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The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River

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Suspect as its concept appears, at least at first, The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River is another entry in the remarkable creative canon of Bob Dylan. And though the man himself does not perform here, he was nevertheless (in)directly involved: he had to give permission for the usage of a clutch of his lyrics from 1967 uncovered during exhumation of material for his 'Bootleg Series' of archive titles. And if the presence of T-Bone Burnett gives ...


Glyn Johns: Sound Man - A Life Recording Hits

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Sound Man Glyn Johns 336 Pages ISBN: 0399163875 Blue Rider Press 2015 The only thing wrong with famed producer/engineer Glyn Johns' Sound Man is that there's not enough of it. The famed producer/engineer maintains such a breezy tone throughout his memoirs (perhaps as overcompensation for a very dogmatic reputation), so the fifty year span he covers seems like but a fortnight and it almost reads like he's just scratching the surface.


J Geils Band: House Party Live in Germany

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J. Geils Band House Party: Live in Germany Eagle Vision 2015 It's arguable the original lineup of the J. Geils Band remained in its prime all the way from their splendid eponymous debut album through a series of almost equally potent but ever so slightly varied successors in the Seventies into the widespread popularity that ensued with the commercial breakthrough of “Centerfold" in the eighties. House Party Live in Germany exemplifies how and why as ...


The Fred Hersch Trio at FlynnSpace

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The Fred Hersch Trio FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont February 27, 2015 Even when FlynnSpace is completely sold out, as it was February 27th for The Fred Hersch Trio, this downstairs venue never feels crowded. The audience is usually seated, as it was for this frigid Friday night, on three sides of a stage only slightly elevated, so that the performer and the attendees are all on the same level. During Hersch & Co's show, everyone in ...


Drkwav: The Purge

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The extent to which saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist John Medeski and percussionist Adam Deitch love to explore the nuances of melody, rhythm and space, especially at their respective outer limits, makes their collaboration as Drkwav almost inevitable. And it's perfectly appropriate the trio chose a name for themselves as an ensemble here because, as much as their respective personalities and skills figure into the sounds they make, right at the outset of The Purge, on “Darkwave," their individual profiles merge, almost ...


Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Volume 12

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Comprised of recordings in Providence RI and Boston MA from June of 1974, fairly early on in the Grateful Dead's use of their now legendary “Wall of Sound," Dick's Picks Vol. 12 documents a point in the iconic band's evolution where the pendulum of improvisation was swinging back toward more open-ended playing after the more structured approach they took at the turn of the decade, documented in the studio recordings of Workingman's Dead (Warner Bros., 1970) and American Beauty (Warner ...


The Julian Lage Trio at Richmond Congregational Church

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The Julian Lage Trio Congregational Church Richmond, Vermont February 15, 2015 Striding from the vestibule to the stage of this tiny house of worship, The Julian Lage Trio were afforded a hearty round of applause, which was just a precursor to further acclamation in the form of whoops and hollers that became increasingly frequent during the course of their single ninety-minute set. But a mutual admiration arose between performers and audience during the ...


The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

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Shorn of the overdubs and remixes that adorned the selected collection of tracks released in 1975 under the supervision of Robbie Robertson, the quick succession of thirty-eight cuts comprising The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 juxtaposes traditional songs, contemporary roots material and originals of greater or less significance to achieve a masterful recreation of the ambiance that must've arisen from those hallowed sessions Bob Dylan and the band conducted in Woodstock, NY in the summer of 1967. ...


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