** ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Matty Bannond 23 billion kilometers away from Earth, something is communicating with humankind. It sends photos of our watery planet. It transmits data about the space beyond the Sun’s heliosphere. And it has inspired four young musicians in Leipzig to create an album of startling emotional depth that, like the Voyager 1 space probe, … Read more