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Chris Squire: Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)

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If ever there were an album that deserved the deluxe treatment, it would be Fish Out of Water (Atlantic, 1975), which would turn out to be (more or less) the only solo album ever released by Yes co-founder and electric bass trailblazer Chris Squire. There was a special remastered edition released in 2007 by Castle Music, ...

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: 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: LIVE REVIEWS

John Greaves al Fasano Jazz

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John Greaves
Fasano Jazz
Teatro Sociale
Fasano (BR)
14.05.2016

Come ha scritto una volta Aymeric Leroy, scrittore e profondo conoscitore della scena rock britannica, John Greaves è un musicista che ha trascorso la sua gioventù a suonare le composizioni ultracomplesse di gruppi come Henry Cow e National Health e ...

Allison Au Quartet: Forest Grove

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The sheer number of great young jazz musicians coming out of every corner of the world is simply staggering. Allison Au is an alto saxophonist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada whose debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey (Self-Produced, 2014) was nominated for a Juno Award: Canada's equivalent of a Grammy nomination. Her new album, ...

Peripheral Vision: Sheer Tyranny Of Will

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One must wonder what chance a group of relatively unknown Canadian jazz musicians playing complicated original tunes has for any sort of recognition or commercial success in the US. If musical quality was the sole determinant, Peripheral Vision, the relatively unknown Canadian band in question, would be celebrities, set for life. They've unleashed a corker of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Sometimes you never can tell. When British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson released the old school progressive rock record The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope, 2013), who knew that it would not only turn out to be his best-selling album since walking away from Porcupine Tree to begin an increasingly successful ...

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.

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