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Shamus Dark

I've spent the last few years recording albums, making videos and performing in and around London, the far east and New York City. Most of the songs come from the 1930's, 40's and 50's. With the help of some great collaborating musicians and producers, I'm doing my best to bring some of these great old American songbook standards into the 21st century with the aid of digital technology.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Particle: Accelerator

Read "Accelerator" reviewed by Doug Collette

Contrary to prevailing popular opinion, electr(on)ic keyboards are not just for noodling in ever-so-cheesy, toy-like tones. In the hands of the titular leader of Particle, keyboardist/vocalist Steve Molitz, for instance, those instruments are lethal weapons with which, on the group's first album in fourteen years, he sets out to destroy preconceptions about what righteous creations can ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Istanbul’s İKSV: An Intensity Beyond Cool

Read "Istanbul’s İKSV: An Intensity Beyond Cool" reviewed by Arthur R George

It would be easy to get breathless, even giddy, about the range and schedule of cultural events organized by İKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (in Turkish: İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı). One individual could not possibly keep up with its jazz and classical music festivals and everything else that's offered by İKSV. It brings ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gov't Mule at Red Rocks

Read "Gov't Mule at Red Rocks" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Gov't Mule
Red Rocks
Denver, CO
September 14, 2018

Many musicians like to collect instruments. Certainly guitarists collect guitars. Pat Metheny is a case in point. Over the years he has added a synth-guitar as well as the exotic 42 string Pikasso guitar to his recordings and live performances. Not ...

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: LIVE REVIEWS

Damo Suzuki & Electric Octopus at The Menagerie

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Damo Suzuki & Electric Octopus
The Menagerie
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
May 23, 2018

Appearances can be deceptive. The Menagerie, tucked away at the Ormeau Road end of University Street, is unlike any other music venue in Belfast. The old, weather-beaten red brick may look like a Temperance Hall-turned-squat, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wild Card: Life Stories

Read "Life Stories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When British youth started picking up on the music coming out of America in the Fifties and Sixties their tastes were widespread. While some kids loved the early rock & roll of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly or the blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, others grabbed onto the jazz played by the likes of ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist

Read "Michael Landau: The Guitarist's Guitarist" reviewed by Jim Worsley

"He is the best guitarist in the world," states guitarist and Grammy winner Steve Lukather. Indeed, Michael Landau is an important figure in the modern era and one of the most widely respected guitar players on the planet.

Landau made his mark as an A list session player in the '80s and '90s. He ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Black Flower at Moriska Paviliongen

Read "Black Flower at Moriska Paviliongen" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Black Flower
Moriska Paviljongen
Malmo, Sweden
February 16, 2018

Black Flower opened their concert at Moriska Paviljongen with a trance-like song redolent of early Pink Floyd, but soon enough the bpm picked up and seismic bass notes started resonating. We've all heard of EDM, but is IPM (instrumental ...