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Year in Review

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

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Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the usual clockwork regularity (almost). Here, then, is music worth remembering, released during a time mostly worth forgetting. Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown

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Album Review

Holly Bowling: Better Left Unsung

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As wry as is the implication of its title, Holly Bowling's double album of Grateful Dead material, Better Left Unsung, is utterly absorbing. These thirteen wholly instrumental, solo piano renditions of material spanning the spectrum of the iconic San Francisco band's songbook illuminate why the songs are so memorable on their own terms as well as fodder for inspired improvisation. Perhaps it's Holly Bowling's her background as a classically trained pianist, but she never dumbs down her playing. ...


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