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John Hiatt: The Eclipse Sessions

Read "The Eclipse Sessions" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since John Hiatt hit his artistic and commercial stride with Bring The Family (A&M, 1987), the most listenable and durable albums of his have been those recorded with a band like the one appearing there (eventually known as Little Village: Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner). Offering comparably uniform musicianship in proportionate support of this ...

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The Searchers: Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981

Read "Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981" reviewed by Doug Collette

Even if its total run time of two hours approximate doesn't exactly constitute a voluminous collection deserving the appellation 'deluxe,' The Searchers' Another Night: The Sire Years 1979-1981 is nevertheless the absolute definition of a comprehensive anthology. It contains not only the entirety of the two albums this seminal Merseybeat band recorded at the label home ...

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Global Music Adventures at the Musical Instrument Museum

Read "Global Music Adventures at the Musical Instrument Museum" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), located in North jny: Phoenix, is a singularly unique experience in the world of music or museums, for that matter. The MIM displays over 6500 instruments from all corners of the globe. The experience is enhanced by superb video and audio presentations that situate the music in historical and cultural contexts. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Prudential Center

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt
The Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
July 6, 2017

On a pleasant Thursday evening just after the 4th of July, when many of the audience members were enjoying an extended Independence Day holiday, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt touched down at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center for the ...

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Buddy Guy: Can't Quit The Blues

Read "Buddy Guy: Can't Quit The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

The absolutely splendid Buddy Guy box set Can't Quit the Blues is worth (re)visiting on a number of fronts, the most immediate of which is that this icon of the blues has once again elevated his contemporary profile opening for Jeff Beck on tour during the summer of 2016 . But El Becko is only one ...

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Eliza Neals: Breaking and Entering

Read "Breaking and Entering" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After singing the praises of one Detroit native, Greg Nagy on Stranded (Big O Records, 2015) for incorporating all that was good from Motown in his sound, another Detroit artist shoots straight out of the Motor City to Chicago and down the Mississippi River to parts unknown. Eliza Neals joins the inestimable Mandy Lemons Nikides of ...

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Paul Sanchez at the Little Gem Saloon

Read "Paul Sanchez at the Little Gem Saloon" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Paul Sanchez
The Little Gem Saloon
New Orleans, LA
October 31, 2013

The Little Gem Saloon is considered by many music historians as one of the birthplaces of jazz. The historic New Orleans watering hole, restaurant and live music venue that dates back to 1904. Located in the historic “Back O' ...

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Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos - Live in San Francisco

Read "Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos - Live in San Francisco" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ryland Peter Cooder is the quintessential American Music iconoclast who spent more of his career creatively south of the border. Early American jazz and blues, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Cooder loved them all and delved deeply into each. A slide guitarist comparable to peers Duane Allman and Mick Taylor, it was Cooder who turned Keith Richards on to ...

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Solveig Slettahjell: Antologie

Read "Antologie" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been two years since Solveig Slettajhell's Tarpan Seasons (Universal Music Norway, 2010), and in the intervening years she's been a little busier than usual, taking time off to give birth to her first child. Delivering a thoroughly captivating duo showcase with In the Country keyboardist Morten Qvenild at this year's Jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany--playing music ...

Sonny Landreth: Elemental Journey

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Sonny Landreth
Elemental Journey
Landfall Records
2012

How did we arrive at the phenomenon that is guitarist Sonny Landreth?

In his autobiography, Father of the Blues: An Autobiography (Da Capo Press, 1969), African American composer W. C. Handy detailed his experience of sleeping on the train platform in ...