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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Baggetta: Spectre

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Mike Baggetta has produced a number of quality recordings over the years yet Spectre may be his most compelling project to date. The guitarist delves into some “live" sound processing which include an array of delicate textures, sampling and loops undoubtedly influenced by ECM recording artist David Torn who mastered this release. Though the set ventures into mysterious soundscapes they're rooted in melodicism which equally underscores the inventiveness of Baggetta's trio with bassist Jerome Harris and drummer ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

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Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as “Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe Edition is the most distinctive entry in Rory Gallagher's discography. Two collections of studio and concert tracks highlight the detective mystery theme running through Gallagher's later original material, all of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Boy's Big Band: Return

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In the decade spanning 1960-70, composer / saxophonist Boy Edgar (1915-1980) led one of The Netherlands' most acclaimed and adventurous big bands, a contemporary of the massive Metropole Orchestra and precursor of the renowned Dutch Jazz Orchestra. Return consists of nine never-before-released concert performances recorded during the band's heyday in 1965-66 including the first recording of Theo Loevendie's forward-looking “Finch Eye." To augment the band's cadre of esteemed Dutch musicians (alto saxophonist Piet Noordijk, tenor Toon van Vliet, bass trombonist ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Revis Trio: Crowded Solitudes

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In following his own star, bassist Eric Revis continues to explore terrain further off the charts than erstwhile employers Branford Marsalis, Steve Coleman and Kurt Rosenwinkel. For the sequel to the acclaimed City of Asylum (Clean Feed, 2013), Revis retains Kris Davis on piano but replaces Andrew Cyrille with Gerald Cleaver in the drum chair. Revis mixes three group improvs with compositions from his own pen and that of others, but regardless of authorship, the execution remains an egalitarian affair ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy by Richard Carlin

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Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy Richard Carlin 294 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496805706 University Press of Mississippi 2016 Well, I don't suppose it is an understatement to say that club owner and mid-20th Century music entrepreneur Morris Levi was a Son-of-a-bitch. That has been very well documented before Richard Carlin's in depth and informative biography, Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy. What Carlin has done is bring together ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Umlaut Big Band: Euro Swing Vol. 2

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In Elvis Costello's autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (2015), he writes about his mother working in a music shop in the 1940s in Britain, and how she somehow became an expert in acquiring American jazz records from musicians and other international travelers. Certainly, she learned her craft from other music sellers and fans, maybe a better word would be fanatics. That American invention spread through Western Europe (and Eastern) like a virus. The music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, ...

INTERVIEWS

Daniel Kramer: Bob Dylan, In Pictures

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Photography may not bring back what has long gone, but for many, it can provide a passage to explore important happenings or moments from people's personal histories. A simple photograph can encapsulate deep-rooted emotions and memories of people, events and times that have long gone. Photographer Daniel Kramer's photographs of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan taken over a period of one year in the mid-'60s immortalize the unique energy and the times of this greatest of poets. Kramer's inimitable lens ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Karavika: Of Earth And Sky

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Can't find a musical genre that fits the needs of your means of artistic expression? Then create your own. That's What Karavika did, with their gorgeous and provocative debut, Sunrise ( Self Produced, 2012). Call it raga/chamber/folk music if you will, a blend of multiple influences from multiple cultures, with a South Asian foundation in Sri Lanka and India. Violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana co-lead Karavika, a trio that includes bassist Perry Wortman. With their sophomore ...


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