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November 2014

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Dear Mr. P.C.: I got offered a low paying gig through an agent who's been screwing musicians royally for years. What should I do? --T.W., Atlanta Dear T.W.: Think about it: His 15% cut of a low-paying gig is just a fraction of the 15% other agents make booking high-end ones. Yet he books it anyway, taking a passionate stand for the underclass. He's so committed to the little guy that he'll even offer a band for less than the going rate, knowing that cheaper musicians need the work far ...

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Allman Brothers Band: Lockn’ Festival, Arlington, VA - September 7, 2014

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For the better part of the new millennium, the Allman Brothers Band has made available a majority of their live shows, first using Instant Live and then through Munckmusic. There are hundreds of shows available, so why select Allman Brothers Band--Lockn' Festival--Arlington, VA, September 7, 2014? The answer is manifold. First, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced earlier this year that they would be leaving the band to focus on their own bands and solo careers. That is justifiable as both have successful bands (Gov't Mule and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band) who have solid track records. It ...

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Dianne Reeves At The Belfast Festival 2014

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Dianne Reeves Belfast Festival Belfast, N. Ireland October 26, 2014 Dianne Reeves' first visit to jny: Belfast coincided with her first album in five years. For some artists, say Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny or John Zorn, a gap of half a decade between releases would be spoken of in reverential terms as their “silent period," but for other artists, like Reeves, no such sense of mystery surrounds an artistic drought. After several decades recording and a bunch of Grammy Awards, Reeves' career seemed to take a back seat to life, hence the title of ...

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Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

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Portland State University professor Ezra Weiss is a prominent pianist and composer in his own right who has several recordings to his credit and is a three-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Young Composer Award. A traditionalist who prefers the straight ahead and modern jazz styles, Weiss delivers another gem on Before You Know It [Live In Portland], his seventh album as leader with one important distinction: the session was recorded at the Ivories Jazz Lounge in Portland, Oregon, for Weiss' very first documented live set. Though leading many different groups throughout his career, especially during the New ...

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Paul Jost: Breaking Through

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One of the most endearing moments of jazz vocalist Paul Jost's new solo CD, Breaking Through, in an album of many such moments, is perhaps his chuckle and the “Oh, George," he lets out after a fresh rendition of “Singing in the Rain." Endearing because Jost connects with the listener by the sigh meant for and about his dear late friend, pianist and arranger, George Mesterhazy. Two small words communicate such a wealth of awe, gratitude, longing and bittersweet happiness. Before we have read any liner notes, we sense this loss. The Nacio Herb, Arthur Freed tune is ...

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Luke Malewicz: Green Ruins

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Within the creative music world at large, trombone-led projects tend to occupy a niche within a niche. By far the least common among the three typical “jazz" horn types, 'bone players are forced to contend with a mid to low range instrument that does not tune easily and is usually cast in a supporting role within the band. It comes as no surprise that the list of well known projects by jazz trombone soloists/leaders is short, at least in comparison to the plethora of saxophone and trumpet innovators. However, many landmark recordings such as Carl Fontana's The Great Fontana, J.J. ...

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Mountain Sprout: Long Time Comin’

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas is an idyllic place located in Carroll County in the northwest corner of the state, sitting in the edge of the Ozark Mountains proper. It is an amazing island of hippie love and egalitarian acceptance stuck, like a sore toe in the middle of an evangelical and white supremacist desert where poisonous snakes are still handled in worship of the tooth fairy. That said, the area has its share of free spirits, the acoustic quintet Mountain Sprout, foremost among them. Fair warning to the weak-of-heart: any band playing original song titles like “Shittin' in ...



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