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Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in the spring of 2000, Scandinavian “supergroup" Atomic recorded and released their first album Feet Music (Jazzland) in 2001. The years since have been remarkably stable for the quintet; they have produced albums at an impressive rate of about a disc a year, including two collaborations with Ken Vandermark's School Days group. The only change ...

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Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live

Read "Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Brian Wilson with Beat Root Revival
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live
Westbury, NY
December 5, 2018

Brian Wilson is many things. As one of the most influential songwriters of all time, a founding member and the musical force behind the Beach Boys, ...

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Enzo Pietropaoli, Julian Mazzariello, Alessandro Paternesi: The Princess

Read "The Princess" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Piano trio tradizionale, impegnato su “standard del pop" riletti con meditata attenzione, sempre su tempi lenti e con partecipazione emotiva: si può riassumere così questo The Princess, del contrabbassista Enzo Pietropaoli, che vede al pianoforte Julian Mazzariello e alla batteria Alessandro Paternesi.

Il programma si apre con un brano di John Lennon e prosegue ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Doug Collette

The track listing of Seymour Reads The Constitution! is ultimately as deceptive as the album's title (not to mention its cryptic cover image). The ten cuts feature only three compositions written by Brad Mehldau, yet these pieces constitute almost half the record's sixty-plus minutes playing time. As a result, the covers provide exceptional pacing because the ...

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5 Musical Geniuses Who Overcame Disabilities To Achieve Legendary Status

5 Musical Geniuses Who Overcame Disabilities To Achieve Legendary Status

Finding success in the music industry typically entails surmounting a good number of obstacles, and can be even harder for those who need to overcome a disability or are in some way disadvantaged. Here we five genius musicians who succeeded despite the odds. Guest post by Patrick McGuire from Soundfly's Flypaper Whether it’s writing a song or learning how to read music, becoming ...

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Brian Wilson at Radio City Music Hall

Read "Brian Wilson at Radio City Music Hall" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Brian Wilson
Radio City Music Hall
Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour: With Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
New York, NY
September 23, 2017

Brian Wilson is a Grammy-winning member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He is considered to be one of the most influential songwriters of ...

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Emi Ferguson: Amour Cruel

Read "Amour Cruel" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Crossing musical borders is a risky business. Our culture loves certainty; the marketplace prefers easily distinguishable, homogenous categories. Whereas contemporary visual artists, at least since Rauschenberg, receive critical praise (and financial reward) for combining styles and materials previously thought to be discrete, contemporary musicians who cross boundaries put their reputations, and sometimes their careers, on the ...

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Burt Bacharach and Tonio K.: Original Demos

Read "Original Demos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Many if not most artists will confess that the best start to a great recording or performance is a great song. Across more than five decades, composer and pianist Burt Bacharach, in tandem with Tonio K., Carol Bayer Sager, Hal David and other lyricists, has written more great songs than just about anybody else.

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Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Read "Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Brian Wilson with special guest Rodriguez
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
June 30, 2015

Brian Wilson and Rodriguez are both survivors. Wilson's story is well-known by almost everyone. Rodriguez' story is slightly more murky.

Tortured genius, the primary architect of the California sound and the creative force ...

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Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance

Read "Wild Man Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Wonders seem to never cease where Charles Lloyd is concerned. In a career spanning more than half a century, Lloyd's well of creativity has never run dry. He remains peerless when it comes to producing transcendent music.

While plenty of musicians tend to slow down as they get older, the opposite seems to ...