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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music by Ben Wynne

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In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music
Ben Wynne
296 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0807157800
Louisiana State Press
2014

With surgical precision, Ben Wynne teases away all the romantic claptrap surrounding two titan music contemporaries, placing them in their appropriate historical perspectives, perspectives that make ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

A un anno scarso dal precedente Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, il trentenne tenorsassofonista newyorchese Noah Preminger torna sul luogo del delitto. Che non è la sede dell'incisione (questo, anzi, è un album in studio, benché inciso in un jazz club, il Side Door, in Connecticut), quanto il repertorio, anche stavolta estratto dalla grande letteratura ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Read "Rollin' and Tumblin'" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rollin' and Tumblin'
Roberto Menabò
194 Pagine
ISBN: 978-8862318228
Arcana
2014

Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by James Nadal

The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Bilston: Samantha Fish, Jah Wobble & The Magic Band

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Samantha Fish/Laurence Jones
The Robin R&B Club
November 11, 2015

The blues has a youthful future, across both sides of the Atlantic. Singer and guitarist Laurence Jones is the latest upstart to stir the UK scene, possessing a very 1960s sensibility, as if he's a throwback to the scene ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues

Read "Hoodoo Blues" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'inizio è di quelli da far tremare i polsi, perché “The Hard Blues," originariamente registrato nel febbraio del 1972 durante le session di Dogon A.D. ma pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1975 come brano conclusivo di Coon Bid'ness, è totemico marchio di fabbrica di uno straordinario improvvisatore e compositore quale è stato Julius Hemphill. Ma ...

Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol I & II

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Without a doubt, when it comes to blues music and its legacy,guitarist Robert Johnson is its preeminent performer and a key figure. For many, he is the greatest blues man of all time, certainly the most well regarded by modern popular culture. As such, his place in the vanguard of that pantheon has been secured. But ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Yazoo Records To Release Follow Up To Critically Acclaimed Collection Of Early Country And Blues Recordings

Yazoo Records To Release Follow Up To Critically Acclaimed Collection Of Early Country And Blues Recordings

46-Track Collection Culled From The 1920s Contains Rare Tracks From Charley Patton, Bukka White, Ishman Bracey, Dave Macon, Eck Robertson and Charlie Poole 54-Page Booklet Chronicles The History of Collecting Old 78 Records From The 1920s Through The 1960s New York, NY: On September 25, 2012, Yazoo Records (a division of Shanachie Entertainment), will release the ultimate collection ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

James Polk: Recipes from the Doctor

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Pianist Dr. James Polk's musical knowledge and worldwide experience spans over more than 50 years. His style, deeply-rooted in the blues, is an example of richness and experience. Polk came up along with a group of incredible Texan musicians; jazz and blues artists like David “Fathead" Newman, Russell Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Don Wilkerson, and Ornette Coleman, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

B. B. King in Denver

Read "B. B. King in Denver" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

B. B. King
Buell Theater
Denver, CO
April 19, 2010

B. B. King is the last of the authentic Delta bluesmen. That group includes legends like Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. King is the real deal. He was born in the Delta ...