Articles by Doug Collette

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Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

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It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, he octet tender their homage, Witches Stew, in such a way it suggests 'The Man with the Horn,' were he still living, might well ...

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Jeff Beck: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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Jeff Beck Live at the Hollywood Bowl Eagle Rock 2017 As fashionable as concert sit-ins have come to be in recent years, such guesting can be the bane of the live performance. So often it is the case that such invitees can interrupts the flow and/or momentum rather than nurturing it. However, Jeff Beck's August 2016 celebration in Los Angeles of his fiftieth anniversary is the exception to that rule: the stream of diverse personnel ...

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Jamie Saft: Loneliness Road

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Much of Iggy Pop's early notoriety in his days with the Stooges was predicated on shock value. These days his durability and longevity as an artist render his continued presence only slightly less startling: the seminal punk-rocker is hitting his seventieth decade, a milestone few might've forecast for him around the time of Raw Power (Columbia, 1973). Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jamie Saft is no doubt aware of this dynamic because he has his own predilections to confound, which is no ...

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The Doors: The Singles

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Naysayers carping about the voluminous reissues of the Doors catalog conveniently forget to consider neither label nor management would proceed on a title like The Singles if there wasn't sufficient confidence the market, in terms of new audiences alone wasn't there to support sales. And say what anyone will about how dubious is the concept of this latest release, it serves a dual purpose: debuting tracks heretofore unreleased on CD (most on the second disc here, not surprisingly rendering it ...

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Dawes: We're All Gonna Die

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With the benefit of extended hindsight, Dawes' We're All Gonna Die was certainly the most confounding new rock release of 2016, if not the most disappointing. To the credit of the Los Angeles band, the album (or at least its title) did presage the weighty ennui afflicting the culture by the end of the year. But that borderline cynical mindset was couched in a marked change from Dawes' previous folk-rock orientation, overseen by Jonathan Wilson and categorized, at least for ...

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Philipp Gerschlauer & David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik

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Any musiclover who enjoys the sensation of immersion in a maelstrom of sound will no doubt relish Mikrojazz, especially those familiar with the work of guitarist Dave Fiuczynski. But even listeners who fear the abstract somewhat should find much to savor here because this five-piece band, including 'The Fuze" and co-led with Philipp Gershlauer, moves in and out of such realms throughout a dozen tracks. Every group of musicians requires a catalyst in order to function with the ...

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Chris Rea: Road Songs For Lovers

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Far more successful in Europe than America, based on upwards of two dozen studio albums to his credit, Chris Rea perseveres as the unusually erudite and pragmatic musician that he is with Road Songs For Lovers. This Englishman's first studio album in six years chronicles his impressions of the world inside and outside his own head and heart in a most evocative manner: what begins as personal ultimately becomes universal. All of which is equally vivid in the ...

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Rolling Stones From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015

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Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre 2015 Eagle Rock Video 2017 The Rolling Stones have been nothing if not savvy (most of the time) throughout their fifty- year plus history, so it's no surprise the release of their latest title, Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015, is simultaneous with their 'No Filter' tour of Europe. But this is no better timed than the show itself, the first of their 'Zip Code' ...

BLUES DELUXE

Autumn 2017

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the aforementioned genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Dennis Johnson Rhythmland Root Tone Records 2017 A complete musician to be sure, Johnson isn't so enamored of his technique that the plays on words in titles of his previous records deny the ...


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