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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Cooper: Oh Really!? / Do I Know You? / Trout Steel / Places I know / The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper

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“Riverboat captain, they called my name / Time to sing my song / I didn't know that the song was wrong / Don't sing that way again."

These lyrics from the song “Trout Steel" are penned by guitarist, singer and songwriter, Mike Cooper, and they point directly to the iconoclastic nature of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caldera: Caldera / Sky Islands

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Mention the word “fusion" and a list of familiar names often turns up: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what about Caldera? Aficionados of the genre will probably know about them but, to many listeners, they will be a new discovery and, thanks to a BGO ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pamela Polland: Pamela Polland / Have You Heard The One About The Gas Station Attendant?

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The singer-songwriter movement of the seventies paved the way for several new voices in popular music, but not everyone got the success of Carole King, whose album Tapestry (Ode, 1971) marked a peak in the movement, commercially and artistically. Pamela Polland was one of the artists whom fame eluded.

Polland was poised for a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

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Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

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It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Milt Jackson: Sunflower / Goodbye

Read "Sunflower / Goodbye" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Even if vibes player Milt Jackson had just played with The Modern Jazz Quartet and not embarked on a solo career, his place in jazz history would be secure. However, Jackson was much more than a vital part of the famous chamber jazz group and he recorded a string of excellent albums, including three sessions as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charlie Rich: Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High) / Silver Linings / Take Me / Rollin' With The Flow

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There is an anecdote about the legendary singer Elvis Presley, who walked into the office of Sun Records to do an audition. He was asked by receptionist Marion Keisker what kind of singer he was and Presley answered: “I sing all kinds."

The same could be said about another Sun Records-affiliate, the pianist, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit

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Jazz-reissues are important because they help to write and rewrite jazz-history. Through reissues, the prominence of an artist is maintained and the canon is confirmed, but it can also be questioned and corrected. A double-disc from the excellent reissue label, BGO, brings four key records from leader and alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, back into circulation. The ...

Steve Khan: Eyewitness Trilogy

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Emerging on the New York scene in the mid-1970s, guitarist Steve Khan didn't long at all to develop a strong reputation as both chameleon-like session guitarist--comfortably crossing over from the jazz world into pop and rock and gracing albums by artists ranging from Esther Phillips, Freddie Hubbard and David Sanborn to Phoebe Snow, Billy Joel and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ornette Coleman: The Music of Ornette Coleman / Skies of America

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Questa nuova ristampa abbina due lavori centrali nel percorso dell'Ornette Coleman compositore come The Music of Ornette Coleman e il più celebre Skies Of America e ci dà l'opportunità di riflettere nuovamente su questo versante dell'attività del musicista. The Music of Ornette Coleman esce originariamente nel 1967 [anno in cui il musicista riceve anche una prestigiosa borsa di studio in composizione ...