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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spiro: Repeater

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Repeater is an idiosyncratic vinyl only retrospective by the acclaimed quartet Spiro that collects highlights of the band's four albums that were recorded between 1997 and 2015.The British quartet's unrelenting passion for following its muse has served it well as the group's fearless explorations have yielded an ever-expanding audience and over the years Spiro has crisscrossed the universes of folk/world and classical music. Stretching the boundaries and crisscrossing universes is now a regular practice for a number of groups but ...

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Concha Buika: I Feel the Warmer Side of Life When I Sing

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When Spanish singer Concha Buika sings, songs uncoil from her like smoke. Whether she sings jazz classics, Jacquel Brel, Chavella Vargas songs or her own songs, there is a warm intimacy in her husky and seductive voice that easily envelops listeners. 15 years after her debut, Mestizuo, a record with jazz classics she continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with records that are imbued with diversity from flamenco, soul, jazz and pop music to Afro-beat, Cuban music, ...

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The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome

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It was the love for blues and R&B music that bonded two teenage music aficionados Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and this music was the building blocks on which they based their work of art--the band The Rolling Stones. 50 years ago when the Rolling Stones' songwriting partnership between these two began gaining its momentum and they started writing their own songs, the band slowly began abandoning their all-blues cover records approach and commenced branching and welcoming more diverse music ...

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Leonard Cohen and His Legacy

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In recent years, nobody has raged against the dying of the light more spectacularly and thrillingly as singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. For 50 years he had been telling stories of love, faith, death, despair, solitude, war, politics, and exaltation. Before embarked on a successful and eventful career in the show business he had a successful career as a poet and novelist. His achievements were legendary and his status as a writer, poet, songwriter and the famous ladies' man had ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nenad Vasilic Trio: Wet Paint

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Wet Paint or “fresh paint" symbolizes the formation of the new band or the trio led by soulful bassist, producer and composer Nenad Vasilic who continues to build on the variety steam generated from his previous releases. Here he explores the trio format accompanied by pianist/keyboardist Bojan Z, who finds himself in the role of a sideman. Actually, Bojan Z has lent his talent on Vasilic's album Seven where he was a guest on just two tracks. At one time, ...

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Leonard Cohen: You Want it Darker

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On first listen, Leonard Cohen's album You Want it Darker is a great album. On second listen, it could rank among his best and on third listen, it is obvious that it is the best contender for a Nobel Prize in literature in the next turn of awards. But so are the other albums that have preceded it. It is astonishing that Cohen as an elder statesman is producing some of his best work at this stage of his career. ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Teresa Salgueiro at the Bitola World Music Festival

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Teresa Salgueiro Dom na kultura World Music Festival Bitola, Macedonia November 5, 2016 Moving and majestic, Portuguese diva Teresa Salgueiro's performance at the city's annual world music festival transformed the concert hall in Bitola into the most intimate of settings with the international premiere of her newest album O Horizonte. (Lemon, 2016) Salgueiro has a reputation that precedes her since the days with the premiere Portuguese band Madredeus, but she just released ...

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Shye Ben Tzur: Music For The Upliftment of the Soul

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The Urdu word Junun denotes “Passion"and that is the perfect term to describing not just the breathtaking interplay and common purpose among the many diverse musicians taking part in this project, but also the deep spiritual love that emanates from this music and takes up everyone in the excitement of the moment: playful, joyous and inclusive. Junun is a dynamic meeting of passionate musicians with different backgrounds and geographies but the result to that is gorgeous music. Shye Ben Tzur ...


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