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Davy Knowles: Best of the Bootlegs 2017

Read "Best of the Bootlegs 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Davy Knowles inaugurated a monthly series of live concert downloads during the course of 2017. As the title denotes, Best of the Bootlegs 2017 is purportedly the proverbial cream of that digital crop, and the approximately seventy-five minute CD fairly well depicts the live presentations of the Isle of Man native.

The collection succeeds ...

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Chris Hillman: The Asylum Years

Read "The Asylum Years" reviewed by Doug Collette

Chris Hillman is a rare musical artist indeed. Not only is he a multi-instrumentalist as capable as he is versatile plus an engaging lead and harmony singer, he's also a songwriter well-versed in a range of music including folk, rock, bluegrass and country. Of equal and perhaps even greater importance is Hillman's ability to forge a ...

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Fire!: The Hands

Read "The Hands" reviewed by John Eyles

There are reasons to consider the 2018 release of The Hands as an important one for Fire! It was in 2008 that saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werlin first came together as a trio with the idea of a fresh approach to improvised music. Given the groups that the three were in ...

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Seth Yacovone: Life at Nectar's

Read "Life at Nectar's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title of Seth Yacovone's solo acoustic album, Life at Nectar's, is not a misprint, but a very carefully designated description. In the prolific guitarist/vocalist/songwriter's thirteen years of such shows each Friday evening, the energy at the hallowed venue coalesces around his performances. And while those are somewhat unlike this set of fifteen originals--he invariably mixes ...

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U2: Songs of Experience: Deluxe Edition

Read "Songs of Experience: Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's perfectly fitting so many of the song titles on U2's Songs of Experience sound like self-help aphorisms (at worst) or quick excerpts from an individual's inner dialogue (at best). “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" and “You're The Best Thing About Me," to name just two, are parceled over the course of a ...

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Hiromi: Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal

Read "Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Live In Montreal" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Here's a good rule of thumb to consider when reviewing a jazz record and by that, I mean any jazz record. Jazz music is live music so if it sounds good in the studio will it sound even better on the stage? In other words, if you're willing to pay $50 for a ticket, you're probably ...

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Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto: Glass

Read "Glass" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It's a rare occasion these days when a certain album manages to shake quietly the foundation of what music is and what it can be. It's very difficult to position an album that breaks all its precedents through an approach that blends a live performance and improvisation. Glass is the latest collaboration between composer Sakamoto and ...

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Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova

Read "Solo a Genova" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jamie Saft's first solo album in his twenty-five year career, Solo A Genova, captures this restless, daring artist interpreting a selection of songs that reflect his eclectic taste as a reflection of his customary willingness to challenge himself. The sum effect of hearing this recording from Italy in March of 2017 is an altogether glorious experience ...

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Paul Collins' Beat: Long Time Gone/To Beat Or Not To Beat

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The snapshot quality in the b&w cover photo of Long Time Gone/To Beat Or Not To Beat by Paul Collins' Beat is hardly a visual corollary to the immediacy of the music. Nor does it correspond to the clarity in the prose the bandleader composed for the CD combining these two EP's recorded in the early ...

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Alicia Hall Moran: Here Today

Read "Here Today" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

To sing wasn't why we were there...
What it was was names tore loose, took wing, what
World had been ours theirs now, sound itself...
--Nathaniel Mackey, “Song of the Andoumboulou: 138"

I may not know from which depth of her soul Alicia Hall Moran summoned Here Today, but I do ...