LIVE: The Joe Krown Trio @ Red Square, 3/27/12

April 5th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

A Tuesday night of some New Orleans rhythm and blues was just what the doctor ordered for this music fan. Severely sprained thumb in a splint, hectic brain trying to fathom how to grade a few dozen essays in the next few days, soul trying to figure out if Miss Right even exists in this lifetime – yep, I needed to hear something salubrious, transcendent and funky. And just like they had the year before, the Joe Krown Trio delivered big time at Red Square in Albany.

The trio – legendary guitarist/singer Walter “Wolfman” Washington, drummer extraordinaire Russell Batiste, Jr. and Hammond B-3 maestro Joe Krown – played two outstanding 70-minute sets to an appreciative, decent-sized crowd on a school night.

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LIVE: The Joe Krown Trio @ Red Square, 5/24/11

June 7th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

A joyous Mardi Gras parade strut…
A sad, mournful blues wail in the night…
A heaven-sent gospel call and response…
A spirited, high-stepping brass band funeral march…

Music – in all of its infinite variations – is the lifeblood of a city, and few cities in the world boast as distinctive a soundtrack as New Orleans. It’s not just one particular sound, mind you, but rather all of those sounds blended together, slow-cooked with some bold spices and seasonings, simmering until it all becomes one delicious aural gumbo.

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