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Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

Read "Sinematic" reviewed by Doug Collette

Robbie Robertson's ongoing fascination with the dark(er) side of human nature, combined with his longstanding fascination with film, begs the question of why it took so long for him to fuse the two interests in a solo album. There are more than a few memorable moments scattered throughout approximately sixty minutes of music on Sinematic and to posit those in the vernacular of film criticism, the record might well receive high marks for special effects, kudos for some bit players ...

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Mette Juul: Change

Read "Change" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Change is an inevitable part of life and music. The very essence of being a jazz musician involves catching a musical moment that never comes back again, but occasionally, a record shows up that is both a document of change and the sum of a lifetime. With Change, Danish jazz singer, guitarist and songwriter, Mette Juul, has released such an album. Since her debut, Coming in from the Dark (Cowbell Music, 2010), Juul has played with the ...

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Marvin Gaye: You're the Man

Read "You're the Man" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Much has been written over the years about soul legend Marvin Gaye and his contributions to music. There are many artists who could be lauded for their contribution to the art of singing but there aren't many others who have had such a profound effect on music in general with their voice, production abilities, and songwriting skills. He left his indelible mark on popular music and literally transformed the entire recording process for black soul singers, changing the face of ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Ultimate Duets

Read "Ultimate Duets" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Anyone who has seen a no-hit game in baseball will tell you that it's a rare and highly exciting occurrence. With Ultimate Duets, Arturo Sandoval and his team of music stars deliver even better--a perfect game of a recording. Maestro Sandoval joins with some of the greatest vocal names in music, most recognizable by surname--Wonder, Domingo, Sanz, Jarreau, Groban, Grande, et al. And, as one expects by way of his 10 Grammy®-winning track record, everything about this ...

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Louis Armstrong: The Decca Singles 1935-1946

Read "The Decca Singles 1935-1946" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Good news, jazz fans--rhythm saves the world again. The Universal Music Group tentacle labeled “Verve Records" has issued The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946. Don't be put off by the term “singles." Since this was the 78 era, all recordings were essentially singles and the set thoroughly covers Satchmo's output for Decca during the period. (Even the spoken-word “Elder Eatmore" sermons are included). This material previously appeared in a fine Mosaic box and a Definitive Records set of dubious provenance. Both ...

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The Jam: Setting Sons Deluxe Edition

Read "Setting Sons Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Jam's muscular musicianship is a direct reflection of titular leader Paul Weller's compositions for the trio, a symbiosis never more vivid than on the ambitious likes of Setting Sons. And this double-disc edition of the British band's fourth album reaffirms the blinding speed by which the trio progressed from being earnest young musicians paying tribute to an earlier time-the Mods of the Sixties by way of homage to the Who-to a mature ensemble whose studio work embroidered upon the ...

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The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live

Read "Sticky Fingers Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Orbiting somewhere close to the 45th anniversary of the release of Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones, 1971) the “Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World" opened their 2015 “Zip Code" tour on May 20th at Los Angele's intimate 1,300 seat Fonda Theater where, in the middle of a standard Stones show, the band played the entire Sticky Fingers for their first time. It has recently become fashionable for bands to perform in their entirety recordings deemed seminal by the passage ...


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