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Dust Bowl Rodeo – Red Eye Gravy

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When Nathaniel asked Philip, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Nathaniel could have been referring to East Oklahoma. Or, that is what many think. But Oklahoma is the home of not a few pivotal musicians. The flat terrain, constant wind, and warm sun proved quite fertile for musicians. In jazz, there is guitarist Charlie Christian, trumpeter Chet Baker, bandleader Jay McShanne, and saxophonists Don Byas, and Sharel Cassity (I asked her if she had lost her Oklahoma ...

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2014

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As I have grown older, I have come to the startling and disheartening realization that I will not be able to read all the books there are, and, more importantly, listen to all the music there is (much less write about it). I otherwise appreciate a finite lifespan, but not when it comes to books and music. For a genre of music garnering a percentage of listeners in the single digits, jazz is represented disproportionately in the market place.

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Holiday 2014: Nearly Christmas

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Where is your sense of humor? No, not one of these discs could practically be called “Holiday" or “Christmas" music. Para-Christmas music, maybe, but not the bona fide real deal. I just exercise my critical prerogative to call these closely related releases okay for review as holiday releases, mostly because of their Christian emphases and sacred context. No matter, they are worth an gander and a listen this season. Dunedin Consort; Ben Parry, Director In ...

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Holiday 2014: Mostly A Cappella

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Choral Christmas is here in spades. The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School pits itself with Noel Edison and his Festival Elora Singers in similar programs while Capriccio Records offers a Baroque embarrassment of wealth from the time of Bach. John Robinson, Director; The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School Christmas in Harvard Square Decca Records 2014 The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School of Boston are looking to ...

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Holiday 2014: A David Ian Christmas

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Canadian David Ian is a space oddity. Embodied in a single musical psyche is one, a speed-metal guitarist shredding the Marshalls and two, a sensitive jazz pianist finely crafting holiday music circa 1960. Necessarily, Ian channels Vince Guaraldi, that quasar about which all holiday jazz music orbits. But he is no mere imitator, using his considerable talent for arranging to contemporize his performance. David Ian Vintage Christmas Prescott Records 2011

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Holiday 2014: Three Messiahs

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As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, each October and November brings new editions to the Georg Frederic Handel Messiah catalog. This year is no exception with two fine period performances and one period performance from 2012 that was somehow previously missed and reissued in an abbreviated form. There is more information about Handel's masterpiece found in the previous articles: George Frederic Handel and His Messiah: The Perfect Holiday Collection and Christmas I ...

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Holiday 2014: A Cantus Christmas

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Elbowing their way into the male chorus arena from none other than the land of the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers--Minnesota--the nine-voice Cantus squarely challenges San Francisco's Chanticleer for the prize of best traditional Christmas choral release. A frequent performer and favorite of A Prairie Home Companion, Cantus has carved out their rightful place among choral groups. Considered here are the group's two finest Christmas offerings. Cantus All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1973/2014 “For me, Led Zeppelin began as the epitome of everything good about rock: solid guitar work, forceful vocals and rhythmic backing, devotion to primal blues forms, and most of all, thunderous excitement on stage and vinyl. But as superstardom came to them, so too came the gradual evaporation of those qualities from their sound.... Even after a hundred listenings I'm ...



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