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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

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Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler)
Eastern Standard Time
Café Pacific Records

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roseanna Vitro: Tell Me The Truth

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It is completely fitting that vocalist Roseanna Vitro conceive of and release a recording devoted to the music of the American South. But, this is not just any thoughtlessly- assembled concept recording. Vitro is the master of intelligently programmed and produced thematic albums as evidenced by: Catching Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc, 1997); ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Horsfall: Nighthawks

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The title of Peter Horsfall's Nighthawks may call to mind the iconic Edward Hopper painting, or maybe Tom Waits' Hopper-inspired Nighthawks At The Diner (Asylum, 1975). A few bars into “Nighthawks" it becomes obvious that Horsfall and Waits both take inspiration from the painting ("Nighthawks lead a lonely life...")--but Horsfall's melancholy vocal stands in sharp contrast ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay At Yoshi's

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Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay
Yoshi's Oakland
Post Eclipse Party
Oakland, CA
September 1, 2017

Powerhouse band Tortilla Soup lit up Yoshi's Oakland with their savory blend of soul, R&B, funk, Latin rock, and salsa along with special guest vocalist Tony Lindsay of Santana fame.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Sextones: Moonlight Vision

Read "Moonlight Vision" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Led by songwriter, singer and guitarist Mark Sexton, The Sextones retreated to the relative isolation of Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma (one of Tom Waits' favorite recording locations) to lay down their full-length debut. “One of the intentions of Moonlight Vision's production was to have a sonically classic sounding album--sounds that are reminiscent of music we ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999

Read "Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley – 1999" reviewed by Marc Davis

If the iconic sound of Blue Note Records could be summed up in just one band, it would surely be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For 35 years--1955 to 1990--the Messengers were the heart and soul of hard bop, on Blue Note and other labels.

But what happened when Blakey died in 1990? ...

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

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La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk, visionari in video

Read "Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk, visionari in video" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello



Tre splendidi film in DVD, accomunati dal fatto di avere come protagonisti tre artisti afroamericani di straordinaria forza visionaria, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
I primi due sono firmati dal regista Robert Mugge, artista da sempre focalizzato sui temi della musica nera (nella sua lunga carriera ha girato ...

The Bo-Keys: Heartaches By The Number

Read "Heartaches By The Number" reviewed by James Nadal

There is an ongoing resurgence in retro-soul music, as contemporary artists emulate the style and sound from the golden age of soul and rhythm and blues. But there are still many of the original musicians from that era out there doing it, of which The Bo-Keys are a primary example. Delving deep into the sub-genre of ...