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Year of the Mule - Gov't Mule and the Future Past

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What has previously been relegated to Gov't Mule's live downloads have now been released on CD and LP. But first, a little back ground. Gov't Mule adopted a concert practice of Phish, who began (approximately) yearly coverage of a famous “classic" rock album in concert, typically on Halloween. Phish began this practice in 1994 with The Beatles' White Album (Apple, 1968). Gov't Mule began their similar tradition on Halloween and/or New Year's Eve with a covers from ...

INTERVIEWS

Gary Burton: A Lifetime of Collaborations

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 1999. Vibraphonist, composer and teacher, Gary Burton was among the first modern jazz musicians to come out of the fertile American Midwestern musical ground from which Pat Metheny and others later grew. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Burton began his professional career while still a teenager, supporting country guitarist Hank Garland. He began to blossom as a solo artist in the early 1960s as one of the first ...

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Gary Burton: The Art of Listening

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz in February 2001. If you had to choose one living musician who has pioneered the current state and techniques of his instrument, championed jazz education and performed with most of the current crop of established, contemporary jazz artists (Chick, Metheny, Jarrett, Herbie) plus has 'discovered' and been instrumental in bringing up new leaders in his own bands (Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Tommy Smith, etc), that would be Gary Burton.

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"Thousands of Bouquets": An Interview with Gary Burton on Jazz and Japan

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This article was originally published in May 2000 as party of a “Jazz and Japan" series. All About Jazz: What do you remember about your first trip to play in Japan? Gary Burton: I was 19 years old, playing with George Shearing. We spent five weeks in Japan playing in about five different cities. I had a lot of days off, so I explored Tokyo, Osaka, etc., and began to learn about Japan. I hadn't read ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: The Beginning

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Joan Torres's All Is Fused lives up to its name, delivering music that's a melting pot of styles and sonic strains. Torres--a Dominican Republic-born, Puerto Rico-based bassist with a fondness for modern jazz, rock, fusion, and Latin strains--pens electric and occasionally episodic narratives that burn, bemuse, and burrow their way into the mind. The Beginning is something of a misnomer, as it's actually the second album from this outfit: Before (Self Produced, 2012) came before it, introducing ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Atomic: Lucidity

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Living up to their name in performance and on record, the all-star Norwegian quintet Atomic challenges preconceived notions regarding the stereotypically introspective nature of Nordic jazz. Inspired by the unbridled spirit of 1960s American “Fire Music" and the post-war school of European free improvisation, Atomic eclipses the meditative lyricism of influential local legends like Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal, exemplifying the broad stylistic diversity of contemporary Scandinavian jazz.Formed in 2000, the original lineup brought together trumpeter Magnus Broo ...

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Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures from a Train Window

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Composer and educator Errol Rackipov--who currently teaches at several South Florida Universities including Florida International University, Florida Memorial and Broward College--is a master of the vibraphone and marimba where as the leader on Pictures from a Train Window, ably displays his talents in providing a distinct modern/fusion sound where jazz is but one element in a palette of classical chamber and European folk rhythms. As the vibraphonist himself explains, this album is the culmination of a “journey started ...

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Jenny Soonjin Kim: Kozeluch Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Volume 1

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Let's not hear it for Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Those perennial blowhards get all of the attention. Rather, let's hear it for their lesser-known contemporaries. These are composers who, today, get little light standing in the shadows of the aforementioned classical giants. It is the beauty of digital music and the Naxos brand of musical marketing that we have recorded performances of these less storied composers. Because, let's face it. One can only become so familiar with a given ...



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