Author: George W. Harris

John Daversa: Artful Joy

Trumpeter/band leader John Daversa puts out music that never stops trying. Enthusiastic, swinging and enjoyable over the top, the music here has a hard hitting flexibility of sounds and rhythms that’s hard , not to ignore. He teams up with…

Zohar’s Nigun: The Four Questions

Zohar’s Nigun consists of Daniel Weltlinger/violin, Daniel Pliner/p, Alon Ilsar/dr and Simon Milman/b. What makes the concept of this album interesting is that these four artists are exploring the depths of cultural and religious identity; what makes a person who…

Lost Bayou Ramblers: Mammoth Waltz

Well, this sure ain’t your uncle Jacque’s Cajun music. The LBR’s consist of Andre Michot/acc, Louis Michot/v-fiddle, Cavan Carruth/g, Pauly Etheredge/dr, Korey Richey/programming-g and Alan LaFleurb. Except for the traditional and danceable  “La Jolie Fille N’en…” all of the material…

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Pun possibly unintended, but the lead singer of Queen was undoubtedly one of rock’s most mercurial stars in all of rock. Singer/songwriter/performer non parallel, Freddie Mercury is fascinatingly captured on this biographical documentary. It covers his entire life story, from…

Kathy Kallick Band: Time

  Gotta admit that one of my guilty pleasures is bluegrass, and this lady, Kathy Kallick, does it just right. I’ve never understood why jazzers don’t dig this stuff, as the chops and improv skills by her and the supporting…