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Donald Fagen and The Nighflyers at Hard Rock Live Cleveland

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Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers Hard Rock Live at the Rocksino Cleveland, Ohio August 25, 2017 Fans of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen residing in Northeast Ohio have been fortunate over the past decade or more to see their locale be a regular stop on the live tour schedule. In addition to The Dan's regular summer excursions stopping in the Cleveland area, Fagen led a brief stint in 2006 supporting his third solo album, Morph ...

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Raymond MacDonald & Graeme Wilson: A Cast of Thousands

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Raymond MacDonald and Graeme Wilson are two of the leading figures in the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. The music on Cast Of Thousands may be freely improvised but the emphasis here seems very much upon structure and form. One suspects that MacDonald and Wilson's lengthy experience playing together allows each man to trust the other and that it is this that gives A Cast Of Thousands its sense of completeness and coherence. Mutual awareness and communication are key to the record's ...

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Lol Coxhill & Raymond MacDonald: Morphometry

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Glorious, custard-coloured vinyl, a charming and witty woodcut by artist Ian Barrett (Syd's nephew) on the cover and ten duos featuring saxophonists Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald--what's not to like? My first sightings/hearings of the legend that was Lol took place in my mid-teens. Crossing Hungerford Bridge en route to the South Bank for a concert or else to Waterloo Station to get the last train home, there was Lol improvising to the sound of trains or following his own ...

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Miles Donahue: The Bug

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People who have an aversion to bugs (do you know any?) may hesitate to purchase (or even review) an album whose title epitomizes the very thing they abhor. But even though multi-instrumentalist Miles Donahue's new album does nod to that often-despised creature and even includes a song by that name, there is more to it than that; one might even say that Donahue removed the most of the “bugs" from the studio before he and his colleagues started recording.

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Kanno - Poll - Pett - Shorr - MacDonald: Free Radicals

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Here we have acoustic-electric instantaneous compositions --largely about nature --that defy the norms. Recorded live at a venue in Scotland the respective musicians are artistic, music and improvising professors from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. And after hearing this album, I'd imagine the professors bring a lot to the table via their teachings. The live experience must have been a gas, but also quite freaky amid the polytonal sound swashes ...

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Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quartet with Adam Nussbaum & Kieran Overs: Silent Voices

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The oxymoronic title of Silent Voices belies and simultaneously validates interesting things about this recording. Far from silent in its artistic message, it is an intelligent, evocative, and brilliantly communicative effort. Its “voices" dominate, ring loud, and are intensely passionate. Most stentorian, they emanate from deep within the respective creative wellsprings of these four superior performers. Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald, both esteemed woodwind men (and colleague professors at Toronto's Humber College), show that their respective jazz ...

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Eric Burdon’s Summer of Love

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Eric Burdon's raw unmistakable voice, that gave the world blues and rock gems like “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and “Misunderstood," helped to fuel the 1960's British Invasion. Burdon and the Animals will be performing Sunday at San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival as part of the ongoing “Summer Of Love" 50th Anniversary celebration. All About Jazz: How does it feel to be back in San Francisco performing at the Stern Grove Festival with the Animals?

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Eric Burdon and the Animals At Stern Grove Festival

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Eric Burdon and the Animals Stern Grove Summer Of Love 50th Anniversary San Francisco, CA July 16, 2017 Influential Eric Burdon and the Animals gleefully rocked the Stern Grove Festival on a perfect mid July Sunday afternoon. His lethal band of Animals included: guitarist Johnzo West, keyboardist Davey Allen, bassist Justin Andres, trombonist Evan Mackey, saxophonist Ruben Salinas and drummer Dustin Koester. The clear warm day started with the City's ...

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Country Joe McDonald: 50

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Unlike so many a romanticized recognition of the past in this year that marks half a decade since the so-called 'Summer of Love," Country Joe McDonald's 50 is a celebration of the passage of time. And this is a crucial distinction the former leader of The Fish articulates on this album in all manner of ways.This baker's dozen tracks opens in somewhat startling fashion, a spare acoustic guitar finger-picked above which McDonald's voice, equally drenched in echo, reedily ...


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