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Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Uncut

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Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut Eagle Vision 2018 If there's anything better than issuing a previously-unreleased recording of some kind, it's putting out a fully-restored piece once available only in part. As indicated by its title, the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut represents the full and complete performance, in proper running order, from Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. Prior to this DVD/2CD (or Blu-ray/2CD and limited vinyl) package, only portions of this November 1994 concert ...

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Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future

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Hungarian/German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has had his long career celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait, along with the accompanying Munich Concert video. This album follows with a career retrospective from 1979 to 2013, focusing primarily on his original music, in a variety of settings. Dudas calls it “the ultimate summary," a “selection of notable and timeless live and studio recordings with different musicians at different places." Half of the recordings are live, and the ensembles are primarily ...

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Lee Michaels: Dinosaurs Still Rule!

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Even if you came of age in the Seventies, you may still need to refresh your memory about how Lee Michaels made a name for himself. The memory lapse may very well be due to the fact that, as Michaels appeared in performance, it was (and still is) altogether startling to see him playing (usually a Hammond organ) with just one other musician, most conspicuously the drummer simply known as Frosty (who subsequently went on to be come a staple ...

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Christopher Hollyday: Telepathy

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Born into a musical family in 1970, with a father who was crazy about bebop, there was little doubt where Christopher Hollyday would be going in life. He began playing alto saxophone when he was nine. His older brother Richard played trumpet and they played together in the Boston area for two years, causing the New York Times, to write: “At times they sounded as though Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie had been reunited." Aged just 18, ...

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Seth Yacovone Band and Radio Underground: Rockin' the Green Mountains

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Teeming as it is with diversity on so many fronts, it is altogether surprising the Burlington Vermont music scene suffers from a distinct lack of rock and roll. Perhaps it's the self-consciously hip factor often afflicting the community, but the likes of the Seth Yacovone Band and Radio Underground exist as something approaching an endangered species (perpetual punks Rough Francis notwithstanding) --that is, if it weren't for the regular cycle of live performances and recordings offered by the principals in ...

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Young Jesus: The Whole Thing Is Just There

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Young Jesus' sophomore release with Nebraska label Saddle Creek, The Whole Thing Is Just There, is an experimental, improvisational and accessible indie rock trip. The Los Angeles-based art rock quartet of singer and guitarist John Rossiter, keyboardist Eric Shevrin, bassist Marcel Borbon and drummer Kern Haug have been releasing music inspired by Rossiter's Chicago post-rock roots ever since their first independently released singles in 2010. The band's many influences shine through on The Whole Thing, from Shevrin's appreciation of experimentation ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

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Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 Alyssa Allgood “Exactly Like You" from Exactly Like You (Cellar Live) 05:24 Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge “Pretty Eyed Baby" from Roy and Diz ...

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Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers: Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante

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A curious gathering of potent spirits has been brewing over the last decade in Boston, Massachusetts. First, in 2008, Harry Christophers replaced Grant Llewellyn as (who, in turn, had replaced Sir Christopher Hogwood) artistic director of the Handle and Haydn Society, who in 2015, celebrated its bicentennial. Christophers is noted for being the founder and conductor of the British choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen, with whom he inaugurated the CORO Record label. Second, violinist Aisslin Nosky was named Concertmaster ...

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Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star

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Experimental San Francisco Bay Area record label Edgetone Records states, this band “reflects the influences which make up their collective interest in storytelling, exploring expanded borders, and discovery." No doubt, this red hot ensemble doesn't stay content following a one-dimensional musical path, as they branch out on a recurring basis via these fluid and manifold works. The sextet features the dual bass attack of Max Judelson and Safa Shokari. In effect, the ensemble abides by a flexible but ...

INTERVIEWS

Jay Thomas: We Always Knew

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Legacy is a fleeting notion. It is incomprehensible in real time when a career hits high points, when certain doors open to quantitative opportunity. Jay Thomas can tell you a thing or two about that, based on his own personal experience as a jazz artist over half a century. His story includes playing on the Seattle scene as a teenager, leading to opportunities hampered by among other things, drug addiction. It is as well a story of overcoming those obstacles ...