Category: Reviews

Ahmad Jamal: Marseille

At 87, legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal still sounds more fresh and personal than artists one third his age. His prototypical styled, highly influential but rarely imitated, is in rich display here with his team of Manolo Badrena/perc, James Cammack/b and…

Kelly’s Lot: Bittersweet

Lead by the husband and wife team of vocalist Kelly Zirbes and guitarist Perry Robertson, Kelly’s Lot feels like a West Coast answer to the Tedeschi Trucks Band; bluesy, earthy and filled with passionate grit. This latest album, with the…

Carolyn Fitzhugh: Simply Amazing

Vocalist Carolyn Fitzhugh has a soul/gospel sound to her voice, and uses her instincts well on this album of originals and standards with Stu Mindeman/p, Tim Ipsen/b Alfonzo Jones/dr, Larry Brown Jr/g and Brent Griffin Jr/as. She throws herself into…