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NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS

Soul of A Nation 2 : Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher

By |March 21st, 2019|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

The thoughtful people at SoulJazz Records in London England have done it again. Their latest compilation “Soul of A Nation 2” is one of the deepest and most powerful compilations to come our way in many years, and is even stronger than the first volume from 2018. These compilations were chosen to provide a musical companion piece for an art [...]

Dennis Coffey “One Night at Morey’s: 1968” + Delvon Lamarr Trio “Live at KEXP”

By |October 31st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

If you are at all like me, you might have felt that after hearing artists like Booker T & the Mgs, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young for years, there wasn't much still to discover from an organ /guitar / drums trio. Well here are two recent releases – recorded close to 50 years (!!!) apart – that have [...]

Orkestar Kriminal “Ryobra”

By |October 31st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

This CD is a recent release by a wild and crazy Montreal-based folk punk group, that I learned about from our local musical-literary-theatrical-comedic-social justice guru Geoff Berner. Their music harkens back to the underground cultures of Eastern Europe between WW1 and WW2 and mixes Klezmer, Rebetika, Romani, and other folk dance music traditions. Their main power comes from a dynamic [...]

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – “An Angel Fell”

By |October 1st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Chicago has been the birthplace of so much crucial music that it deserves to be treated with the same respect we give to New Orleans, as a wellspring of those diverse unique voices that could only be American. I now realize that the ranks of people quintessential to this music includes (multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, director, etc !!!) Idris [...]

Prince – “Piano & A Microphone 1983”

By |October 1st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

In what we hope will be the first of many posthumous releases from the Prince estate, “Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983” gives us a stripped-down stark window into the artist's monumental talent and imagination. Recorded between his 5th album “1999” and his breakthrough 6th “Purple Rain” this intimate set brings the listener into a studio, where it is [...]

Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance (1942-2018)

By |September 29th, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Jazz Iconoclast and guitar hero Marc Ribot’s new record (Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018) is simultaneously one of the most culturally diverse, yet powerfully focussed, collections of music you will ever find. The cultural diversity is represented by the presence of artists such as Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tift Merritt, Syd Straw, Ohene Corneliuo, and Domenica Fossati. [...]

NEWS & EVENTS

Orkestar Kriminal: Live Monday Night

By |July 13th, 2019|In-store performances|

We're very pleased to present the 8-piece phenomenon from Montreal Orkestar Kriminal for a very special in-store performance. Monday July 15th at 7pm "Along with their Yiddish gangster repertoire, Orkestar Kriminal has absorbed the Rebetika Mortika hash den anthems of the 1930s Greek underground. They can also be found performing in Khmer, Spanish, Danish, Romani, Ladino, Russian, Vietnamese, Hebrew or whatever other tongue might [...]

In-Store: Jim Campilongo & Luca Benedetti SUN FEB 17th 2pm

By |February 10th, 2019|In-store performances, News|

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th 2pm Pleased to invite you to another in-store in conjunction with @blueshoreatcapu : Sunday Feb 17th @ 2pm @jimcampilongo & @lucabenedetti_gtr guitar duo preview of their show that night @roguefolkclub