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Rhett Frazier: Welcome to the Club

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Rhett Frazier was born and raised in Texas and Oklahoma, by a family deeply steeped in every strain of America's soul music. And born and raised to vocally stomp through soul and funk. Grandpop played guitar and fiddle in a western swing band. Cousins Alan and Mike are bluegrass and country music mainstays, The Frazier Brothers. ...

Sonic Styles of the Seventies

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Hugo Fattoruso
Hugo Fattoruso Y Bario Opa
Far Out Recordings
2018

Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles venturing in ...

Bansangu Orchestra: Bansangu Orchestra

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The eponymously titled Bansangu Orchestra is the brainchild of British saxophonist Paul Booth, guitarist Giorgio Serci and trumpeter Kevin Robinson. Booth, who is the band's musical director, has played and recorded with Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and Snowboy, and from the jazz world, Michael Janisch, Sax Appeal, The Mike Garrick Big Band and Tim Garland's Northern ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Eagle Vision
2018

There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...

Mike Mizwinski: A Year Ago Today

Read "A Year Ago Today" reviewed by Doug Collette

There's a photo of Mike Mizwinski on his website populated with background images of artists ranging from Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, the Who, the Avett Brothers and the String Cheese Incident. Speaking volumes about this man's eclectic approach to music, this pictorial evidence also suggests much about the freewheeling attitude Mizwinski displays on A Year ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oli Rockberger: Sovereign

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Undoubtedly, Berklee College of Music educated keyboardist and singer Oli Rockberger possesses a truly irresistible voice. True, his compositions and vocal style are vaguely reminiscent of Mose Allison, Georgie Fame and Sting (and, pray, is that a bad thing?); but there's definitely a uniqueness to the delivery of his attractive and memorable songs. He's lived in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman
The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
September 24, 2017

Gregg Allman co-founded and curated the inaugural Laid Back Festival. That festival began as a single day celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

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Greatest Hits Live is something of a misnomer as applied to Steve Winwood's expansive in- concert collection. Not that the title doesn't contain his most well-known numbers, because it does, ranging all the way from his days as a teenage wunderkind ("Gimme Some Lovin'") to his most mainstream commercial success ("Roll With It"). But over the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Winwood at the Space at Westbury

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Steve Winwood
The Space at Westbury
Westbury, NY
April 20, 2017

Fifty-one years after a teenaged Steve Winwood sang “Gimme Some Lovin'" with the Spencer Davis Group, the rock, pop and rhythm and blues legend can still nail the vocal and hit all the notes on the '60s anthem. On ...