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ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: Bridges To Buenos Aires

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Rolling Stones
Bridges To Buenos Aires
Eagle Rock Entertainment
2019

Bridges to Buenos Aires is the second Rolling Stones concert release this year from the iconic band's world tour in support of Bridges to Babylon (Virgin America, 1997). And, while the decision may be questionable from a marketing point of view ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sparky Parker: In the Dark

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Crafting the perfect riff has been the goal of every blues and rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix first began channeling Albert King. Welding a memorable theme to jaw-dropping technique is the surest way for a budding guitarist to elevate his or her reputation.

Houston, Texas' Sparky Parker's debut opens with one of those defining ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Mayall: Nobody Told Me

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Over the course of some fifty-plus years, the bands of John Mayall have served as a proving ground for some estimable guitarists. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green are just the most famous axemen who've aided and abetted “The Godfather of British Blues." Yet, in all that extended time, he has never before had a ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84

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For the past five and a half decades, John Mayall has written scores of both relevant and joyous music. It should come as no surprise that at the tender age of 84 he continues to do so. It soothingly, and ingeniously, seems to flow out of him like a calm, yet telling, river.

Many ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues

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I considered using the word surviving, instead of thriving, in the title. However, as you will see, Walter Trout has done much more than “just survive" his real life blues. Trout speaks candidly about his struggles and near fatal experience with liver disease and the ensuing transplant. He also spoke with humor, vigor, and a renewed ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit

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One of the major proponents of contemporary blues-rock guitar, Harvey Mandel has some impressive credentials nonetheless. Cutting his teeth in the Chicago well-spring of the blues, he collaborated with harpist Charlie Musselwhite, among others in that scene and subsequently became a pivotal member of Canned Heat around the apogee of their career, including their appearance at ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD

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It might be fair to say that any concert appearance by a band with fifty years plus history is an occasion in itself and doubly so (or more) to offer that observation about the Rolling Stones. Who would've guessed in 1963, 1973 or 1983 that the group would not only still be together in 2016, but ...

Sticky Fingers Super Deluxe Box Set

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Year in and year out, much is made of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (Universal Music Group, 1972/2010) (EOMS) being the “greatest rock and roll album." It is traditionally beaten out in most critics' and readers' polls by either The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone, 1967) or Rubber Soul (Parlophone, 1965). ...

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Live in 1967

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Because his career didn't directly ascend to a higher profile subsequent to his tenures in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, guitarist Peter Green's membership in the group doesn't receive as much prominence as that of, Eric Clapton who became an icon of contemporary or Mick Taylor, who joined the Rolling Stones for arguably the greatest albums of their ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Mayall at the YMCA Boulton Center For The Performing Arts

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John Mayall
YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Bay Shore, NY
September 19, 2014

During John Mayall's long and storied career, the singer, songwriter, harmonica master, keyboardist and guitarist has used Chicago blues as the foundation for his signature sound, which also melds rock with a slight touch of ...