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Charlie Daniels Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet and the New Riders of the Purple Sage NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY September 13, 2014 Charlie Daniels is an American treasure. The 77-year-old singer/guitarist/violinist, who will celebrate his 78th birthday in late October 2014, has been writing and performing since the '50s. In 1964, Daniels co-wrote Elvis Presley's “It Hurts Me." During the early part of his career, he was a working Nashville session musician, playing on albums by, among others, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. In 1971, he recorded and released his first solo album, Charlie Daniels ...

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Diva: A Swingin' Life

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What do you get when you have fifteen talented and swinging female jazz musicians in an orchestral setting? The answer, drummer Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra offering A Swingin' Life as proof that hard-charging big band music is not the exclusivity of the male gender. Building upon the work of more than a dozen previous albums, DIVA presents music from the Great American Songbook and more, capturing eleven audacious tracks recorded live by Jazz at Lincoln Center at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York and, at the renowned Manchester Craftsman's Guild in Pittsburgh. Adding to ...

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Jan Granlie: My Favorite Things - Jazz Photos 2004-2014

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My Favorite Things--Jazz Photos 2004 -2014 Jan Granlie 182 Jazz og Sånn 2014 Norwegian photographer, writer and editor Jan Granilie has an intimate and through knowledge of the history and almost everyone that is involved in the Nordic and European jazz scenes. He edited the Norwegian jazz magazine Jazznytt for several years and is now the editor of the jazz website Salt Peanuts. Granlie wrote countless reviews on albums, gigs and European festivals and photographed almost any gig that he attended. Or, as he summarized the experience so far, in his characteristic ...

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The Old 97s: Most Messed Up

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How great is it to discover a band that has been here all along? The Old 97s are nothing new. Coming together in Dallas in 1993, the popular quartet led by the aptly-named Rhett Butler has recorded 15 studio CDs since 1994's Hitchhike to Rhome (Idol Records). The band emerged as part of a larger resurgence in alternate-Americana/Country music that included Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and The Bottle Rockets. Imagine my surprise when I reviewed Blackberry Smoke's The Whippoorwill (Southern Ground, 2012) thinking it was the Second Coming of Southern Rock when ...

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Luke Paulo And The Grapefruit: Mirrors

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The lights dim. A figure steps onto the stage holding a guitar. He wears a dark suit and a fedora hat and sings his own melancholy lyrics in a deep, lugubrious voice. Could it be...? Well, of course not. This is a small club in the vastly unhip English city of Reading, in turn part of the appropriately named county of Berkshire. Leonard Cohen wouldn't be seen dead in a place like this. But, as he turns 80--unlikely as it may seem--the Old Groaner appears to have given birth to what's known in the trade as a ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin III, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin II was the second element of the musical binary epoxy that hardened the reputation of the band after the release of Led Zeppelin. “Sonic crunch" is an apt description of II while Led Zeppelin III takes a hard right into new (and, perhaps, unwelcome) territory. Led Zeppelin Led Zepplin III, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1970/2014 I keep nursing this love-hate attitude toward Led Zeppelin. Partly from genuine interest and mostly indefensible hopes, in part from the conviction that nobody that crass could be all that bad, I turn to ...

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Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

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Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many of the traits commonly exhibited by gnarled oldsters three times his age. The crowd in the venue's smallest room (Academy 3) looked to be three-quarters in the forties-and-above age range, with the remainder being around the late-teens or early-20s mark. Curious. Or maybe not ...

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The Meter Men at the Ogden Theater, Denver

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The Meter Men Ogden Theater Denver September 11, 2014 Funkify your life Get on down You can be the funkiest one In your town That pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Meters and now the Meter Men. In the song “Funkify Your Life," they seem to be offering a suggestion for a lifestyle, or at least an attitude. And a noble suggestion it is. Certainly, we could all use a little more funk and a little less... uptightness, or something. Get syncopated, baby! Just keep in mind, ...

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Chris Dundas/ Arild Andersen/Bendik Hofseth/Patrice Heral: Oslo Odyssey

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What's up with Oslo, Norway? Two of the outstanding recordings by of 2014 have come out of the city: pianist Paul Bley's Play Blue (ECM Records), and now Los Angeles-based pianist Chris Dundas' Oslo Odyssey (BLM Records). Dundas' profile isn't exactly soaring through the stars. He has one previous recording as a leader to his name, a very good mainstream affair from the year 2000, featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard. What Oslo Odyssey represents for Dundas is something of a (bluesman) Robert Johnson moment--he slips off the recording radar for a long spell, then comes back with a set ...

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Tunto: Huvi

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Tunto is a band providing what its Finnish name can be translated into -'a sense of feeling.' Although described disparagingly in one reviewer as veering towards New Age, this is music for a variety of moods. This is reflected in the song titles, on this their fourth to album to date, ranging from Stalking Music via Lice Picking Music to Sandcastle Music! The compositions are also again all by the driving force of the combo (on this album reduced to a duo), the player of various strings and assorted other instruments, Matti Wallenius. Known principally as the ...

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Ernie Watts: A Simple Truth

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After sixteen albums as leader, two-time Grammy-Award-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts presents a concept album, a journey of sorts, a musical description of a “jazz day" beginning with a morning piece and ending with an evening song in declaration of A Simple Truth. Recorded in Cologne, Germany, with his touring European quartet--together for over fifteen years--Watts imagines the music as being “basics that connects people, going right past language, ethnicity, culture and even history, into direct feeling," which is the simple truth the music in this audacious recording, is designed to reveal. Another revelation immediately evident as one samples ...

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Jason Ajemian: Folklords

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Folklords is one of the most adventurous albums to be issued by Delmark Records since Levels and Degrees of Light, the auspicious recording debut of pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams in 1967. Bassist Jason Ajemian's second effort for the venerable label, following 2008's The Art of Dying, conceptually surpasses his prior work by leaps and bounds. It shares significant similarities with Abrams' premiere, including the use of spoken word and expansive dynamics that veer from impressionistic balladry to rhapsodic free jazz. The first in a series of planned homages to acknowledged masters, the arrival of Folklords coincides ...

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Everything Old is Blue Again: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Horace Silver

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If you are a Blue Note fan, you undoubtedly know that over the course of their 75th anniversary year Blue Note has been reissuing important titles from the catalog at a rate of about five albums per month. It is really a fast-paced program that will appeal to folks on many levels. Some might be starting out and looking for their first copies of these iconic albums, while more seasoned collectors might be looking to fill in gaps in their collection. But one thing is certain, at about twenty bucks a pop, none but the wealthiest of collectors will be ...

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Take Five With Endre Huszar

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Meet Endre Huszar: “Versatility" is probably the word that would describe best Endre Huszár's career: beside being a musician/composer, he is also known as a journalist and media expert. While playing with many leading Hungarian acts in a wide range of genres from pop, alternative rock to jazz and world music, he formed his jazz fusion project, the 9:30 Collective in 1995. Meanwhile, he also contributed to other projects as a sound engineer and arranger and composed music for commercials, theater and various other applications. In addition to his musical work, he was the operational director of ...



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