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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Lanois: Goodbye to Language

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Consistently imaginative, producer, guitarist and sonic explorer Daniel Lanois has long been hailed not only as a studio wizard but as a gifted musician with a definite and unabashed affinity for experimentation and the avant-garde. Lanois is lauded for many things and among those is his uncanny ability to create wonderful music and ambiances from minimal sonic elements. Goodbye to Language is a deeply beautiful record that redefines the word meditative and shimmers with breathtaking passages of unhurried, ...

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Daniel Lanois: For the Beauty of Wynona

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While Daniel Lanois spent most of the '80s and the first years of the '90s honing his craft as a producer, he cautiously emerged as a songwriter and recording artist with Acadie. (Red Floor Records, 1989) A mere four years after this beautiful debut he returned with another intriguing and haunting collection of songs titled For the Beauty of Wynona. Recorded during a period when Lanois was producing landmark records with U2 and Peter Gabriel created a record with startling ...

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Top 12 "Most Read" and "Most Recommended" Articles: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read and recommended, and the articles listed below represent our top twelve published in 2014. Top 12 “Most Read" Articles Catching Up With Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon by Nicholas F. Mondello Published: August 19, 2014 Live Reviews King Crimson at The Warfield by John Kelman Published: October 11, 2014 Interviews Takuya Kuroda: Rising ...

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Daniel Lanois: I Look for Commitment and a Lot of Heart and Soul

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Whenever I'm asked to name a list of Top 10 all time favorite records, the list slightly changes and shuffles every time. However, one of the most common denominators to those diverse lists is producer/musician Daniel Lanois. Often called a “studio wizard" or “studio magician," this producer has become renowned both for his proficiency in the studio and his gift for motivating and enabling people to reach new creative heights. Armed with an intuitive combination of emotions and technical proficiency, ...

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Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

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Credit should be given where it's due. Producer/musician Daniel Lanois has never been satisfied with just keep churning out the same kind of music for the same kind of audience that swooned over his song based records or the productions he did for other artists. As a true artist he wants to evolve and continuously create something different and Flesh and Machine is a move in that direction. Lanois' work cuts a distinctive swath through the last 30 years of ...

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Daniel Lanois: My Music for Billy Bob

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Translating guitarist/producer Daniel Lanois' evocative guitar and ability to create stratified soundscapes into soundtrack music for actor Billy Bob Thornton's directorial debut Sling Blade may seem an unusual choice, but the outcome turns into an interesting and unique blend of his darker, moodier incidental guitar and a variety of other instrumental touches. Lanois' music has always been about mood and ambience and other people have benefited from his unusual gift of capturing or creating all kinds of ambiences. This multitalented ...

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Daniel Lanois: Black Dub

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Not even a heavy motorcycle crash accident can prevent Daniel Lanois from doing what he does best, and better than most--making music or helping other people make music. He is simply bulletproof to whatever circumstances slap his face, be they bad or good. During his recovery period, after the intensive care following the accident, he produced Neil Young's stellar and sonically charged Le Noise (Reprise, 20101), wrote his memoirs, Soul Mining (Faber and Faber, 2010), he made his own music ...

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Daniel Lanois: Acadie Goldtop Edition

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Daniel Lanois Acadie Goldtop Edition Red Floor Records 2008

Although Daniel Lanois' production and engineering wizardry have secured his place in the musical hall of fame, his own debut album Acadie (Warner Bros., 1989) revealed another talent--songwriting. The album is about as perfect a debut as an artist could hope for, containing every single aspect of what makes Lanois so special, presenting him as both a fertile author and a gifted musician. ...


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