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

Malcolm Strachan is best known as a founding member and trumpeter with the top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns.  The Haggis Horns appeared regularly with The New Mastersounds including their very first album.  Malcolm has been performing for over 20 years with such stellar performers as Mark Ronson, AmyContinue Reading

Jeff Cosgrove is a drummer and composer that just released his sixth album, HISTORY GETS AHEAD OF THE STORY, as a homage to his longtime collaborator friend and bassist William Parker.  This time he writes the arrangements for an organ trio featuring John Medeski on organ (Medeski, Martin and Wood,Continue Reading

Como De Allstars is the fifth studio album and sixth overall from The Greyboy Allstars and it’s terrific from track-to-track. GBA formed over than 25 years ago in San Diego and immediately rekindled the light of “boogaloo” music, a popular Latin form from the 1960s in New York City. TheirContinue Reading

M-A-C-E-O Parker is the most iconic funk sax player of all time, full stop.  He’s had a nearly 60-year career and has been on many of the most famous recordings of all time with James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, The JB’s and since the early 1990s his own albums.  He’s one ofContinue Reading

The weekend of the cancelled New Orleans JazzFest seems like the perfect time to get down and review some classic NOLA sounds from the New Orleans Nightcrawlers latest album Atmosphere.  The title is appropriate as one listen will take you right into the NOLA mood. The Nightcrawlers have been aroundContinue Reading

Snarky Puppy‘s latest album Immigrance drops on March 15, a full three years after their Culcha Vulcha album which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental. This is an early pre-review of the album which I had a unique opportunity to compile based on hearing each of the 8 tunesContinue Reading

Voodoo Visionary just released a striking new sophomore album “Off the Ground”. You can stream it here exclusively for a limited time. Funkadelic Threads provides a nice review of the album and the group’s album release party a week ago at Aisle 5 in Atlanta. Cold Shallow Moon I’ve GotContinue Reading