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Indigo Mist: Cuong Vu - Richard Karpen: That The Days Go By And Never Come Again

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Pioneering trumpeter, composer Cuong Vu and pianist Richard Karpen push the envelope by not releasing a cut and dry tribute to Duke Ellington and his counterpart Billy Strayhorn . With a standard jazz quartet supported by iPad and electronics performers, to say this album follows mainstream jazz guidelines would be a miscue of sorts. Unconventional wisdom and atypical treatments accentuate this production of three Ellington-Strayhorn compositions and several originals by the quartet. According to Vu, the spirit of Ellington and Strayhorn presided during the recording session, amid references to the music taking on the semblance of an extended ...

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Richard Oppenheim: Greenhorn in a Red State

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Saxophonist Richard Oppenheim's Greenhorn in a Red State is a delightful album with a tight, simmering groove and filled with musically unique twist and turns. Inspired by his relocation to San Antonio from New York and the relative culture shock this entailed the seven originals are witty, nostalgic and restless. The front line of Oppenheim's alto and his wife flautist Katchie Cartwright's piccolo gives the melodies a singular agility and elasticity. Cartwright's breezy resonant tone glides over Oppenheim's greasy vibrating sound as the two woodwinds perform a provocative sensual dance on the funk infused “Mean Old Bastrop." Pianist ...

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Keith Richards on Keith Richards

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Keith Richards on Keith Richards Interviews and Encounters Edited by Sean Egan 288 pages ISBN: 9781613747889 Chicago Review Press 2013 There is an enduring appeal when it comes to the lives of Keith Richards and the other Rolling Stones that has spawned a myriad of biography books throughout the years. But no matter how many biographies and testimonies are published, a whole new avalanche of books are written each new year that again still attracts new readership regardless if the biographers are miles and miles distanced from the inner circles of the band ...

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Pryor Experiences

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If it seems like everything is being anthologized into a box set these days, that's because it is. While on a trip to Amoeba Music (the enormous record store from where I live about a block), I took stock of all kinds of box sets. There was even one of the Mitch Miller Sing Along With stuff. Oh joy. The thought of being trapped in a room with someone who could get through even one disc of that... Horrors.In those pre-Seinfeld days, standup comedians made live albums (roughly one per year), played Vegas showrooms, toured nightclubs, appeared on ...

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Richard Thompson: Electric [Deluxe]

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The title may be Electric--and, to be sure, it contains no shortage of the unfettered Celtic quirkiness that's garnered Richard Thompson accolades like “the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix" (Scott Timberg, L.A. Times)--but that doesn't mean there's a paradigm shift going on in the British singer/songwriter's overall modus operandi. Instead, what Thompson does, as he's largely been doing since he first went solo in 1971, is deliver another consistently fine set of original material, playing with a core trio that's been working with him, for the most part, since 2003's The Old Kit Bag (Cooking Vinyl) in the case ...

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Richard Nelson Large Ensemble: Pursuit

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Brooding, ECM-like soundscapes and thick, tense harmonies predominate on Pursuit, from Maine-based guitarist Richard Nelson. A student of avant-garde composers Donald Erb and Mario Davidovsky, and a core member of Mark Harvey's Boston- based Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Nelson takes a few cues from these experiences, and adds more than a few of his own, to come up with a distinctive synthesis of modern jazz, and contemporary orchestral music.Not surprisingly, Nelson is an ambitious and daring composer and there's a lot going on here. “Portal" revels in brooding Euro-centric avant-garde tendencies, eventually taking off on a free jazz trajectory. ...

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Richard Andersson: UDU

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The word “udu," which is the title of Danish bassist Richard Andersson's second release as a leader, has several connotations. Its primary meaning in Danish is something that is broken. A chair can be in “udu," which means it doesn't work and needs to be repaired. However, the sound of “udu" also closely resembles the pronunciation of the word “voodoo," something magical and mysterious.As it turns out, the word, with its different shades of meaning, is an apt description of the music that is both magical and broken. Far removed from slick sounds played in suit, Andersson's group ...



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