Recommended New Releases
Review by Willard Maus

Got a big kazoo or banjo need? Yearn for a hot tuba solo? Then THE EVERGREEN CLASSIC JAZZ BAND (Early Tunes, 1915-1932) is the album for you. The Seattle-based band has been around for nearly forty years, paying tribute to the pioneering jazz bands of the early 20th century in a toe-tapping way. Ragtime and Charleston abound: echoes of Bechet, Joplin, Ellington and Armstrong resound; and lots of unfamiliar tunes pop up as well. Happy music played by happy musicians.

Also new from Delmark: avant-garde jazz releases by bassist/composer Jason Roebke (HIGH RED CENTER) and vibesman/composer Jason Adasiewicz (SUN ROOMS/FROM THE REGION). These Chicago-based musicians and friends (the latter plays on Roebke’s release and both men share the same drummer, Mike Reed). Challenging and poetic works by two 21st-century modernists.

Delmark returns to its blues roots with MISSISSIPPI HEAT/WARNING SHOT and GILES COREY’S STONED SOUL. The former band, led by Pierre Lacocque (harmonica, vocals) has been at the top of the r&b charts for a decade, and deservedly so. Lacocque writes snappy tunes for his 12-piece band and wails his head off. The result is a blues tornado you’ll be grateful to have lived through.

One of Lacocque’s sidemen, guitarist Giles Corey, has cut a disc of his own, his first as leader. On STONED SOUL he teams up with Joewaun Scott (bass), Marty Sammon (piano, organ), Rick King (drums) and Pat Otto (mandola) on some wild-man numbers guaranteed to snap you out of your funk.

Two other musicians who have devoted their lives to the blues are Lucky Peterson and Jay Willie. Triple-threat Peterson (guitar, organ, vocals) recently released THE SON OF A BLUESMAN, a Jazz Village album showcasing his impassioned singing on five originals and six covers (including Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now). My favorite was his burning rendition of Boogie-Woogie Blues Joint Party, but the powerful The Son of a Bluesman and I’m Still Here moved me as well. (

Jay Willie’s RUMBLIN’ AND SLIDIN’ (a follow-up to his 2013 Zoho release New York Minute)is a mixture of smokin’-hot studio and live tracks put across by Willie and his electric-rock band. Guest artists include singer Suzanne Vick, harmonica-player Jason Ricci, drummer Ron Stahl and saxman Ted Yakush. Together these friends party the night away. (