The Dip Plays It Cool. Yes they do. This band is one of my favorites to get introduced to over the last couple of years.  They have a new soul and funk sound with that old school feel and on top of that can play with both an edge andContinue Reading

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose” and this year it was for listening intently to recorded music.  In a time when live music was unimaginable, there was a plethora of terrific albums in 2020.  This annual recap covers my most enjoyable albums released inContinue Reading

One of the coolest things in writing about music is finding out that the funk is alive all over the world. This coverage is on Pickpocket’s newly released album ‘Refraction‘ coming to us from Melbourne, Australia. The 8-piece band plays groove-based instrumental music with a focus on tight, funky rhythmsContinue Reading

Harlem Hipshake is a release that will keep you movin’ and groovin’ all day and night. It’s a full on party with a throwback style to the Latin soul of Ray Barreto and Mongo Santamaria in the ’60s.  The Bongolian, multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida, plays all the instruments except the funkyContinue Reading

There’s a Tide is one of the best jazz albums you’ll hear this year from a 12-piece band.  The awe-inspiring aspect is that all twelve pieces are played by Chris Potter.  As amazing as that is, the song’s are a superb collection with Chris’ impressive imprint on each track. sContinue Reading

Polyrhythmics are a band that I first connected live perform during a scintillating set at Suwannee Hulaween 2019 in Live Oak, Florida. That set was transcendent and many who saw it said it was the best of the fest.  The eight-piece group with impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship. BackContinue Reading

Three-O is Shaun Martin’s third album following 7 Summers and Focus, and naturally is a trio album.  Shaun is a six-time Grammy award winner, three with Kirk Franklin and three with Snarky Puppy. That’s a lot of threes.  Shaun is an amazing keyboardist and definitely his own man.  Yet, one ofContinue Reading

Butcher Brown is a quintet out of Richmond, VA playing a mix of jazz, funk and hip/hop, although their music is not easy to characterize nor should it be.  The group’s been around since the early 2010s but only recently has begun more broad national touring. They recall some ofContinue Reading

Budos Band has long been one of my top bands to listen to and see live. They’ve just released their sixth studio album “Long In The Tooth” and in a longstanding tradition, it’s thematic and terrific. Listening to the Budos is always an adrenaline rush. They started out as aContinue Reading

Tell Your Friends has a very prescient title, as a bunch of musicians in their mid-20s decided to do something wild – cut a live studio album, with no overdubs, with a small live audience and film crew in attendance.  Sound like a plan? Then the band, with Michael LeagueContinue Reading