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LIVE REVIEWS

An Evening with Pat Metheny at The Barre Opera House

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Pat Metheny Barre Opera House Barre, Vermont January 14, 2017 Pat Metheny doesn't dabble. If he's proven anything over the course of a multiple Grammy Award-winning solo career, it's that he sees each of his eclectic projects through to its logical conclusion. So it is then that his appearance at the Barre Opera House in Vermont on January 14 was just the latest stop on a tour that has been in progress largely without interruption ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin' at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

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If the name Dennis Coffey only faintly rings a bell, it's because the guitarist was a member of the ensemble know as The Funk Brothers, the studio session crew who supplied the musicianship at the heart of Motown classics. Like many of his brethren, Coffey often availed himself of the opportunity to venture outside the confines of the recording studio to inhabit clubs and Hot Coffee in the D is just such an expedition (the similar likes of which, perhaps ...

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Club d'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki

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It's not really necessary to be a dervish dancer to appreciate Club d'Elf, especially because, on Live at Club Helsinki, the prominence of varied sounds from Duke Levine's electric guitars, combined with the keyboard wizardry of John Medeski, is enough to capture and hold the attention of (almost) any contemporary music-lover. It's as effortless to fall into a dreamlike trance as a visceral spell in response to these extend Moroccan-influenced grooves. The cumulative intensity, however, is almost indiscernible, ...

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Blues Deluxe: Colin James, Matthew Curry and Johnny Nicholas

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The cultural fragmentation of the last two decades or so has resulted in such a multiplicity of niche categories that the blues community only benefits by its long-term standing of loyalty to the genre. Rather than suffer foolish players gladly or thoughtlessly reward the mediocre results of their efforts, these devoted and inveterate music-lovers deeply relish the likes of Johnny Nicholas, Colin James and Matthew Curry, earnest and admirable as they are reaffirming, vicariously, their own reverence for the blues ...

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Jack Lee: Anthology - Bigger Than Life

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Just one cut shy of two dozen tracks comprise the Jack Lee Anthology Bigger Than Life, but the single CD nevertheless lives up to its title if only in regards to the artist's reputation (plus the fact these recordings have not been readily available since their original issue thirty-plus years ago). As one third of the Nerves--with Peter Case and Paul Collins--Lee aided in no small part to nurture the punk movement in Lost Angeles in the late Seventies, despite ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition

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Bob Dylan No Direction Home: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition Capitol Records 2016 As originally released a decade ago, Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home is so deeply illuminating it really bears no revisionism that would improve it, at least on its own terms. In turns exhilarating and chilling, particularly in the final scene where the subject of the film appears the embodiment of infinite fatigue, the vaunted filmmaker's comprehensive depiction of the Nobel ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America

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Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America Fathom Events2016 Although it is compels watching more than once to absorb the varied detail within its two-hours plus duration, The Rolling Stones' Latin American tour documentary, Ole Ole Ole!, is worth seeing just for a single, priceless five minute interval near its mid-point. After guitarist Keith Richard and vocalist Mick Jagger laughingly reminisce about their visit to Brazil in the Sixties, they ...

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The Seth Yacovone Band: Shovel Down

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Vintage hard rock with heavy metal overtones that should appeal as much to fans of the original Gov't Mule as those of early Black Sabbath, the initial studio album by The Seth Yacovone Band 2.0., Shovel Down is the initial and fairly lofty plateau in a judicious plan by the bandleader to remain as independent as he is prolific. Convened with no small amount of serendipity back in 2013 by three mainstays of the Burlington Vermont music scene-the ...

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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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