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Kevin O'Connor
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band: “Body and Shadow” (Blue Note) If you’ve read my last few review entries, you may sense a trend. If it seems like I’ve shown a penchant for Blue Note Records it’s probably because I have. It’s difficult to recall the last recent era where the label has been so...
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Much has been written and said about the healing power of music. Kevin O’Connor took a break this week from his usual cd reviews to share something a little more personal and important. The following article is from the “Dissonance” blog. If you know somebody with addictive or mental health issues, please share. http://www.dissonance.website/blog/2017/10/25/embracing-the-ugly-beauty-of-our-dissonant-lives  ...
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Hiromi/Edmar Castaneda “Live In Montreal” (Telarc) Released October 6, 2017 If you think about it, the harp is just a piano with its guts strewn about. Or, to be more historically accurate, the piano is a harp with little hammers. However you choose to break it down, the two go together like apples and cinnamon....
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Savannah, Georgia-based Velvet Caravan stopped by the studio to play and chat with Kevin O’Connor before they heated things up at Vieux Carre Wednesday. AUDIO: Originally aired Wednesday, October 11 on The Afternoon Cruise with Kevin O’Connor. More Posts for Show: The Afternoon Cruise
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Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield: A Beautiful World (Basin Street) Release date: Fri., Sept. 22 There are but a scant few constants you can count on in this woeful world: Frozen pizza is always sub-par, dogs are awesome and New Orleans will always be known for at least two things: they have unsurpassable food and a unique...
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Will Mick Sterling – and hundreds of his closest friends – break a percussion world record on Harriet Island?  Patty Peterson visits about Let There Be Drums, which will bring hundreds of drum kit players together to set a Guinness World Record while playing classic grooves from Aretha Franklin and The Beatles, and raise funds for families affected by...
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John Pizzarelli:  “Sinatra and Jobim @ 50”  (With Daniel  Jobim) (Concord) Full disclosure: Until this year, the 50th anniversary of the historic mind-melding of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, I was mildly in the dark about how impactful those sessions were. Before you castigate me, I should mention that I am the victim of...
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Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’: “TajMo” (Concord) If I ruled the world, and it is decidedly a good thing that I do not, all my recording pipe dreams would bear fruit. Given two brilliant acoustic blues musicians for one recording session, for example, I’d insist that they keep it raw. To quote Jerry Seinfeld: “I’m...
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