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Herb Ellis – Texas Swings (1992)

Today, we remember Texas jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, who has passed at 88 in his Los Angeles home after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Over a career that spanned six decades, Ellis worked with a number of legends, including Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong and in the classic line-up of the acclaimed Oscar Peterson Trio. Here’s one of ourRead More

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, "Willie and The Wheel" (2009)

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, "Willie and The Wheel" (2009)

Willie Nelson certainly has worked in more unexpected contexts lately — not least of which was his thoroughly surprising and just as thoroughly enjoyable turn alongside Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center. There have also been other, occasionally unfortunate duets with pop singers, reggae guys, and rappers, too. So, yeah, “Willie and The Wheel,” a recording with Western swing preservationistsRead More

Movies: Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis – Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (2008)

Movies: Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis – Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (2008)

by Nick DeRiso We’ve already offered a tip of the hat to “Two Men With the Blues,” Wynton Marsalis’ new recording with Willie Nelson — an offbeat, stirring collaboration that crossed genres and, hopefully, changed minds about the walls we’ve put up inside the open spaces of our music. Eagle Rock Entertainment subsequently offered this terrific multi-media companion piece calledRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Asleep at the Wheel

Something Else! Featured Artist: Asleep at the Wheel

NICK DERISO: Asleep at the Wheel has ensured that Texas swing music is no museum piece. In fact, they can be downright postmodern — recording, on occasion, with the likes of Manhattan Transfer and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, while paying tribute to Lone Star musical legend Bob Wills. A nifty mix of this hipster, if archaic, regional music and aRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Marcia Ball

┬áby Nick DeRiso One of her best Rounder releases, and hilariously named, is “Let Me Play With Your Poodle.” Featured is legendary guitar virtuoso Clarence Holliman, the guy who burned through Bobby “Blue” Bland’s classic 1950s and ’60 sessions. In fact, the old album titles tell it best, when talking about Marcia Ball: “Hot Tamale Baby.” “Gatorhythms.” “Sing It!”

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