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INTERVIEWS

Daniel Kramer: Bob Dylan, In Pictures

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Photography may not bring back what has long gone, but for many, it can provide a passage to explore important happenings or moments from people's personal histories. A simple photograph can encapsulate deep-rooted emotions and memories of people, events and times that have long gone. Photographer Daniel Kramer's photographs of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan taken over a period of one year in the mid-'60s immortalize the unique energy and the times of this greatest of poets. Kramer's inimitable lens ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

U2: Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

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U2 Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris Interscope 2016 Music's soothing powers in times of tragedy and upheaval have proven to give comfort, inspire dialogue and open people's minds. Giving succor to victims of tragedies and terrorist attacks is in a way music's noble employment. Music always provides time and space for reflection. In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, when terrorist squads attacked various locations in ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vasil Hadzimanov Band featuring David Binney: Alive

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Critical to the success of this live album by the VHB is the fact that this band is, at its core, a working band. If you have seen VHB live, you will recognize that this album faithfully relays both the showmanship and ingenious punch of this unit. Obviously, this installment of the VHB is a highly maneuverable vessel that is capable of executing a multitude of ideas, be it electronica, African, free jazz or rock ideas. The stage is the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Betty Davis: Columbia Years 1968-1969

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The vaults of major labels such as Columbia and many others hold many secret and yet to be revealed gems. First of all, check out singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's archival Bootleg output series or trumpet legend Miles Davis archival box set reissues. This isn't just scraping the bottom of a barrel and coming out with alternate takes or rehearsals of songs or music with dubious audio quality, but an avalanche of unbelievable amount of great music, much to the joy of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

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Without a hint of a doubt, the trumpeter Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet which he led in the mid-'60s rekindled his fire for music resulting in exuberant and adventurous music. Davis was reenergized by his young band which vitality and enthusiasm has made a big difference. Not only did it stretch Miles' boundaries, as the band was taking chances and experimenting, but it also helped him get through a difficult period in his personal life (the deaths of his parents, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway

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All the surface evidence on The Getaway suggests that the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, for most part, is steering its music towards unfamiliar territory. This change of sound first began on I'm With You, (Warner Bros. 2011) the first recording the band did without one of its key members, guitarist John Frusciante who left to pursue solo career. Instead, his protégé Josh Klinghoffer took over guitar duties and provided more layered guitarscapes. I'm With You (Warner Bros. 2011) was ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Natacha Atlas: A Myriad of Possibilities

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Belgian singer Natacha Atlas' music sits on the brink between two cultures: Western and Eastern. She uses this meeting of sounds to create something unique that takes the best from both worlds. Atlas began her career with Transglobal Underground, a world music and electronic dance fusion act with whom she recorded four albums. The group's unorthodox approach received widespread acclaim and served as a catalyst for furthering fusion between world music sounds and Western electronic dance music. When she left ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day

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Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day Daniel Kramer 288 Pages ISBN: 978-3-8365-4760-4 Taschen 2016 There is an intangible but powerful relationship between music and photography that can't be explained adequately with words. Music has often sought some form of association with the world of visual arts as often photographs can tell a story more articulately and can convey more meaning. Or they can convey more mystery. It is as if the grains ...


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