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Friday, March 8, 2013

Rubidium (TUM Records)

 Finland is home to a flourishing circle of improv jazz musicians. The latest CD from that floating cadre opens in fractured waltz time; one could imagine a couple, weary from sleeplessness and liqueur, dancing clumsily around the tiny floor of a broken-down café. Likewise, the smudges of
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love (Palookaville Records)

 Whether or not the legends surrounding Phil Lee as a Cain-raising outlaw are true, his songwriting is infused with genuine grit and he sings his compositions with authenticity. His thoughts on broken love and living out of a suitcase
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

The story of Milwaukee garage rock

 Garage rock first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1960s and today garage bands continue to find their way into the mainstream of rock ‘n’ roll. Perfect for both fans of rock and students of history, Peter Roller’s new book Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock follows
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

For Langston

 Considered the poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes drew on jazz and blues for rhyme, rhythm and words. His poetry is easily adapted for music and jazz guitarist Ken Hatfield heard the grooves
Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Stone Cohen returns with classic repertoire

  Every generation numbers a minority of kids looking for music in less obvious places. In 1970, blues was often that place. In that year, a quartet of Whitefish Bay High School students formed the Stone Cohen Blues Band
Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

Bad Boy (Blind Pig)

Only a small number of blues musicians are still alive among those who were raised in Mississippi and moved to Chicago in the 1950s to contribute to the modern, electric blues sound and influence other forms of American ...
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (Columbia/Legacy)

 Harlem-folkie-wonder-cum-Chicago-blues-badass Taj Mahal gets the legend treatment as Columbia honors the singer/songwriter/storyteller’s back pages with a hidden treasures/stuff-we-haven’t-made-money...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

33 1/3 (Telarc)

 A significant changing of the guard occurred at last year’s Chicago Blues Festival when Koko Taylor’s daughter, Cookie, crowned Shemekia Copeland the new “Queen of the Blues.” It’s an honor richly deserved, as Copeland...

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