Articles by Doug Collette

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The Joey Alexander Trio At The Flynn Center For The Performing Arts

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The Joey Alexander Trio Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont April 22, 2017Watching and listening to Joey Alexander perform with his two ultra-sympathetic band mates on the Flynn Center stage April 22nd, it was impossible not to be caught up in the spontaneity of the moment, the immediacy of which is the essence of the live jazz experience. That said, as the music flowed around and through the trio, it was ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Fathom Events Presents "The Grateful Dead Movie"

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Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead Movie Fathom Events 2017 2017's Grateful Dead “Meet-Up at the Movies" was comprised of a number of disparate elements, the amalgamation of which, in a fashion typical of this iconic band, carried a logic all its own. This multi-leveled presentation by Fathom Events may or may not have been lost on the nearly-capacity audience in South Burlington, Vermont's Palace 9 Theater--there was, after all, scant recognition of the significance of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Van Morrison: The Authorized Bang Collection

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The casual listener who marvels at the apparent distance Van Morrison covered between “Brown Eyed Girl" and the moody mystical atmosphere of the next year's Astral Weeks (Warner Bros., 1968) will no doubt be astounded to hear The Authorized Bang Collection. As much guidance as the young 'Belfast Cowboy' was absorbing from mentorand label founder Bert Berns, he was nevertheless also plumbing the depths of his soul, not to mention the circumstances in which he found himself in this early ...

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Procol Harum: Novum

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Every once in a great while, a band with some history and, usually, no small pedigree, will reignite the chemistry that begat its sound and do so without over-obvious replication of its essential style. Neil Young and Crazy Horse found themselves in such a rarefied space with Ragged Glory (Reprise, 1990) as did the Allman Brothers Band in the early 2000's. With Novum, Procol Harum is similarly positioned. Cognizance of the fiftieth anniversary of the band's breakthrough with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pink Floyd: Obfusc/ation

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Lavishly designed and annotated packages on the order of Pink Floyd's The Early Years (Sony-Legacy, 2016) would be meaningless if the enclosures didn't so warrant the concepts. But the fact of the matter is content on the high order of Obfusc/ation 1972 demands treatment comparable to a precious books in an extensive library. The set, one of six now available separately after being originally released as part of a set, stands on its own terms as a piece of history ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes: The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings

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Unless a musiclover becomes fully-versed in the full career trajectory of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes via their latter-day work with Barry Beckett, Nile Rodgers, et.al., as compiled on All I Want Is Everything (Rhino 1993), it's difficult if not impossible to avoid seeing the group as a novelty act at best or worse, a near shameless cash-in on the burgeoning success of Born to Run (Columbia, 1975) era Bruce Springsteen, all of which was occurring around the time ...

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The Greg Kihn Band: Rekihndled

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With just a glance at the cover of The Greg Kihn Band's first album in twenty years, Rekihndled, the band leader and namesake hardly looks like he's a day older in his de rigeur outfit of the eighties, white shirt with a vest and a carefully-loosened necktie. But as evidenced with the gleeful stomp of “The Life I Got," it's much more important that Kihn's aged cheerfully (as well as gracefully) over the years. In part, because he ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Soule Indomitable at Nectar's

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Soule Indomitable Nectar's Burlington, VT March 29, 2017 Continuing to nurture their intermittent but nevertheless ongoing collaboration, members of two of the most distinctive ensembles of Burlington Vermont's current music scene played together each Wednesday evening during March at Nectar's and this final night, the culmination of the run, radiated more than a little of cumulative momentum generated throughout the month Soule Monde consists solely of two musicians, drummer Russ Lawton and keyboardist ...

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The Doors' 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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In his usual evenhanded, deceptively passionate prose for The Doors' 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, David Fricke neatly encapsulates the combined personal and universal significance of the record. Released in January of 1967, the quartet's debut album, produced by Paul Rothchild, predates other monumental titles of the year--the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper (Parlophone), Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow (RCA, 1967), Cream's Disraeli Gears (Atco, 1967) and Jimi Hendrix' Are You Experienced? (Track, 1967)--effectively setting the stage for the cultural paradigm shift at this ...


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