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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles

Read "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles" reviewed by Doug Collette

Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of the Beatles
Kenneth Womack
288 Pages
ISBN: #978-1501746857
Cornell University Press
2019

Reverberating with all manner of interpretations, Solid State is a magnificently ironic title for a book purporting to tell The Story of Abbey Road and The ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy

Read "John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

John Law is one of the most prominent pianists on the British jazz scene and he is also a distinctive composer. So far, he has focused primarily on building a substantial compositional body of work, culminating in his ambitious Art of Sound tetralogy (33 Jazz, 2007-2009), followed by strong records like Three Leaps of the Gazelle ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hiromi: Spectrum

Read "Spectrum" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A beacon for jazz to come, since her adrenaline-pumped debut Another Mind (Telarc, 2003), pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara launches herself into her fourth decade with Spectrum, her second album alone at her Yamaha.

The music, she hopes, celebrates the closing of one decade and the opening of the next and, without pause, it does, brimming ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Their Debut, Self-Titled LP

Guitarist Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Their Debut, Self-Titled LP

This summer, the Philadelphia area folk-jazz band, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees, are releasing their first LP of new original music and folksy covers. Following up on the release of the digital single “When the Stars Go Blue,” this release encapsulates all of the group’s unique tastes and sonic trajectories. The band celebrated their release with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa Tour at The Paramount

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The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa Tour
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
April 24, 2019

Frank Zappa was one of the most eclectic and influential musicians for the 20th Century. The musician, composer, activist and filmmaker's work and career exemplifies nonconformity, improvisational musical themes, sound experiments and technical musical virtuosity. Satire of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Laurence Hobgood: Tesseterra

Read "Tesseterra" reviewed by Roger Farbey

"Jazz with strings" is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling amongst reviewers. Happily this is not one of those occasions. Laurence Hobgood has released a half dozen records under his own name but many more for vocalist Kurt Elling with whom he's been musical director, co-producer and accompanist for over twenty years. During that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gwen & Tiana: African Time

Read "African Time" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It's not immediately clear that African Time is a jazz album at all. However, perusing the CD digipak's details, there are obvious clues that if not exactly jazz, it is certainly jazz-related. The first indication is the revelation that sharing the composing duties along with singers Gwen Thomas and Tiana Ewane is co-composer and guitarist Femi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

Read "4 Wheel Drive" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Sometimes it's not so much who's doing the playing as how well they play together. Just as some bands seem to perform beyond their individual skill sets, there have been heavily heralded, much hyped “super groups" that amounted to almost nothing of substance.

In the case of 4 Wheel Drive, a quartet consisting of ...

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

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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, ...