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Heavy Music - The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967

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Bob Seger has been stubbornly reticent about the distiribution of his catalog in the wake of the CD and the rise of streaming services, so the issue of his early output on Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 is a sign of astute archiving. Ten tracks on a single disc isn't usually a treasure trove, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ken Vandermark / Marker: Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)

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Reed player, composer and improviser Ken Vandermark has led, or been a part of, more than fifty different groups in his prolific twenty-year recording career. Along the way he has played with many of the top talents in experimental, free, and avant-garde jazz, including Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Adam Lane, Ab Baars, ...

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)

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Jazz in Poland has a courageous and artistically distinguished history--first in cultural opposition to Soviet-era dictatorship, later as a celebration of national and personal freedoms. Despite this, most Polish musicians remain little known beyond their own borders. The violinist Michal Urbaniak and the late pianist Krzysztof Komeda and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko are among a tiny handful ...

Phil Haynes: My Favorite Things (1960-1969)

Read "My Favorite Things (1960-1969)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For some reason, cover songs almost always seem to come across more jokey in folk/bluegrass mode than any other. There's just a certain innate good humor in upbeat romps with acoustic string instruments, especially so when the treatment is applied to formerly loud rock and roll songs. Perhaps it also feels that way because such pieces ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
July 15, 2018

Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

Disaster Relief: Disaster Relief

Read "Disaster Relief" reviewed by Paul Naser

While there are many bands, such as Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy, playing modern funk with astonishing precision and technicality, it is less common to find one playing the loose, greasy style pioneered and perfected by groups such as The Meters.

Disaster Relief is just such an outfit and, on their debut record, they showcase ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

AddisAbabaBand: Alive

Read "Alive" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the best things about the digital age is that music is so easily shared. Music from different worlds is just a click away on platforms where independent artists and labels sell and stream their music. Naturally, this also means that it becomes easier to exchange one musical perspective with another. However, even in these ...

Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

Read "Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)" reviewed by John Kelman

In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...