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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At Yoshi's

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Yoshi's Oakland, CA February 22, 2018 Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton braved an unusually cold Thursday night to heat up Fischer's many fans at the famed Yoshi's in jny: Oakland CA. The live music and restaurant venue in Jack London Square hosted an overflowing house that showed its enthusiasm for Fischer throughout the set. During the brief warm up, an East Bay couple sitting nearby talked about how ...


The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City

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Brass band music and culture will forever be linked to NOLA. It's written in that storied locale's history and it rests in its musical groundwater and roots. But This City reminds us that those roots now anchor branches that hang above the past and extend north across the continent. While hardly bound by tradition, The Heavyweights Brass Band most certainly owes a debt to Crescent City combos of a similar instrumental ilk. And with its third album, ...


Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error And Shame

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The Juno Award-nominated jazz quartet, Peripheral Vision, delivers a spontaneous set of modernistic music on More Songs About Error And Shame. The sound has a live-in-the-studio freshness, with studio tweakings to embellish their forward-leaning approach. The group's appraoch is a brash and metallic, a mesh of the teaming of Trevor Hogg's sharp toned tenor sax with the luminescence of Don Scott's resonant electric guitar. The Canadian quartet shares a decade-long history of live performance that translates to a ...


Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

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This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry Koonse on two of them. The result is an interesting blend of West Coast “cool" and sophisticated New York mainstream that pleases the ear ...


Sun Ra And His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra: Sun Embassy

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I know what you're thinking, the world doesn't need another Sun Ra record. You don't need another Sun Ra record. With a discography swelling monthly, sometimes weekly, I often think when will it end? Then, once back in my right mind, I rejoice to find some tasty unreleased material from a very fertile period in Herman Poole “Sonny" Blount's career.Sun Embassy comprises rehearsal tapes from five sessions from May 1968 to October 1969. This would be shortly after ...


The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel: The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

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One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well as possibly encoded in our spiritual genome. This orchestral music has endured a variety of musical translations, including reduction to piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt and full re-orchestrations by Gustav Mahler. Richard Wagner even tinkered with the Ninth, doubling ...


Kraak Festival 2018

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Kraak Festival 2018 Beursschouwburg Brussels, Belgium March 3, 2018 Kraak is three days dedicated to exploratory music, mostly on the electronic front, although acoustic instruments do feature, but are mainly subject to amplification, processing or distortion. That seems to be the best way to point out what happens, with the resultant sounds possessing a diverse thrust, shooting outwards (or driving inwards) from dance, ambient, rock and modern classical cores, often with hybrid ...


Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic

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Few if any contemporary pop or rock artists have maintained a career as long and varied as Iain (nee Ian), Matthews, so his eclectic discography deserves the robust informational and graphical archiving of Omnivore Recording. Moving from his early days as a member of Fairport Convention, the man formed Southern Comfort and moved into more conventional country-folk territory of the times, thereby gaining some renown with a soothing version of Joni Mitchell's “Woodstock." After configuring his next band, the similarly-styled ...


2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring Tony Monaco, Gerard Gibbs, and Dr. Lonnie Smith Hope College Holland, Michigan March 9-11, 2018 Back in the fall of 2016, a small liberal arts college on the banks of Lake Michigan decided to serve as the epicenter of activity aimed at gaining more respect for the art of jazz organ playing. Over the course of that weekend, artists and students alike would bond over their commonalities and ...


Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams

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Jakob Bro Returnings ECM Records 2018 Jakob Bro sounds quiet (even by his standards) on his third date for ECM, following up the aptly-titled Streams (ECM, 2016) with a recording even more spare and contemplative. His telepathy with favorite collaborator Thomas Morgan stays close as ever, while Palle Mikkelborg provides a fellow lead voice just as patient and understated as the leader's. His minimalist trumpet converses and trades lines with Bro's guitar almost in ...