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Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the twilight days of the compact disc as a sound storage device, the most compelling reason for keeping what still seems a “new" audio media (compared to wax cylinders and 78s) in the face of purely electronic media is “concept" or “thematic" releases. One such example was drummer Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 album, 69 Annee Erotique (Origin Records, 2009). This excellent release surveyed the music of French pop artist Serge Gainsbourg, music with popularity in Europe, little heard ...

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Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman have had to sit through a long wait since the free jazz pioneer's last recording, Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar Records, 2006), a marvelous set that garnered the artist a Pulitzer Prize. Those fans are still waiting, though the iconic jazz man has teased them with his bits and pieces (non-album length) of his distinctive playing on bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma's For the Love of Ornette (Jam All Productions, 2011) and saxophone legend Sonny Rollins' Road ...

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Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4: 69 Annee Erotique

Read "69 Annee Erotique" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Context can be everything or nothing. Listening to 69 Annee Erotique with no background will spark recognition of well-preserved lounge music of the 1960s/'70s, performed with modern sonics imitating those of the period: A bit of psychedelia wisping into the edges of post-war Western society right before the Summer of Love and the sexual revolution. The music is all well played and entertaining. Portland Oregon drummer Todd Bishop creates a themed recording as well integrated as Bob Sneider's and Joe ...

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Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4: 69 Annee Erotique

Read "69 Annee Erotique" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

69 Annee Erotique gets extra credit for off-the-beaten-path-ness. It is a work celebrating the music of the late French pop songster Serge Gainsbourg (1928- 1991), by Portland Oregon-based Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4. Gainsbourg, whose name may not be person-on-the-street familiar in the United States, was a pop icon in France from the late-1950s to the 1980s, a musical renaissance man of sorts who delved into jazz, pop, reggae, soundtracks, psychedelia and electronica, all while nurturing a reputation for unseemliness ...


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