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BANG! The Bert Berns Story

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BANG! The Bert Berns Story
Abramorama
2018

BANG! The Bert Berns Story compares favorably to The Terry Kath Experience (FilmRise, 2017), not just in the elevated quality of its conception and execution, but in its authorship by an offspring of the subject. Just as the Chicago guitarist's daughter, Michelle Sinclair, helmed the ...

Gene Clark sings For You and A Trip Through The Rose Garden

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The legacy of the Byrds looms large in the annals of contemporary rock, ever increasingly so as it pertains to the late Gene Clark. One of its main vocalists, he is usually seen stage center in the alignment of the original band in performance, a position that stands as an apt metaphor for his contributions to ...

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The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground

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The Nels Cline 4
Showcase Lounge at Higher Ground
South Burlington, Vermont
July 2, 2018

The actual calendar date of July 4th was two days away and the biggest local celebration was scheduled for the very next night at Burlington's waterfront. Yet some bonafide fireworks occurred in the Showcase Lounge of ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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There's no scarcity of anthologies devoted to the span of Eric Clapton's work throughout his career, so there's a danger the soundtrack to Lili Fini Zanuck's documentary, Life in 12 Bars, will immediately seem redundant. Yet this companion piece to the film is perfectly complementary, deceptively discerning collection, even apart from the previously-unreleased items it contains. ...

Steve Wynn: Kerosene Man and Dazzling Display

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A key member of L.A.'s Paisley Underground scene as founder/member of the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn didn't just follow his muse when he embarked on a solo career in the Nineties, he willfully pursued it. These expanded editions of Kerosene Man and Dazzling Display, reaffirm the durability of his songs, the idiosyncratic likes of which have ...

Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream

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His third fairly conventional release in a row, Blue Dream is Jamie Saft's second release of this year, followup of a sort to the splendid piano recital Solo a Genova (Rarenoise, 2018). Both titles appear subsequent to a diverse string of projects including Plymouth (Rarenoise, 2014), Red Hill (Rarenoise, 2014) and Serenity Knolls (Rarenoise, 2017), none ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Eagle Vision
2018

There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...

Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story

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Jeff Beck
Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story
Eagle Vision
2018

Unlike its decidedly idiosyncratic subject, Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story is a wholly conventional piece of video work focusing almost exclusively on the musical progression of the British guitar hero. It may be intended ...

Boyer & Talton and Cowboy

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It's difficult, if not impossible, to understate the distinction Cowboy brought to Capricorn Records. At the height of the Southern rock movement launched by and spurred on through the success of the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Walden's artist roster, including the Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie, was also populated with bands like Grinderswitch that borrowed ...

Anat Cohen - Fred Hersch: Live In Healdsburg

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Equally distinctive as they are, the respective instrumental styles of pianist Fred Hersch and clarinetist Anat Cohen are almost mirror images of each other. That is, the former is generally a formal, dignified presence on his instrument, yet he has a readily discernible playful side that comes out at regular intervals. The latter, on the other ...