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GETTING INTO JAZZ

Together (Maxine Sullivan Sings The Music Of Jule Styne)

Read "Together (Maxine Sullivan Sings The Music Of Jule Styne)" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD capsule What do you get if you take a 76 year old jazz singer who's seen a lot of life, surround her with a small group of premier jazz musicians and give her a bunch of vintage Jule Styne songs to sing? You get something you really ought to hear, a disc ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

After nearly five years that saw the group release five albums--from 1969's earth-shattering eponymous debut to 1973's less consistent Houses of the Holy (all on Atlantic Records)--and incessant touring that saw the group break numerous attendance records and reach the top of the charts worldwide, Led Zeppelin finally took a much-needed break in 1974. Still, while singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham took some downtime to spend with family and friends, the ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Kabadayas: IV

Read "IV" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

IV--the exciting debut from an international quartet founded by its ferocious rhythm section of bassist Djole Maksimovski and drummer Dino Milosavljević--represents a fairly strong start. The group thrives on the cohesive whole, playing as one but in a state of continual conversation. As the name itself suggests--"kabadaya" is local Macedonian archaic jargon for swagger(s)--the musicians do show their skills on their respective instruments. Guitarist Zoran Kostadinovski and clarinetest Goran Bojčevski may not be as well-known to the general ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner

Read "Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Atlantic Records issued this collection 1976, featuring two tracks each from four of the most important pianists in the post-bop era. Excepting one piece, each pianist is represented here in trio format. The Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea offerings are from their own 1966 sessions as leaders. Jarrett contributes two original compositions and is joined by drummer Paul Motian and bassist Charlie Haden in pleasurable but somewhat conservative outings. Corea brings two different lineups: ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Charles Mingus: Mingus At Antibes

Read "Charles Mingus: Mingus At Antibes" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Charles Mingus Mingus At Antibes Atlantic 2-3001 1960

Charles Mingus. You just have to know that he would have nudged, cajoled, or bullied his way into the top of this list, even twenty years after his death. Mingus at Antibes is a kinetic, frenetic, dysthymic document of the genius of an overly stimulated, overly indulgent, and overly gifted personality. Mingus was not unlike Mozart in the respect that many of Mozart's contemporaries ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young: Four Way Street

Read "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young: Four Way Street" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One thing the blues ain't...is funny Touted as one of the worst live albums of all time by Dave Marsh's Book of Rock Lists, Four Way Street may be anything but that. Sure, it's sloppy, poorly recorded and a bit self-indulgent, but hey, it was 1970 and it does not compare with the bloated carcasses released later in the decade (Zep's The Song Remains The Same comes to mind, as well as a legion ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

J. Geils Band: Full House

Read "J. Geils Band: Full House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Blow your face out, baby... Once, when I was teaching Chemical Quantitative Analysis to pharmacy students, one of my charges approached me before a test and asked, “Can you tell me all I need to know to pass this quant quiz?" The exam was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and my class was wanting to get an early start on the holiday. It reminded me of me doing the same thing in school and my teacher reminding me ...


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