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Blue Side of Lonesome: Country Crooners on BGO

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Crooning is an art that is inevitably associated with the big five: Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. These are also singers that have become respected in jazz circles. However, there are many other great crooners that are worthy of attention, also if they can't be associated with jazz. The following three singers: Ray Price, Jim Reeves and Perry Como all enjoyed success as crooners and they all had a strong country connection. Price ...


Mysteries Of The Deep and Binary from Brian (Shankar) Adler

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The compact disc probably won't disappear anytime soon, but the importance of the physical product is on the wane in the music world. Drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler works the “digital download only" mode of operation in his music-making sojourn, with two marvelous, mysterious, free-flowing EP sets, Mysteries of the Deep and Binary. Brian Shankar Adler Mysteries Of The Deep Circavision Productions 2016 Adler is one of those rare percussionists who takes the rhythmic ...


Two Sides of Stunt: Jacob Anderskov and Jacob Christoffersen

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Stunt Records is the most prominent jazz label in Denmark, and for a long time they have released high quality jazz, but other genres have also caught the attention of label heads, Søren Friis and Peter Littauer. However, there is a decidedly mainstream appeal to many of their releases and the voices of the so-called avant-garde are relatively rarely heard. There have been attempts earlier to cover the more experimental alleys of jazz with the series Stunt X, but it ...


Paul Kelly: Seven Sonnets & A Song and Death's Dateless Night

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Paul Kelly is one of our most brilliant songwriters in large part because he is so courageous in taking an unconventional approach to his creative endeavors. In the last few years alone, since his last recording of original material under his own name, Spring And Fall (Dramatico, 2012) he's undertaken a tour in which he's performed his entire discography in chronological order, overseen and participated in homage to r&b in the form of The Merri Soul Sessions (Cooking Vinyl, 2014) ...


Steve Lawson: A Crack Where the Light Gets In / The Way Home

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British bassist Steve Lawson likes to tag his music as “the soundtrack to the day you wish you'd had." That's not to say that it's bright and cheerful all the time (though that's nice when it happens); rather it's colorful and evocative enough to make each respective kind of day a little richer. Whether playing in a small combo (usually a duo) or going it alone with and without effects, he makes sure improvisation and spontaneity lie at the center ...


In Jazz We Trust: On The Politically Inspired Work Of Delfeayo Marsalis and Ted Nash

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The current state of American politics--a veritable cesspool that makes reality television seem sane by comparison--leaves little to feel good about. Moral compasses are skewed, elected officials bicker like fractious toddlers, and candidates ranging from the lunatic sybarite variety to the bumptiously insincere seek the highest office in the land with strong approval from the loud and entrenched in opposing corners. It's enough to make you cry, sigh, and check out completely. But before you withdraw from any discussion of ...


Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads

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The Weekertoft label was set up jointly by English improvising guitarist John Russell and pianist Paul G. Smyth of the Irish rock band The Jimmy Cake. Their partnership dates back to September 2001 when they played as a duo at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, followed in December 2001 by a duo at Mopomoso, the London-based improv club that the guitarist has hosted every month since 1991. (YouTube footage of the duo, filmed by Helen Petts, in 2010, can be ...


Steel Guitar, Snow and Sunny Beaches: Five New Albums on Losen Records

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Odd Gjelsnes' Norwegian label, Losen Records, has been incredibly prolific in recent years, releasing a staggering amount of quality albums. However, with so much music, it is hard to keep up with the pace. Here is an attempt to summarize a little portion of the recent recording activity of the label. Old names return, new names enter the roster and throughout it all, the visual expression of painter Sylva Karin Johansen connects some of the releases that are otherwise highly ...

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