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A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano

Read "A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Poliedrico quanto a collaborazioni ed esplorazioni di aree stilistiche, sempre rigorosissimo nel modo di affrontare qualsiasi situazione musicale, ritenuto dalla critica uno dei maggiori interpreti del sassofono jazz in Europa, Roberto Ottaviano è prossimo a compiere sessant'anni, essendo nato a Bari nel dicembre del '57. E lo fa presentando un ennesimo lavoro di altissimo livello, altro ...


Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater

Read "Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Bryan Ferry Paramount Theater Denver, CO August 3, 2017 Bryan Ferry creates dreamscapes. Dark, ethereal, eerie, brooding, a little bit spooky, but not too scary. You're floating in dreamland; maybe you're aware that you're dreaming; maybe not. But it's a really good dream and you know you don't want to leave ...


Jose Mauro: Obnoxius

Read "Obnoxius" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The oddly-titled Obnoxius bears precious little, and yet quite curious, baggage. Little is known about its original 1971 release other than it came out on a label founded by Brazilian producer Roberto Quartin, who also worked with Eumir Deodato. We seem to know even less about songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and arranger Jose Mauro. We ...


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 ...


Phil Mer, Andrea Lombardini: The Framers

Read "The Framers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Lavoro coraggioso, originale e sorprendente questo The Framers, frutto della creatività di due musicisti che mettono eccellentemente a frutto la loro ampia (e forse anche un po' “pericolosa...") ecletticità: Phil Mer--batterista, ma anche laureato in storia dell'arte e attivo in ambito pop (è tra l'altro l'attuale batterista dei Pooh...)--e Andrea Lombardini, sperimentatore del basso elettrico, da ...


Led Bib: Bring Your Own

Read "Bring Your Own" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Led Bib has never been an easy ensemble to pigeonhole: according to critics and reviewers the band is “punk jazz," free improvisation, avant-garde, skronk, dirty jazz--and, most splendidly, “death-jazz-cum-math-punk." On the evidence of the London-based band's fourth album, Bring Your Own, it's all of the above, and a little bit more. This is music for dancing, ...


Puttin' On The Ritz: White Light / White Heat

Read "White Light / White Heat" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Velvet Underground's White Light / White Heat (Verve, 1968) was an antidote to insipid pop and a stark contrast to the happier, more optimistic sounds of many West Coast rock bands. Its tales of death, depravity and despair are classics. Puttin' On The Ritz's re-visioning of the entire album--which is available on vinyl and as ...


Is "Sunday Morning" the Best Wake-up Tune Ever?

Is "Sunday Morning" the Best Wake-up Tune Ever?

SUNDAY MORNING Whether you're fighting off a brutal hangover or just welcoming daylight into your field of vision after a good night's sleep, it's hard to beat The Velvet Underground's 1966 classic. “Sunday Morning" has the magical capacity to soothe you into waking life, which is weird considering it was added to the band's seminal 1967 ...


The Velvet Underground: Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes

Read "Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes" reviewed by Colin Fleming

A sprawling triple-disc album featuring over three and a half hours of music, The Quine Tapes is also an especially historic one. Despite two previously issued live albums, the Velvets' live legacy had suggested more than it revealed. 1969 was a fine, arresting document, but lacked both “Foggy Notion" and “Sister Ray," setlist cornerstones, the two ...


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