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Levin Brothers: Levin Brothers

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He may have ultimately become best-known in the progressive rock world for his ongoing work with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men and the Crimson ProjeKct, but 68 year-old bassist and stick player Tony Levin has no shortage of jazz credentials, playing with everyone from Gary Burton and Mike Mainieri to Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich from the late '60s through the early '70s. Classically trained like his younger sibling, brother Pete has stayed more decidedly in the jazz world for most of his career, recording with everyone from Gil Evans and David Sanborn to Jimmy Giuffre and John Scofield ...

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Alan Davey: Al Chemical's Lysergic Orchestra Vol. 2

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One of the longest standing members of the space rock juggernaut Hawkwind, bassist Alan Davey got his start in the late 1970s with his own heavy psychedelic rock band Gunslinger. His tenure with Hawkwind ran from 1984 to 1996, and then again, finally, from 2001 to 2007, leaving both times to pursue his own musical interests that included starting his project, Al Chemical's Lysergic Orchestra, releasing its first CD in 2001, simply titled Vol. 1, and then releasing Vol. 2 on CD and digital download at the end of 2013. Heavy guitar chords and melodic synth begin ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Royal Festival Hall EFG London Jazz Festival November 20, 2014 For any artist to be invited to play three years in a row is unusual by the standards of most festivals. Guitarist John McLaughlin, however, is not 'any artist,' having blazed a unique and highly influential trail from his collaborations with Miles Davis and The Tony Williams' Lifetime in the 1960s and with his own groundbreaking bands the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti in the 1970s. Nor does the London Jazz Festival fall into the category of 'most festivals,' with ...

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Matt Stevens: Lucid

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Among other positives, British guitar-slinger Matt Stevens (Fierce, The Dead) reminds us why King Crimson founder, guitarist Robert Fripp has been such an influential force. And Stevens keeps it in the family by utilizing latter day Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto's fierce chops on one track. The guitarist's zinging sustain lines, gargantuan crunch chords and use of delays, loops and other sonic niceties is supplemented by his energizing compositions and picturesquely executed acoustic guitar interludes. But the proceedings zoom off the radar from the onset with the Crimson Red era piece “Oxymoron," complete with Stuart Marshall's resonating backbeats and the leader's ...

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Saskia Laroo Band at Cotton Club

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Saskia Laroo Band Cotton Club Amsterdam, Netherlands October 18, 2014 jny: Amsterdam's Saskia Laroo is one of the many hard working, far traveling players who make jazz, indeed, a global village. Laroo's afternoon gig at a venerable, center city pub took place during the Amsterdam Dance Event, a huge music mix focused on techno/dance gatherings that run past sunrise. For the approximately two hours Laroo's band played, Cotton Club was as crowded and cheerful as any place in town. Swinging sounds may have blurred off the narrow, cramped confines ...

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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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King Crimson: Starless - Live in Europe

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After seeing the “Seven-Headed Beast of Crim"--words used by the group's co-founder and only remaining original member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp, to describe the 2014 incarnation of King Crimson that just wrapped up a 20-date, 10-city American tour including two exhilarating nights at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre--now is the perfect time for a detailed look at Starless: Live in Europe, the third box released in as many years by the band celebrating its 45th year in 2014. While King Crimson 2014 may well have given it a run for its money, the four-piece incarnation that emerged from the quintet which released ...



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