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Articles by Doug Collette

JAZZ JOURNAL

Winter 2017

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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. Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations Sunnyside2017 Because the multiplicity of drums and percussion instruments George Marsh uses on Expedition is comparable to the comparable array of acoustic and electric keyboards Denny Zeitlin utilizes, ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont December 2, 2017 A performance in recognition of the release of its album Codex (Self Produced, 2017), The Brian McCarthy Quartet effectively transposed the sparse, spacious quality of the recording to this intimate venue adjacent to the Queen City's Performing Arts Center. In keeping with the stoic, scholarly demeanor of the leader, the celebratory air of this milestone event was subdued, but not so much there wasn't ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Parcek: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

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Ably aided and abetted as is Peter Parcek on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, he never runs the risk of his own contributions being overshadowed by the esteemed likes of his guests including North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson, Muscle Shoals veteran Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson band member Micky Raphael. he guitarist/vocalist/songwriter acquits himself so stylishly during the course of this album, those high-profile names fully integrate themselves within this project so that the music remains the focus. ...

BLUES DELUXE

Winter 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. Mark “Porkchop" Holder Death And The Blues (Alive Natural Sound): 2017 Portentous as the title sounds, this record's a catharsis in song if there ever was one. With his sturdy, nimble rhythm section, Holder ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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The Doors' Strange Days did not have the cultural or commercial impact of the iconic band's eponymous debut earlier that halcyon year. And that's all the more regrettable because, in purely artistic terms, this second album is superior in (almost) every way. Accordingly, the more streamlined 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of this laboriously-recorded landmark (compared to the lavish package afforded its predecessor) is wholly appropriate because it focuses on the band and its music, above all else.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kim Wilson: Blues and Boogie Vol. 1

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Spearheaded by this long-time linchpin of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, on Blues and Boogie Vol. 1, a group of musicians as versatile as they are empathetic tackles classics from Little Walter, Elmore James and others. Kim Wilson and the ensemble not only display innate knowledge of its roots, but that elusive joy derived from actively honoring same. While the monaural recording seems an overreach to authenticity--it the genuine quality of the music, the financial aspect of the project or a combination ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rolling Stones: On Air

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The Rolling Stones have a well-established history of archive releases, collectively titled 'From the Vault,' with which the band has done yeoman's work to document the later years of their history. On Air is not one of those titles, but in its Deluxe Edition, nevertheless constitutes an extensive examination of the original quintet's meticulous and spirited devotion to its roots. Incorporating rock and roll, blues, r&b and country music, thirty-two (!) tracks on two CD's taken from a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian McCarthy: Codex

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Whether saxophonist Brian McCarthy's third full-length studio album, Codex, was specifically intended as such, this comparatively simple, bracing quartet project is a refreshing change of pace from its more involved predecessor, The Better Angels of Our Nature (Truth Revolution, 2017). On the surface at least seemingly far less ambitious, the album begins in a relaxed mode with “Commonplace," but its urgency grows almost imperceptibly (and most appropriately) with a solo from the leader of the band: following a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: RFK Stadium 1989 Box

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Not nearly the rare or expansive likes of Get Shown The Light (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2017), including the vaunted Cornell '77 concert, The Grateful Dead's RFK Stadium 1989 Box is nevertheless a deceptively lavish box set (note the gold foil adorning the band's moniker on the front cover). Perhaps because it is now one of a string of titles documenting in both audio and video the collective strength and consistency of the band during this period of their history--Truckin' Up to ...


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