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Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh

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Trinidadian steelpan player and musical director of local steelband Siparia Deltones, Akinola Sennon's Cousoumeh is a mix of effective songwriting and performance and a daring leap into a new way of hearing improvised music from the Caribbean. Ropeadope Records--an increasingly important record label in the U.S.--is home to steelpan jazz artists Leon Foster Thomas and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra--remarks openly that the record, “is an interpretation of jazz where the heritage of the island [Trinidad] and the full sense ...

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Jack Tempchin: One More Song

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Jack Tempchin's name may not elicit immediate recognition, but chances are his songs will. He contributed to the composition of “Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the Eagles' eponymous debut album in 1972 and also helped write “Already Gone" from On the Border (Elektra, 1974). As a member of the Funky Kings in 1976 (along with another estimable composer, Jules Shear), he wrote and recorded “Slow Dancing," made a bonafide hit by Johnny Rivers the very next year/ Yet that was just ...

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U.K.: Ultimate Collector's Edition

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Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two studio albums and one live recording, has become an 18-disc set with the addition of a recording of the group's final show in Nijmegen, ...

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John Scofield: Country for Old Men

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When guitarist Bill Frisell first began a more decided focus on roots music, bluegrass and country & western music with the release of 1996's Nashville (Nonesuch), despite being largely very well-received, jazz purists rankled when the largely bluegrass/folk-informed album began to garner awards like Downbeat Magazine's Best Jazz Album of the Year. While Frisell's oftentimes Americana-tinged work has, in the ensuing years, become more fully accepted for the wonderful music that it is, fellow six-stringer John Scofield is unlikely to ...

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Seth Walker: Gotta Get Back

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With Gotta Get Back, Seth Walker aligns himself with arguably the most authentic of Americana artists, the Wood Brothers. Both siblings contribute to this, the ninth album of the Southern-born and raised songwriter/musician, while the 'adopted' member of their brethren, Jano Rix, produced the record, adding not only his own multi-instrumental and vocal skills, but setting a casual tone that helped in no small part to conjure the inviting ambiance of this album. As such, this alliance is ...

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Jack Bruce: Things We Like

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Jack Bruce remains one of the most enduring and fascinating figures of late 20th century popular music. By the age of eleven, he had already written his own string quartet, before eventually attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, from which he left at the age of seventeen having become disenchanted with his tutors and also due to the impoverished circumstances of his family. After a spate of travel he found his way to London, where he performed with a ...

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The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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In casual talk and conversation now some half a century since the explosion of their popularity, the Beatles can seem a quaint phenomenon from the Sixties. But such a notion disappears when their music is playing as is the case with The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl. A companion piece to Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, the Ron Howard film devoted to their years on the road, this audio title is a modified and expanded ...

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King Crimson: Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)

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Plenty has already been written about King Crimson's surprise reemergence in 2014 at All About Jazz, beginning when the now 47 year-old progressive/art rock band commenced its first tour since 2008 (and its first extensive one since 2003) with a new, expanded lineup featuring a front-line of three drummers and a back-line of two guitarists (one, also, a vocalist), a bassist/stick player and a reed/woodwind multi- instrumentalist. From reviews of two nights at San Francisco's Warfield Theater in the fall ...


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