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CD Review: “Big Apple Blues” – Tomás Doncker and Yusef Komunyakaa Join Forces to Extend the Blues Tradition

Tomas Doncker Band CD coverArtist: Tomás Doncker Band
Title: Big Apple Blues
Label: True Groove Records
Genre: Blues/nu blues

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

Let’s face it; the blues have been done to death. Far from its African roots, its American tradition, during the 60s and beyond, the blues were looted by the (sometimes well meaning) British and Americans. With only a few exceptions, it seemed to have been squeezed for every drop of essence it had, and what was left was sustaining mostly unimaginative musicians who were seduced by its romance and deceptively simple musical structure, and die-hard traditionalists who struggle to preserve the tradition.

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Blues Musical Review: Diablo Love – Old Wine In A New Skin

2013-08-07-DIABLOLOVEFINAL-thumbDate: August 9, 2012
Venue: Central Park/SummerStage Theatre
Review by Dawoud Kringle

Diablo Love is a blues musical. That said, there are things one expects to see and hear; musical and cultural icons that one automatically associates with blues. The production didn’t disappoint in this.

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CD Review: NYC Artist Tomas Doncker Pays Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf, Brings “GLOBAL SOUL” To The Masses

Text by Dawoud Kringle

New York mainstay Thomas Doncker was recently asked to be the musical director for Diablo Love (a love story by Mando Alvarado, directed by Alfred Preisser, featuring live music that features Dockner’s re-imagining of songs by Howling Wolf – a.k.a. Chester Arthur Burnet. It will be presented at Central Park SummerStage, in honor of Wolf’s 103rd birthday), and released an EP of music by Howling Wolf. And in doing so, he was taking on a great burden.

a0464342006_2Artist: Tomas Doncker Band
Title: Howlin’ Wolf EP
Format: CD & download
Label: self released
Genre: Blues/Global Soul/Future Roots
Release date: July 2, 2013
Streaming link: http://tomasdonckerband.bandcamp.com/album/howlin-wolf-ep
Produced by Tomas Doncker & James Dellatacoma for True Groove

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