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Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording

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These days, there's a plethora of recordings, originally made for radio or television broadcast, being released by labels ranging from thoroughly legit to highly suspect. In some instances, these are real archival finds; true gold, mined from hours of hours of recordings, lovingly restored and packaged. In other cases they're clearly nothing but money grabs. Capitalizing on old contracts with holes in them the size of a Mack truck, these cheaply packaged, sonically acceptable but far from stellar releases muddy ...

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Filtron M: Astoria Roots Live

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In a genuine international collaborative effort, with sessions recorded in New York and Zurich, Astoria Roots Live showcases the eclectic sounds of Filtron M, performing in a live setting. Launched as a musicians' collective based out of New York under the direction of pianist/composer Manu Koch, this project has expanded into Europe and integrated musicians from around the world. Favorably compared to the work Joe Zawinul did with Weather Report and in his later recordings, Filtron M draws on that ...

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Möbius Strip: Möbius Strip

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The progressive-meets-jazz nexus has traversed many incarnations since its inception in the heady mid-late 1960s with Soft Machine and Caravan being two classic exemplars of the Canterbury wing of Prog. All were characterised by their adherence to the rock element of prog, whilst embellishing it with jazzy overtones. This tack is at odds with bands populated by seasoned jazz musicians who migrated to a jazz rock idiom, including the likes of Nucleus and If. There were obviously variations in the ...

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Adrian Belew Power Trio at Ardmore Music Hall

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The Adrian Belew Power Trio Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA May 6, 2017 Like so much of life, music is really a work in progress that never stops changing. Adrian Belew has always been one to live by the idea rather than follow it--he's best known for an extended tenure in the always-inventive King Crimson, spins smart and often convoluted songs that still grab the ears effortlessly, and can wring sounds out of a guitar ...

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Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live in NYC The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording

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Bassist Jaco Pastorius could be considered the American music Van Gogh, a romantic figure so much bigger than the broken body that died from a severe beaten received outside of Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida, September 11, 1987. That image simply does not jibe even remotely with the music presented on Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live in NYC The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording. Then again, it never was supposed to. Only a brief five years ...

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The Comet Is Coming at Black Box

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The Comet Is Coming Black Box 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival jny: Belfast, N.Ireland May 3, 2017 The Comet Is Coming knows how to make an entrance. Even the electronic sci-fi effects that kick-started its Black Box concert like some futuristic fanfare was loud enough to send vibrations through every pore of the body. It was a portent of the unrelentingly powerful sonic waves that King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings), Danalogue The Conqueror (Dan ...

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Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project

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Monnette Sudler Sextet Terra Hall, University of the Arts Jazz Bridge: The Philadelphia Real Book Project Philadelphia, PA April 28, 2017 Monnette Sudler is a lauded Philadelphia-based guitarist with all the technique and finesse you could ask for, but she also has a way of moving around the strings which is expressive and soulful, communicating a story beyond words, touching the heartstrings. Earlier in her career, beginning in the 1970s, she moved up ...

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Pink Floyd: Obfusc/ation

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Lavishly designed and annotated packages on the order of Pink Floyd's The Early Years (Sony-Legacy, 2016) would be meaningless if the enclosures didn't so warrant the concepts. But the fact of the matter is content on the high order of Obfusc/ation 1972 demands treatment comparable to a precious books in an extensive library. The set, one of six now available separately after being originally released as part of a set, stands on its own terms as a piece of history ...

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Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

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In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the artist, either real attraction or, well, the opposite. And, at a time when more music than ever is being released (and for a myriad ...


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