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Miles Davis: Music From And Inspired By Birth Of The Cool, A Film by Stanley Nelson

Read "Music From And Inspired By Birth Of The Cool, A Film by Stanley Nelson" reviewed by Doug Collette

The most devout fans of the late Miles Davis will likely hear the selections on this album as touchstones of their collections of the jazz icon's work. More casual fans and dilettantes can listen and learn to the same cuts as guideposts to assemble their own. Neither approach undermines the value of the title as a ...

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Caroline Kraabel: Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)

Read "Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)" reviewed by John Eyles

Caroline Kraabel gets sole credit for this album, justifiably, as she composed the music, conducted one performance of it, acted as musical director and played alto sax in another performance of it. However, after listening several times, the album leaves a sneaking feeling that Robert Wyatt probably deserved equal billing rather than just being mentioned in ...

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Frances Quinlan: Likewise

Read "Likewise" reviewed by John Bricker

Frances Quinlan's debut solo album, Likewise, is full of pretty but incomplete production, leaving stunning vocals and lyrics without the backdrop they deserve. Quinlan and her Philadelphia-based band Hop Along have been making waves in the world of indie rock with their excellent songs and intricate instrumentals, culminating in the 2018 masterpiece, Bark Your Head Off, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Vintage Dolphy

Read "Vintage Dolphy" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Vintage Dolphy appeared originally in 1986/7 on both vinyl and CD. Featuring recordings from three separate live performances from Eric Dolphy, two at Carnegie Hall, both with his own quartet and in two 'third stream' settings devised by Gunther Schuller, the album provided intriguing insights into Dolphy's improvisational skills and approach. Were this not enough, the ...

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Grateful Dead: Ready Or Not

Read "Ready Or Not" reviewed by Doug Collette

The curators of the Grateful Dead's Ready Or Not have done the band a favor in producing this title. The band's own attempts were futile in recording a studio followup to Built to Last (Arista, 1989), but the group nonetheless kept composing new material and playing it in concert during their final years of touring.

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Grateful Dead: Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 6/17/91 (3CD)

Read "Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 6/17/91 (3CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hearing Grateful Dead's Saint of Circumstance is a significantly different experience than seeing it. Both the audio and video recordings of Giants Stadium June 17, 1991 are part of a larger box set, appropriately subtitled Shall We Go, You and I, While We Can? (Rhino, 2019). But the film, featured as last year's annual 'Meetup at ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Four Forty One

Read "Four Forty One" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

2020 marks the beginning of Will Vinson's third decade of working and living in New York. Over the years the British-American saxophonist has gained wide recognition as a sideman as well as a leader, with six albums to his name in the bank. Beyond recording highly acclaimed albums for late Gerry Teekens' Criss Cross label, Vinson ...

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Josiah Everhart: Yearn in Years

Read "Yearn in Years" reviewed by John Bricker

Video game soundtracks immerse players by provoking a strong emotional response, either in the cozyness of a welcoming melody, the eerie dread of cold synths or the encouraging energy of an upbeat jazzy theme. Given how versatile and emotional this music can be for those who grow up with it, it is no surprise ...

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Gene Clark: No Other Deluxe Edition

Read "No Other Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The range of packages available in the reissue campaign devoted to the late Gene Clark's No Other (Asylum, 1974) mirrors the evolution of fascination with the former Byrd's fourth solo album. The progression is almost linear from single vinyl and compact disc to deluxe and super deluxe editions and encompasses a protracted sequence of events: beginning ...

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The Band: The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition (2CD)

Read "The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition (2CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

If ever there was an album so complete unto itself it did not call for, but rather forfended, an expanded remaster, The Band's eponymous album of 1969 is it. Yet this double-CD is the second such release and stands on its own, apart from the larger 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set (Capitol/UMe, 2019). The first ...


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