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Richard Elliott: Metro Blue

Read "Metro Blue" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Richard Elliott, 45, was born in Scotland and moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a child. In his early career, he toured with Natalie Cole and the Pointer Sisters. He spent time with a fusion band, Kittyhawk, followed by recording sessions with Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. After spending ...

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Arnaldo Antunes/Carlinhos Brown/Marisa Monte: Tribalistas

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To get the point of Tribalistas you have to see past the hype. Sure, the three musicians who put this music together are huge stars in Brazil--and the world, at least the places where global music is appreciated. Marisa Monte has few peers when it comes to vocal music; her collaborators have made huge names of ...

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Arnaldo Antunes/Carlinhos Brown/Marisa Monte: Tribalistas

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What happens when Brazil's reigning pop diva joins forces with cerebral rocker Arnaldo Antunes and ultra-hip percussionist Carlinhos Brown? That's a trick question, really, since they've gotten together before. The result was the superb Rose and Charcoal (Metro Blue, 1994), released under Monte's name, but featuring all of the Tribalistas trio in major roles.

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Richard Leo Johnson: Fingertip Ship

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Self-taught and self-tuned, guitarist/photographer Richard Leo Johnson takes listeners on a thirteen-part voyage on his Fingertip Ship. Though he pays tribute to Jazz legends Tony Bennett, Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and Jaco Pastorius and explores the feelings of Pink Floyd and The Who, Johnson’s technique, style and delivery are unlike any other performer. Often hitting the ...

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Holly Cole: The Best of Holly Cole

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From the spare supports of the soaring “Calling You" to the lush strings of an instantly recognizable “Blame it On My Youth," Canadian chanteuse Holly Cole’s arrangements and internalized delivery make nearly every selection sing on their own and linger sweetly in the musical mind. Re-grooving Lennon and McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen a Face" and adding ...

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Richard Leo Johnson: Fingertip Ship

Read "Fingertip Ship" reviewed by Matthew S. Robinson

Self-taught and self-tuned, guitarist/photographer Richard Leo Johnson takes listeners on a thirteen-part voyage on his Fingertip Ship. Though he pays tribute to Jazz legends Tony Bennett, Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and Jaco Pastorius and explores the feelings of Pink Floyd and The Who, Johnson’s technique, style and delivery are unlike any other performer. Often hitting the ...

The Wild Magnolias: Life Is A Carnival

Read "Life Is A Carnival" reviewed by Jim Santella

Mardi Gras is party time for New Orleans. The Wild Magnolias sing a popular form of rock music with ties to jazz and blues. Dr. John guests on four tracks to lend solid piano accompaniment for lead singer Big Chief Bo Dollis. Although the Mardi Gras “Indians" don ornate Native American costumes, they’re not Native American ...

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Richard Leo Johnson: Fingertip Ship

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It sounds like hyperbole, but I mean it – you have heard these techniques before, but you haven’t heard them like this. If you have, I consider you privileged.

Richard Leo Johnson is a photographer from Arkansas; his pictures are part of museum collections. The guitar stayed in his living room while a technique slowly took ...