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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Recorded by Flemish radio in Antwerp 2016 without the trio's knowledge, this accidental live disc not only delivers to followers of this long-lived Polish unit an essential live document, it washes over newcomers like a cresting baptismal wave that never stops cleansing the soul and senses.

Nearing thirty years as a unit--they also served as ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

The US Festival 1982: The US Generation

Read "The US Festival 1982: The US Generation" reviewed by Doug Collette

Various Artists
The US Festival 1982
MVD Entertainment Group
2018

By title alone, The US Festival of 1982 might seem light years removed from the abiding fascination with festivals now pervading our culture. But if director Glenn Aveni's ninety-minutes plus documentary proves anything, it's that this event founded and sponsored ...

The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark

Read "Andy Summers: Creating Light from Dark" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Andy Summers is a renowned modern guitarist and composer. He is also an accomplished photographer and a traveler. While he may be better known for his achievements during his time in one of the most popular and beloved rock bands in music history, The Police, Summers, in his own memoir “One Train Later" and the music ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

Read "Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life" reviewed by John Kelman

What do you do when you've released three albums as a trio (more, if you include albums released in Poland, prior to coming to the label) for a producer who traditionally seems to like shaking things up after that magic number? For Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski and his longstanding trio--first coming together in their teens, they've ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Magnus Ostrom Band at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Magnus Ostrom Band at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Jamie Skey

Magnus Ostrom
Ronnie Scott's
London
September 16, 2013

“What guarantee do we have that the future will come? That we will be able to experience it? We generally live in our Western society separated from death. We don't think about it. Talk seldom about it. Suppress it preferably. But suddenly, it ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CBGB Soundtrack (Omnivore Recordings, Oct. 8) Features Legendary Punk Prototypes

CBGB Soundtrack (Omnivore Recordings, Oct. 8) Features Legendary Punk Prototypes

By the end of 1973, New York City was bankrupt, Watergate had compromised the credibility of the U.S. government, and The Carpenters were the best-selling young recording act in America. Rock ’n’ roll was dead! The story of Hilly Kristal and his legendary club that put the punk back in rock will come to movie theaters ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Melody Magic

Read "Melody Magic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Melody Magic is a fun-and-attractive, finely crafted collection of some of the greatest classic(al) music melodies in existence, arranged by one of the most talented, earnest-and-enlightened guitarists in the business today. Frank Vignola, who's worked with everybody from guitar innovator/icon Les Paul to trumpeter/jazz figurehead Wynton Marsalis, and Vinny Raniolo, his young guitar wielding brother-in-arms, join ...