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Michael Hedges: Torched

Read "Torched" reviewed by John W. Patterson


Of all of Michael’s fine releases this one, Torched , reaches me in the deepest recesses of my being. I must confess I have sang along, tears in my eyes, sensing the deep loss of Michael now being gone, tragically killed in late 1997 in a car accident. What waste, what loss, and so final. But Hedges’ voice and soul lives on in this last release, nearly ready to be finally “polished” yet too late — it is released anyway, ...

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Album Review

Leo Kottke (Private Music 82171: One Guitar, No Vocals

Read "One Guitar, No Vocals" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


A Long Way From Takoma. 6- and 12-String Guitar was the auspicious debut of guitarmeister Leo Kottke. On the heels of John Fahey, Peter Lange, and Stefan Grossman, Kottke created his debut masterpiece of acoustic wizardry that served as a template for countless acoustic guitarists after him. In the 25 years between the release of 6- and 12-String Guitar and his current project One Guitar, No Vocals, Kottke has come full circle. His current offering contains originals and several Kottke ...

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Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman: Topaz

Read "Topaz" reviewed by Dave Hughes


The Rippingtons' latest CD,Topaz, was inspired by Taos, New Mexico - both its history and its present. This influence is primarily expressed with the addition of the carved wood flute of Robert Tree Cody on several selections. On some songs, the acoustic guitars and/or percussion paint an aural picture of serene, wide-open spaces with flowing melody lines and gently galloping rhythms. On a few other songs, though, the effect is derailed by the more mechanical chunking of programmed ...

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Tom Scott & the L. A. Express: Smokin' Section

Read "Smokin' Section" reviewed by Dave Hughes


I am puzzled by the marketing of the new Tom Scott albumSmokin' Sectionas "Tom Scott & the L. A. Express," since there seems to be no identifiable group "feel" to this program, and the tunes were recorded with three different contingents of studio musicians. But this quibble aside, this is one of Scott's best albums in years. His traditional funky groove is present on several songs such as the opening title track (with Scott's trademark multi-sax-layered sound) and ...

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Earl Klugh: Peculiar Situation

Read "Peculiar Situation" reviewed by Dave Hughes


Earl Klugh's Windham Hill Jazz debut, titledPeculiar Situation, isn't really peculiar at all, it's mostly a familiar situation. Klugh's music has always been presented in semi-glossy productions, from his earliest outings under Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen's touch to the majority of his releases which have been self-produced. His music is always easy on the ears, featuring his easily-recognizable acoustic guitar voice sailing through catchy melodies over tasteful arrangements. As usual, the compositions are all Klugh's. All of ...

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Album Review

Tuck & Patti: Paradise Found

Read "Paradise Found" reviewed by Dave Hughes


Tuck and Patti, guitar and vocal duo as well as husband and wife, offer up another helping of positive, optimistic musical brilliance on Paradise Found. I think they found paradise about twenty years ago, when they first began performing together. They both possess considerable chops, always utilized in exquisite taste and in perfect tandem.

This time around, they occasionally supplement their duets with other instruments, such as soprano sax and percussion on the opening tune "Lembrancas." ...

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Album Review

Braxton Brothers: Now and Forever

Read "Now and Forever" reviewed by Dave Hughes


The Braxton Brothers demonstrate their versatility and their handle on today's lite R&B/contempo genre onNow and Forever. The pair handle the production duties, split the compositional credits, and play most of the instruments on the disc. Wayne's primary axe is the sax, while Nelson uses his bass for lead lines as well as the more traditional foundational support. Both add keyboards and drum programming to the mix. There are other Bay-area notables present on the date as well, ...


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