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April 2009: From Sarah Vaughan to Little Richard

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After a short hiatus, The Vault has reopened to review the latest in jazz and blues reissues, DVDs, books and other irresistible items. This month, we have books on the jazz age and Atlantic Records, CDs from Sarah Vaughan and Buddy Guy, and DVDs of Little Richard and Muddy Waters. Hazen Schumacher and John Stevens have put together a two-CD music set and an accompanying book for this NPP Books/Voice Of Lyrics Records package. The CDs contain ...

FILM REVIEW

DVD Round-Up: Ahmet Ertegun, Les Paul, Cowboy Jack Clement, Johnny Cash Christmas Specials and Before The Music Dies

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While several recent DVD releases focus on the preservation of modern music history, other releases question its current trajectory. Shout Factory released two DVD's of Johnny Cash's brooding Christmas Specials, one from 1976 and the other from 1977. An Atlantic Records release celebrates the life and times of Ahmet Ertegun, Shout Factory's celebrates the life and times of Jack Clements, while Koch Vision's release examines the life and music of Les Paul. The final and most curious release from B-Side ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Shout Factory Celebrates the Best of the Vee-Jay Years with Jimmy Reed, The Dells, Jerry Butler and The Staple Singers

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On infrequent occasions only does a collection of one artist's work embrace the breadth and vitality of his or her many years as a recording artist. Usually, these themed collections provide windows into a specific time and place in an artist's career. From 1953 until about 1966, Vee-Jay was one of the top indie labels that regularly turned out super R&B and urban blues performances, as well as a few sides by one “small band from England called, The Beatles. ...

FILM REVIEW

Les Paul: Chasing Sound!

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Les Paul Chasing Sound! Koch Vision 2007

I dare anyone to spend the time to find one musician who can say they have not had their musical career influenced by Les Paul. Maybe they aren't aware of his career as a country and jazz great, but if they play guitar, record or listen to music from the last 50 years, they have been touched in part by the master, the wizard, himself, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin': Celebrating 15 Years of The Rhythm Room

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Does it get any hotter than the average temperature in Phoenix (Arizona) in mid-August? Well, yes, if you enter the four walls of the Rhythm Room. Blue Witch Record has released House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin'--a fourteen-song compilation of live cuts from the last fifteen years produced by the club's owner and harmonica player, Bob Corritone. I wish I could tell you more about the club or the nights of each performance, but the packaging of this ...

STRAIGHT FROM THE VAULT

January 2006

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Welcome to a new year of great music!

It's time to whip out those gift cards or return credits that you have and start building up your music collection for 2006. Here's a great place to start and the line-ups for the subsequent months look to be quite bountiful.

Here are this month's new crop of reissues and special event records.

January 3, 2006 From Various Labels: Various Artists All ...

STRAIGHT FROM THE VAULT

The Vault Top Ten: 2005

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The Vault would like to highlight the ten releases we enjoyed in 2005. 1. Gillespie and Parker Town Hall New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown)

Despite the substandard sound quality and hiss in the beginning, I found myself blasting this recording in the car when I got it. The tone is set when Symphony Sid wonders aloud where Charlie Parker is and within 30 seconds of the band kicking into “Be Bop" ...


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