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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he's not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato Meshell N'Degeocello, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, ...

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Yaron Stavi: Profoundly Bassist

Read "Yaron Stavi: Profoundly Bassist" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Yaron Stavi is a bassist who has performed all over the world with many musicians, playing double and electric bass and crossing genres into rock, classical, jazz and World Music. He studied in Berlin and played with orchestras around Europe, North America and Asia, and was principal bassist with the Mahler Youth Orchestra under, among others, ...

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Rejoice - Three New Ivo Perelman Discs

Read "Rejoice - Three New Ivo Perelman Discs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Just think what could have been if artists like Jimmy Lyons or Albert Ayler were recording today. We might have had the ability to witness their development and observe how creative music gets nudged in new and different directions. That's exactly the gift we're given with the proliferation of recent Ivo Perelman recordings. The São Paulo-born, ...