Adam Deitch Quartet’s second album is a heater, with some of the grooviest, soul-jazz around. Adam is known as the drummer, composer and founding member of today’s leading funk band, Lettuce. For the quartet, he is joined by fellow Lettuce bandmates, Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet and Ryan Zoidis onContinue Reading


North Beach Music Festival (NBMF) has quickly established itself as an automatic ‘yes, I will attend’ festival based on its December timing, Miami Beach location and absolutely stellar lineup each year.  Since its inception in 2021, the brothers Plotnicki, have curated incredible jam, funk, soul, electronica , and jazz artistsContinue Reading

Hulaween is a much-hyped festival for good reason – it’s almost impossible to chronicle the experience for anyone uninitiated to the event. This year’s 10th anniversary edition was no exception and I was thrilled to be there as a fan and music video journalist.  There are multiple reasons why theContinue Reading

Corinne Bailey Rae (CBR) is one of my all-time favorite vocalists and I’ve been a fan for just about 20 years, ever since I first heard her sing ‘Your Love Is Mine” with The New Mastersounds (NMS) back in 2003 on their ‘Be Yourself’ album.  They’re all from Leeds, UKContinue Reading

Suwannee Hulaween is just a few weeks away from its 10th-year anniversary edition and it will be my eighth consecutive year. There’s a super buzz about the even particlarly since the organizers added a second night of Pretty Lights headlining to replace Rainbow Kitten Surprise. It will also undoubtedly serveContinue Reading

On Becoming from House of Waters is a stunning album all around — an exquisite listening journey that takes you to places you’ve not previously imagined.  Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) and Moto Fukushima (6-string bass) are joined by Antonio Sanchez on drums, and they weave a tapestry of feelings thatContinue Reading

The Soul Sessions is an album I’ve been looking forward to most of the year after reviewing The Funk Sessions back in April. Like its predecessor, it was recorded live by Speedometer at the legendary Studio 3 in Abbey Roads Studios in London. Universal Music commissioned both albums for theirContinue Reading

Leisure Suit, is an old school funk fusion album with new era notions of jam. That’s right, it’s a leisure suit from the 70s that’s back with a flair and so much panache. That’s a lot of fancy words for an album that’s got great catchy tunes, some dramatic momentsContinue Reading

Bokanté encapsulates world rhythms like no other band. The band is the brainchild of Snarky Puppy’s Michael League and a vehicle for the marvelous vocals of Malika Tirolien, along with a roster of some of the most uniquely accomplished musicians around. Bokanté’s albums are always a treat. The songs areContinue Reading

Jonathan Scales is the current world leader steel pannist and each of his albums are great listens end to end. He follows his predecessor pannists Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra), Andy Narell (Caribbean Jazz Project), and Robert Greenidge (Jimmy Buffet) in bringing the island sound to the world jazz scene. InContinue Reading