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My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall II

Read "The Waterfall II" reviewed by Doug Collette


My Morning Jacket's The Waterfall II is a logical step in the progression of this Kentucky band's career. It's a path that's taken a decidedly zig-zag pattern since the debut of The Tennessee Fire (Darla Records, 1999) and its follow-up At Dawn (Darla Records, 2001), arguably reaching its apogee with It Still Moves (ATO Records, 2003). From that point on, through successive records including Z (ATO, 2005), Evil Urges (ATO, 2008) and Circuital (ATO, 2011), as well as the namesake ...

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The Old 97s: Graveyard Whistling

Read "Graveyard Whistling" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Much of the evolution occurring within a given genre of music occurs in response to predominant movements within that music. For example, in jazz, bebop was a response to the swing era, the latter emphasizing ensemble charts over individual virtuosity and the former celebrating the individual soloist in improvisation. Bebop stimulated the cool jazz movement, featuring music equally as technical, but with a softer texture and finer arrangements. These trends in jazz occurred between 1945 and 1950. The behemoth that ...

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Album Review

Jim James: Eternally Even

Read "Eternally Even" reviewed by Doug Collette


With the very announcement of Eternally Even, My Morning Jacket's titular leader Jim James telegraphed the topical nature of his solo album, a somewhat disingenuous gesture to be sure, but ultimately a telling one. The sentiments as voiced in such a sing-song fashion on “Hide in Plain Sight" and “Same Old Lie" sound as superficial as the production and arrangements he's fashioned here with co-producer Blake Mills. The latter is an artist in his own right, but has ...

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Extended Analysis

Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976

Read "Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976" reviewed by Doug Collette


The openness and vulnerability within Jerry Garcia's singing voice is an often-overlooked virtue among all the others for which he's distinguished, including his ever-so-precise (acoustic and electric) guitar playing as well as his songwriting collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter. Nevertheless, those vocal qualities also resonate in the best of his solo work and Garcia Live Volume Seven is a prime example.A palpable sense of comfort radiates from this show, recorded at Sophie's in Palo Alto in November of ...

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Album Review

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

Read "Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share" reviewed by Doug Collette


A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry in the solo discography of guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Jerry Garcia. Rare choices of song, such as “She's Got Charisma," suggest an expansive approach to ...

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Album Review

Jerry Garcia: Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987

Read "Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987" reviewed by Doug Collette


The deliciously relaxed air of the music on these three discs belies the precision in the musicianship as much as it does the operations necessary for a two week run on a Broadway theater. And all this attention to detail, well-served as it is, gives the lie to the moment of serendipity from which it sprung:an offhanded, good=humored exchange between Jerry Garcia and late impresario Bill Graham. Dennis McNally's perceptive recounting of the experience in New York at ...

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Extended Analysis

Garcia Live Volume Five: Keystone Berkeley December 31, 1975

Read "Garcia Live Volume Five: Keystone Berkeley December 31, 1975" reviewed by Doug Collette


Garcia Live Volume Five begins appropriately and propitiously enough as the band slowly, inexorably coalesces around the changes of chuck Berry's “Let It Rock," weaving an insinuating rhythm and melody mix that becomes proportionately more dramatic as the leader of the band begins to sing, seeming off-mike (or perhaps he's just not turned up?), at which point the quartet drops confidently into the pocket of the groove they've only suggested to that point. John Kahn's bass pops and pulses emphatically ...


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