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Marco Sanguinetti: Cómo Desaparecer Completamente

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The first time that Brad Mehldau covered Radiohead's “Paranoid Android" on Largo (Warner Bros, 2002), the idea of jazz interpretations of alternative rock songs was a bit more of a novelty even if a concept that Mehldau had long embraced. That said, taking on a double-disc set dedicated to the output of one pop entity is typically reserved for a group with a body of quality work such as The Beatles. Argentinian pianist Marco Sanguinetti takes on the task of ...


"…that wild mercury sound." The Significance of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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During high school and college, I got interested in the Nobel Prizes. At the time, I was not interest in all of them: only the prize for Literature. I have been a reading geek as long as I have been a music geek and I have always mixed the two passions liberally. In the early 20th Century, the United States produced several Nobel Laurates: Sinclair Lewis (1930), Eugene O'Neill (1936), Pearl Buck (1938), T.S. Eliot (1948), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest ...


The Doobie Brothers with special guest Mark Newman at the Paramount

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The Doobie Brothers with special guest Mark Newman The Paramount Huntington, NY October 13, 2016The Doobie Brothers were formed in California in 1969 after the band called Pud disbanded. Guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston began jamming with guitarist Patrick Simmons and the guitarists decided to form the group that is now known as the Doobie Brothers. By 1971 the band had signed with Warner Brothers Records and released its eponymously titled debut album. During the past ...


Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker: The Space Between

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The Space Between is the follow-up album to this intriguing guitar duo's first album from 2014, Beholden. Both of these British guitarists, long-time friends hailing from the North West of England (the Greater Manchester area to be precise) probably need no introduction since they've been making waves on the jazz scene and beyond for years. The opener, paradoxically entitled “And Finally" begins with a melody that teasingly almost perverts that most well-known theme from Beethoven's “Ode To Joy." ...


Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

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The widely acclaimed collaborative nature of the contemporary Chicago jazz scene is expertly demonstrated on Cinema Spiral, the sophomore effort by double bassist Jason Roebke's all-star Octet, which continues the creative in-roads made on the unit's celebrated 2014 Delmark Records debut, High/Red/Center. Starring eight of the Windy City's most intrepid improvisers, the ensemble features the muscular frontline of cornetist Josh Berman, trombonist Jeb Bishop, alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, and bass clarinetist Jason Stein. Vibraphonist ...


Wonderland Park: Just Get In

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I recently reviewed L.A. based guitarist Allen Hinds' excellent Fly South for, and his concurrent release --a trio outing with the band Wonderland Park, Just Get In --provides a contrasting glimpse of the his robust artistic powers. Fans of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Herring and other guitar luminaries should check out Hinds who has made a name for himself as a top-flight session ace, educator, and staff member at the regional Musician's Institute. Hinds coalesces legato phrasings, heartwarming ...


Jarrett Cherner Trio: Expanding Heart

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Forget about “the art of the trio." It's undoubtedly a topic worth discussing when you look at this album, and one that automatically comes up when you look at any piano-centric threesome, but it's a phrase that's been overused. Instead, let's talk about the heart of the trio--how it beats, what it feeds, where it leads, and the manner in which it expands (and contracts) to forward life and development. That's a topic that's more apropos here, as pianist Jarrett ...


Henrik Jensen's Followed By Thirteen: Henrik Jensen's Followed by Thirteen: Blackwater

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What does it mean to be 'Followed by Thirteen'? It immediately conjures pictures of some cold war spy thriller--Orson Welles in Greene's “The Third Man," Matt Damon in the Bourne films maybe, as the protagonist is followed by shadowy agents through decaying European cities in defence of unspecified freedoms. Good though it is, it seems unlikely that Henrik Jensen's splendid new album of modern jazz could be construed by our governments as a threat to our comfortable western liberal democratic ...

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