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The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

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There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live

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The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed Live
Eagle Vision
2018

For an album that was, according to surviving members of the Moody Blues (guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge), recorded in a mere seven days, Days of Future Passed (Deram, 1967) remains one of the early masterpieces ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Roberto Gatto: vivere sbagliando è una gran perdita di tempo

Read "Roberto Gatto: vivere sbagliando è una gran perdita di tempo" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

Tra una lezione e l'altra, abbiamo incontrato Roberto Gatto nel suo studio presso il Conservatorio di Latina, dove è titolare della cattedra di batteria e percussioni jazz. Ripercorrendo la carriera di uno tra i più illustri batteristi del panorama jazz italiano e internazionale, ne è scaturita una lunga e piacevole chiacchierata fra aneddoti, ricordi e progetti ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tim Bowness: Ghost Lights and Life Sentences

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As much as it's something most would prefer to avoid, when a pair of musicians share a lengthy musical history together it's difficult not to compare and contrast the work they do when apart. Beyond contributing added clarity to their individual work, it helps to articulate what each of them bring to the table when they're ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chicago II (Steven Wilson Remix)

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It's rare that an opportunity presents itself to directly compare a high resolution remaster with a high resolution remix, but with last year's Quadio (Rhino) box set containing Blu Ray Audio versions (at 24-bit/192KHz) of its first nine studio recordings (including, curiously, a completely superfluous, early Greatest Hits package) and the recent, single-disc reissue of Chicago ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

On (and Off) The Road

Read "On (and Off) The Road" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the best music--and some of the best bands--are those that come from the most difficult of births. When King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp had the idea for a new band after dissolving the last incarnation of the '70s-era Crimson lineups seven years prior, it was a completely new concept and, with the exception of returning ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz 2016

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2016 Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim & Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 24-November 1, 2016

Returning to Heidelberg and the Enjoy Jazz Festival after a three-year absence is still more than a bit like returning to a second home. Not just the same hotel (the ever-charming Hollander Hof, along the Neckar River by an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Evans Quintet: Genesis

Read "Genesis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The unbounded creative experimenter, Peter Evans, returns to his quintet formation for their third outing on Genesis. Pianist Carlos Homs, departed the group following their debut, Ghosts (2011), being replaced by Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing) on Destination: Void (2014), both on the More is More label. Evans was also a member of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition

Read "U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two ...