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Michael Lauren: Give My Regards To Portugal

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From Broadway to jazz to Portugal. A circuitous route for sure. One that has, however, served international musician Michael Lauren well. The now seventy-year- old multi-styled drummer came out of the womb with a kick pedal and has been holding down a symphony of beats ever since. Over the years he has played or recorded with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble

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Thomas Truax
The Fulford Arms
January 26, 2019

Thomas Truax is an American one-man-band, a New Yorker residing in London, an oddball crooner, a nervy troubadour, and an inventor of visually and sonically imaginative musical instruments. Over the last decade, he's been a regular tourer around the UK and beyond, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

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If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city ...

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

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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." ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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There's no scarcity of anthologies devoted to the span of Eric Clapton's work throughout his career, so there's a danger the soundtrack to Lili Fini Zanuck's documentary, Life in 12 Bars, will immediately seem redundant. Yet this companion piece to the film is perfectly complementary, deceptively discerning collection, even apart from the previously-unreleased items it contains. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: On Air

Read "On Air" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Rolling Stones have a well-established history of archive releases, collectively titled 'From the Vault,' with which the band has done yeoman's work to document the later years of their history. On Air is not one of those titles, but in its Deluxe Edition, nevertheless constitutes an extensive examination of the original quintet's meticulous and spirited ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

Read "On a Distant Shore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the same way that the death of my Aunt Irene in the early 1990s showed me Father Time was coming for my immediate family, did I realize the same fate awaited my musical heroes when Frank Zappa was shown the door about the same time. This past year has been especially hard with the deaths ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Prudential Center

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt
The Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
July 6, 2017

On a pleasant Thursday evening just after the 4th of July, when many of the audience members were enjoying an extended Independence Day holiday, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt touched down at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center for the ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...