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Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

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In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

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

Bruford: Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980

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With the plethora of box sets being issued these days with new masters and, perhaps even more importantly, new mixes of classic recordings, it was inevitable that the small but significant discography of drummer Bill Bruford's first steps into a solo career with his band Bruford should finally get the deluxe treatment. Seems Like a Lifetime ...

Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

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In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tim Bowness: Ghost Lights and Life Sentences

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As much as it's something most would prefer to avoid, when a pair of musicians share a lengthy musical history together it's difficult not to compare and contrast the work they do when apart. Beyond contributing added clarity to their individual work, it helps to articulate what each of them bring to the table when they're ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

King Crimson at Theatre St-Denis

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King Crimson
Théâtre St-Denis
Montréal, Canada
November 16-17, 2015

When King Crimson's only original member and co-founder, guitarist Robert Fripp, announced unexpectedly that the band was coming out of retirement in 2013, other than the unconventional lineup nobody had any idea what to expect other than the brief snippets being released ...

Ferdinando Faraò & Artchipel Orchestra: Play Soft Machine

Read "Play Soft Machine" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Rivisitare materiale altrui è sempre un'operazione ad alto rischio. Soprattutto quando si decide di riarrangiare composizioni che si considerano intoccabili o che raramente sono state oggetto di riscritture successive alle originali. Parliamo del repertorio dei Soft Machine e, in particolare, di quello risalente al periodo 1969-1971, stagione irripetibile e generosa di idee e situazioni messe in ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh
Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into
Charly
1978

Today's Rediscovery pays tribute to a musician who has been dead for over 30 years but whose brief body of work remains a seminal part of the British Canterbury scene that included groups like Soft Machine, Caravan and Hatfield and The North ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mats/Morgan: Schack Tati

Read "Schack Tati" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Raccontano le cronache che gli svedesi Mats Oberg (tastierista) e Morgan Agren (batterista) suonano insieme dall'età rispettivamente di 10 e 14 anni. Si direbbe un sodalizio di acciaio che si fonda su una fraterna amicizia e su un amore smisurato per Frank Zappa che fu agli inizi degli anni Ottanta anche loro mentore.

Fini ...