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Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Galadrielle Allman

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Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman Galadrielle Allman 400 Pages ISBN: # 978-1400068944 Spiegel & Grau 2014 Galadrielle Allman was two-years old when her father, Allman Brothers Band founder Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident October 29, 1971. Since that time, she has been chasing a phantom and that chase has manifested as Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman. It is a welcome addition to the DA bibliography, joining Randy Poe's Skydog: The Duane Allman Story (Back Beat, 2006). Please ...

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Tara Davidson: Duets

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Saxophonist Tara Davidson has continually expanded the size of her band to suit each of her recording projects. Until now, that is. After working with a quartet, a quintet, and a nonet on record, Davidson has gone the other way, trimming things back and releasing a collection of artful duets that pair her with some of her favorite musician friends. Four of Davidson's six duet partners--tenor saxophonist Mike Murley, pianist David Braid, tenor saxophonist Trevor Hogg, and bassist Andrew Downing--have appeared on other Davidson releases. The remaining two--pianist Laila Biali and guitarist David Occhipinti--have developed strong connections ...

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Jim Cutler: Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!

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The music on Seattle-based saxophonist Jim Cutler's second big-band album is thematic; that is to say, it was written with people, places or experiences in mind. Half of the album's ten engaging essays were written by trumpeter Daniel Barry, four by Cutler and one ("Visions at the Monkey Bar") by baritone saxophonist James DeJoie who has his own tour de force, Barry's presumably Sauter-Finegan inspired “Spirit World." The shuffling opener, “Bella's Boogie," was penned by Cutler for his second daughter, Annabella, the funky “Gimme Some Sugar, Baby!" for his wife, Stephanie. The easy-flowing “Thumper," Cutler writes, was ...

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint in Lansdale, PA

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Preservation Hall and Allen Toussaint The Oh Yeah! Tour Lansdale Community Concerts Lansdale, PA October 18, 2014 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the roll again, and this time they have company. The venerable fifty year old band is on a thirty-eight city tour sharing the spotlight with the legendary Allen Toussaint who lights up the stage with his colorful suits and his even more colorful performance of some of his greatest hits. The 2,500 people in attendance had no idea what a magical night they were about to ...

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Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me

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It's no mean feat for a creative artist to translate historical events--much less those marred by centuries of slavery, political struggles, foreign occupation (most notably by the US) and the endless oppression of a chronically poor underclass wracked by disease--into a cogent, coherent musical statement. Recent events on the island nation of Haiti have included a devastating earthquake and an ensuing cholera epidemic. Yet the nation and its people persevere. How does all of this translate into music? With Authority Melts From Me, pianist Bobby Avey, armed with a sense of inter-cultural understanding that may actually be more ...

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Blue Öyster Cult at The Space at Westbury

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Blue Öyster Cult The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY October 18, 2014 In its over 40 years of existence Blue Öyster Cult has sold multiple millions of albums worldwide. The group came from humble beginnings. It was formed in 1967 at Stony Brook University on Long Island. The band was originally called Soft White Underbelly and was comprised of guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma" Roeser, drummer Albert Bouchard, keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters. This group recorded an album for Elektra Records that was shelved upon the departure of ...

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The WHO Trio: The WHO Zoo

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American drummer/percussionist Gerry Hemingway has made his home in Switzerland since 2009. Besides his teaching and solo performances, currently, his most accomplished working band is The WHO Trio. 'WHO' stands for Wintsch/Hemingway/Oester. It's Hemingway's unconventional piano trio with Swiss partners pianist Michel Wintsch and bassist Bänz Oester.The WHO Zoo is their fifth release, beginning with Choucas (Leo, 1999) through Less Is More (Clean Feed, 2010). Each disc has been a revelation and affirmation of this trio's like-mindedness. These two discs are distinguished by one being an all acoustic, the other electric. Both versions are ...



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