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

The Fearless Flyers are kind of a super-group featuring Joe Dart and Cory Wong from Vulfpeck, Mark Lettieri from Snarky Puppy and Nate Smith (Nate Smith, Chris Potter ). Tailwinds is their first full length album following its two EPS, Fearless Flyers I and II. Although the band is anContinue Reading

Lotus is one of my favorite bands, live and recorded.  Their style is always morphing, although many would classify them as jamtronica, a mix between electronic and jam. Their latest album, Free Swim just out, is an eclectic mix of styles but stays true to the Lotus core.  Lotus alwaysContinue Reading

Jaga Jazzist return with their new album “Pyramid” on August 7th, 2020, and it’s quite a trip.  It’s from an era when albums were meant to be listened to in their entirety.  Each track builds upon the prior one and seemingly the pace picks up from one to the next.Continue Reading

Our Kind of Movement is a great intro for me to the band Speedometer out of the United Kingdom.  It’s a helluva album with everything a funk fan could want.  Great playing all around from the horns with some great baritone sax work, B3 organ, plucky guitar and bass andContinue Reading

Bill Laurance is a longstanding member of Snarky Puppy, and one of the original keys players.  Often identified by fans for his sensual and sensitive playing, he also provides some of the band’s most amazing keys solos. In addition, he an accomplished song writer having penned some of the groupsContinue Reading