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Doyle Bramhall II: Shades

Read "Shades" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title of Doyle Bramhall II's Shades intimates a fitting level of nuance comparable to that of his previous album, Rich Man (Concord, 2016), where he married the most profound spiritual themes of his original material to lush production and arrangement. Here, in contrast, he emphasizes his blues and R&B roots so that, as a direct ...

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Colosseum II: War Dance

Read "War Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Colosseum was established in 1968, following drummer Jon Hiseman--who sadly passed away in 2018 --and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's affiliation with Graham Bond's Organisation, and John Mayall's now historic Bluesbreakers collective. As history dictates these bands became proving grounds for artists such as guitarists John McLaughlin (Graham Bond) and Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers) amid others notables too numerous ...

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Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Doug Collette

If Tony Joe White's seventeenth album, Bad Mouthin', proves anything, it's how deeply evocative of his Southern heritage are his own songs, even as they stand next to--and sound of a piece with--those of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Charlie Patton. Appropriately, virtually all twelve tracks on this LP find the author of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charlie Parr At Higher Ground

Read "Charlie Parr At Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

Charlie Parr
Higher Ground, Showcase Lounge
South Burlington, VT
July 27, 2018

Charlie Parr was downright dazzling in Higher Ground's Showcase Lounge Friday July 27. And if that seems hyperbole given his somewhat subdued concert in the same room last autumn, it probably shouldn't: with some eight more months of touring ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Naima/Live in Berlin

Read "Naima/Live in Berlin" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

Rhett Frazier: Welcome to the Club

Read "Welcome to the Club" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Rhett Frazier was born and raised in Texas and Oklahoma, by a family deeply steeped in every strain of America's soul music. And born and raised to vocally stomp through soul and funk. Grandpop played guitar and fiddle in a western swing band. Cousins Alan and Mike are bluegrass and country music mainstays, The Frazier Brothers. ...

Sonic Styles of the Seventies

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Hugo Fattoruso
Hugo Fattoruso Y Bario Opa
Far Out Recordings
2018

Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles venturing in ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Read "Life In 12 Bars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" reviewed by Doug Collette

There's no scarcity of anthologies devoted to the span of Eric Clapton's work throughout his career, so there's a danger the soundtrack to Lili Fini Zanuck's documentary, Life in 12 Bars, will immediately seem redundant. Yet this companion piece to the film is perfectly complementary, deceptively discerning collection, even apart from the previously-unreleased items it contains. ...

Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

Read "Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars" reviewed by Doug Collette

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Eagle Vision
2018

There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...