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The Old 97s: Graveyard Whistling

Read "Graveyard Whistling" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Much of the evolution occurring within a given genre of music occurs in response to predominant movements within that music. For example, in jazz, bebop was a response to the swing era, the latter emphasizing ensemble charts over individual virtuosity and the former celebrating the individual soloist in improvisation. Bebop stimulated the cool jazz movement, featuring ...

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Jim James: Eternally Even

Read "Eternally Even" reviewed by Doug Collette

With the very announcement of Eternally Even, My Morning Jacket's titular leader Jim James telegraphed the topical nature of his solo album, a somewhat disingenuous gesture to be sure, but ultimately a telling one. The sentiments as voiced in such a sing-song fashion on “Hide in Plain Sight" and “Same Old Lie" sound as superficial as ...

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Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976

Read "Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976" reviewed by Doug Collette

The openness and vulnerability within Jerry Garcia's singing voice is an often-overlooked virtue among all the others for which he's distinguished, including his ever-so-precise (acoustic and electric) guitar playing as well as his songwriting collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter. Nevertheless, those vocal qualities also resonate in the best of his solo work and Garcia Live Volume ...

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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

Read "Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share" reviewed by Doug Collette

A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry ...

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Jerry Garcia: Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987

Read "Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987" reviewed by Doug Collette

The deliciously relaxed air of the music on these three discs belies the precision in the musicianship as much as it does the operations necessary for a two week run on a Broadway theater. And all this attention to detail, well-served as it is, gives the lie to the moment of serendipity from which it sprung:an ...

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Garcia Live Volume Five: Keystone Berkeley December 31, 1975

Read "Garcia Live Volume Five: Keystone Berkeley December 31, 1975" reviewed by Doug Collette

Garcia Live Volume Five begins appropriately and propitiously enough as the band slowly, inexorably coalesces around the changes of chuck Berry's “Let It Rock," weaving an insinuating rhythm and melody mix that becomes proportionately more dramatic as the leader of the band begins to sing, seeming off-mike (or perhaps he's just not turned up?), at which ...

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The Old 97s: Most Messed Up

Read "Most Messed Up" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

How great is it to discover a band that has been here all along? The Old 97s are nothing new. Coming together in Dallas in 1993, the popular quartet led by the aptly-named Rhett Butler has recorded 15 studio CDs since 1994's Hitchhike to Rhome (Idol Records). The band emerged as part of ...

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Dawes: Nothing Is Wrong

Read "Nothing Is Wrong" reviewed by Doug Collette

In the process of redefining rootsy rock and roll out from the West Coast, Dawes has had its profile heightened by association lately, with props from Jackson Browne in the pages of Rolling Stone and as accompanists for The Band's Robbie Robertson. But if the group's second album, Nothing Is Wrong, proves anything, it's that this ...

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Gov't Mule: Gov't Mule: Mighty High

Read "Gov't Mule: Mighty High" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hearing a Gov't Mule reggae album is no big surprise if you've seen the band with any regularity over the years. Interpretations and teases of Bob Marley songs sprinkle their set lists; nouveau reggae icons Spearhead with Michael Franti have been co-billed with the group frequently; and Warren Haynes' signature song, “Soulshine, has been arranged for ...

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Gov't Mule: High and Mighty

Read "High and Mighty" reviewed by Doug Collette

With their new album High & Mighty, Gov't Mule has once again given the lie to the myth that a hard-rockin' band can't possess a finely tuned intellect. Or that a musical group with real strength is too muscle-bound to display sufficient finesse to improvise with urgency and purpose. The sound of High & Mighty hits ...


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