CD Reviews

Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield


Lori Bell and Ron Satterfield have spent the last few years wowing and beguiling audiences with their vibrant combination of straight ahead, pop, and boss nova-inflected jazz. Blue(s), their new album, is a welcome release, an intoxicating blend of classic tunes by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Bill Evans among others, and three guileful originals […]

Bert Turetsky

From the Archives

Whether they know it or not, anyone who plays the contrabass who lives in San Diego (and beyond) has been touched in one way or another by the amazing Bert Turetzky, who turned the world of bass performance around with his startling debut album, Recital of New Music, in 1964. Bert came to San Diego […]

Comanche Moon


Comanche Moon has a new CD called Derailed. The working band of Paul Kamanski, he is known to most of the local roots rock community for his past associations with such patron saints as the Beat Farmers, Country Dick Montana, and Joey Harris; he wrote several of the songs that are considered classics by the […]

David Brauner

No Man’s Land

Since 2012, David Brauner has been a prolific contemporary Christian musician, with five full-length CD—including his new one, No Man’s Land. He was a secular roots rocker in his younger days and after a couple of decades of inactivity got back into songwriting, this time with a devotional message. His recent albums, like Fountain of […]

Doug Schmude

Ghosts of the Main Drag

Orange County’s Doug Schmude started out in New Orleans and the Midwest, then detoured to Nashville to work in an acoustic duo. Adding his name to the burgeoning Americana singer/songwriter roster, he has released four independent CDs since 2000, including his newest, Ghosts of the Main Drag. He’s another of the artists that plays anything […]

Don Strandberg

The Trees They Do Grow High

Don Strandberg performs ancient English and Celtic songs. A veteran of San Diego’s coffeehouse scene, he sings and also plays fingerstyle guitar. Fans will be pleased to learn that he has just added to his output of CDs with The Trees They Do Grow High. This collection of nine instrumental arrangements of traditional British songs—as […]

The Shadowdogs


The Shadowdogs are rocking alt-country band that started out in 1998, put out a CD in 2003, Somewhere South of the Clef, that snagged an SDMA award. The front man, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter is Bruce Fitzsimmons, and the band also includes a basic core quartet, including bassist/ co-lead vocalist Jon Scarantino, Dan Lehner on […]

Gregory Page

So It Goes

It’s an often told tale that young Gregory Page, having no interest in academics or a future in business, developed a fascination with his grandfather’s 78 rpm records. It’s a quirky tidbit, hardly worth the mention for the more conventional lives of lawyers, clerks, and cashiers, but it merits attention in discussing the intriguing Mr. […]

Peter Sprague & Rebecca Jade

Planet Cole Porter

For the songwriters of the great American Songbook—among them Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and particularly in the case of brothers George and Ira Gershwin—the adjective genius is not a misused appellation. Yet even among these great talents, the music of Cole Porter stands apart. His pitch perfect marrying of lively and […]