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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

Read "Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story
Randy Fox
170 Pages
ISBN: # 9781947026223
BMG
2018

As almost a vital act of nature, three books that would make a tidy trilogy in any musical world, were recently released independently. These are: Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

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If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city ...

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Leeroy: Fela Is The Future

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Giving DJs license to reassemble recordings made by the auteurs of an earlier generation is a risky business. The remix of Miles Davis's “In A Silent Way" on Sony's 1999 album Panthalassa: The Remixes, for instance, moved one of the authors of the Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings to write: “DJ Cam should be horsewhipped." Which ...

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age

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Dal giorno della sua pubblicazione mezzo mondo editoriale musicale è pieno di commenti entusiastici relativi a The Jazz Age, e le famose 4 o 5 stelle si sprecano. Bryan Ferry ci è simpatico e troviamo pure questa idea fondamentalmente divertente e corroborante ma pregherei quel mezzo mondo di scendere con i piedi per terra. Il signor ...

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Tom Harrell: Wise Children

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Adding four exceptional vocalists to his program, trumpeter Tom Harrell takes the listener on a journey through time and space. Contemporary world music, 30-year-old funk, swinging stage band arrangements, and the burning presence of his horn, color Harrell’s program with authority. The ten pieces are his compositions. The quintet, which includes Jimmy Greene, Xavier Davis, Ugonna ...

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Tom Harrell: Wise Children

Read "Wise Children" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

The nicest thing you could say about trumpeter Tom Harrell's Wise Children, unfortunately, is that you've heard it all before. "Straight to My Heart" with guest diva Dianne Reeves sounds like every smooth jazz ballad put to tape during the 1970s and '80s; and its irritating blandness is merely exacerbated by some abysmally cliché lyrics penned ...

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Andy Summers: The Last Dance of Mr X.

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Though perhaps best (or at least better) known for his work with The Police, guitarist Andy Summers seems to be doing rather well for himself these days. He may not be filling arenas and attracting screaming teenage girls, but their mothers can scream pretty loud as well, and as it is to them that Mr. Summers ...

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Soundtrack: I Am Sam

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If I Am Sam falters upon its recent release, it has something to fall back on: superb music. And a “sound” soundtrack is a bragging right that not every film can claim.

As if a collection of Beatles covers was not enough, the record features some of the most dynamic bands and singer-songwriters on the current ...

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Little Feat: Extended Versions: The Encore Collection

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Little Feat not exactly batting a thousand.

Ain't Had Enough Fun (1995) and Live From Neon Park (1996) were two releases by the reunited Little Feat, sans Lowell George, released on Zoo Records. Zoo Records is a subsidiary of RCA, now a part of Bertelsmann, explaining the BMG Special Products Label gracing the Little Feat Extended ...

Pablo Ziegler: Quintet For New Tango

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Life is full of surprises, and things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. Many hidden mysteries are waiting to reveal themselves to the ones who seek them out. There will be times when you expect everything, and you get nothing. But there will also be times when you expect nothing, and you ...