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Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems

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On 21st of September, Leonard Cohen, member of an elite triumvirate of singer songwriters joined the 80 club. A day after his birthday, he delivered a new record and another chapter of his life opened to the public. Cohen is one of those singer songwriters that have kept maturing, producing new and interesting work with every advancing decade of his life. And there is something wondrous about Cohen delivering a new record for his 80th birthday. That he is delivering a masterpiece of a record is even more wondrous thing than that. Several months after the mammoth tour that saw ...

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Herbie Hancock at Sava Centar in Belgrade

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Herbie Hancock Sava Centar Belgrade, Serbia November 27, 2014 Pianist Herbie Hancock's name alone might sell tickets as a symbol of integrity and innovation. His curious and ever innovative spirit for pushing boundaries and new technology has not only pushed jazz forward, but contemporary music as well. And it was the sounds of the rich pool of music that greeted the crowd gathered at the prestigious Sava Centar hall to see Herbie Hancock return to the city of Belgrade after 22 years, on the final leg of a short European tour. Announced as ...

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Daniel Lanois: I Look for Commitment and a Lot of Heart and Soul

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Whenever I'm asked to name a list of Top 10 all time favorite records, the list slightly changes and shuffles every time. However, one of the most common denominators to those diverse lists is producer/musician Daniel Lanois. Often called a “studio wizard" or “studio magician," this producer has become renowned both for his proficiency in the studio and his gift for motivating and enabling people to reach new creative heights. Armed with an intuitive combination of emotions and technical proficiency, over the last 30 years he has been involved in some of the most ambitious and progressive new music as ...

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Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

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Credit should be given where it's due. Producer/musician Daniel Lanois has never been satisfied with just keep churning out the same kind of music for the same kind of audience that swooned over his song based records or the productions he did for other artists. As a true artist he wants to evolve and continuously create something different and Flesh and Machine is a move in that direction. Lanois' work cuts a distinctive swath through the last 30 years of electronic, rock and pop music, and unlike the song based records he has been releasing, Flesh and Machine is a ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2014

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2014 Dom Omladine, Dom Sindikata Belgrade, Serbia October 24-27, 2014 When back in 2005, the Dom Omladine Beograda decided to revive the Belgrade Jazz Festival, which was abruptly discontinued due to happenings in the Balkan's region, the organization faced with two mounting tasks--in a very short time it had to create a festival that had to live up to the dizzying heights and reputation that the festival had in the past and to create a modern festival which selection reflected not only the present state of the jazz world, but also ...

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Pink Floyd: The Endless River

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In the past several months the world of music has been shaking with sudden announcements and surprising releases by various artists. When Pink Floyd announced that it will be releasing its 15th studio album it seemed like the Earth stopped rotating for a moment. After all, its band members quietly retired this seminal band from active music making and in the past 20 years concentrated more on archival releases and reissues, and turned their attention more on solo records or writing books and hobbies. 20 years after the band's beautiful and contemplative Division Bell (EMI, 1994) there comes a record ...

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Lloyd Swanton: The Necks Trust Each Other to Not Push the Music Too Fast

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The Australian jazz--improv--jam trio The Necks has been active for quarter century. Consisting of drummer Tony Buck, bassist Lloyd Swanton and keyboardist Chris Abrahams, The Necks' members are all seasoned jazzers who approach the trio's music rather differently. Drawing inspiration from electronica, systems music and rock, the Necks have reshaped the role of the jazz keyboard thus improvising with textures and space rather than just notes and chords. Characteristically, their performances are lengthy and their records often consist of one long composition. The trio is touring Europe and one of the places on their stops was the Skopje Jazz Festival. ...



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