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BOOK REVIEWS

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamontis exactly that kind of book. Formally and informally ensconced in the San Francisco scene for decades, he brings his knowing perceptions to bear ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Protean Reality (feat. Chris Pitsiokos, Noah Punkt & Philipp Scholz): Protean Reality

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An increasing presence on the downtown NYC circuit, alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos has worked with a number of free jazz luminaries such as Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Peter Evans and Paul Lytton. He and Tyshawn Sorey joined the promising bassist Brandon Lopez as the Undermine Trio for a number of recent NYC performances. What stands the twenty-something Pitsiokos apart as a saxophonist is his broad range of virtuoso-like skills whether playing in a lyrical or free mode. Both ends of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Dower and Matt Fisher: The Frog, The Fish and The Whale

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The young London-based duo of pianist David Dower and percussionist Matt Fisher makes its debut with The Frog, The Fish & The Whale. It's a striking set of Dower's compositions (with arrangements by him), influenced by the duo's love of jazz, classical and contemporary musics. Additional musicians join the pair on three tracks, with vocalist Lauren Lucille coming in on “Big Balloons."By Dower and Fisher's own admission, this is ..."original music with a cheeky grin." Thankfully the cheekiness ...

LIVE REVIEWS

ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 9, 2016 ZZ Top, known as the Little Ol' Band From Texas, has for the past forty-some-odd years been bringing its own special brand of rock 'n' roll with a boogie woogie, southern, bluesy flair (as well as facial hair) to the masses since its formation in Houston, TX in 1969. The band originally featured Billy Gibbons ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Taeko Kunishima: Iridescent Clouds

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There is an atmospheric element which Japanese musicians inherently weave throughout their compositions, giving their music a singular dimension which is readily identifiable. Acknowledged for her trademark lyricism, pianist Taeko Kunishima reflects upon the wonders of nature on Iridescent Clouds, offering elegant improvised passages encased in a meditative concept. Accompanied again by Clive Bell, recognized master of the shakuhachi flute, and secured by the steady bass of Paul Moylan, the ensemble is augmented by percussionist Camilo Tirado. Additional ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks

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Darrell Katz has been working in Boston for over 30 years compiling an impressive body of work as leader of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra whose music has drawn from current events, literary works and anecdotes about Charles Mingus and Albert Einstein among other sources. On this new CD he revisits several of the compositions he's written for the Orchestra with a smaller seven-piece ensemble called OddSong.The makeup of this group is four saxophones, violin ,marimba and voice, ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads

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The Weekertoft label was set up jointly by English improvising guitarist John Russell and pianist Paul G. Smyth of the Irish rock band The Jimmy Cake. Their partnership dates back to March 2010 when Smyth played a duo with Russell at Mopomoso, the improv club that the guitarist has hosted every month since 1991. (YouTube footage of that duo, filmed by Helen Petts, can be viewed below.) With an extensive archive of recordings from past Mopomoso gigs, the new label ...

JAZZ RACONTEURS

Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

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NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman. I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in February of 1962 at Birdland. The fact that I even knew about Birdland at 15 years old was because I was invited to go there a few months earlier by some of the older guys ...


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