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Keep On Pluckin'

Read "Keep On Pluckin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Four six-string masters going solo are the focus for this fortnight's podcast, and they cover the gamut from acoustic true-believers to studio mavens ready to mix it up with multi-tracking and effects pedals. What are the benefits—and dangers—of attempting jazz without compadres? Wouldn't you know it, Pat & Mike have opinions on that topic. Pop matters focuses squarely on the King -at least for white people of a certain age -Elvis Presley. Playlist Discussion of Leo Kottke's album ...


Multiple Reviews

Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge; The Waltz Lesson; The Ducks Palace

Read "Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge; The Waltz Lesson; The Ducks Palace" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Duck Baker Everything That Rises Must Converge Mighty Quinn 2009 Duck Baker The Waltz Lesson Les Cousins 2009 Duck Baker The Ducks Palace Incus Records 2009 Though acoustic guitarist, composer and musicologist Duck Baker has long been on the periphery of jazz and improvised music--playing in ...


Album Review

Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge

Read "Everything That Rises Must Converge" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Richard “Duck" Baker's four decade career as a guitarist has encompassed folk, ragtime, blues, jazz, and avant-garde improvisation. Everything That Rises Must Converge is firmly located within the latter genre--indeed, it's sub-titled “Free Jazz Guitar Solos"--but much of the music on this enjoyable record could only have been made by an artist with a firm grasp of the more “traditional" approaches to playing the guitar. The album is the result of two recording sessions--eight pieces from a ...



Duck Baker: Spinning Song

Read "Duck Baker: Spinning Song" reviewed by Laurel Gross

If you have to ask who Duck Baker is, don't beat yourself up. Not a fixture on the New York scene, this accomplished acoustic finger-picking guitarist, composer and improviser--who has devoted himself to free music, modern jazz, swing, blues, gospel, Appalachian fiddling, Irish and Scottish folk song and other influences that were absorbed within these borders--isn't known to everybody. Perhaps that's because all of his seemingly far-flung interests have made him difficult to classify or even identify. But that can ...


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