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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Braxton Brothers: Higher

Read "Higher" reviewed by Jim Trageser

It's interesting how certain musical styles become punching bags for the critics. Disco grew out of R&B and funk in the mid-1970s--yet by 1979 it was so despised in many quarters that the Chicago White Sox had a near-riot on their hands when they opened Comiskey Park for “Disco Demolition Night" during a double-header against the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

Read "Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lloyd Gregory And Tony Lindsay at Biscuits & Blues

Read "Lloyd Gregory And Tony Lindsay at Biscuits & Blues" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Lloyd Gregory And Tony Lindsay
Biscuits & Blues
San Francisco, CA
December 11, 2016

Accomplished jazz guitarist Lloyd Gregory (Stanley Clarke, Tower of Power) and vibrant vocalist Tony Lindsay (Santana, Spangalang) helped to warm up San Francisco's Union Square for the Christmas season at the fabled Biscuits & Blues on Mason ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ah, The Sound of jny: Philadelphia. For folks lucky enough to grow up in or around the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in the mid-to late-1970s (I'm one), the very phrase resounds with memories, most emanating from Sigma Sound Studios on North 12th Street: Thick yet clear arrangements, pumping and thumping basslines and rhythms, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

Read "From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Dave Fiuczynski
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!
RareNoise Records
2016

Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians: Live In Tokyo

Read "Live In Tokyo" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Marc Ribot, il Philly Sound, gli archi, il funk. Ormai capace di attraversare qualsiasi tipo di contesto musicale con la facilità con cui l'acqua scorre lungo le pietre di un ruscello, il chitarrista amato da Tom Waits incornicia con un Live in Tokyo una delle sue avventure più folli e divertenti.

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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Brian Culbertson To Getaway In A Lexus

Brian Culbertson To Getaway In A Lexus

The contemporary jazz hitmaker’s third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway bolstered by a presenting sponsorship from the luxury automaker Napa, CA: Brian Culbertson’s pursuit of perfection has nabbed a getaway car. The contemporary jazz star’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway adds luxury automobile manufacturer Lexus as presenting sponsor for the third annual wine and jazz festival luring thousands ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Culbertson Tunes Up The Pinot

Culbertson Tunes Up The Pinot

Contemporary jazz hitmaker releases his own wine that he blended in partnership with Reata Wines and Jamieson Ranch Vineyards. Los Angeles, Calif. (27 February 2014): Chart-topping musician, producer, songwriter, wine and jazz festival founder and artistic director Brian Culbertson can add vintner to his burgeoning resume. The recording artist behind 26 No. 1 hits and the star-studded ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Growing Jazz Getaway Offers A Divine Taste Of Napa

Growing Jazz Getaway Offers A Divine Taste Of Napa

Brian Culbertson assembles an array of jazz & funk stars for the 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. Los Angeles, Calif. (7 October 2013): While in the midst of the vineyards last June to shoot a promotional clip for the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, the flourishing jazz and wine festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Brian Culbertson ...