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L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

John Tropea: Gotcha Rhythm Right Here

Read "Gotcha Rhythm Right Here" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although thirty-one musicians are listed, guitarist John Tropea's latest recording isn't strictly a big-band album, as the sidemen perform on assorted tracks in groups whose size varies from five to twelve. Tropea is always present, of course, as is his friend and fellow composer / arranger Chris Palmaro on the Hammond B3 organ or Fender Rhodes ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mika Stoltzman: If You Believe

Read "If You Believe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In jazz, the marimba tends to be dwarfed by its sustain-friendly metallic cousin, the vibraphone. Many fine vibes players, like Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris to name just two, double on marimba, but that instrument always comes second for them--and for most jazz mallet players--and it almost never dominates a program; almost is the key word, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitar Great John Tropea's Complete Catalogue Now Available For Digital Download

Guitar Great John Tropea's Complete Catalogue Now Available For Digital Download

New York, NY: The time has finally arrived when guitar master John Tropea’s complete body of solo artist recordings are available as a digital release on CD Baby, iTunes and other digital platforms. And what a showing this offering is! From his first release, Tropea (1975), to his latest 11th CD release, Take Me Back to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Funkasaurus Rex Release "I Hear Voices"

Funkasaurus Rex Release "I Hear Voices"

Funkasaurus Rex has released I Hear Voices. A follow-up to the critically acclaimed Etched in Stone. This EP features a medley arrangement of Stevie Wonder's “I Wish/Superstition" plus an original by leader Joey Berkley entitled “Star." I Hear Voices also features a group of very talented singers. Yes, Funkasaurus Rex sings! Available now for download worldwide via iTunes, Amazon et al, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New Universe Music Festival: Day 2, November 21, 2010

Read "New Universe Music Festival: Day 2, November 21, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

Day 1 | Day 2
The New Universe Music Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina
November 20-21, 2010

It's no small challenge to make a new festival viable, especially when it represents something of a niche within a niche. The attendance at the first day of the New Universe Music Festival was impressive enough, but ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Seven Steps to Soul

Read "Seven Steps to Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In a narrow view, soul music is a style of rhythm and blues in which the object of affection is most often a lover who's either in view or long been out of sight. But from a wider perspective, soul music can also tell the story of a nation's memories and dreams, and articulate the spirit ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone

Read "Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Some jazz musicians have a knack for variety. There are those who specialize in a specific genre, but there are others who prefer to come at the listener from different directions. Saxophonist Joey Berkley is among the latter.

Berkley hails from Toronto but has made his home in New York City. In NYC, he ...