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At Fillmore East: The 1971 Fillmore Recordings

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At least initially, the announcement of the release of additional recordings of the Allman Brothers Band at the famed (and now defunct) New York venue Fillmore East was cause for celebration. Upon closer inspection of the content and, in turn, its accurate placement in the context of the seminal Southern rock band's history, the joy dissipates considerably and, ultimately, leads the musiclover back to the original title At Fillmore East (Capricorn, 1971). Safe to say, it's invaluable for that reason alone. Splendid as it is to have more shows featuring the original six-man lineup, especially in this pristine ...

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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Juice

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For over two decades, keyboardist John Medeski, percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood's abiding fascination with the endless possibilities of groove-based music has taken them from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festival stages. Their eclectic efforts have included a number of high-profile collaborations; the most prolific and successful has been with esteemed guitarist John Scofield. Following the concert performances issued as In Case the World Changes Its Mind (Indirecto, 2011), Juice is their fourth album together since 1998's pace setting A Go Go (Verve). Where their previous studio recording, Out Louder (Indirecto, 2006), emphasized collaboratively written pieces, ...

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Alan Evans Trio: Woodstock Sessions Vol. 1

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The Alan Evans Trio, nee Alan Evans' Playonbrother, were the first band to formally avail themselves of the resources of Applehead Studios for a live with studio audience session in Woodstock New York in 2013. Patterned to a great degree on Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles at his own barn, ultra contemporary facilities in a rustic setting, these events present a unique opportunity for musicians and fans alike to immerse themselves in the spontaneity of the moment even as the engineers-Michael Birnbaum, Kevin Salem and Chris Bittner-are capturing it all for posterity. Drummer Evans, guitarist Danny Mayer and keyboardist ...

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At Fillmore East: The 1971 Fillmore Recordings

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Nothing warms the heart cockles of a late-Baby Boomer more than a discussion of music, specifically that of his or her childhood. Baby Boomers are a boisterous and opinionated bunch regarding their music, fully justified in believing that the period between mid-1950s and mid-1970s was, in the words of VH1 Executive Director Bill Flanagan, a “Golden Age" in American Music. Restrict that conversation to the best live rock recordings and the dialog shifts to a high simmer, under pressure, threatening rebellion or all-out apocalypse at any moment as I was to learn with my graded publication of “The Best Live ...

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Oteil Burbridge: Profile of a Folk Jazz Player

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Rarely does the opportunity to interview a touring musician arrive with much advance notice. Schedules tend to be dictated by airline departure times, hotel check-out policies and sound checks. If I am lucky, I'll know of an upcoming show in town a few weeks in advance and can plan accordingly. If the artist has a few minutes to chat post-gig, I usually attempt to prep them with a few questions and follow up via phone later. Sometimes however, an opportunity literally sits down in the back seat of your car and starts a conversation. Like most generation x-ers, ...

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Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2

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In retrospect, it was inevitable; why it took so long for veteran jazz jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood to get together with Nels Cline is anybody's guess. The über-guitarist has, since joining Wilco a decade ago, managed to significantly raise his visibility, but anybody who suggests that he's been “moonlighting" in the alt-country/alt-rock/alt-alt band to pay the rent hasn't been paying attention. Like keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood, Cline's career has been largely associated with jazz--well, before Wilco, that is; that's all changed now--through his lengthy association with Cryptogramophone Records and albums with his ...

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The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon Theatre 2014

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The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, NY March 21 & 22, 2014 Originally scheduled to be the final two shows of The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 Beacon Theatre run, those dates were subsequently superseded with the announcement of additional performances. However, the distinction returned to the Friday and Saturday shows when Gregg Allman's illness caused the rescheduling of the final four appearances. The founding member and vocalist/songwriter's absence from 3/21 and 3/22 would seem to be quite a liability in itself, yet the remaining member of the group, with some more than able ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Great Woods 1991

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The Allman Brothers Band Live at Great Woods 1991 Legacy 2014 When The Allman Brothers Band regrouped in 1989, there were no long- term plans after the roadwork in support of the box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989). Accordingly, when the response to those concerts led to further work, including the signing to Sony/Epic Records, the support the band received, at least at first, was in keeping with the Brothers' growing (re)commitment to themselves and their loyal fanbase. Thus, a concert video filmed at one of ABB's bastions of popularity, the Great Woods ...

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Alan Paul 436 Pages ISBN: #978-1-250-04049-7 St. Martin's Press 2014 Apparently the calling to go out and capture the American spirit on canvas came to Norman Rockwell at an early age. Picking up the mantel, and paintbrush, he documented boys at play, secretaries at work, housewives baking pies and other scenes brilliantly depicting various aspects of Americana. What he neglected to chronicle however, either intentionally or not, is what has come to be one of the great American settings and a ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Play All Night

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Much as the current Allman Brothers lineup had coalesced in 2003, the ensemble that came together in 1989 for the twentieth anniversary box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989) tour had tightened considerably (minus keyboardist /vocalist Johnny Neel) by the time they decided to engage in their first extended run at New York's Beacon Theatre and record themselves for a live album. Play All Night: Live At the Beacon Theatre consists of performances captured on March 10 & 11 in 1992 and over the course of its two discs, effectively supplants the concert pieces of that era captured on An Evening With ...

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Alan Paul 464 pages ISBN: 1250040493 St. Martin's Press 2014 Right on the heels of Ben Fong-Torres' Willin': The Story of Little Feat (Da Capo Press, 2013) comes Guitar Player magazine writer and Allman Brothers Band historian Alan Paul's One Way Out: The Inside History Of The Allman Brothers Band. These books are evidence of the late Baby-Boomers' continued interest in and reverence for the music they grew up with. Part nostalgia, part history lesson, these books will continue to have ...

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Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers Band

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Song of the South: Duane Allman and The Rise of The Allman Brothers Band Chrome Dreams 2013 Song of the South: Duane Allman and The Rise of The Allman Brothers Band emphasizes the cultural impact of this iconic group and its late lamented leader. Even more so than the biography of the guitarist, Skydog, or the unauthorized story of the group, Midnight Riders (the respective authors of which, Randy Poe and Scott Freeman, appear extensively during the course of the two-hour DVD), this video balances the groundbreaking influence of ABB as role models for a new ...

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John Densmore: The Doors Unhinged

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The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On TrialJohn Densmore296 pagesISBN: 1479263133CreateSpace2013Notwithstanding the all-too-genuine ambivalence that permeates The Doors Unhinged, John Densmore may not have done any favors for himself or the legacy of his band by writing the book. It's difficult, nigh impossible, to truly doubt the earnest intent at the heart of the writing, but in expanding the story of the legal and philosophical squabbles between himself and the other surviving members of the group, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, the drummer of The ...

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The Allman Brothers Band at Nassau Coliseum

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With a new independent licensing agreement now in place, and the 40th anniversary package(s) of Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn, 1973) giving that title its proper due, the Allman Brothers Band may be fundamentally rethinking its approach to its recorded archive. With revelatory recordings of the original lineup limited due in large measure to a relatively finite repertoire, comparably essential titles within the iconic Southern band's legacy deserve due attention, in particular Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY 5-1-73. Dickey Betts had assumed a more prominent role within the Allman Brothers Band upon the death of founder and co-guitarist Duane Allman, ...



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