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The Dixie Dregs at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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The Dixie Dregs Scottish Rite Auditorium Collingswood, NJ March 9, 2018 They've always remained one of the most under-the-radar of fusion bands. The Dixie Dregs' every-damn-thing-at-once musical stew could have hardly been better designed to elude widespread exposure--too much jazzy complexity for a group of rockers, too much country and folk for a jazz combo, a tinge more classical than either, all without any singing to grab the ears of radio (bar a couple exceptions ...


Mathias Eick: Ravensburg

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Choosing to explore the greater stage we all inherit then maneuver to the best of our abilities and intentions, Ravensburg, Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick's fourth ECM release, is, like the life force itself, an airy, ambient, triumphant affair, casting light and shadow on the potential victories and pratfalls faced within the circle of family and its place within the larger community of friends and strangers. Coming to life in his grandmother's small home town in southwestern Germany, Eick's ...


Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival Bozar Brussels, Belgium February 28-March 4, 2018 In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not so much of the festival's four-day programme could be called 'straight' flamenco, as the artists presented also embraced the sounds of Turkey, the north ...


Kirke Karja Quartet: Turbulence

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Despite the title of Turbulence, Estonian pianist/composer Kirke Karja and her eponymous quartet carry this vessel of an album through the smoothest of takeoffs and landings. Riding the jet stream of largely original material, it takes full advantage of its wingspan to cross borders. The title track is a compression of the album's entire trajectory. Opening with a trembling arco bass and Karja's near-plaintive arpeggios, it seems to evoke a wintry starting point with the brushstrokes of a ...


Kyle Taylor Parker at The Green Room 42

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Kyle Taylor Parker The Green Room 42 The Soul Session New York, NY March 11, 2018 Kyle Taylor Parker made a splash when he replaced Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Since jumping into the deep end of musical theater, however, he has never forgotten the even deeper roots that gave creative purchase to his crisp, clarion voice in the first place. “I think in Broadway lyrics, but ...


Kathrine Windfeld Big Band: Black Swan

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Do opposites really attract? Danish big band leader Kathrine Windfeld's compositions are meticulously worked out in advance, whereas saxophonist Thomas Agergaard, her collaborator on this gig, takes a different, more spontaneous approach. “Thomas writes quite differently than I do," says Windfeld. “He thrives on the energy of the moment. This is beneficial to the music, but it is also a challenge when we are so many together and have to make something work within a limited time ...


Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides Of The Sky

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13 to the universe by studio dreamweaver and sonic soundscaper Jimi Hendrix remains arguably one of the greatest electric guitarists that ever lived, someone whose genius has often been likened to that of Robert Johnson and Miles Davis. Upon his untimely passing in 1970, he left behind an enormous wealth of previously unheard studio recordings which, according to those in the know, had the potential to offer new and compelling insights into one of the 20th Century's ultimate ...


Masaaki Suzuki: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

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It's almost certain that there is a Baroque Music User's Manual issued to each new period-instrument/performance orchestra and conductor defining what pieces of music must be recorded. De rigueur are all of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Work and Choral Works, including complete Cantata Cycles like those recently completed by John Eliot Gardner with his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir and Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Roger Norrington, William Christie, Phillippe Herreweghe--and the list ...


Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that as a person and as a 'label' I go out of any categorization and labeling of what I do," he confided before our interview. ...


Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2018

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Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 20-27, 2018 For the 12th edition the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince (PAPJAZZ for short, which will be used to refer to the festival going forward, as well as introducing a new logo) returned to its usual schedule at the end of January. This is supposed to be the dry season, but more on that later. As always the character of the festival was significantly influenced ...