CD Reviews

John Batdorf

Next Stop, Willoughby

The latest album from John Batdorf is Next Stop, Willoughby. He has been in the music biz for 50 years, doing just about everything—as a hot new talent with a big label contract, a session musician with artists as varied as Jefferson Starship, Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, and Adele, and working as a staff writer […]

Zzymzzy Quartet

Petite Fleur

The summer of 2017 thus far has heard a good amount of loud, crashing, dynamic music coming from my apartment—speed metal, hard rock and hard bebop, fast and infuriating. Understandably, noise complaints, frayed nerves, and headaches ensued before long, necessitating a change of music, both in tunes, tone, and mood. Rather handily, Petite Fleur by […]

Back to the Garden

Love Elemental

Back to the Garden are likely familiar to many roots fans. Guitarists Jim Soldi and Marc Twang Intravaia, keyboardist Sharon Whyte, bassist Rick Nash, and Larry Grano on drums have all played in the Eve Selis band for years; here, John Rekevics adds horns. Whyte, Soldi, Intravaia, and Grano all perform lead vocals on the […]


Time Songs

From the county’s back country near Julian, the band Haywire has a new CD, Time Songs. Billing itself as an “eclectic folk band,” with sources as varied as Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, they come across on many of the tracks as a musical and lyrical throwback to the golden age of hippie […]

Moth & Sons

sign of the times

The electric guitar has always been kind of a “outsider” in modern jazz, and the notion of a jazz group that feature two guitarists is unusual, to say the least. There are, of course, exceptions—such as the pairing of Bill Frisell and John Scofield in Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires; or the dual six-stringers in Paul […]

Lindsay White

Lights Out

Lindsay White (check out the feature in last month’s Troubadour) is no stranger to local roots music fans, or readers of this magazine. She has been racking up recognition as a songwriter for years and, as a member of the Lovebirds with Veronica May from 2010 to 2015, has produced three well-received CDs and toured […]

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 […]