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Jamie Saft: You Don't Know The Life

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We should all be as comfortable in our own skin as Jamie Saft. Zen-like tranquility emanates from his music no matter the form of his projects: the ambient ensemble Plymouth, solo piano, vocals by Iggy Pop on Loneliness Road (RareNoise, 2017), or a small combo like his quartet. This multi- instrumentalist/composer is so secure in his identity that he can participate to the fullest, perfectly confident that his personality will permeate his contributions. You Don't Know The Life ...

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Big Star: Live-r Than They Ever Were

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In recent years, the cult of personality surrounding power-pop pioneers Big Star has reached near-obsessive levels. Between band reissues large and small, tribute concerts and archiving of the solo work of its principals, Alex Chilton and the late Chris Bell, the devotion of the fan base has isn't likely to subside anytime soon either, so it's only natural that additional archiving work continues apace. Yet it would be a shame if these two live releases were lost in the shuffle: ...

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Allison Miller: Modern Jazz Icon in the Making

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Every professional musician knows how crucial it is to work regularly. Not only does it pay the bills--a pragmatic aspect of the necessarily busy lifestyle we laypeople may overlook--but it also allows for networking to enhance the musician's internal and public profile. Perhaps most importantly of all, consistent activity on stage and in the studio can provide a direct conduit to prolific creativity as well as drummer/composer/bandleader Allison Miller activities attest. Unlike those mirror images of electric/acoustic ensemble work from ...

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Winter 2019

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Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Samuel Blaser Early in the Mornin' OutNote Records 2018 Samuel Blaser's engagement with the blues on Early in the Mornin' inspires sparkling arrangements and vigorous musicianship. The frontman's lusty tones on the opening title track set a ...

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Marianne Faithfull: Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969

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If Come And Stay With Me proves anything, it is that Marianne Faithfull was hardly the mere waif she appeared to be during her initial rise to fame. This collection of her earliest work, comprised of the A and B-sides of UK Decca singles plus the Go Away From My World EP, suggest a resilience borne out by the longevity of a career still in progress (her latest album, Negative Capability (Panta Rei, 2018) came out last September).

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Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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With the exception of the expanded versions of Exile On Main Street (UME, 2010), Sticky Fingers (UME, 2011) and Some Girls (UME, 2015), the arguable essentials of their discography, the Rolling Stones have confined the archiving of their vault to unreleased concert material on audio and video rather than plumbing the depths for unreleased outtakes, demos and alternate arrangements. So it's little surprise that, while have been SACD releases of Rolling Stones catalog in the past, this Beggars Banquet 50th ...

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SJZ Collective: SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

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Until a saucy swagger kicks in on the fourth and final track, “Blue Monk," it's difficult if not impossible to recognize this music as a tribute to the late Thelonious Monk And that's perfectly appropriate--no similarly-conceived homage should be overly familiar. But it is also a tribute to the ingenuity of the SJZ Collective, and the prominence of Brian Ho's organ, which is crucial to this record's distinction. Yet, as with that concluding cut, and the opener, “Green ...

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Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

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The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring in a listener to experience musicianship as involved as it is ingenious. As a result, the records offer exposure to familiar strains set in ...

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Huntertones: Passport

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Huntertones' Passport is an absolutely seamless piece of work. The integration of the material with the playing and, by extension, the arranging and recording, becomes evident in the first minutes of “Clutch" and remains pervasive for the duration of this, the group's third album. Even so, there are readily-discernible dynamics at work here. The aforementioned opening track swings from the sweaty to the sunny and breezy, then back again. Led by saxophonist Dan White, trumpeter Chris Ott and ...

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

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Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob Mary Lee Kortes 160 Pages ISBN: #978-1947026179 BMG Books 2018 Considering the subject of Mary Lee Kortes' Dreaming of Dylan, it may sound implausible to suggest the cover reminds of nothing so much as books of Shel Silverstein such as The Giving Tree (Harper & Row, 1964). But that implicit connection, intentional or not, is wholly appropriate: all three writers invoke the whimsical side of their ...

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty

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Tom Petty And Me: My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with Tom Petty Jon Scott 190 Pages ISBN: #978-0692091197 Chickasaw Buddy Publishing, INC. 2018 Tom Petty And Me has a most interesting premise, its effect heightened when considering the late musician's tumultuous history with his record label(s). In My Rock 'n' Roll Adventures with..., a company promo man, Jon Scott, recounts his collaboration(s) with and on behalf of an artist he came to deeply ...

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Wayne Horvitz: The Snowghost Sessions & Those Who Remain

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Since coming to some renown in New York City during the Eighties and Nineties, Wayne Horvitz has developed a career almost as eclectic as it is esoteric. Performer, composer, educator and entrepreneur comprise just a few of the roles he has assumed in near-fifty years of audacious enterprise and these dual releases vividly illustrates the range of styles the pianist/composer has pursued. As a leader of ensembles small and large, as well as dance troupes and orchestras, Horvitz has also ...