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Alexis Korner: Kornerstoned: The Alexis Korner Anthology 1954-1983

Read "Kornerstoned: The Alexis Korner Anthology 1954-1983" reviewed by Chris May

There's a stack of mighty fine jazz and blues music here, just about all of which has stood the passage of time well. But it has to be said that the other chief pleasure of Kornerstoned is historical, and of a train-spotting nature.

Korner, known as the Godfather of British Blues during his lifetime (1928-84), was ...

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Adrian Belew: Side Three

Read "Side Three" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Amid stints with King Crimson, guitar hero Adrian Belew has continued his solo career with his Side One and Side Two recordings, recently adding this final installment. Following suit in numerical title only, this set finds Belew grouping stylistic pieces that didn't fit into the motifs presented on the previous albums. Though much acclaimed for his ...

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Paul Grabowsky: Tales of Time and Space

Read "Tales of Time and Space" reviewed by Michael McCaw

There is little question that for the public at large, pianist and bandleader Paul Grabowsky is the largest question mark when it comes to the personnel on this album. Holding company with Branford Marsalis, Joe lovano, Scott Tinkler, Ed Schuller, and Jeff “Tain" Watts is no small feat. And although the liner notes to Tales of ...

Lorraine Feather: Dooji Wooji

Read "Lorraine Feather: Dooji Wooji" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Lorraine Feather

Dooji Wooji

Sanctuary Records

2005

Lorraine Feather's latest CD stands out from the swarm of new releases by singers because of her captivating, swinging vocals and witty lyrics, but there's a lot more to her appeal. Dooji Wooji blends many of her musical interests, starting with several instrumentals by ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: One Way Out-Live At The Beacon Theater

Read "One Way Out-Live At The Beacon Theater" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Allman Brothers Band could have very easily been a casualty of the bad luck and bad decisions that have plagued many popular bands coming out of the early 1970s. Following the deaths of Duane Allman and Barry Oakley, the band continued to record with various personnel and configurations, never fulfilling the promise the band originally ...

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Lorraine Feather: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It's a bit early, but here's my bid for Best Vocal Project of 2004. Lorraine Feather, daughter of the famed jazz historian/critic/composer Leonard Feather, has delivered a significant appreciation of the Ellington/Strayhorn oeuvre. In the early 1960s Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Sing Ellington got my attention and resulted in my examination, for the first time, of ...

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Galactic: Ruckus

Read "Ruckus" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

On Galactic’s new recording Ruckus they blend their usual spices of New Orleans funk, jazz and soul with the urban sound and feel of hip-hop music and culture, along with a healthy dose of dance and techno. Galactic has found a niche on the jam-band circuit, which encourages freedom of experimentation, and that is what this ...

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James Moody: The Teachers

Read "The Teachers" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

Sanctuary/Castle Music’s latest reissue contains a collection of albums from James Moody in the early 1970’s. Both albums, The Teachers and Heritage Hum, were from Moody’s work on Perception Records that found him expressing himself politically with a funky / soulful groove.

Evident in this collection is Moody’s virtuosity at his instrument and ...

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Dizzy Gillespie: Matrix

Read "Matrix" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

The name Dizzy Gillespie conjures up the image of the hip trailblazer in the world of bop jazz and later the synthesis between jazz and the sounds and rhythms of Cuba and Africa. However, this period encapsulated his early years--but what happened to him after the 1960’s? The release of Matrix hopes to revive this era ...

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Jack Bruce: Shadows In The Air

Read "Shadows In The Air" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Bassist/composer/vocalist Jack Bruce has undoubtedly led a storied musical career. During his days with the power trio “Cream”, the bassist along with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker offered novel perspectives on how to incorporate virtuosity into rock-based elements while also melding jazz-style improvisation with blues-drenched motifs deemed suitable for radio airplay. With Shadows in ...