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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

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Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy
The Blue LLama
Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 25, 2019

Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the ...

Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings

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Some fifty-two years since his death, the shadow of John Coltrane looms large in the minds of many jazz fans and musicians. Over the past few years this has been aided and abetted by the fact that his music continues to be repackaged. In the case of last year's Both Directions at Once, some previously unissued ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions By Famed Recording Engineer Max Bolleman

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Sounds: Inside Stories of Jazz Studio Sessions
Max Bolleman
256 Pages
ISBN: #978-90-820456-1-1
(Self-Published)
2018

When it comes to recorded jazz, most diehard fans have definitive tastes in how they want their music to sound and be reproduced at home and on the go. It is not unusual to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

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Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams
Michigan Theater
University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series
Ann Arbor, Michigan
December 8, 2018

Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Locke / Pat Bianchi / Marvin "Smitty" Smith at Detroit Groove Society

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Joe Locke/Pat Bianchi/Marvin “Smitty" Smith
Detroit Groove Socirty
West Bloomfield, Michigan
December 7, 2018

One of the key elements of jazz over the history of the music has been the social aspect that is inherent in the type of musical communication that marks improvised music. During the swing era, if you ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Stryker Quartet at Nighttown

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Dave Stryker Quartet
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
October 5, 2018

It's a tough sell these days for touring musicians to bring their own ensembles with them as they traverse the country. And let's face it, pick-up bands don't always lead to the optimum musical conditions. That's why it is always a pleasure ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

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Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith
Playhouse Square
Tri-C JazzFest
Cleveland, Ohio
June 29, 2018

Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

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The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 23, 2018

If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary ...