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Modern vintages

Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
By JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2009

Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964

The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
Acrobat (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 18, 2008

Close readings

The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
By JON GARELICK  |  November 18, 2008

Darrell Katz/Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra | The Same Thing

Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance is fearless about subject matter — this, after all, is the organization that gave us The Death of Simone Weil as an "improvisational cantata."
Cadence (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  November 11, 2008

EXCERPT: King Creole

 Gerald Perry writes on King Creole' s neverending B list movie status.
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 30, 2008

The Boston Horns

These primal-funk black belts led by former Heavy Metal Horns leaders Henley Douglas Jr. and Garret Savluk spare no grease on their sixth studio album.
Shibuya Gumbo |
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 09, 2008



As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

Other music meccas

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007

James Blood Ulmer

This time Ulmer was in a brooding mood.
Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions | Hyena
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007

Koko Taylor

The title here is befits the kind of shouting, romping music this grand madam of the blues began performing roughly a half-century ago.
Old School | Alligator
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 03, 2007

Laughter from space

A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006

Boston uber alles

This article originally appeared in the April 21, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By DOUG SIMMONS  |  November 14, 2006

Sense in the sound

In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
By JON GARELICK  |  September 20, 2006

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson seemed to have settled into a steady state of artful, loose-tempo, dreamy jazz pop. Which is why it’s so refreshing to hear her singing over actual grooves on  Thunderbird .
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2006