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Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 2

Read "Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 2" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 1966 was an important year in British popular music. Bob Dylan, performing with the Hawks, was booed for “going electric" at Manchester Free Trade Hall. The Rolling Stones topped the charts for the first time with “Paint It Black." The Beatles, fresh from the John Lennon “Bigger than Jesus" controversy, released Revolver, their finest album. Jimi Hendrix was introduced to the public with the single “Hey Joe." And poet Pete Brown began a ...

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As she did in 2019, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii--an artist at home in many formations--opens the new decade with an orchestra recording. Entity, from Fujii's Orchestra New York, is the eleventh release from the ensemble that has remained largely intact for almost twenty-three years. It is an all-star collective that includes saxophonists Oscar Noriega, Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Herb Robertson, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Ches Smith. Entity has its moments of tranquility but ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Word Against the Machine

Read "Word Against the Machine" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Word Against the Machine Jane Grenier 80 Pages ISBN: # 9781513651996 Self Published 2019 It can be very rewarding to read the work of an author who's clearly passionate about their subject matter. That's obviously the case with this multi-media project by Jane “Spoken Word" Grenier. Considering the vital state of current global events, more of this type artistic statement should to be added to the cultural conversation. Grenier tackles a ...

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Emmet Cohen: Master Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath

Read "Master Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Set aside for the moment that the combined age of the elders here is 174 years. Emmet Cohen's Masters Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert “Tootie" Heath is not only a mouthful of a title, but also irascibly and irrepressibly old school. It's as if Cohen, in his youthful (29) zeal and zest to translate what the masters can still impart, not only wanted to capture a generational performance but the very air these two statesmen inhabit. ...

RADIO

Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More

Read "Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's show is book-ended by Latin jazz, as we take off with the talented Roberto Fonseca and we land with the multi platinum-selling Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. In between, we focus on new releases by Christian McBride and Kansas City's own Todd Wilkinson as well as on the music of forward looking artists like Gebhard Ullmann, Nick Grinder and Michael Wang. Playlist Roberto Fonseca “Motown" Yesun (Mack Avenue Records) 00:00 Host talks 3:44 Miles Davis ...

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Benjamin Dwyer / Pete Gomes / Helen Kindred: KnowingUnknowing

Read "KnowingUnknowing" reviewed by John Eyles

The Dublin-based label Farpoint Recordings always takes great pride in its releases, lavishing time and love on their artwork, packaging, documentation and quality control. Never has that been truer than on KnowingUnknowing by guitarist-composer-writer Benjamin Dwyer, dancer Helen Kindred and film-maker Pete Gomes. In addition to its impressive artwork by graphic designer Nathan Somers, the sleeve also contains a thirteen-page academic paper by Dwyer as well as two pages each from Kindred and Gomes, all three being linked academically to ...

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Ethan Gruska: En Garde

Read "En Garde" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ethan Gruska's En Garde illustrates the truism about the apple not falling far from the tree. With his solo efforts as well as his participation in the Belle Brigade (with sister Barbara), the songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is doing justice to his esteemed lineage: Ethan's father is Emmy-nominated TV/film composer and songwriter Jay Gruska and his grandfather is Oscar-winning composer John Williams. The younger Gruska further demonstrates his versatile expertise with this second album his own name. Like its predecessor, Slowmotionary ...


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