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NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

Pass the Pick Productions to release new single and video of Grammy nominated The Cedric Burnside Project Release of the Bessie Smith classic “BackwaterBlues" Due Out February 12 via Pass The Pick Productions/BFD/The Orchard. Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers, who together form The Cedric Burnside Project, are today's living connection to the traditional Mississippi Hill Country Blues ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Where Fusion and Tradition Meet

Read "Where Fusion and Tradition Meet" reviewed by Doug Collette

In the realm of contemporary jazz, drummer Denny Seiwell is a relatively new returnee after an extended stint as member of Paul McCartney's Wings, while keyboardist Robert Walter is long-time occupant of a self-created niche where he acts as bandleader when not in his charter member role in the Greyboy Allstars or collaborating with the likes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinyl Hampdin: Red

Read "Red" reviewed by Nick Catalano

In the last half century popular American music has been dominated by groups comprised principally of electronic rhythm instruments, amplified lead guitars, augmented bass guitars, multi-unit percussion kits, and elaborate keyboard setups, which have borne the musical load alongside various vocal soloists and ensembles. Occasionally, we might hear an eight-bar solo from a tenor saxophonist, rarely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99 (2CD + SD Blu Ray)

Read "From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99 (2CD + SD Blu Ray)" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to believe that 56 years after the band formed, and 55 years after it released its first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's “Come On" that reached an admirable first-time position of #21 in the UK charts, the Rolling Stones continue their strangle hold on the moniker “The World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band." ...

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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The marquee on Stax Records studio in jny: Memphis, Tennessee reads “Soulsville U.S.A." Although “Soulsville of the North" may be a stretch, for 10 days in July, jny: Montreal turns into a hotbed of Soul, R&B, Funk and the Blues. From the first years ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

BANG! The Bert Berns Story

Read "BANG! The Bert Berns Story" reviewed by Doug Collette

BANG! The Bert Berns Story
Abramorama
2018

BANG! The Bert Berns Story compares favorably to The Terry Kath Experience (FilmRise, 2017), not just in the elevated quality of its conception and execution, but in its authorship by an offspring of the subject. Just as the Chicago guitarist's daughter, Michelle Sinclair, helmed the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Squire: Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there were an album that deserved the deluxe treatment, it would be Fish Out of Water (Atlantic, 1975), which would turn out to be (more or less) the only solo album ever released by Yes co-founder and electric bass trailblazer Chris Squire. There was a special remastered edition released in 2007 by Castle Music, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...