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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues

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I considered using the word surviving, instead of thriving, in the title. However, as you will see, Walter Trout has done much more than “just survive" his real life blues. Trout speaks candidly about his struggles and near fatal experience with liver disease and the ensuing transplant. He also spoke with humor, vigor, and a renewed ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rock Candy Funk Party: The Groove Cubed

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Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) is a collection of groove loving musicians bringing a fresh and funky vibe to the world of jazz. The band formed around 2009 when drummer Tal Bergman and guitarist Ron DeJesus combined their love of funk music and released Grooove Vol. 1 to share with the world. After Tal began recording ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Beth Hart at the Historic Wuppertal Statehouse

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Beth Hart Band
Historic Statehouse
Wuppertal, Germany
May 24, 2017

It is interesting how sometimes, when performed properly, the most tragic, heartbroken blues can be thoroughly inspiring. Beth Hart verified the truth in that improbable contradiction many times during a superb show.

Hart is known for soaring ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marbin: Goat Man & The House of the Dead

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It's truly been fun to watch Marbin grow and develop over the past few years. Their eponymous, self- released debut album, from way back in 2009, was a duet affair with the two principals--saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin--plying their talents on a clutch of brief and very intricate instrumentals. Sounding at times like an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marbin: Aggressive Hippies

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Far from being just another jazz-rock fusion band, Marbin occupies their own stylistic space. More an instrumental rock band than a jazz fusion band, Marbin's music seems to come from the guitar hero world of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa. But there's a good deal of other stuff going on in their music. Steeped ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Bilston: Samantha Fish, Jah Wobble & The Magic Band

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Samantha Fish/Laurence Jones
The Robin R&B Club
November 11, 2015

The blues has a youthful future, across both sides of the Atlantic. Singer and guitarist Laurence Jones is the latest upstart to stir the UK scene, possessing a very 1960s sensibility, as if he's a throwback to the scene ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

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In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anton Fig: Behind the Band Stand, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

It's around 3 o'clock in early January, that melancholy time of year where the day perpetually feels like 7 pm. We're standing on West 53rd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue around the corner from the entrance to The Ed Sullivan Theater. A light haze of snow is falling ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013

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For the last number of years I have been devoting myself almost exclusively to jazz vocals. This will be reflected this year as I will provide two best-of-2013 lists: one for (primarily) jazz vocals and one for everything else. Each year, there is more of both released than can be listened to.

Vocal ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Delta Saxophone Quartet, Ballaké Sissoko, Larry Miller & Blackbeard's Tea Party

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Delta Saxophone Quartet
The Chapel
November 22, 2013

The Delta Saxophone Quartet's best-known album is Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening (MoonJune, 2007) which tackled the music of Soft Machine, particularly concentrating on the the output of bassist/composer Hugh Hopper. Delta is a group which ostensibly exists within ...