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Why Steely Dan Can Never Really Be Yacht Rock

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The website Really Smooth Music provides the definition of the term Yacht Rock as being “a variation of popular Soft Rock that peaked between the years of 1976 and 1984 (as featuring a) highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California during the late '70s and early '80s. The term is meant to ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

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An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adan Hagley: Insomnia

Read "Insomnia" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

The Trinidad-born Nobel laureate, VS Naipaul, implied that Trinidad and Tobago was a country of mimic men, but its geographic location in the world and social history makes the pull of myriad sonic and rhythmic influences inevitable. Adan Hagley on his debut album, Insomnia, has made those connections from his wide listening palette. He cites Michel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Suite Extracts Vol. 1

Read "Suite Extracts Vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Credo proprio di non esagerare ma è dall'uscita di There Comes a Time di Gil Evans che non ascoltavo un album orchestrale così eclettico nella sintesi di materiali diversi. Il nuovo disco di Michael Leonhart segue il debutto di The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside 2018), il maestoso affresco musicale che evocava l'impressionismo del primo Evans, con ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive at The Barclays Center

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The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive
The Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
October 5, 2019

The Avett Brothers' music is best described as a gumbo of Americana featuring a mélange of folk, pop, country and bluegrass with elements of rock and blues and a touch of jazz. Hailing from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chris Potter: What Influences the Influencer?

Read "Chris Potter: What Influences the Influencer?" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Chris Potter is a supremely influential saxophonist. Downbeat Magazine has called him “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet." In this introspective and philosophical podcast conversation he talks about art, the search for something new, what motivates him today, what he sees as his role, responsibility and contribution to the history of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Donald Fagen On The Past, Present And Future

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Donald Fagen on what's so punk about Steely Dan, what's so sweet about bebop, why making his first solo record, The Nightfly was so personally disruptive to him, when he decided to finally grow up, and who he never wants to see again. Plus, behind the scenes stories of making Gaucho, his relationship with Walter Becker, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phish: The Baker's Dozen: Live at Madison Square Garden

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Phish's The Baker's Dozen: Live at Madison Square Garden lives up to its title even if, in both design and content, it bears scant resemblance to its all-encompassing limited-edition counterpart. Containing thirteen performances specifically chosen by the members of the group from the 2017 residency at the famed venue, its only add-on is a twenty-eight page ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan
The NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
June 28, 2019

Most musicians would dream about having the type of career that Michael McDonald has enjoyed. McDonald's career had been long and storied. In the early '70s he was a member of Steely Dan's ...