Tag: jazz

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy

Yep Roc

Three decades after their last full album together (the Blasters’ 1985 “Hard Line”), the Alvin brothers are making beautiful “American Music” together again, thanks to a near-death experience and the “entrance drug into prewar blues.”

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Aaron Comess

Blues for Use

Hey Boy/Innsbruck

Three things for instrumental music lovers to keep in mind about Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess’ third solo effort:

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Leon Russell

Life Journey


After Leon Russell’s successful 2010 duet album with Elton John (“The Union”), big labels were suddenly knocking again on the Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter/pianist’s door. But they wanted him to do something he’d never done: use a producer.

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Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers

Twisted Tales

Chops Not Chaps

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek finished his third collaboration with slide guitarist Roy Rogers shortly before he died. He and Rogers had just signed off on cover art when Manzarek left for Germany, where he succumbed to bile duct cancer May 20 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim.

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Shawn Starski

Shawn Starski


Guitarist extraordinaire Starski’s roots go back to his early teens, playing bass in a Detroit church band. He evolved as a guitarist in Florida through blues-rock and jump/swing outfits, before serving a seven-year tour of duty with Memphis-based prog blues combo Jason Ricci and New Blood. For the last couple of years, he’s toured and/or recorded with kindred blues performers including pianist-singer Kelley Hunt, former Little Feat singer Shaun Murphy and banjoist-guitarist-singer Otis Taylor.

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