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Jeff Beck: Live +

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Jeff Beck Live+ is a collection of fourteen tracks recorded in concert during August of 2014 with a pair of new originals from recent studio sessions. It effectively whets the appetite for the new studio record reportedly in the works for some months now even as it stands as a fitting companion piece to the DVD Live in Tokyo (Eagle Vision, 2014). Beck's is a perfectly pragmatic approach to to reinvent the panoply of styles he's traversed since ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Serbian Jazz BRE: Serendipity

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What began as a multimedia jazz experience, a combination of straight ahead jazz music and series of photographs by the band's instigator and producer Ivan Grlić, soon evolved into a live video extravaganza with video projections that run in the background whenever the band is playing live. First there was a book with photographs, which were screened as well behind the band. But now, Grlić is sharing the stage with the band equally improvising on stage by manipulating various videos ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz in Church Festival 2015

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Jazz in Church Festival Bucharest, Romania Lutheran Church April 16-19, 2015 The Jazz in Church Festival reaffirmed its call of unconventionality by bringing together artists of most diversified styles and orientations. A subtly assorted lineup consolidated the nascent tradition of open dialog and transgender interplay set forth three years ago. For four days in April the cupola of the Lutheran Church in Bucharest echoed with the unobstructed creativity of the performers and reverberated with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974

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Much has been written about this vastly influential and time-honored jazz fusion unit that skirted the avant-garde spectrum, especially when saxophone great Elton Dean was in the band, in addition to its psychedelic persuasions during the 60s. This 1974 live concert in Switzerland, features soon-to-be guitar god Allan Holdsworth's entry into the band's lineup. At this time, keyboardist Mike Ratledge loomed as the only founding member of the unit. These historic performances are supplemented by the concert footage DVD, underscored ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Jeff Beck at the Paramount

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Jeff Beck The Paramount Huntington, NY April 15, 2015 Jeff Beck is rock royalty. He has twice been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame--as a member of the Yardbirds (in 1992) and as a solo performer (in 2009). His career has spanned over 50 years (first appearing on a record in 1964 playing guitar on the Fitz and Startz single “I'm Not Running Away." In 1965, he ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Modern Jazz Guitar

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Six strings, ten fingers, improvisation, and a sense of adventure: these are the tools required to play modern jazz guitar. While guitar greats like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall laid the foundation for bop guitar, a whole new crop of musicians came of age starting in the late '60s. Modern jazz guitar, for lack of a better term, describes the new players who took the traditional forms and twisted them asunder. The new generation has absorbed swing, bop, ...

REDISCOVERY

Haken: The Mountain

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Haken The MountainInside Out Records2013 For a group as young as Britain's Haken to find The Mountain selected by Prog Magazine's readers as one of “The 100 Greatest Prog Albums Albums of All Time"--and at an über-respectable position of #54--is a remarkable enough feat for a group with only two albums prior to this, its third record following its 2010 debut, Aquarius and 2011's Vision (all on Inside Out Records). That this hour-long (plus two ...

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Hipgnosis Portraits

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Hipgnosis Portraits Aubrey Powell 288 pages ISBN: 0500517630 Thames & Hudson 2014 When I was a kid I used to regularly search through my uncle's vinyl collection and there was one particular photograph that continuously arrested my attention and imagination -the inner sleeves of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. (Harvest, 1975) The photograph of two people shaking hands while the other one of them was in flames was very fascinating and ...



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