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Dave Halverson

Dave Halverson is a guitarist/composer based in Santa Barbara, CA. He is also a founding member of the jazz/art rock band Trance Lucid. To date, he has released twelve albums of instrumental music — five as a solo artist, five with Trance Lucid, and two with Sea Rocket Jasmine.

The music ranges from jazz/progressive rock, electronic rock, and avant rock, to textural mood pieces, solo pieces, and more experimental works. Inspirations include random noises, found sound, visual art, science, technology, and shortwave radio experiments.

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Ojai Music Festival 2019

Read "Ojai Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Ojai Music Festival
Libbey Bowl, and other venues
Ojai, California
June 6-9, 2019

In the storied and still-evolving story of the Ojai Music Festival, one of America's most important contemporary music-minded festivals, the roots system run deep into mid-century Modernism and late 20th century post-Modernist impulses and up to the current, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

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Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth
Josef Woodard
229 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5
Silman-James Press
2016

A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd and The Marvels: I Long to See You

Read "I Long to See You" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Rather than easing off since turning seventy in 2008, Charles Lloyd has instead upped the ante, producing some of the finest music of his career. Whatever spiritual quest Lloyd is on, it continues to spur the veteran saxophonist to heady musical heights and I Long to See You (Blue Note, 2016) is no exception. Lloyd's well-established ...

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Luis Munoz: Voz

Read "Voz" reviewed by James Nadal

There is no need to hurry if one has arrived at the space in time where inspiration and music dissolve into a boundless cascade of emotion. Multi-talented Luis Muñoz, has channeled his production skills into a sublime direction on Voz, collaborating with a trio of premier vocalists, augmented by an attuned supporting cast. Though Muñoz contributes ...

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Will Kennedy: From East Bay Grease to the Yellowjacket Sound

Read "Will Kennedy: From East Bay Grease to the Yellowjacket Sound" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Among contemporary fusion musicians, drummer Will Kennedy stands out as a legend in both the creative and commercial scenes. Growing up in the Bay Area, Kennedy found music at the tender age of four. By his twenties, he was working in the jny: Los Angeles studio scene as the go-to guy for talk show TV orchestras ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2014

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 19-21, 2014

Working the Numbers, and Young People Going Deep

Numbers worked in mysterious, seemingly synchronistic ways at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 57th anniversary year partly by also respectfully toasting the 75th anniversary of the mighty ...

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International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

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International Jazz Day
Istanbul, Turkey
April 30, 2013
At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...

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Luis Munoz: Luz

Read "Luz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Luis Muňoz's Luz is an unabashedly romantic paean to Latin music in its various guises. There is, however, nothing syrupy in this enchanting seventh release for the Costa Rican composer and percussionist, replete with “jazzy" creative spontaneity.

Muňoz's impressionistic compositions are carefully arranged around a central theme, allowing adequate space to spotlight individual ...

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Lead singer of Santa Barbara jazz band Sally Cats finds success with local music publication

Print isn't dead, at least not in Santa Barbara, California. Just ask Sally Barr, the editor/publisher of Music! The Sounds of Santa Barbara, a monthly magazine focusing on the region's diverse music scene, especially its jazz players. And Barr certainly has enough credentials to pull off such a locally-focused publication, having been an integral part of Santa ...